Week 6 – Online Learning and MOOCing

Today’s TED Talks


Kahn Academy: Let’s use video to reinvent education. Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Online_LearningWhat are we’re learning from online education.
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

Guest Curator:   S. Raj Chaudhury,
                             Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning


How might we extend the pedagogical benefits of a site like the Khan Academy to Higher Education? | A conversation

There seems to be a push for distance learning K-12 education.Should we replace traditional k-12 education with distance learning? | A conversation

What questions do these Talks raise for you?

View the articles linked under Chronicle of High Education, below. What do you think of the arguments?


Khan Academy


Our Supporters


How Parents and Mentors can use Khan Academy


Massive Open Online Courses (Wikipedia)

MOOC List – a complete list of MOOCs (free online courses) offered by the best universities and entities

Coursera – take the world’s best courses, online, for free

Harvard & MIT: EdX

What Are MOOCs Anyway and Should You Consider Moocing?

Chronicle of Higher Education

To MOOC or Not to MOOC

A Catholic Case Against MOOCs

Peer 2 Peer University

Science 11 October 2013
Vol. 342 no. 6155 p. 163
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6155.163-a

EDITORS’ CHOICE  |  EDUCATION  |  Learners As Teachers

Among emerging massive open online courses, the Peer 2 Peer University remains unique. This online learning platform allows members to take the dual role of learners and teachers: All members are able to create courses, which can be accessed by any online user. To understand how this peer-created, peer-led online environment sustains itself, Ahn et al. investigated how members, either as learners or teachers, engaged with open online learning available through the platform. Data describing the nature, history, and activity associated with every project within the platform showed that the Peer 2 Peer University draws a pool of over 40,000 users. However, 85% of members never engaged in the community, and only 18% of the courses were considered to be finished and thus implemented live on the platform. Although the Peer 2 Peer University users actively generate ideas to create courses, they struggle to see these courses through to completion, indicating a need to foster engagement with these teacher and learner users over time. Lack of motivation or community involvement may explain why some teachers leave their projects incomplete. Nonetheless, the data show how crowd-sourced education is useful for small groups with niche interests as well as broad audiences.                                                                                                 – Fanny Bernardon                                                                                                          J. Online Learn. Teach. 9, 160 (2013).

An Early Report Card on MOOCs – Wall Street Journal – 10/8/2013

If the MOOC movement were in college, it would be time for a freshman report card. The assessment: great potential, but still in need of remedial work.

Course Evaluation | Taking the Measure of MOOCs  [Graphic]

MOOCs 101: How They Work   [Video 2:40]

Auburn: Distance Learning

Auburn University – Distance Learning  –  Auburn University Distance Education

Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning


3 thoughts on “Week 6 – Online Learning and MOOCing

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  2. tedolliau Post author

    Here is a sister website, TEDEd, with some interesting resources for those who would like to ‘flip’ videos, such as those on TEDEd and YouTube. I’m hoping some of you will consider creating some flipped ‘lessons’ for OLLI. If you are interested, please let us know by replying, here.


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