Category: Design Basics

MOOC Reading List

Within the education community, interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is high.

But some people are just joining the conversation on the topic now, and need to be brought up to speed. Others might wonder how this fast-moving topic has developed in the year and a half since MOOCs came into wide consciousness. (MOOCs have been around a bit longer, but were only discussed in the educational technology community.)

For you, I have compiled a quick list of readings below that I’ve been “clipping” from the net over the past year or so. This list is not a systematic review of the literature, but does provide an overview of the key themes that have recurred in the popular and trade press for higher education.

I’ve listed readings by topic (basic definitions, big picture, business model, nuts and bolts of producing, personal experiences, and links to more reading). Individual readings listed in chronological order of publication.

1. Basic Definitions

What Campus Leaders Need to Know about MOOCs

by Educause
Viewed at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB4005.pdf. Visited August 26, 2013.

2. MOOCs–the big picture

Elite colleges transform online higher education

by TERENCE CHEA

Published on Boston.com, August 5, 2012.

Viewed at http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/08/05/elite-colleges-transform-online-higher-education/OIdKcvdP35u1aHS9f7LAkL/story.html. Visited August 9, 2012.

The Crisis in Higher Education

by NICHOLAS CARR

Published in The Atlantic, September 27, 2012.

Viewed at http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/429376/the-crisis-in-higher-education/. Visited November 19, 2012.

The Year of the MOOC

by LAURA PAPPANO

Published in the New York Times, November 2, 2012.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid-pace.html?hpw&pagewanted=all. Visited November 2, 2012

American Council on Education May Recommend Some Coursera Offerings for College Credit

by JEFFREY R. YOUNG

Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, November 13, 2012.

Viewed at http://chronicle.com/article/MOOCs-Take-a-Major-Step/135750/. Visited December 14, 2012.

Education on the computer model: faster, more efficient, customized

by ROSEANN O’REILLY RUNTE

Published in the Globe and Mail, June 4, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/education-on-the-computer-model-faster-more-efficient-customized/article12316239/. Visited June 5, 2013.

Where MOOCs are really headed

by ALEX USHER

Published at the website of Higher Education Strategy Associates, June 6, 2013.

Viewed at http://higheredstrategy.com/where-moocs-are-really-headed/. Visited June 6, 2013.

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

By TAMAR LEWIN

Published in the New York Times, August 17, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/education/masters-degree-is-new-frontier-of-study-online.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all. Visited August 18, 2013.

3. Business Issues with MOOCS

Online Courses Look for a Business Model

by MELISSA KORN and JENNIFER LEVITZ

Published in the Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2013.

Viewed at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324339204578173421673664106.html. Visited January 3, 2013.

Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later

by TAMAR LEWIN

Published in the New York Times, January 6, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/education/massive-open-online-courses-prove-popular-if-not-lucrative-yet.html?hpw&pagewanted=all&_r=0. Visit January 17, 2013.

4. Nuts and Bolts of Producing MOOCs

Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress

by KAREN HEAD

Published in the Wired Campus blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2013.

Viewed at http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/sweating-the-details-of-a-mooc-in-progress/43315. Visited April 30, 2013.

How to Develop a MOOC

by ALISON FARMER, VP, AQUENT Learning & Development

Published in Training magazine, May 16, 2013.

Viewed at http://trainingmag.com/content/skills-gap-part-2-schooled-skills. Visited June 13, 2012.

5. Experiences with MOOCs

Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach (Duke’s First MOOC)

Published by Duke University, February 5, 2013.

Viewed at http://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10161/6216/Duke_Bioelectricity_MOOC_Fall2012.pdf. Visited August 26, 2013.

My Modern Experience Teaching a MOOC

by MICHAEL S. ROTH

Published in the The Digital Campus 2013 section of the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2013.

Viewed at http://chronicle.com/article/My-Modern-MOOC-Experience/138781/. Visited April 30, 2013.

Reflections Of My First MOOC

By RICK BLUNT

Published in the Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals Group on LinkedIn, June 1, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=110953&item=245723448&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&ut=1KlF94AbKfxBM1. Visited June 5, 2013.

6. What the Pundits Say

Revolution Hits the Universities

by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published in the New York Times, January 27, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/friedman-revolution-hits-the-universities.html. Visited August 27, 2013.

The Professor’s Big Stage

by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published in the New York Times, March 6, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/opinion/friedman-the-professors-big-stage.html. Visited August 26, 2013.

MOOCs of Hazard

by ANDREW DELBANCO

Published in The New Republic, March 31, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112731/moocs-will-online-education-ruin-university-experience. Visited August 26, 2013.

Students Are Cool with MOOCs, So Why Aren’t Profs?

by KONRAD YAKABUSKI

Published in the Globe and Mail, August 5, 2013

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/students-are-cool-with-moocs-so-why-arent-profs/article13578514/

7. And More Reading

Massive Open Online Courses
Viewed at http://www.evolllution.com/mooc/. Visited August 26, 2013.

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Visuals from My Presentations at the e.Scape Conference

Here are links to copies of the slides from my presentation at the e.Scape conference at Concordia University.

  • Transitioning from In-Class to Online Learning: An Overview for Instructors (Thursday, April 4, 10:00 am) click here.
  • Transitioning from In-Class to Online Learning: An Overview for Instructors (Thursday, April 4, 4:30 pm) click here.
  • What the Evidence Says about Teaching Online (Friday, April 5, 9 am) click here.