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5 Tactical Questions Higher Ed Administrators Should Be Asking About MOOCs

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Massive open online courses — offered free and without admissions criteria to anyone in the world — may or may not be a suitable tactic for your organization, but if you are an administrator at a college, university or state system, you probably find yourself in the position of having to consider MOOCs, if only to answer anxious questions for your stakeholders. When a phenomenon like MOOCs comes along, it’s tempting to react to it without taking time to put it in context. Hopefully, your college or university is working within the context of a clear mission and a strategy for achieving it. Assuming your school has developed a clear sense of the strategic position it is striving to establish, you have probably gone on to identify tactics that will help you claim that position. The universe of possible tactics is always expanding, though, and the introduction of MOOCs in the last year is a doozy. Not quite the Big Bang but maybe comparable to the birth of a new solar system . . . or a black hole, depending on your perspective. MOOCs raise a growing list of challenging questions for university administrators, but here are five tactical questions you can start thinking about now that will help you stay focused on your...

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A Sneak Peek At The Comic Book MOOC Get a Grasp

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Get a Grasp! A Primer Course for Getting Your Comic Started, which starts March 23, is another example of a MOOC offered by an independent organization, in this case a nonprofit called Making Comics (dotcom) devoted to developing free teaching resources. Charlie Chung from from Class Central recently spoke with Patrick Yurick, CEO of Making Comics (dotCom) and one of the instructors of Get a Grasp, to get a preview, and he generously developed this article for MOOC News and Reviews. Below is a transcript of their conversation about the upcoming comic book MOOC.  -Editor What is your personal background and what is MakingComics (dotCom)? I went to graphic design school and decided to become an art educator. For the last five years, I worked at High Tech High [in San Deigo, CA], and developed an after-school comic book project where kids in the 9-12th grade self-published comics. We went around the country presenting and selling at comic conventions. This really blew my mind, because I had kind of given up on making comic books at that point, but working with that group of kids made me want to do it. I also formed a studio in San Diego called Little Fish Comic Books Studio, which was an educational center for making comics with people...

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From Anecdotes to Evidence: A Preview Of A New Data Journalism MOOC

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Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools, which starts May 19, is an example of a growing trend of MOOCs offered by organizations outside the usual university structure, in this case under the auspices of the European Journalism Centre and featuring an international team instructors from across the commercial and non-profit publishing spectrum. Charlie Chung from from Class Central recently spoke with one of the instructors on the team to get a preview and generously developed this...

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Learning Design for Online Ed: An Interview With Gilly Salmon About Her Carpe Diem MOOC

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The video below is an interview with Professor Gilly Salmon, who has been a guest before talking about her extensive research in online education and pedagogy and what she has observed about MOOCs so far. Now, the first MOOC that she is leading is about to launch. “Carpe Diem—Learning Design” starts on March 10, and we took the opportunity to discuss some of the differences between course design for “traditional” online learning and for MOOCs. We also dig a...

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Building Your Own Online Class? – How To Choose the MOOC Platform

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by John Swope In 2012 and 2013, MOOCs took root in the higher education landscape. Today, most top universities offer some sort of MOOC. In 2014, we are starting to see organizations and even individuals build MOOCs. If you’ve ever considered building your own open online class, one of the first steps is determining which MOOC platform will best suit your needs. Luckily, you can build MOOC and MOOC-ish courses using one of several tools that are free and...

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Course Review – Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

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I really struggled with the Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy MOOC, largely due to my eccentric learning challenges with regard to mathematics. These go back to my original college days when I was able to master whatever math was needed to learn a science subject (such as quantum mechanics or thermodynamics) regardless of how many integral signs the professor threw at the front of an equation. But in calculus or linear algebra courses that taught math outside of concrete problems...

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Course Profile – ChinaX

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If you listen to this interview with Peter Bol, one of the professors behind Harvard’s China history MOOC, you’ll understand why ChinaX is different from any other massive online course that came before. For starters, during a period when MOOC makers are deciding whether their courses should match the 12-16 weeks of a full semester, or focus or accelerate content delivery to fit a shorter (frequently 6-8 week) timeframe, ChinaX pulls in the opposite direction as a course broken...

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Course Review – Udacity’s Introduction to Psychology MOOC

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Introduction to Psychology is the third (and final) Udacity course I’ve taken for my One Year BA, and despite all the hubbub over Udacity’s “pivot” with regard to business direction, this and every other course they’ve ever published remains free and available on their web site to start whenever you like. So whatever the company does to try to find its footing revenue-wise, I think it’s fair to keep treating them as what they are: a provider of unique and...

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Course Profile: General Semantics MOOC

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Instructor Steve Stockdale at New Mexico State University discusses the upcoming Introduction to General Semantics MOOC, hosted on Canvas.net, which starts January 13. Editor’s note: Thank you to Class Central for developing and providing this article.   What is General Semantics? General Semantics is an over-arching field that tries to integrate: a) what we know about ourselves, b) what we know about the world around us, and c) what that tells us about how we need to be evaluating our...

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Two Reviews – Ancient Greek History and Ancient Greek Religion MOOCs

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  Before his recent retirement, Professor Donald Kagan was both a Dean at Yale University and the Sterling Professor of Classics who taught two hugely popular courses: The Origins of War and Introduction to Ancient Greek History, available via Open Yale, a lesser-known source of online materials similar to M.I.T.s OpenCourseWare. The lectures themselves are widely distributed on places like YouTube and iTunes, where it is easiest to download the videos, but the Open Yale site includes a copy...

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Course Review – NovoEd’s Technology Entrepreneurship I MOOC

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  NovoEd’s Technology Entrepreneurship I MOOC was actually the second class covering principles of entrepreneurship I’ve finished this year, the first being Steve Blank’s How to Build a Startup — a traditional Udacity-style MOOC featuring short videos and lots of assessment items, all delivered in an on-demand course format. Blank’s approach to creating a business, which he refers to as the Lean Startup Model, was one of several concepts Chuck Eesley (the professor behind Technology Entrepreneurship I) introduced his...

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What Do We Know About MOOC Students So Far?: A Look At Recent User Data

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by John Swope We’ve been hearing for some time that the number of people taking MOOCs is growing. While student enrollment has risen from an estimated 1 million in 2012 to over 10 million today, with thousands of MOOCs and dozens of providers, information about who these students are has been more speculative. Recently, Edinburgh University came out with a report on the behavior of their students over the course of six MOOCs provided via Coursera. Professors such as...

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The Coming MOOC Copyright Problem And Its Impact on Students and Universities

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  by Stephen Haggard Take a multi-platform digital mash-up of content contributed and remixed by professors, institutions, publishers, students and software, and let revenue-seeking companies distribute it globally. This (partially) describes MOOCs, but it’s also a full-on recipe for trouble on MOOC copyrights and ownership. That there have been no lawsuits so far is perhaps chiefly down to the fact that no MOOCs have any profits for attorneys to grab. Yet. As MOOCs settle into the category of education-business-as-usual,...

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