Flexibytes

B.C. Open Textbooks call for proposals phase 2: Adapt, localize or extend

Posted on October 4, 2013

The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education has announced the second phase of the B.C. Open Textbook Initiative with a call for proposals to adapt, localize or extend an existing open textbook.

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Course-size accreditation

Posted on October 4, 2013

Inside Higher Ed reports on "a growing clamor" in the United States that is calling for an accreditor to "oversee the quality of college-level learning that occurs outside of college."

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Understanding the building blocks of online learning

Posted on October 4, 2013

Contact North has published the first two articles in an eight-part series on understanding online learning through the writings and research of Dr. Tony Bates.

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UBC course offerings feature students as producers of content

Posted on October 4, 2013

UBC instructors have long incorporated the concept of students as producers of learning content into their courses at UBC and the new round of projects supported by UBC’s Flexible Learning Initiative features several more approaches for using student-generated content in a variety of ways and across a wide range of disciplines.

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Job market embraces massive online courses

Posted on September 30, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports that employers such as AT&T and Google are helping to design and fund MOOCs, which "will open the door for students to earn inexpensive credentials with real value in the job market."

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Copyright challenges in a MOOC environment

Posted on September 30, 2013

Educause has published a briefing on copyright challenges for MOOCs.

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MOOC research initiative: Grants awarded

Posted on September 30, 2013

The MOOC Research Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Athabasca University has announced the winners of its research grants.

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Combining MOOC student patterns graphic with Stanford analysis

Posted on September 30, 2013

Phil Hill returns to his descriptive model of student patterns emerging from open-enrollment MOOCs.

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MIT will offer curricula, not just single courses, on edX

Posted on September 30, 2013

MITx, a division of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that offers courses on the nonprofit edX’s platform, will soon offer special certificates to students who completed a prescribed sequence of massive open online courses from MIT.

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Berklee online degrees would cost half of campus study programs

Posted on September 30, 2013

Berklee College of Music will offer accredited online programs in the fall of 2014 that will cost less than half of what students pay to take courses on its Boston campus.

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