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Wie (fast) jeder zum Genie werden kann | SPIEGEL Plus
Der amerikanische Physiknobelpreisträger Carl Wieman feiert große Erfolge mit einer Ausbildungsmethode, die auf "aktives Lernen" setzt. Wie funktioniert's?
&! - Interactive learning in practice - The Carl Wieman science education initiative
&! - Teaching Excellence Summit 2018: improving how universities teach – a scientific approach
- pre-class reading, problem solving, followed by discussion
>> Students are thinking, direct exchange with expert
&! - Teaching Students to Think Like Physicists. Carl Wieman. Nobel Prize in Physics 2001 UCM
- Learner must practice making decisions (not just knowledge acquisition). Application of knowledge
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8 days ago by asterisk2a
Databases MOOC
Stanford's free online offering in Databases is now available as a set of self-paced "mini-courses" created from the original Introduction to Databases course (see History below). All of the mini-courses are hosted on the OpenEdX platform, with a starting page here.
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8 days ago by bouvin
RT : Free e : enroll & catch up with developments in Open Science across the world!…
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21 days ago by rukku
The Closing of the U.S. Open University | EDUCAUSE
In spring 1999, the Open University (OU) of the United Kingdom created the U.S. Open University (USOU) to coincide with the explosive growth of online education in the United States. The institution’s first chancellor, Richard S. Jarvis (previously chancellor of the University and Community College System of Nevada), began hiring U.S. staff and opened an office near Denver, Colorado. News stories about the fledgling enterprise soon appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Change magazine, and the Business Wire. It seemed an auspicious beginning to a new enterprise that targeted a growing field and brought with it the expertise and imprimatur of the U.K. Open University, which had enrolled three million distance students worldwide since 1971.1

Why, then, did the U.S. Open University close three years later, in June 2002? And what lessons can we draw from its closing? These questions prompted me to interview Jarvis to better understand the underlying problems from the point of view of the chief operating officer during the USOU’s creation, operation, and closure. The interviews resulted in five lessons germane not only to the USOU but also to institutions considering new online learning ventures today. The problems afflicting USOU arose from five sources:

Loss of an important advocate and diminishing support from the parent institution
Conflicts with the OU’s established curriculum
Challenges in entering a new market
Lack of accreditation
Problems with business planning
Education  Business  MOOC 
25 days ago by cnk
What if the US had an OU – The Ed Techie
I wonder if there had been a well recognised and widely respected US Open University, what the impact might have been? As I mentioned previously, I was surprised at how little awareness there was of the OU, even amongst people in the open education field, in the US. Playing ‘what if?’ I think a US OU would have made silicon valley ed tech less given to a year zero mentality. They would firstly be aware that MOOCs were not the ‘first generation of online learning‘ and also aware that everyone else is aware of this too. Also, there is a very healthy community of open universities, and given the prominence of the approach in Asia and Africa, this community is not a western dominated one. Open University type conferences look much more diverse than many north american ed tech ones. Being aware of, and an active participant in this community might have helped ease some of the cultural imperialism accusations against MOOCs. And open universities, although they can be reluctant and slow to adopt technology sometimes, generally have an approach to ed tech which is based on pragmatism and student benefit for the distance learner. This attitude is also absent from much of the ed tech start up rhetoric.

I’m not naive, even in the UK where the OU is well known, we still fall for hype, tech buzz and are guilty of insufficient diversity in ed tech. But it is nonetheless an interesting question I think to consider what the impact of a successful US OU would have had on the evolution of ed tech, both in the US, and as their developments have such a global influence, for all of us. In a parallel university maybe…
Education  MOOC 
25 days ago by cnk

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