More on MOOCs: evaluative research emerging from edX

A team from MIT and Harvard has just published an article in Research and Practice in Assessment, titled Studying Learning in the Worldwide Classroom: Research into edX’s First MOOC. I hope that plenty of people will read it, as it may help to move the sometimes unreasoned and unreasonable discussion (from both sides) of MOOCs onto a more considered level. Continue reading

Guest post*: Five benefits of open source educational online applications

Continuing education through online methods is nothing new. Educational institutions have been pushing online education for years  and many others are looking into the possibility of implementing such methods. While you can spend the money having a solution developed and tailored to your specific needs, existing open source applications can provide the experience you are looking for. Continue reading

More on OER from IRRODL

Yes, I know I regularly extol the virtues of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL). That’s because it’s good, very good. Its latest special issue (Vol. 14, No. 2, 2013) has just been published, and you can view it all (you should know by now that it’s open access) at Open Educational Resources: Opening Access to Knowledge. Continue reading