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. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course.

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

Charles Jennings

One of the major strategic objectives for many HR and L&D departments in 2016 and beyond will be to extend their focus and services beyond courses and out into the workplace. Courses may help with the basics, or to refresh our knowledge, but courses alone won’t deliver high performance.

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The game of course

Jay Cross

The largest obstacle holding L&D professionals back from taking advantage of network technologies, distributed networks, social connections, peer interaction, and informal learning may be their bedrock belief that learning = courses. What’s a course?

Learning in the Modern Workplace is much MORE than courses and resources

Jane Hart

courses and resources), it means supporting all the other ways people learn for and at work. Individuals learn in many ways for and at work; training or e-learning is only part of the picture as I show in the diagram below.

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. What made these courses important was that they invoked the idea of including outsiders into university courses in some way. The course was no longer bounded by the institution. But beyond that, the course was non-traditional.

Learning in the Modern Workplace is much MORE than courses and resources

Jane Hart

courses and resources), it means supporting all the other ways people learn for and at work. Individuals learn in many ways for and at work; training or e-learning is only part of the picture as I show in the diagram below.

udemy Course with Marissa Mayer

Jay Cross

Marissa’s free Udemy course will teach you how to build a culture of innovation at your company. Take This FREE Course. The course is billed as “Over 10 lectures and 24 mins of content!” It’s a stretch to call this a course.

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

Jane Hart

My colleague, Clark Quinn, recently wrote a blog post, Yes, you do have to change, in which he explained how he felt that “ the elearning industry, and the broader learning industry, is severely underperforming the potential”. ¦ [.]. Social learning

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Connected Courses

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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

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. It made me immediately think back to my first experience with an online session.

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. I’ve been a bit frustrated in the past (actually, I still am) that the history of open courses has not been fully reflected in conversation about the Stanford AI class. It’s good to have growing diversity in researchers and educators offering alternative course models.

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. Mainstream media often present massive open online courses (MOOCs) as both a reflection of the need for universities to undergo a metamorphosis and as a means of forcing a new perspective on digital teaching and learning practices (i.e.,

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. In the process, I assault the spirits of both Alan and Jim in linking work that Stephen, Dave, and I have done with open courses and what they are doing with DS106.

Open Online Courses

George Siemens

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

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’. The interview ran over 30 minutes, but was edited down to 12 minutes, so some of my discussion about the history of open courses (Wiley, Couros) was not included in the final version. I haven’t made money on open courses. I have no illusions about open online courses being THE key to education’s problems.

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. These posts have been adapted from posts that first appeared on my blog in 2010.

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.

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. They certainly are beginning to realise that most training courses (either face-to-face or online) are endured rather than enjoyed by their people, and that there is a lot of evidence that shows that they [.].

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). Online courses that I’ve taught through University of Manitoba have similar high success rates. Online programs are frequently criticized for high drop out rates.

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. But I also mentioned that the materials would need to be provided in a format that was easily searchable so that relevant content was immediately accessible without having to work through the whole course. 5 – Think in terms of job aids rather than courses! Tweet.

Massive Open Online Courses: Interview with Howard Rheingold

George Siemens

Howard contacted me for a short interview (that I stretched out to more than double the length intended by saying too many words all in a row) on my experiences with massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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? This hit home because right now I’m facilitating a workshop and have totally fallen behind in two online courses I’m ostensibly “taking!&#

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. We need to set up a process to determine all courses the information will impact.

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? This is like asking, "how do you have freedom, and still control people?"

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.” Harold Jarche, in his recent post, Supporting workplace learning , uses a great little diagram to show that -.

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Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. After the course, I treat search more as an iterative process. I spent three or four hours taking the course. Course design. ” I complete the course with even more respect for Google.

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

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. Most of the open courses that we’ve run so far have been geared towards experienced learners. Free online course teaching basic skills for success at university.

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. It’s apt for bringing people up to speed in a new discipline or topic.

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. Too often, we’re making courses trying to get knowledge into people’s heads, which usually isn’t a good idea, since our brains aren’t good at remembering rote information.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

For the rest of the morning, we learned about design thinking by doing it through “ A Crash Course in Design Thinking.” Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.

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. We have tens of thousands of students in these courses, so it’s literally an opportunity to experiment. We ask them permission, of course.

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.

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&# ). Adding to the mix, we’re (Jon Dron, Dave Cormier, Tanya Elias, and I) happy to announce an open course on Learning & Knowledge Analytics. All updates on the course will be posted there.

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. As I’m currently writing a book on the future of higher education and open courses, I’m exploring different technologies for use in open courses. This year, we’ll be running our Learning Analytics and Knowledge course on Canvas Network.

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. I should have bailed on my slides (below) and just chatted with attendees. The recording is now available here. MOOCs EDUCAUSE from gsiemens

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? This hit home because right now I’m facilitating a workshop and have totally fallen behind in two online courses I’m ostensibly “taking!&#

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? This hit home because right now I’m facilitating a workshop and have totally fallen behind in two online courses I’m ostensibly “taking!&#

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? This hit home because right now I’m facilitating a workshop and have totally fallen behind in two online courses I’m ostensibly “taking!&#

Google course finale — a certificate!

Jay Cross

Cheers, Power Searching with Google course staff. This just received from Google… Congratulations! Here is the certificate you earned through your participation in Power Searching with Google. Below are your assessment scores.

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