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MOOCs and Time – Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning

I’ve been thinking a lot about time over the last several weeks (and not just because my kids have been yammering on since January about the new Dr. Who episodes that started last Saturday). For time is one of those key elements to learning that needs special attention in this age of new, technology-driven supplements […]

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Updates – HuffPo and Coursera Blogs

First off, my latest Huffington Post piece is up, highlighting some of the “Sources for Courses” discussion that’s been going on here on the blog all week. Secondly, the folks at Coursera have been kind enough to let me post to their blog on a semi-regular basis.  Since Degree of Freedom is looking at MOOCs […]

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Sources for More Courses

Before leaving the topic of sources for free learning, I wanted to highlight some other options you can look into if you’re trying to put together your own college education (or are just interested in exploring more ways to educate yourself a no cost). Canvas.net is another organization offering access to free classes on a […]

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Sources for Courses – iTunes U

As I mentioned previously, I am including classes from iTunes U in my Degree of Freedom lineup, despite the fact that they are often not listed when people talk about Massive Online Courses. While not everyone might agree with this choice, Apple’s iTunes U service brings some serious game to the field of free college-level […]

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MOOC Providers – Udacity

Whenever MOOCs get mentioned in the media, the “Big Three” names always invoked are Coursera (reviewed on Monday), edX (which we explored yesterday) and Udacity, the third big player in this space which I’d like to take a look at today. Like Coursera, Udacity was founded by players in the original Stanford experiment in massive […]

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MOOC Providers – edX

When the number of people enrolling in Stanford’s original experiment in free online learning exceeded expectations by an order of magnitude, educators, the media and policy makers took notice.  But when Harvard and MIT each contributed $30 million to create the online learning non-profit edX (which I’ve been inadvertently calling EdX until now), it was […]

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Quick Notes

First off, welcome all visitors from the wonderful Leiter Reports philosophy blog with special thanks to Professor Leiter for the mention and reader Lee for the pointer.  And, yes, I’m majoring in philosophy this year (and keeping my fingers cross enough advanced classes come online by the time I need them). Second, the latest Degree of […]

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MOOC Providers – Coursera

This week, I’d like to focus on sources for free learning, starting with the “Big Three” providers who tend to get brought up in any news piece or discussion of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Coursera, EdX and Udacity. All three grew out of the original Stanford University experiment in open learning that made news, […]

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MOOC Components – Assessment

Assessment is such an important topic with regard to MOOCs and other new learning models that I plan to devote a week to the subject in April.  But for now, I’d like to provide an argument why testing is both the greatest vulnerability for moving MOOCs forward, as well as the ripest area for innovation […]

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MOOC Components – Discussion

One of the biggest criticisms leveled against not just MOOCs, but online learning in general is the lack of human connection in courses where students and teachers are primarily interacting with one another via technology. Lecture videos can be stunningly produced, can edit out a professor’s burps and brainfarts, and even integrate footage highlighting examples […]

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