Tags: Edvance360, massive open online course, MOOC, MOOC360
Edvance360 a leading provider of eLearning solutions, one of the top ten tools for online teaching, as well as 2011 winner and five-time-finalist for the CODiE Award for Best Course or Learning Management System, today announced a free, flexible option for running massive open online courses (MOOCs): MOOC360, a hosted instance of Edvance360 LMS-SN. With smaller institutions looking to offer large, open courses, but not able to take advantage of the large networks such as Coursera™ and EdX™, this option provides institutions a fully functional, flexible platform option complete with social learning capabilities and a wide range of course management and student engagement features.
MOOC360 is available to all Edvance360 clients as well as the public at no extra cost in a non-binding manner and lets institutions retain full control over the form and direction of their MOOCs.
“Smaller institutions or niche institutions with varied accreditation need more flexible options for experimenting with MOOCs than those available in the larger public networks,” said Cathy Garland, Vice-President of Marketing & Sales at Edvance360. “Over the last two years, our partnership with the Catholic Distance Learning Network has demonstrated that smaller-yet-massive open online courses are for everyone and often have higher completion rates. We like to call them SMOOCs to make the point.”
Several features within Edvance360 LMS-SN are currently being used for MOOCs/SMOOCs to make the courses more successful. These include easy processes for MOOC facilitators, mobile apps, badges or certificates for completions, social networking tools, and learning paths that take guesswork out of online learning. Currently, clients using Edvance360’s MOOC features are experiencing a 25-50% retention rate (click here for case study), which is significantly higher than the 7% experienced elsewhere.
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iPads are now being used by K-12 schools (some even require iPad usage), corporate training programs (great for on-the-job training access or “just in time training” access), and even in higher education (though, to a lesser extent). Some Edvance360 clients use iPads exclusively. However, they have been stymied by Apple’s lack of support for uploading files on their devices. Are you tired of not being able to upload files from your iPad? Are your students complaining they can’t upload completed papers to their Droboxes? We have good news. If you are an iPad user then you should download the Puffin web browser. The Puffin web browser allows you to upload files from your iPad photos and native file system. This means you can now upload files into Edvance360 from your iPad.
About Puffin Web Browser: Puffin Web Browser is wicked fast. Once users experience the thrill of using Puffin, regular mobile Internet just feels like torture. Puffin Web Browser is the premium version of the Puffin family, and comes with unlimited hours of Adobe Flash support over cloud. There is a paid version for $2.99 and a free version.
While you are downloading apps from iTunes, checkout the Edvance360 app. It is free.
Tags: corporate training, Edvance360 LMS-SN, MOOC
The discussion surrounding MOOCs continues. It seems as if people are either for or against the MOOC movement. If the content is accurate, why would anyone be against free educational opportunities for people that are unable to afford college? In my opinion, MOOCs are an addition to higher education at a lower level, not a hindrance. Investors really seem to support educational startups.
About the year 2000, more than $800 million dollars was invested in education startups. In 2013, the investments have increased to $1.2 billion (Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology).
I still believe that MOOCs are the new tool for facilitating change in education. We have already begun re-thinking our model and whether or not we are using technology effectively. Many corporations are also interested in MOOCs. The biggest question is can corporate training use MOOCs? The answer is yes, MOOCs are a perfect fit for corporate training too. If you are in need of corporate training and are interested in MOOCs complete this form to learn more.
We are still behind in utilizing technology to enhance our learning management systems and deliver content to learners. Mobile devices have taken over a majority of our internet searching. It will be interesting to see what the next wave of technology will bring to mobile learning. We need more than mobile versions of existing web interfaces.
According to Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology, there are three main effects that new learning technologies, MOOCs, will have on corporate training:
MOOC platforms and other educational tools will move and be sold in the corporate market. It’s inevitable that vendors that develop free, fee or accredited programs will look for opportunities there. Already, EdX, Coursera and Audacity have corporate development teams and are looking at content relationships with large companies.
New investments in the educational market will inspire similar investments in the corporate market. Once we get comfortable with Udacity, Khan Academy and YouTube, it’s natural that we, and the vendors that serve us, will copy those innovative ideas. Already content companies such as Skillsoft and others are focused on video and mobile content, driven largely by the consumerization of online learning and demand for a next-generation learning experience.
The corporate learning market will use MOOC-based education as a form of accredited learning. Today many large companies spend millions of dollars to build or buy all types of training in the core skills category. These courses — basic management, office productivity, math, Excel and other core business skills — cost companies $100 to $500 per employee, per year, according to Bersin’s 2013 “Corporate Learning Factbook.” Why wouldn’t we accept an employee who is certified or has completed curricula taught by a Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Michigan professor, delivered at no cost through a MOOC?
To learn more about MOOCs or to sign up to host your own MOOC visit our MOOC page.
Tags: Badges, Edvance360 LMS-SN, online education
Where do you think badges originated?
Badges are not actually new – they just seem to be new to educational programs. In reality, badges have been around for a long time. In literature: “The Red Badge of Courage”, badges of honor, badges for completing skills.
Why did you advocate the badge integration in Edvance360?
Badges within Edvance360, for me, is a highly personal project. I have always collected awards for academics and non-academic – some were strategically influential, such as my first award in K-12 for “Most Christ like”. Later, in Missionettes and Girl Scouts we collected badges (and wore them proudly on our dorky vests). I remember having to earn my Babysitting and CPR badges in order to start earning money by babysitting. I still list my Summit Excellence Leadership certificate/award on my resume’ because it was so hard to earn!
How do badges impact learning?
With my decidedly eclectic pathway of learning, the ability to gather and display accomplishments into a comprehensive Portfolio not only makes sense, it motivates a life-long learner like myself to go out and do more, change more, experiment more. After all, that’s how we change the world.
Email Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about badges.
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CODiE Award Winner releases Badges via an in-depth integration with Credly, the leader in digital credential and badge services for recognizing lifelong achievement. Badges offer data-rich, sharable and immediate evidence of success across the learning landscape.
Edvance360, a leading provider of eLearning solutions, one of the top ten tools for online teaching, as well as 2011 winner and five-time-finalist for the CODiE Award for Best Course or Learning Management System, just released Badges via an in-depth integration with Credly, the leader in digital credential and badge services for recognizing lifelong achievement.
Badges are a part of the latest learning tools used to provide authentic evidence of achievement, foster motivation, and increase completion rates within K-12 schools, higher education online programs, MOOCs, non-profit training volunteer programs, and professional training programs. Badges, combined with Continuing Education modules, certificates, collaborative communities, ePorfolios, and a secure social network, allow learners of all ages to document their development and achievements. The addition of badges to Edvance360 is another step in the company’s continuing commitment to developing lifelong learners within a secure networked learning environment.
“Edvance360 has always made our commitment to developing lifelong learners our primary focus and priority,” said Cathy Garland, Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for Edvance360. “First we understood learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum, so we developed a learning management system on top of our already existing secure social network and collaborative tools. Then we developed tools that helped the teachers teach, the students interact, coaches and tutors assist, and administrators track. Over the years we’ve been quick to embrace new features and tools as they develop to promote and encourage learning, such as ePorfolios, Learning Outcomes, certificates, and learning paths. We are delighted to unveil this latest innovation: Badges. We are confident learners of all ages will find them to be at once meaningful and motivating and look forward to seeing how they revitalize how achievements are recognized.”
So why should learners use badges? According to an article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the University of California system integrated badges to enhance the student learning experience:
“The badge system, moreover, isn’t just a transcript, CV, and work portfolio rolled together into a cool digital package. It’s also a way to structure the process of education itself. Students will be able to customize learning goals within the larger curricular framework, integrate continuing peer and faculty feedback about their progress toward achieving those goals, and tailor the way badges and the metadata within them are displayed to the outside world. Students won’t just earn badges—they’ll build them, in an act of continuous learning.”
Badges are a great method for adding validity to accomplishments, as they link back to the source and evidence of the achievement. Badges can be earned for specific skills learned within an online course or for the completion of an entire learning experience, such as a massive open online course (MOOC). Earned badges can be displayed on web pages, ePortfolios, and social media.
Credly provides simple and powerful ways to issue and display digital badges and credentials for achievements. Credly is available on the web, on mobile devices, through the Open Credit API, and through integration with Edvance360 LMS-SN.
“Meaningful badges and credentials help learners mark and share their skills, knowledge and contributions,” says Jonathan Finkelstein, Credly founder and CEO. “Credly empowers anyone to acknowledge and certify achievement they facilitate, observe or assess. With the Credly ‘Open Credit’ API seamlessly integrated into the Edvance360 experience, learners are recognized for a wide range of learning activities and outcomes, and they can easily share and manage their earned credentials through Credly for a lifetime.”
For more information on badges, see the EDUCAUSE publication “7 Things You Should Know About…™ Badging”. To learn more about badges, visit our blog.
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The acronym Mooc has made the Oxford Dictionaries Online – a web-based lexicon of current English by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Defined as “a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people”, the word Mooc has become commonplace in academia over the last 18 months, after many higher education institutions began offering such courses.
The phrase can be traced back to 2008, when a group of Canadian scholars developed a course called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, which was delivered to more than 2,000 online students.
However, it was in late 2011 when the Stanford University Mooc “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” attracted around 160,000 enrolments that massive open online courses became more widely known.
Angus Stevenson, head of dictionary projects at Oxford Dictionaries, said: “New words, senses, and phrases are added when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English.”
Mooc is not the only education-related word to be making its debut in the online dictionary. BYOD, an abbreviation of “bring your own device” has also been added. It refers to the practice of people using their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes, and is increasingly being used in universities, with lecturers encouraging students to use their own gadgets during class.
Each month, Oxford Dictionaries adds around 150 million words to its central database of English usage examples, and approximately 1,000 of these are added to Oxford Dictionaries Online each year.
Tags: Campus Courses, Edvance360, Hybrid Courses, LMS, MOOC, online courses
The cost of higher education continues to increase. However, there are so many free resources available. MOOCs are the latest rage for free learning. There are number of colleges and universities that offer free online course via MOOC providers such as Coursera, Udacity, edX, etc. One of the major problems is the completion rate for MOOCs. Completion rates continue to be a problem with campus, online, hybrid, and MOOC courses. The library of free online courses continues to grow and are offered through many prestigious institutions.
An article in USA Today lists 6 free courses anyone can take.
- Personal Finance
- Designing Your Life
- Useful Genetics
- Food preparation in the home
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MOOCs continue to be the latest buzz, but there seems to be more cons than pros from academia. In my opinion, MOOCs are a change agent that will eventually enhance the online learning experience. I find it ironic that MOOCs are following a similar path that online education followed. For example, many people resisted online courses (and still do in some places) because they are considered inferior. Hybrid courses were also utilized to try and bridge the gap between on-campus and online courses. In reality, on-campus courses are a form of hybrid courses because some of the course content is delivered via learning management systems. Therefore, some of the content is delivered online. However, I think hybrid courses offer more content online and do not meet as frequently on-campus.
A recent article in Campus Technology discusses the hybrid approach to MOOCs. There have been a few successful pilots, but the methodology still needs to be tweaked. I think the hybrid MOOC approach limits the audience and makes it more difficult for people to attend. People are very busy and online is much more convenient. However, the human element seems to be one of the features lacking from online education. It is very clear that online education has not evolved enough, but we continue to make progress.
I took a few hybrid courses during my bachelor’s degree and took all but one of my MBA courses online. Both degrees are from regionally accredited institutions. For me, I learned a lot more in my online courses. Online courses are not for everyone though. You must be a motivated person that can stay on track without someone continually reminding you. In my opinion, part of the problem with education is that we are trying to entertain people and adapt to them. The purpose of education is to learn. I think we need to return to the basics and focus on developing content to cater to the various learning styles rather than personality types.