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November 15, 2012

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective
Stephen Downes, November 15, 2012, Simposio Internacional Estado Actual Y Prospectiva De La Educacion Virtual, Bogota, Colombia

Overview of the historical factors leading to the development of massive open online courses, and discussion of what this history can tell us of the sustainability of MOOCs in the future.

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Never Mind Antioch, What is Coursera Up To?
Ken Udas, Latent Pattern Transmission, November 15, 2012.

Good question. "Antioch University Los Angeles has recently received some attention for their plans to accept credits for a handful of MOOCs offered through Coursera.... these arrangements have cast some light on Coursera. It seems that the “Openness” community is taking some time and effort to discuss what is and what is not so open about Coursera and its courses.  In addition, folks are starting to discover some of the basic finances of the for-profit MOOC consortia."

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When is a MOOC not a MOOC?
Vance Stevens, adVancEducation, November 15, 2012.

Overview of MOOCs in language learning and an analysis of different tyoes of MOOCs, including content-based, task-based and network-based MOOCs. The intent is to characterize 'multiMOOCs': multiMOOC would straddle network and task-based. He then outlines the distinction between the cMOOC and the xMOOC, and summarizes my own argument here: "Stephen then explained, for xMOOC to be truly viable, it will inevitably have to move in the direction of cMOOC.  In his words, “The connectivism model will become the primary model … [xMOOCs] have to grow to become cMOOCS ... They will do that over time." You heard it first there, read it first here :-)"

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OR2012 - Conference on Open Repositories
Various Authors, Website, November 15, 2012.

Resources and presentations from this conference on academic repositories. Loads of excellent research materials here. For example, 'Open Metrics for Open Repositories' ("a discussion on approaches to metrics related to the provision of institutional repositories. The paper outlines the potential benefits which can be gained from providing richer statistics related to the use of institutional repositories and reviews related work in this area"), 'SWORDv2 for research data management' ("SWORDv2 was a very successful JISC funded project to extend SWORDv1 - a fire-and-forget deposit protocol - to support the full deposit lifecycle around research publications"),a nd much more.

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging... And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor
Unattributed, Contact North, November 14, 2012.

Good article summarizing the key drivers leading to a 'new pedagogy' - the sort of pedagogy, for example, being embraced by MOOCs, identifying some major underlying trends (such as opening learning, sharing power, and new technology) and outlining the major ways the new pedagogy is changing learning through a series of case studies, from hybrid learning, collaborative knowledge creation, use of open educational resources, increased learner control, distributed learning, self-directed learning, and new forms of assessment. The 'further reading' list could be a lot better. For people new to the field, this is a textbook example of how to write a report.

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