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February 22, 2013

Common Misperceptions of MOOCs and Open Learning
Trent Batson, Batson Blog, February 22, 2013

Trent Batson makes a nice point in his response to the recent (and ill-informed) NY Times editorial on online learning: "with open learning, all connected humans have multiple sources of learning.  This is true right now.  But because most learners are not yet adjusted to guiding their own learning, they cannot yet take advantage of the riches of open learning.... This legacy 'one-way' mindset limits awareness of the multiple ways that learning can occur and how new learning designs can be varied and enticing."

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Future of the MOOC
Stephen Downes, George Siemens, YouTube, February 22, 2013

I was in Philadelphia today to talk about MOOCs and online learning with George Siemens and staff at Philadelphia University, including especially provost Randy Swearer. We had a lot of fun and we both appreciated the relaxed and informal approach that allowed us to explore more deeply wherever the conversation took is. The result was two videos:

The second one ends a bit suddenly as my computer runs out of power, but it's right at the end of the session and you don't miss anything.


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Educators Serving Educators
Educators Serving Educators, February 22, 2013

From the website: "Educators Serving Educators (ESE) is an innovative not-for-profit corporation that works with accredited institutions of higher education to develop and deliver online programs and courses."

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Peers lament open access 'confusion'
Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, February 22, 2013

Britian's House of Lords has released a report critical of Research Council UK's recent policy on open access. It said that there was not enough consultation beforehand, that the policy wasn't articulated clarly enough, and that RCUK should have calculated the costs fo recommending a 'gold' model for open access, which requires that researchers or funders pay publishers to support open access. Thanks to an email form Richard Poynder, these links are available: The report is available here: http://ow.ly/hWw0f, RCUK’s response is here: http://ow.ly/hWwaE, the Times Higher news story here: http://ow.ly/hWxbT and a background piece here: http://j.mp/11XPsoX

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Saide Course Design and Materials Development Guide
South African Institute for Distance Education, February 22, 2013

The South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) has just released this Course Design and Materials Development Guide. It's basically an online text with links to additional resources. According to SAIDE the purpose of the guide is to:

  • assist education practitioners who are about to engage in designing and developing education and training programmes, courses and materials to understand what practices lead to quality;
  • provide practical support in developing high quality programmes, courses and materials, through the use of a range of tools;
  • inform the evaluation of programme, course and materials design.

Topics covered include open learning, open educational resources, and technology supported learning.

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