Discussion Reflections on Learning with MOOCs

Posted in 'General Discussions' started by Carolyn, Sep 18, 2014.

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How helpful are student-generated course reviews?

  1. Not at all - they're all fake

    9.1%
  2. Quite helpful, but there aren't enough to make an informed decision

    68.2%
  3. Very helpful - they give a true indication of the quality of the course

    22.7%
  1. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    Share your thoughts, tips and experiences of learning with MOOCs and online courses.
     
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  2. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    Tell us how many MOOCs you have studied.

    What courses were they?

    Did you complete them?
     
  3. Charles McIntyre

    Charles McIntyre New Member

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    It would be great to have a certificate for academic courses, if people accepted them. Testing is a problem, making sure the person taking the course is the same person taking the test!
     
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  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    Some MOOC aggregator sites such as CourseTalk & ClassCentral give users the option to rate a course based on their own experiences.

    Do you read these reviews?

    Do you find them helpful?
     
  5. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    MOOC provider EdX has launched a high school initiative offering 27 new courses geared to high school students across the world. These high school MOOCs are developed by some of the best universities in the world, including UC Berkeley, Rice, MIT and include courses like The Road to Selective College Admissions, as well as subjects like Geometry and Algebra.

    EdX aim to offer high-quality, engaging and interactive courses to prepare high school students for post-secondary studies.

    To see full list of available courses geared at highschoolers, go to https://www.edx.org/high-school-initiative
     
  6. Duke

    Duke Active Member

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    The jump from high school to post-secondary education is huge for most students. These new MOOCs will give students the opportunity to better prepare themselves before the big leap. Well done EdX!
     
  7. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    A study by Cornell and Stanford investigated the engagement patterns of more than 300,000 Coursera students and devised a “taxonomy of engagement” that divides MOOC participants into five different types:

    1. Bystanders. Bystanders are students who register, but don’t engage much. They may never login at all, or they may poke around, but then disappear.

    2. Collectors. Collectors are students who mainly just download the lectures, but don’t participate much in the course.

    3. Viewers. Viewers are students who watch the lectures, but don’t do many of the assignments.

    4. Solvers. Solvers do the assigned work, but don’t necessarily watch the lectures.

    5. All-Rounders. Finally, all-rounders achieve a balance of watching lectures and doing assignments.
     
  8. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    Are you excited about taking your first ever MOOC?

    What are your expectations?

    Post your thoughts below.
     
  9. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    Most MOOC students are male

    MOOCs attract students who already have college degrees

    The average age of MOOC participants is 24

    One-third of MOOC participants are from North America

    Nearly half of registrants never engage with any of the content

    Europeans view the most course content

    Students with a doctorate view more course material

    Serial students are the most engaged

    http://edf.stanford.edu/readings/8-things-you-should-know-about-moocs
     
  10. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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  11. Nina

    Nina Active Member

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  12. Sky

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    Most teenagers need personalised support in their learning. I don't believe MOOCs are designed for the younger audience.
     
  13. Jaffa

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  14. Bluebeard

    Bluebeard Member

    The type of high school student who is likely to take a MOOC probably doesn't need a "coach".
     
  15. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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  16. Carolyn

    Carolyn Administrator Staff Member

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    A lot of learners start a MOOC but don't actually finish it. It would be interesting to know how many you have actually completed.

    Select a response in the poll.
     
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  17. Simon Morice

    Simon Morice New Member

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    I am not bothered about certificates. Education should be a life long endeavour and badges mean increasingly less - to me at least...
     
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  18. Nina

    Nina Active Member

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    I guess there are two scenarios here. People who take online courses to develop their learning and knowledge from a personal perspective and those who take them for professional development. Employers look for recognised certificates and experience neither of which can be obtained through MOOCs.
     
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  19. Mervyn Pilley

    Mervyn Pilley Member

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    Recognition of certificates from MOOC is now possible and starting to gain traction. Structured CPD Requirements for most professional bodies can certainly be met by MOOCS.
     
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  20. Nina

    Nina Active Member

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    Would you say this is the case today, or are you saying it is conceivable?
     

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