MOOC X-Games

In the last couple of weeks I have spent some time off-piste with academic colleagues from other universities who have been delivering MOOCs this year. Engaging in MOOCs was always a bit of a leap into the unknown, these colleagues … Continue reading

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moocs, oer, open access and badges

Celebrate the  3rd annual Open Education Week 10-15 March, 2014. The purpose of Open Education Week is raise the profile of open educational resources (OER) and the global movement of people and organisations behind them. It is also a time to … Continue reading

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3 things the VC said about MOOCs

The VC’s recent oration got a lot of coverage in the media because of what he said in the first of this themes: ‘Funding Oxford’. He got slightly less coverage for his second theme: ‘Diversifying Oxford’, and very little on … Continue reading

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Massive Online Open Conflicts

World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings is the latest massive online open collection to emerge from the Oxford OER stable. It provides digital learning materials available for global reuse in teaching about a global event.  Materials include articles, audio … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘X’ in Oxford

When I read about EdX, MITx, BerkeleyX, HarvardX  etc I wonder if they envy the fact that we already have the X in our name*. Oxford has a fine tradition of extension teaching (for that is what the X stands). … Continue reading

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moot mooc meets

In Wonderland, when they hold a Caucus race the participants run around in patterns of any shape, starting and leaving off whenever they like, so that everyone wins. One might suggest that discussions of MOOCs at Oxford are similar*. In … Continue reading

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best laid plans o’ mice

In the Oxford magazine No 331 Tim Horder comments on the absence of MOOCs from the University’s  Draft Strategic Plan. Moments like these cause me to look back at strategic plans I have written. I didn’t write one for LTG … Continue reading

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Massive Online Open Courses

Open Education: “…is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.” Open … Continue reading

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“One last thing”

 I have been participating in Oxford’s ’23things for research’  as part of Social Media Michaelmas .  Thing no. 23 is to reflect upon what you have learned from doing 23 things. The experience of following the 23things course has been exhausting, with several new … Continue reading

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a place in the sun

There is much talk about massive open online courses (MOOCs) at the moment and some discussion about whether the climate is right for such activity at Oxford. This course ‘Introduction to the science of climate and climate change’  is offered online … Continue reading

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