e-Learning Strategy MOOC OER

“If developing countries allow themselves to be locked in to a certain MOOC platform, they may have to adhere to the foreign values put forth by the platform owners.”

by Sandi Boga (Author), Rory McGreal (Author)
Contributors: Athabasca University, Canada
Publishers: COL (January 2014)
Lifelong Learning MOOC

How companies can capitalize MOOCs trend

Some interesting tips from Megatrends in MOOCS: #5 Lifelong Learning about how companies can take advantage of the lifelong learning trend mainly by supporting and recognizing their employees’ learning initiatives. In a recent article for Entrepreneur, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard identified several tactics businesses can use to create a culture of learning. Here is how these tactics can be used to support employee learning in MOOCs:

  1. Weekly lunch and learns. Once a week, buy lunch and have an employee present what he or she is learning in a MOOC. This can help spread knowledge and also create an environment where learning is seen as a priority.
  2. Training budgets and tuition reimbursement and recognition programs. MOOCs are free to take, but verified certificates cost anywhere between about $40 and $100. Reimburse your employees for these expenses—this practice will both encourage employees to take courses and demonstrate that you support their professional development. Plus, it is a lot cheaper than developing and running an in-house course!
  3. Set specific learning goals. Encourage employees to set learning goals every quarter and then check in with them on how they are doing. For example, managers can monitor their employees’ progress through MOOCs and provide support when necessary. Training departments can track learning efforts to identify and support organization-wide learning efforts.
  4. Distribute books to read. For MOOCs, this tactic can be changed to “vet and recommend courses.” There are hundreds of MOOCs available—training departments can support employee learning efforts by vetting courses and making specific recommendations.
  5. Acknowledge the results. This is the big one—don’t let your employees’ training efforts go unnoticed. Treat MOOC accomplishments the way you would any other training program.
Instructional Design Online Pedagogy

Top 10 Books on Teaching

An interesting selection for reading this summer. A good opportunity to review the most prominent education experts.

Top 10 Books on Teaching

Lifelong Learning

UNESCO’s position on the post-2015 Education agenda

“Education is a right that transforms lives when it is accessible to all, relevant
and underpinned by core shared values. Because quality education is the most
influential force for alleviating poverty, improving health and livelihoods,
increasing prosperity and shaping more inclusive, sustainable and peaceful
societies, it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that it is at the centre of the
post-2015 development agenda.”
UNESCO’s position on the post-2015 Education agenda

e-Learning Strategy

Top-Ten IT Issues, 2014: Be the Change You See (EDUCAUSE Review) |

Now reading ….

Top-Ten IT Issues, 2014: Be the Change You See (EDUCAUSE Review) |


Instructional Design MOOC

MOOCs and Libraries, a possible combination?

An interesting reflection in the article “Next Steps for MOOCs and Libraries” By Ian Chant, describing how libraries can support and encourage the construction and use of MOOCs.

According to Stephen Downes, libraries were characterized, even in the digital age, as a closed environment, limited to users of the nearby environment (students, teachers, researchers, readers, access etc.)

The author describes four examples from experiences in U.S. libraries:

MOOCs on Public Libraries

To facilitate access to MOOCs and digital resources in social contexts with limited internet access. A Chicago Public Library offers resources that make online learning a viable option: “We are the biggest provider of public technology and wireless access”, “we have the resources people can use to do the homework in these courses.”

Developing own MOOs

Other libraries have developed their own MOOCs as an independent resource or as a complement to face-to-face workshops, allowing students to students to take the MOOC more casually, on their own schedule and at their own pace. In some cases the library build the content and in other cases including content created by partner outside the library.

MOOCs as supplement

At Syracuse University have experienced how the MOOCs could supplement or even replace the standard online courses. These courses offer the ability to follow the rhythm of the student. It offer the option to taking the course for academic credit with the support of a guide.

Building significant MOOCs

A MOOC can be a valuable resource for providing informal learning and helping community learning in a connected environment without worrying whether that learning is officially recognized by the universities.

Lifelong Learning

Free Higher Education Is a Human Right | Common Dreams

“The OECD found that “The odds that a young person in the U.S. will be in higher education if his or her parents do not have an upper secondary education are just 29% – one of the lowest levels among OECD countries (emphasis ours).” (Source: Education at a Glance – OECD Indicators 2012.)

That’s not a “land of opportunity.” This kind of economic aristocracy is fundamentally un-American. And it’s getting worse.

The cost of higher education is hitting lower-income Americans the hardest. As a recent analysis (from the Hechinger Report, in collaboration with Education Writer’s Association and the Dallas Morning News) showed, “America’s colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their college costs rise more slowly, or even fall.”

More student aid is being directed to wealthier students, further exacerbating the educational inequality problem.”

Free Higher Education Is a Human Right | Common Dreams.


e-Learning Strategy Lifelong Learning MOOC

Five myths about Moocs

On Five myths about Moocs, Diana Laurillard explains why a model based on unsupervised learning is not the answer and the MOOCs five myths:

  • the idea that ‘content is free’ in education
  • that students can support each other
  • that Moocs solve the problem of expensive undergraduate education
  • that MOOCs address educational scarcity in emerging economies
  • that Education is a mass customer industry

Diana Laurillard criticizes MOOCs because this format oriented course with a large number of students based on mutual support and peer assessment is not a university education.

University education needs guidance and personalized guidance, which is not possible to scale massively.

Personally I agree with some of these reviews.

Although I think the MOOCs can be an important complement to offer open courses charging for activities that require intensive involvement of teachers and tutors such as support and tutorial guide, personalized assessment and issuance of certificates.

This reflection has different conclusions in the case of education in developed countries or in developing or emerging countries.

In the case of developing and emerging countries, MOOCs are an instrument of universities social commitment decided to extend education to students with limited financial resources and who face situations of exclusion.

Lifelong Learning Online Pedagogy Web 2.0 Tools

How to teach programming/coding?

What is the best way to learn/teach programming/coding?

For example: JavaScript, HTML / CSS, PHP, Python, Ruby, APIs

It isn’t easy to teach and learn online technical subjects such as programming. In my opinion, you need to change the learning paradigm by:
transferring the student the learning responsability for their own learning,
Giving help with with good web based tools and
leading and supporting students progress.

Codecademy offers learn to code interactively, for free.

As Codeacademy writes in his blog:

“We do not want to open up universities. We want to open up knowledge. Everyone knows something they can teach someone else and we want to help them do it. Our community has created tens of thousands of courses and taken millions of courses. At this point, more than a billion lines of code have been submitted to Codecademy.”
Lifelong Learning Online Pedagogy

Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

In this blog: Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed we find an interesting perspective of the philosophy of Paulo Freire, establishing a parallel with modern expressions of innovative pedagogy as MOOCs.

(some comments about this book and the author)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, written by educator Paulo Freire, proposes a pedagogy with a new relationship between teacher, student, and society. This book published in 1970 proposes an innovative vision of pedagogy and is considered one of the foundational texts of critical pedagogy.
In the book Freire calls traditional pedagogy the “banking model” because it treats the student as an empty vessel to be filled with knowledge, like a piggy bank. However, he argues for pedagogy to treat the learner as a co-creator of knowledge.