Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs ~ Stephen’s Web

MOOC Research Literature Browser

(Work in progress!) I’ve created this page in order to collect and share the various research articles I have come across about MOOCs. It is a work in progress at the moment and I will be adding keywords and further papers in due course.

Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs ~ Stephen Downes keynote on network interaction.


Innovative Pedagogy 2013

Open University selected pedagogies that might transform education – and interestingly included assessment. Innovating Technology starts with MOOCs and moves to a maker culture.

Open University report

Open University report

In just the bli…


In just the blink of an eye, the key challenge for higher education has switched from selecting who gets in, to grading who gets out.

Another shift in higher education  – who controls access and who controls assessment and credentials?



MOOCs: the iTunes of academe

A game changer  that started with iTunes…

It’s a new method of delivery alongside the traditional campus PERHAPS the best way to understand this massive open online course revolution is to think of MOOC platforms as the iTunes of higher education 





The greatest value of the disruptive education revolution led by MOOCs is that it is forcing universities to focus on their core competence. Paraphrasing Plutarch, that is to kindle the fire to learn in young minds.


The University of Western Australia and University of NSW will each put a small number of courses on Coursera next year, with both describing the process as experimental and a learning experience.




Free books now with MOOCs

First came free online courses. Now come — with a few conditions — free online textbooks.Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions


Coursera, a provider of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, from dozens of universities, announced Wednesday a partnership with several publishers to provide portions of certain textbooks free for students to use while they take the courses. course materials — from publishers including Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, SAGE and Wiley — would be available through e-readers from the student-services company Chegg.

Mouseless generation

here’s a great sound-bite halfway through http://blogs.msdn.com/b/education/archive/2013/04/05/teachers-and-windows-8-in-education.aspx

It struck me as the first time I’d heard anybody talk about the ‘mouseless generation’, and it’s a great phrase that summarises a lot of device usage by very young children these days.Rutherford who’s a Professor of Education from Canada, where she says:


The End of the University as We Know It?

The End of the University as We Know It  – Nathan Harden


In the future, the primary platform for higher education may be a third-party website, not the university itself.

MIT is the first elite university to offer a credential for students who complete its free, open-source online courses. (The certificate of completion requires a small fee.) Harvard and MIT expect other universities to adopt the same platform and contribute their own courses. And the two universities have put $60 million of their own money behind the project, making edX the most promising MOOC venture out there right now.

edX won’t offer traditional academic credits, Harvard and MIT have announced that “certificates of mastery” will be available for those who complete the online courses and can demonstrate knowledge of course material.

The open-source educational marketplace will give everyone access to the best universities in the world. This will inevitably spell disaster for colleges and universities that are perceived as second rate.

MOOCs are Growing faster than Facebook

MOOCs are Growing faster than Facebook …..and even the new work making its way into Oxford English Dictionary.


Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle


The update of participants in MOOCs is highlighting a critical tension for Australian  universities in allocating resources when some are experiencing tension between determining what is valued and rewarded most  – research or teaching. Universities need to heed why MOOCs have taken off so spectacularly. One reason might be that “rock stars’ are  running courses..eg. people like Stephen  Downes since 2008.

Udacity courses are designed and produced in house in collaboration with Microsoft and Google. Google have even offered developers the platform they used for their MOOC ( not truly a MOOC) too teacher directed but never the less with the open platform and use of Google handouts.

The paint is barely dry, yet edX, the nonprofit start-up from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has 370,000 students this fall in its first official  courses. That’s nothing. Coursera, founded just last January, has reached more than 1.7 million — growing “faster than Facebook,” boasts Andrew Ng, on leave from Stanford to run his for-profit MOOC provider.