domenica 27 novembre 2016

EMMA Moocs

Autumn has offered  interesting courses for  reflecting on education, education online and   Moocs. It is a new world which is built online and where networking and digital skills are now the  main features of it.Educators are connected, learners are becoming more connected and knowledge is now shared.

Emma is  the  European Platform that has  provides  the Moocs for free with  interesting  videos and documents related to the topic. Lots of ideas and a great overview about  knowledge and the future of education. The Mooc offered short courses from September to November this year and I was free to register and follow the tasks online simply by choosing what to see and when to do it. That's the reason why I like  Moocs: I can learn online while I am at home or at school in my free time and  sometimes the quality of the Moocs can be great.

I have just finished the session   MOOCS with Distinction and  I have watched some interesting videos and learnt about  experiences which have been shared by many thinkers and educators.

I have particularly appreciated some parts of the Moocs as I have come across the ideas they have presented and can help us learn about the future in education.

Stephen Downes - The emerging new Consciousness in digital culture

Stephen Downes  is well-known for his theories about  Connectivist learning, learning networks and how and why they emerged.
He is an international speaker and has published many books online dealing with this new way of learning and working online :

He is interested in  Open Educational Resouces and  Moocs  :  ( about  open education )

MOOC – Diversity and Community in Online Learning from Stephen Downes

He publishes his daily newsletter

Global MOOCs for non-native English speaking 16 – 17 year olds: increasing digital and lifelong learning skills
The Teacher involved in the project :Inge Ignatia de Waard was born in 1967 in Antwerp, Belgium. She is currently researching mobile learning and MOOCs at the Open University of the United Kingdom. She has a background in IT and pedagogy (studied at Athabasca University, Canada) and has been an international public speaker, addressing audiences across continents on the subject of online, MOOC and mobile learning.

This section of the  Mooc was really interesting  as it presented a   brief overview of a Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) project that uses Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to enhance language, digital and lifelong learning skills for upper secondary school students (16 – 17 year olds).

We were also provided with the slides:

Hack the MOOC: alternative MOOC use from Inge de Waard

David Weinberger - The networking of knowledge

David Weinberger, Ph.D., writes about the effect of the Internet on ideas. He is a senior researcher  at the Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and was co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and a journalism fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. His most recent book, "Too Big to Know," looks at the networking of knowledge and expertise.

Alessandro Bogliolo - Algorithms are forever

Alessandro Bogliolo is  serving as e-skills for jobs ambassador, a Europe-wide campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities that digital skills offer for employment and employability.
He has been working on coding and  providing  courses for teachers online as  coding and literacy should be mastered by everyone in today's world.

Internet is the tool, it provides us with a network of educators who are working online and they are sharing ideas, providing tips and  helping us  develop new approaches to learning. The learner is the centre of the new learning process as more choices are offered for  learning  and choosing  to learn how,when and what can now be a reality.  
Moocs can offer plenty of courses to people who would have never had access to  learning online in the past.
How will they develop next?  What kind of quality?  Teachers and educators are still experimenting but the new way of learning has already begun.

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