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Published on June 27, 2014

Author: undergraver

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Some basic information MOOC, a new concept in learning. This was presented on 26th of June at Brasov Tech Meetup at Kronwell Hotel.

It also contains some interesting references from people involved in creating MOOCs or from some MOOC providers like Udacity, Coursera.

MOOCs alternative education Iulian Șerbănoiu June 2014 - Brașov Tech Meetup

About me Iulian Șerbănoiu - Software developer undergraver on

MOOC is ... Massive Online Open Course

some MOOC providers

it started in 2012 * More at: http://edutechnica.com/moocmap/# * 2012- Year of the MOOC[1]

and keeps growing

and keeps growing

and keeps growing

MOOC structure ● Lectures (usually video) ● Homeworks ● Discussions (forums) ● Announcement board ● Wiki (collaborative platform) ● Quizzes ● Virtual Office Hours ● External resources (eg GitHub, Youtube) ● Surveys ● Statement of accomplishment ● Certifications (not always) Typical Extra

MOOC structure

Benefits for “students” ● Easy access * ● Your own pace ● In touch with the big world ● Modern way of teaching ● Diversity and various approaches ● Time zones become irrelevant * even though payment will be needed sometimes

Disadvantages ● Less interaction o virtual office hours/forums may help ● High “dropout” rate o no fear of getting expelled o periodic announcements may help ● Not yet on par with university courses o most people still think with pen & paper o new teaching methods needed ● Prerequisites not always defined ● Not suitable for all type of courses

Challenges for providers ● Identity verification o coursera [7] o edX [8] o Udacity [10] ● Making it profitable (*) ● Converting MOOCs into college credits, toward earning degree [11] ● Intellectual Property * Even with donations (like edX and Khan Academy)

Benefits for universities Lectures used even before MOOCs for publicity: ● MIT (with OCW) ● Stanford ● Berkeley ● Caltech ● ...

New/unique possibilities Leveraging the power of Internet First trans institutional course [5]

New/unique possibilities Leveraging the power of Internet

Automate the automatable forced to automate because of “Massive” ● assignment auto-verification ● peer review of homeworks after deadline See [6] for the full list

Course preparation and handling ● A lot of effort for preparing high quality videos [3] ● Huge effort in managing the MOOC [3] o support for issues is time consuming ● Many limitations of the MOOC platform[3]

Course experience ● A lot of time required (maybe even 6-10h / week for one course) o watching videos & processing information o working on assignments ● Platform limitations o automated test platforms don’t always work well ● Your effort may be rewarded

Course experience ● A lot of time required (maybe even 6-10h / week for one course) o watching videos & processing information o working on assignments ● Platform limitations o automated test platforms don’t always work well ● Your effort may be rewarded

Future? MOOCs? Education as a Service (EaaS)? [4] Only few universities? [13] “In 50 years [...] there will be only 10 institutions in the world delivering higher education and Udacity has a shot at being one of them. [Sebastian] Thrun just has to plot the right course.”

References [1] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid- pace.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& [2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSxqpaCCPvY&t=50m45s [3] http://www.dre.vanderbilt.edu/~schmidt/PDF/POSA-MOOC.pdf [4] http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/11/education-as-a-service-5-ways-higher-ed-must-adapt-to-a-changing-market/ [5] http://blog.coursera.org/post/74257050344/a-trans-institution-specialization-on-mobile-cloud [6] http://www.dre.vanderbilt.edu/~schmidt/posa-mooc-countries.txt [7] https://www.coursera.org/signature/guidebook/certificate [8] https://www.edx.org/verified-certificate [9] http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/10/2/edx-id-verified-certificates/ [10] https://www.udacity.com/faq#section-0-5 [11] http://www.mooc2degree.com/ [12] http://blog.udacity.com/2014/06/announcing-nanodegrees-new-type-of.html [13] http://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff_aiclass/all/1

Resources http://openclipart.org/detail/19110/virtual-school-cloud-by-jjfbbennett http://search.creativecommons.org/ http://pambuccian.com/2014/06/01/why-i-designed-the-online-live-learning-and- livetutoring/ http://openclipart.org/detail/172105/user-identity-by-lpr577-172105 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use http://openclipart.org/detail/159643/thank-you-pinned-by-juliobahar http://openclipart.org/detail/177461/mike-the-mic-question-by-bibbleycheese- 177461 Alternatives: http://www.wikipedia.org/ http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page http://www.wikiversity.org/ http://ocw.mit.edu http://ocw.cs.pub.ro/ http://www.youtube.com/ (university video recordings)

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