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August 5, 2013

Self-assessment and self-remediation
Dave Cormier, August 5, 2013

"I have this problem in my classes," writes Dave Cormier. "… and it involves how to explain to people who have literacy gaps that they can go ahead and fill them on their own. Really good post from Cormier on what he calls "self-remediation."

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Make your own MOOC
Bemsha Swing, Stupid Motivational Tricks, August 5, 2013

OK, you can't exactly make a MOOC out of the Spanish-language poetry resources linked here, the concept is sound. The iidea is that volumes of open  access materials on almost evrry subject already exist - the idea of a MOOC is to link then wwith a strucure and community. That's what cMOOCs do. xMOOCs still create content from scratch and package it as though it were a book (in a certain sense we're reliving the history of learning objects all over again).

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Survey Finds Curiosity, No Cost Motivate Successful MOOC Students
Muhammad Nadeem, Education News, August 5, 2013

I think that the lesson we can learn here is that cost isn't a motivator so much as it is a demotivator. What motivates, then? Well, other things, like the relevance of the subhect material and quality of the learning experience. This should not be taken as a license to simply levy costs - a very little cost demotvation offsets an awful lot of motivation from other factors.

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August 5, 2013

CETIS - the Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards - has launched its new website, with a focus on interoperability, open standards, strategy and futures.

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Shiuld MOOCs Replace Professors?
Diane Ravich, August 4, 2013

Diane Ravich raises the question of the use of online learning to help lower income students, instead of the traditional reponse, tuition subsidies. The opposition to this plan is based on  students' needs for social interaction. If you're just looking at xMOOCs then they have a point. But cMOOCs support social intraction and a lot more. So if this is the professors' only response, then they had better worry.

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An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs
Tony Bates, online learning, distance education resources, August 2, 2013

I've seen this explanation before, but Tony Bates is quite right to highlight it, as it is too easily overlooked in media coverage: "ACE accreditation misleadingly suggests that Coursera courses have been approved by the American post-secondary system (represented by ACE). In fact what the ACE accreditation does (as explained by Pat Book) is merely accredit courses from institutions that are already accredited."

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No, really, courseware is a thing now
Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, August 1, 2013

"Cengage, as a company, is essentially betting its future on courseware.," writes Michael Feldstein. "Not just digital products in general, but courseware in particular. But they are hardly the only provider building content in this relatively new category." In this post he lists and describes briefly eight educational content providers.

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