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Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC https://www.edx.org/course/utarlingtonx/utarlingtonx-link5-10x-data-analytics-2186 ) will start. We (Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Ryan Baker, and I) have spent the last several months thinking through the course structure and format. Persistence. Adaptivity.

From Courses to Campaigns : using the 70:20:10 approach

Charles Jennings

Courses may help with the basics, or to refresh our knowledge, but courses alone won’t deliver high performance.

The game of course

Jay Cross

What’s a course? Where did courses come from? The word course derives from twelfth-century French for running or moving forward.

Creating the Connectivist Course

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

One was the beginning of open online courses. We had both seen them in operation in the past, and had most recently been influenced by Alec Couros’s online graduate course and David Wiley’s wiki-based course. The course was no longer bounded by the institution. But beyond that, the course was non-traditional.

Researching open online courses

George Siemens

In fall, we (TEKRI, NRC, UPEI and possibly a few other organizations) are hosting an open online course. The course will run for about 35 weeks and credit options will be available for students in the Athabasca University MDE program and with Georgia Tech. I’ll post links to those registration pages as soon as they are available.

Connected Courses

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is a place-holder post to set up syndication for the Connected Courses course. connectedcourses

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ABC: 10 reasons NOT to create a course and 10 other options

Jane Hart

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Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. If you are going to teach a course online or run an online learning event or an online conference, then there’s even more to being successful at that. The topic was roughly (surprise) New Technology for eLearning.

Special Issue: Massive Open Online Courses

George Siemens

Valerie Irvine, Jillianne Code, and I spent time over the past 8 months preparing a special issue of JOLT on massive open online courses. The issue is now available. From our intro: Higher education is entering a phase of dramatic change and innovation. Lewin, 2013; Pappano, 2012).

Khan and AI: Open Online Courses

George Siemens

It’s a candid discussion of what each of these educators wanted to achieve with opening up their courses and content and some of the challenges they faced in the process. People like David Wiley, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes and others have been running open courses since 2007 ( this insidehighered article does touch on the history).

Massive open online courses as new educative practice

George Siemens

Interest in open online courses – and startups see this as an opportunity to automate and scale education.

Open Online Courses

George Siemens

And, yet another presentation from UNISA, this one on open online courses: Open Online Courses

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Chronicle Interview: Why universities should experiment with open online courses

George Siemens

I did an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education on Why Universities Should Experiment With ‘Massive Open Courses’. For example, in the comments I/we (those who run open courses) are presented as being corporate shills: Not surprising that online learning is being pushed by corporate entities who smell the bottom line figures.

Beyond the Course: The Learning Flow – a new framework for the social learning era

Jane Hart

We’ve heard all this for years, and yet the facts remain the same – the way that we help people learn revolves around events in the form of (a defined package of content) aka courses, where the focus still is firmly [.]. Learning is a process not an event. Learning is a destination not a journey. Social learning

A course is not the solution to every problem: Case Study 1

Jane Hart

This is the first of three case studies that shows how courses are not the solution to every learning or performance problem. Social learning

How to break out of the “course is the solution to every problem” mindset: make courses the exception rather than the rule

Jane Hart

Many people working in L&D do now recognize that workplace learning is more than courses delivered through a learning management system. Social learning

Course completion rates in online programs

George Siemens

For example, at Athabasca University, our course completion rates are high. From the draft report: As was the case in previous years, 85% of courses started by undergraduate students were successfully completed (the other 15% withdrew or failed; graduate and “non-starter” registrations were excluded). What are your experiences?

The Smart Worker : needs job aids rather than courses

Jane Hart

In  post 2, I suggested liberating courses from the LMS and making them available on the intranet where they were more likely to be accessed and used. Adult learners are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they are being treated as idiots in how they are expected to use online courses. Tweet. How to use Google Forms. Google Guide.

Massive Open Online Courses: Interview with Howard Rheingold

George Siemens

Howard Rheingold is a highly regarded thinker/theorist on the social impact of technology (see his book Smart Mobs ). Video below

Catch up strategies in online courses | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

She was essentially asking, how do we catch up when we are lost or left behind in an online learning course/class/workshop? What else? Besos.

Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry from a reader at a large company that is continuously working on large projects with lots of course content running around. They have Articulate courses, classroom courses, SharePoint sites, etc. Of course, it’s still a bit of a mess. They have an LMS but not an LCMS. Sound familiar? Greater re-use?

Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) How to ensure any educational outcomes in accordance with short-time curricular aims? Students having autonomy do not usually feel about the aim the same way as teachers. Is it a call for a curricular change? It seem it would (will!)

Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. spent three or four hours taking the course. Course design. For me, yes.

Call for Papers: Open Online Courses

George Siemens

This call for chapters for a text on open online courses (.doc), doc), edited Rita Kop, Stephen Downes, George Siemens, might be of interest to readers. The two-page abstract of prospective chapters is due Oct 31, 2011

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Supporting workplace learning in the network era is more than delivering courses through a LMS

Jane Hart

“It takes much more than courses delivered through a learning management system to support workplace learning in the network era.”

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An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills

David Weinberger

I’ve been interested in the potential of running a massive open online course for basic skills for a while now. Send suggestions. obs11

Resources before courses

Clark Quinn

In the course of answering a question in an interview, I realized a third quip to complement two recent ones. And if it’s about knowledge, not skills, a course doesn’t make sense. In short, doing courses should be reserved for when they are  really needed. However, doing real design, good or bad,  should take time.

Courses are dead. Just foolin’

Jay Cross

Several people have asked me not to denigrate formal learning in the workplace, the 10 of the 70:20:10 model. Indeed. Formal learning has its place.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.

What’s In It for Us?: Benefits to Campus Course of Running a MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But I want to focus on the pedagogical innovations, influences on campus courses and improvements in course quality.

Announcing Open Course: Learning & Knowledge Analytics

George Siemens

A number of open courses will be offered early 2011 (CCK11, PLEs, Digital Storytelling). and, my new maxim for open online courses is “never teach alone – grow network competence by co-teaching&# ). All updates on the course will be posted there. Which is great! The program is now available. As is registration.

Case Study 2 – How a training course is not the solution to every problem

Jane Hart

Following Monday’s post, How to break out of the “course is the solution to every problem” mindset: make courses the exception rather than the rule, this is the second of three case studies that shows how courses are not the solution to every learning or performance problem. Social learning

Open Course: Learning Analytics and Knowledge

George Siemens

For the past several years, in preparation for our Learning Analytics Conference (this year in Leuven, Belgium, registration is now open ), we’ve been running an open online course on learning analytics. This year, we’ll be running our Learning Analytics and Knowledge course on Canvas Network. The course starts Feb 11

More on Massive Open Online Courses

George Siemens

I presented to the EDUCAUSE NGLC Summer Learning series today on massive open online courses (MOOCs). It was one of the more active presentations I’ve been involved with in a while – the discussions were intense. should have bailed on my slides (below) and just chatted with attendees. The recording is now available here.

Full Circle Associates " Catch up strategies in online courses

Nancy White

She was essentially asking, how do we catch up when we are lost or left behind in an online learning course/class/workshop? What else? Besos.

Catch up strategies in online courses | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

She was essentially asking, how do we catch up when we are lost or left behind in an online learning course/class/workshop? What else? Besos.

Catch up strategies in online courses | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

She was essentially asking, how do we catch up when we are lost or left behind in an online learning course/class/workshop? What else? Besos.

Education and, of course, the Net

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared  via Twitter  this past week. . aronsolomon – Generation Why. Friday's Finds

Google course finale — a certificate!

Jay Cross

Cheers, Power Searching with Google course staff. This just received from Google… Congratulations! Below are your assessment scores.

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Final Exam: Design the Ideal Organization. Use Course Concepts to Defend Your Answer

Bob Sutton

  I put in on the course outline so they can see it the first day of class.    I believe it was largely because my two course assistants, Belinda Chiang and Isaac Waisberg , did such a great job of giving students feedback during the five writing assignments that led up to the final.  " Heaven. 

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