Archive for January, 2014

Amazon Attacking Barnes & Noble On Campus?
January 29, 2014

Now, Amazon, perhaps not content to best Barnes & Noble on the ebook battlefield, is going after the retailer in one of its strongholds: the college campus. Amazon has formed a partnership with University of California, Davis to create an online storefront geared specifically toward the university’s students.

via Forbes.

 

The future of MOOCs
January 27, 2014

According to the 2012 Sir John Daniel report, Making Sense of MOOCs, there are several potential business models for monetising MOOCs including issuing certificates to students who complete a MOOC, charging a fee to have examinations proctored, selling the platform to enterprises to use in their own training courses and charging tuition fees.

MOOC providers could also provide other universities with the ability to license their courses and could offer corporations recruiting services.

Supporters believe that MOOCs deliver the opportunity to ‘democratise’ higher education by allowing students and adult learners to take a course through an elite university while remaining in their own countries.

MOOCs have the potential to reach two billion potential learners. By expanding access to disenfranchised students, MOOCs have the ability to build global learning communities. Supporters also refer to the ability of MOOCs, by the ‘click’ format, to analyse how students learn.

Perhaps the greatest potential for MOOCs is that of connecting MOOC ‘graduates’ with future employers. Although edX recently reported that they would no longer offer job-placement services, several higher education experts – including Sir Drummond Bone, master of Balliol College at Oxford – believe that in the future MOOCs will have their greatest impact with future employers.

via University World News.

 

MOOCs creator George Siemens gets connected
January 27, 2014

The Gates foundation and George Siemens make an unlikely alliance.

The foundation has spent nearly US$500 million towards getting more students to finish their degrees, among other things, and while massive open online courses may have a role to play, Siemens is a relic from a time before MOOCs became reoriented to scale and economics.

But Siemens does not dislike edX and Coursera, purveyors of the newer, more massive MOOCs. He says he is impressed by their reach, especially overseas. The connectivism scholar likes talking about theory, but more than that he wants to make a difference.

“If you’re sitting there with your MOOCs theories,” he says, “and then there are these people at Coursera who are literally changing people’s lives, there has to be some boundary on your personal rhetoric”.

via University World News.

 

EXCLUSIF – Wengo rachète le spécialiste du soutien scolaire Bordas.com
January 15, 2014

via FrenchWeb.fr.

 

Is 2014 the Year of the Corporate MOOC? Infographic
January 14, 2014

via e-Learning Infographics.

 

The Growth of Google Apps for Education Infographic
January 14, 2014

“over 20 million students use Google apps for education”…

via e-Learning Infographics.

 

5 Ways To Make Corporate Learning More Effective
January 7, 2014

Effective corporate learning happens when the content is presented in a way that makes it as easy as possible to learn, comprehend, and implement.

Learning isn’t about remembering more information, but having the right information at the right time.

via dashe.com.

 

Top Instructional Design Trends and Outlook for 2014
January 7, 2014

While instructional technology, including m-learning and gamification, made headlines, storytelling chops and effective communication skills were just as important.

via elearningindustry.com.