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Peter Sloep
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researcher and advocate of networked learning
researcher and advocate of networked learning

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Ten-article-long section of the open, online journal Comunicar (with articles in English and Spanish) devoted to MOOCs, ranging from the expected (the role of pedagogy) to the novel (impact analysis of MOOC articles). http://sco.lt/7dVJFx

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Thus far, I have never seen any data about the actual appreciation of MOOCs by students in developing countries, until this paper was brought to my attention. It reports that cultural issues did not appear to be a problem for the (Egyptian) students canvassed (through a questionnaire). Other problems were, though, general ones such as a lack of time and more specific ones such as insufficient bandwidth. Altogether a very useful study, certainly for MOOC providers who have confessed to want to cater for the needs of students in developing countries.

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Good summary of the fate of MOOCs up to and in 2014 by @DhawalShah in +Class Central See http://sco.lt/5MXcxt

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According to Harvard's Justin Reich, MOOC retention rates reach 22% if one considers only those who intend to gain a certificate. Interestingly, even some of those who did not intend to acquire a certificate do so after all, testifying to the attractiveness of the MOOC format. http://sco.lt/8zyyrR

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After a long period of silence, picked up the keyboard again. The reason is yet another article that falls into the familiar MOOC trap: ignoring decades of TEL research and assuming that MOOCs and TEL necessitate a corporate view of the university.

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This refers to a short article, published in the Dutch periodical ScienceGuide, written by two researchers from the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania. The article suffers from a problem that plagued much early MOOC research: it reports opinions people have on MOOCs rather than educational research on the effectiveness, efficiency or even attractiveness of MOOCs.

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A review of a book on networked learning. I like the book a lot, but as a contributor I am likely to be biased .....
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