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  • MOOCathon in Barcelona

    DSC06496During the EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2013 in Barcelona we held a three session long MOOCathon. The aim was to present and reflect on the findings of the MOOC Quality Project and ask participants to identify key issues for further study. (more…)

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  • MOOC quality – what have we learned?

    CC BY-NC Some rights reserved by Shira Golding

    Dear friends, 12 exciting weeks have come to an end. We have had more viewers and readers than we would have ever expected. During the 12 weeks more than 12,000 people have read the 12 blog posts and many readers  have also used the feedback options. Also in ScoopIt and in other blogs the project has been followed and discussed many times. In a way this was the first MOBP – a Massive Open Blog Project. ;-)

    We would like to thank you all for participating as readers and, of course, special thanks to all our experts who have contributed posts to this project. (more…)

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  • Week 12: About MOOC in Europe by Yves Epelboin

    Professor at University P.M. Curie (Paris, France), Doctorate of Sciences at UPMC, 1974, in Materials Sciences (cristallography), Worked at IBM Research for 2 1/2 years between 1977 and 1989, General Editor World Directory of Crystallographers (1990 – 2008), Director of NT for Teaching and Learning at UPMC 2002-2013, Special advisor to the President for MOOC since June 2013, Past President CSIESR (French Information Systems Organization) (1989-1990), Funder and past President EUNIS (European University Information Systems Organization) since 1993, Epelboin has various responsibilities in IT and e-learning at national and European level.

    In many universities 2012-2013 has been the “MOOC year” year. The number of announcements, of publications and conferences devoted to this subject  has steadily grown. In the United States MOOC are seen as an alternative to mass teaching for the first years of study and Europe is following the move, although the social and economical reasons of the US are deeply different [1]. However the first critical reviews are emerging in the United States, and some are beginning to denounce the myth of cheap quality education. The hopes raised by MOOCs follow the famous Gartner’s “hype curve”, as any modern technology, and have already overpassed the peak and drop towards a more realistic vision.

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