José Mota

Nov 152013
 

+George Siemens puts it clearly – Udacity's failure is just Thrun's failure, nothing else.


Well, there it is folks. After two years of hype, breathless proclamations about how Udacity will transform higher education, Silicon Valley blindness to existing learning research, and numerous articles/interviews featuring Sebastian Thrun, Udacity has failed. No one did more of a disservice to …
Nov 092013
 
Público. 18 Janeiro 2013. quadro desempenho_universitrios As escolas privadas preparam melhor os alunos para os exames, mas não para terem um bom desempenho na universidade. A Universidade do Porto (UP) analisou o percurso académico de 4280 estudantes admitidos no ano lectivo 2008/09 e concluiu …
Oct 242013
 
This is a bit of a hoary old chestnut, as the future of distance education has been questioned for over 100 years. However, it think it is worth returning to in the light of several recent developments. Distance education is still alive and well – but for how long?
Sep 042013
 

+George Siemens with a positive view on the role of universities. With slides from a recent presentation.

"elearnspace › How Large Systems Change" http://feedly.com/k/1dEovuX

Proclamations of systemic change, particularly in higher education, are more hype than reality. In spite of growing enrolments and expansion of higher education systems worldwide, a small number of folks, generally untethered from reality, are proclaiming higher education as a system in demise.
Sep 042013
 

Good post by +Lisa M Lane
"Student authentication and the Hays Code" http://feedly.com/k/15zMk51

Recently, my college (and many others) have been subjected to demands that we provide solid “authentication” of our online students, in a late and yet hurried attempt to comply with a federal law from the 2008 amendment of the Higher Education Act*. Ostensibly “student authentication” means …
Jun 102013
 

Apresentação no I Seminário de Inovação em Rede no Ensino Universitário a Distância – #iNOVead – a 6 de junho de 2013, no Palácio Ceia, Universidade Aberta, onde se fala do modelo da UAb.pt para MOOCs (iMOOC) e do curso piloto sobre Alterações Climáticas no contexto das experiências de vida – #imoocac13.

 

Jun 102013
 

Apresentação no I Seminário de Inovação em Rede no Ensino Universitário a Distância – #iNOVead – a 6 de junho de 2013, no Palácio Ceia, Universidade Aberta, onde se fala do modelo da UAb.pt para #MOOCs#iMOOC – e do curso piloto sobre Alterações Climáticas no contexto das experiências de vida – #imoocac13 .

Apresentação no I Seminário de Inovação em Rede no Ensino Universitário a Distância – #iNOVead – a 6 de junho de 2013, no Palácio Ceia, Universidade Aberta, onde se fala do modelo da UAb.pt para MO…
May 302013
 

+Martin Weller keeps on a good roll with another great post on MOOCs, this time about the new strategy by Coursera to offer regular online courses.

So what about MOOCs, you know, those free, open courses? Is this the end of them? No, I don't think so, but maybe they can now become what we always wanted them to be, focused on access and experimentation and not hype and commercialism.

Amen

#moocs

I guess we all knew the MOOC bubble would burst sometime, but I’m saying it’s happened this week – it just doesn’t know it yet. The reason? Commercial MOOC providers have started making noises about becoming elearning courseware providers for…
May 252013
 

+Grainne Conole questions the xMOOCs / cMOOCs division and proposes

a new classification set of twelve dimensions: the degree of openness, the scale of participation (massification), the amount of use of multimedia, the amount of communication, the extent to which collaboration is included, the type of learner pathway (from learner centred to teacher-centred and highly structured), the level of quality assurance, the extent to which reflection is encouraged, the level of assessment, how informal or formal it is, autonomy, and diversity

linking it to the 7Cs of Learning Design.

http://tinyurl.com/nde72pc
EFQUEL are currently running a twelve-week series of blog posts on MOOCs,[1] I am due to write a post in a couple of week’s time, this blog post is a draft, comments welcome! This post argues that the current discourse around the concept of xMOOCs (primarily based around interaction with content and essentially adopting a behaviourist learning approach), and cMOOCs (which focus on harnessing the power of social media an…