Time for a MOOC-like makeover

Aaron Wolowiec

Massive Open Online Courses. But either way, MOOCs probably aren’t going anywhere, so it’s wise to take some tips from their success. So what’s a MOOC? A MOOC is a social, networked learning experience that blends a subject matter expert (instructor), technology and convenience. In the background, a successful learning management system is key to operating a successful MOOC. There are MOOC-like things associations can do to entice learners.

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MOOC as Promotion: Brewers Association Launches Beer Course

Associations Now

In an effort to draw attention to beer’s culinary role, the Brewers Association announced a five-day course on how to best pair the popular beverage with food. The first four days of the course are open to the public. This course empowers students and educators to bring the diverse beverage of craft beer into the kitchen and onto the table.”. a beer expert—helped create the course with Adam Dulye, a culinary consultant with the association.

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MOOCs: A myth for the masses? Not so much

Aaron Wolowiec

An infographic by Online-PhD-Programs.org summarizing MOOCs. Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – seem to be all the rage. MOOCs are online classes that are available to anyone with a computer and/or Internet access. Some MOOCs are free, but others aren’t. It’s a bit confusing as MOOCs are still trying to find their place among social media, 24-7 access to news and a society that thrives on convenience. percent of respondents offer MOOCs and only 4.6

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10 Secrets of Online Course Design from Award-Winning MOOCs

WBT Systems

If you want to see engaging, transformative online course design in action, add a little poetry to your life. An online Coursera course, Modern American Poetry , aka ModPo, is one of the 50 most popular MOOCs of all time. Typically, a MOOC features a course syllabus, in this case, a ten-week lesson plan with assigned reading (poems), instructor-created video content, discussion forum, peer-reviewed writing assignments, and quizzes.

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Will MOOC’s Impact Association Educational Offerings?

SCD Group

As I read a news story about 300,000 people enrolling in an environmental course, I wonder how exposure to massive open online courses will impact educational offerings of associations and professional societies. Here’s the news item: Ohio State Offers Public Online Environmental Science Course Nearly 300,000 students -- from the U.S., Should you be pursuing your own version of MOOC courses? What are you doing or considering as the MOOC movement expands?

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The State of the MOOC: What Associations Should Know

Associations Now

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been around long enough that some strong takeaways are starting to show themselves. Read on to see what Harvard and MIT have learned about MOOCs—and what your association should keep in mind. The buzz around massive open online courses, or MOOCs, hasn’t dissipated in the years since the trend has picked up. million people that accessed content in a course, just 16.6 Is Now the Time For Your MOOC?

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A Big Course From a Small Association

Associations Now

One executive at a state association has taken the lead on educating healthcare workers on a pressing national issue via a MOOC. For Jan Grimes, it’s meant building a lot of partnerships and putting together a must-attend online course. So last fall she started thinking about a MOOC —short for massive open online course, which is designed to deliver education to students with various interests and learning styles, at a flexible pace.

Life goes on…and so does learning

Aaron Wolowiec

So now I’m wondering, where do Massive Open Online Courses fit into this equation? If you know of an expert on MOOCs, or if your association uses MOOCs, please contact me. Associations Learning Professional Development business certification programs continuing education crowdsourcing curriculum employers Event Garde global economy globalization Jeff Cobb Lifelong learning Massive Open Online Courses MOOC social media Tagoras technology YouTube

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Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

Beth Kanter

The MOOC , is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively. The online course is six-weeks. Students will also be provided with ongoing, post-MOOC philanthropy education content that will support continued development and execution of their philanthropic goals. I signed up for the course for several reasons. Giving 2.0:

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Of those who responded to the survey, 63 percent of working adults have taken a course or engaged in professional development throughout the last year to improve job skills, mostly for career advancement. For example, 61 percent of respondents aren’t aware of distance learning while 80 percent aren’t familiar with massive open online courses (MOOCs). On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student.

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Of those who responded to the survey, 63 percent of working adults have taken a course or engaged in professional development throughout the last year to improve job skills, mostly for career advancement. For example, 61 percent of respondents aren’t aware of distance learning while 80 percent aren’t familiar with massive open online courses (MOOCs). On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student.

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Moose to MOOCs and 3 other articles for association executives

SCD Group

Universities bolster MOOCs for online learning By Mary Beth Marklein via USA TODAY. Yet despite countless courses and seminars on the techniques of association management, they are continually overwhelmed by unmanageable events. Public universities and systems in nine states say they''ll join a push to greatly expand and improve online learning.

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Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of blogs and articles outlining the benefits of taking free online courses for professional development to advance your career, but do these courses actually deliver the value and opportunity they profess to provide to adult learners? Discovery : Ability to find a course that matches the learner’s interests, and to discover new topics to expand their knowledge and skills in related fields or completely new areas of study.

Associations play an important role in higher education

Aaron Wolowiec

But with credentialing programs, MOOCs, conferences and other online offerings, associations can fill the skills gap. Students drive their own pace of completion through a program’s curricular courses or modules by demonstrating competencies through learning exercises, activities and engaging experiences. Because the learning can occur in varied settings and forms, individuals are not restricted by course schedules and access to programs. Try MOOCs or coding camps.

Associations play an important role in higher education

Aaron Wolowiec

But with credentialing programs, MOOCs, conferences and other online offerings, associations can fill the skills gap. Students drive their own pace of completion through a program’s curricular courses or modules by demonstrating competencies through learning exercises, activities and engaging experiences. Because the learning can occur in varied settings and forms, individuals are not restricted by course schedules and access to programs. Try MOOCs or coding camps.

Always the Last to Know: Analytics Academy

Spark Consulting

It’s a six unit free MOOC that is designed to provide (and I quote): An overview of today’s digital measurement landscape. The course includes video lessons, quizzes, and a learner community. Do you use Google Analytics to track your web traffic and use data? Would you like to do it better? Google is launching Analytics Academ y to help you do just that.

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Is your online education ready for Generation Flux?

SocialFish

This article originally appeared on the Avectra blog with the title, Association Learning Communities Offer More than MOOC. ————– Since the announcement by Harvard and MIT about the launch of their joint online education venture, edX , I’ve seen several articles and opinion pieces about MOOC – massive open online courses. The best thing of all: MOOC is free. Lessons from MOOC. MOOC, schmooc.

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2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

It’s a great attractor for learning experiences at conferences and multi-day live courses. If you are just building your first set of online courses and implementing your first (traditional) LMS, it’s probably not the time to develop a 12-tiered system of subscription packages. It’s notable, too, that the DoD guidance tells implementers to continue to use SCORM for asynchronous course tracking. MOOCs: We will go against the grain a bit here and argue that MOOCs AREN’T DEAD.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.7.16

Reid All About it

Class Central has reviewed and compiled a list of The Best Intro to Programming Courses for Data Science. This list is part of their Data Science Career Guide , a six-part series recommending the best online courses and MOOCs for people entering the data science industry. What online courses (including your own) and MOOCs would you recommend to people entering (or thinking about entering) your industry or profession?

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10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. You’ll hear all sorts of terminology in the eLearning world – MOOCS, Moodles, gamification – don’t be overwhelmed by this! A course or a workshop? If you’re launching a new platform or new online course, choose your “go live” date and work backward from there.

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How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

Reid All About it

Here are some of the courses I’d require: Strategic thinking and goal-setting. Thanks to MOOCs , many people around the world are patching together a college-level education by taking classes from Brown, Penn, UVA, Harvard and other respected universities. What if organizations, like associations, help people put together a curriculum from various online sources such as MOOCs and associations? Right now, today, in 2016 is the best time to start up.

My Top 10 Learnings From ASAE Annual 2013

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Use MOOC for more personal development. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are changing the way we approach education. I''ve already taken Coursera courses, but I should check out some others for more FREE online education. Thanks to speakers David DeLorenzo and Kylee Coffman for the MOOC discussion in their session. My fabulous co-presenters and me. Amy Lestition, me, Laurie Kulilosky, and Ozair Esmail.

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Social Media Roundup: Why Hiring Is a Lot Like Dating

Associations Now

Plus, associations can’t afford to pretend Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don’t exist. Don’t Fear the MOOCs. Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away: the effect of MOOC madness (via @peachnewmedia ) #assnchat [link]. Back to school: Associations shouldn’t ignore the growing popularity and influence of Massive Open Online Courses, according to a recent blog post at Peach New Media.

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Mastering Your Craft

Thanks For Playing

Enter MOOCs ( massive open online courses ). Right now, MOOCs are great - take classes from an Ivy for free! - This past fall, I had the opportunity to participate in a multi-day retreat with a bunch of smart people where we focused on the future of work. Talking about the future of work led us naturally into talking about the future of getting ready to work, aka our education system.

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What Three Fringe Learning Formats Might Offer Associations

Associations Now

MOOCs , or massive open online courses, are currently used by about 7 percent of associations and only about 5 percent plan to use them over the next 12 months. Recently popularized by Silicon Valley tech giants such as Coursera and Udacity, this learning format usually consists of a free online course with a large number of participants and often features video content, discussion boards, peer-to-peer evaluations, and downloadable reading material.

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3 E-learning Myths It’s Time to Put to Bed

Aaron Wolowiec

The default assumption seems to be that it involves adding animation and game-like elements to courses, but effective interaction can be achieved with much simpler methods. Another is to have learners download worksheets they can make use of before, during or after a course experience. Of course, if you do want to add animation or game elements to your e-learning experiences, even the cost of doing that has dropped through the floor. Jeff Cobb, co-founder of Tagoras Inc.

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10 Steps from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. You’ll hear all sorts of terminology in the eLearning world – MOOCS, Moodles, gamification – don’t be overwhelmed by this! A course or a workshop? If you’re launching a new platform or new online course, choose your “go live” date and work backward from there.

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Finding Radical Value in Core Competencies

Association Subculture

Reframe Delivery – Massive open online courses or “MOOCs” are effectively disrupting the landscape. Beyond webinars and other virtual mechanisms, the technology supporting MOOCs are leading instructors to radically re-evaluate how content is chunked absent a “time” requirement. Sticking with the same pricing models does not make sense in a world where anyone can take a physics course from MIT for FREE.

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MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption

SocialFish

The people in the music industry weren’t stupid, of course. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. We have several advantages over the recording industry, of course. Will they be able to share educational courses, or videos, or quizzes, or anything else with their peers on a topic-by-topic basis?

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Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing

SocialFish

To what extent do social media, mobile, and trends like massive open online courses factor in? Self-paced online courses, at 65.5 Less than 10 percent of respondents indicated that have experimented with trendy new options like massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital badges, flipped classrooms, or gamification. I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. Download!

Reads of the Week: September 14, 2012

Reid All About it

I’m curious to see how effective and enjoyable a MOOC is – that’s a massive online open course. I’ll get to my favorite reads of the week in just a bit, but first, indulge me for a moment. It will make you feel good, promise. My tweet of week won’t surprise anyone who saw my tweets last Friday or Saturday: @FoodBankJenC: Thank you so much to everyone who supported the 24 Hour Telethon $20,500 & 3,300 lbs raised. Huge thanks @gregoryng @mikeadamsnc #FoodBank24.

MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption

SocialFish

The people in the music industry weren’t stupid, of course. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. We have several advantages over the recording industry, of course. Will they be able to share educational courses, or videos, or quizzes, or anything else with their peers on a topic-by-topic basis?

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.21.17

Reid All About it

A few years ago I took an excellent online Coursera course, Modern American Poetry. LMS provider WBT Systems writes about instructional design innovations that associations could borrow from “ModPo” and a few other award-winning MOOCs. Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Yesterday I went on an ebook buying rampage thanks to BookBub.

Can Associations Corner the Education Market?

Associations Now

Take massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for example. By virtue of being free and open to anyone around the world, MOOCs present an opportunity to think about the format and delivery of association educational offerings, suggested Shelly Alcorn, CAE, of Alcorn Associates Management Consulting, at the ASAE NextGen Summit in Reno, Nevada last fall. A look at some of the roles associations can play as the price and demand for traditional higher education continue to climb.

Deaf Advocates Sue Harvard, MIT For Lack of Online Closed Captioning

Associations Now

The National Association of the Deaf alleges that Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to make their online course offerings accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. She added that the university’s open, web-based platform, which provides most of the university’s course offerings to the public for free, offers subtitles for all new content as well as its most popular courses.

17 Education And Learning Trends That Will Affect Your Organization This Year!

Velvet Chainsaw

Fewer full-sized courses. Too often in the past, organizations have used courses as a way to push out content instead of really trying to provide a learning opportunity for their customers. Online courses will remain big and designed to be consumed in small, consumable chunks. Yet few organizations seem to really use the LMS effectively except to house courses. MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses.

Report: Where Association Learning Technology Is Going

Associations Now

But while the survey highlights great strides made in the association space since Tagoras conducted its first Association Learning + Technology report in 2008, the latest report highlighted some places for improvement—specifically with emerging technologies such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), flipped classes, gamified learning, microcredentials, and microlearning.

What Happens When Digital Education Reaches Your Profession/Industry?

SCD Group

Massive open online courses, which are free and have attracted hundreds of thousands of learners but offer no degree, already have forced traditional higher education to re-examine how to reach more students at lower cost. Startup MOOCs who see education as more than for 18to 25-year-olds? Sharing knowledge represents a core mission for many associations. Knowledge transferred via conferences, webinars, websites, blogs, etc.

Smithsonian Dives Deeper Into Online Learning. What Now for Associations?

Associations Now

As I was reading The Washington Post online earlier this week, I came across this headline: “ Smithsonian Makes Deal to Offer Online Courses.” Of course, it piqued my interest being that it falls under the umbrella of topics I cover in this blog. Here are some more details about the Smithsonian’s courses: At least 12 multimedia lectures will be developed over the next 10 years, all based on a licensing agreement with education group The Great Courses.

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Tech-Enabled Learning Events: What’s Now and Next?

Associations Now

The survey asked respondents using technology for learning about five emerging learning formats: massive open online courses (MOOCs), flipped classes, gamified learning, digital badges , and microlearning. While the other three—MOOCs, gamified learning, and digital badges—are offered by less than 10 percent of respondents, the latter seems to have the most potential for associations, with 25 percent saying they have plans to introduce digital badges in the near future.

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