Virtual School Meanderings

July 21, 2012

Massively Open Online Courses Are ‘Here to Stay’

From Thursday’s inbox…  Not K-12 focused, but since we are having a K-12 online learning MOOC I figured that I would share this.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Beyond the Connected Classroom: Planning the right infrastructure to deliver 21st-century education
This thought leadership paper, with research provided by the Center for Digital Education, helps education decision-makers carefully evaluate the options for both network technologies and solution providers so they can make the right investments to fit their educational needs and budget.
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Massively Open Online Courses Are ‘Here to Stay’
Massively Open Online Courses have slowly garnered attention. Called MOOCs, university professors offer these courses to anyone at no charge. Since they began on college campuses in 2008, large numbers of people have been taking these courses.

When 12 more top universities announced on Tuesday, July 17, that they will offer some of these online courses, the higher education community woke up to the reality that MOOCs will be a part of education’s future.

“[Tuesday’s] announcement is a pretty loud call to action for other universities,” said Jonathan Becker, assistant professor of educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. “What it mostly does is it legitimizes these kinds of courses.”
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Twitter Reaction to Coursera MOOC Expansion
Twelve more universities signed agreements with Coursera to provide courses for anyone at no cost, Coursera announced on Tuesday, July 17. Find out how educators reacted on Twitter.

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