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MOOC's Make Inroads in the Middle East :-)

MOOC's continue to make inroads as reported by the team @ EdX :-)


EdX & Queen Rania of Jordan Bring MOOCs to the Arab…

Added by Mike Pouraryan on November 16, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Judge Denny Chin rules that Searching falls under Fair Use

Judge Denny Chin has ruled that scanning of books fro searching purposes falls under Fair Use. The ruling against the AuthorsGuild followed eight years of legal battles. 

The ruling allows Google and others to scan copyrighted materials for searching and cataloging purposes without compensating the copyright holders. The ruling does not allow the…


Added by Open Doors Group on November 16, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments

Senators Introduce Bill to Fund Open Education Resources

November 15, 2013

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to tackle the rising cost of textbooks by giving states an incentive to experiment with open educational resources. The Affordable College Textbook Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken, Democrats of Illinois and Minnesota, respectively, would create a grant program that would fund the creation of new textbooks -- as long as they are made available for free online.



Added by Ken Ronkowitz on November 15, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Open Education Experts to discuss Alternative Pathways in Building MOOCs

Open Education Experts to discuss Alternative Pathways for Educators, MOOC Research Topics, and Lessons Learned in Building MOOCs.

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 24, 2013 - SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Open Doors Group (ODG) announces that Jacky Hood and Steve Woodis of ODG and Clare Middleton-Detzner of ISKME will provide an overview of alternative pathways for education, three specific MOOC research topic related to peer interaction, and lessons learned from the development of two MOOCs at the…


Added by Open Doors Group on October 24, 2013 at 7:20am — No Comments

Five Must Try Social Networks For Students

ODG Executive Director Mitchell Levy passed on this information from Rozzie Lieberman at Atomic Public Relations




Five Must Try Social Networks For Students

Students advance their education by sharing, absorbing and curating content – it's no wonder the generation that grew up on MySpace and Facebook is turning to online social platforms to facilitate this type of…


Added by Open Doors Group on October 18, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Example of a highly successful community college MOOC: Basic Writing at San Jacinto

Read about this course at Crafting an Effective MOOC: One Community College’s Experience on the WCET blogsite.  Here is a short excerpt from that article:

In May (2013), Mt. San Jacinto Community College conducted the first basic writing MOOC for Coursera. …


Added by Open Doors Group on October 17, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

Undergrads use and value Open Educational Resources

Educause study says 71% of students use #OER, 54% think #OER are very or extremely important:

Added by Open Doors Group on October 13, 2013 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Oct 2 Free webinar: Libraries Leading the Way with Open Courses, OER, and Open Policy ...

The Community College Consortium for OER is hosting a webinar tomorrow (Oct 2, noon U.S. Pacific Time) focused on how Libraries are Leading the Way.  Please join us and share the link with colleagues:

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Wed, Oct 2, noon Pacific (3:00 pm EST) for a free, open…


Added by Una Daly on October 1, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

Another "Open Education" Player Joins The Fray :-)

Hope the community has a chance to check them out:

Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 29, 2013 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Another Newsflash From Google: Google Brings the World Constitutions to the Web :-)

This is quite a development as on-going research on Constitutional Government is ever more as important today as it was over 200 years ago when the US Constitution was adopted :

Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 29, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

USC @ the forefront of expanded Public Knowledge :-)

A recent newsflash is noted for all to review:

USC Contributes Content to Digital Public Library

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a content hub and has contributed more than 250,000 items from its own digital library to the DPLA.…


Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 29, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

What Penn is Up To

Whether we like it or not,  MOOC is here to say and the movement is gathering steam.   I have been fascinated by what PENN has been up to @

I hope our ever-growing community will have an opportunity to visit this and share their thoughts.

Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 29, 2013 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Sponsors are the new mentors - and they really need you

Hmmmm....what's the difference between and mentor and a "sponsor"? Here's one person's take on it.This was recently published in Fast Company Magazine. Frankly, I still like the idea and altruism associated with mentoring. Sometimes it is perfectly fine IMHO for something to be "one-way"...that's why they call it a "gift" with no strings attached. My two cents, Peggy…


Added by Peggy Ruse on September 24, 2013 at 12:10pm — No Comments

How Purdue is Leveraging Technology w/Augumented Learning

This is an interesting case study on how technology is leveraged for maximum outreach:


Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 24, 2013 at 12:10am — No Comments

MOOC is Now Mainstream !! :-)

Need we say more :-)

'A MOOC? What's a MOOC?' Now You Can Look It Up 

The Oxford University Press this week inducted “MOOC” into its Oxford Dictionaries Online. 

Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 24, 2013 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

Google & EdX Team Up :-)

As reported in a recent edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education: 

Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us 

The new Web site,, will provide tools and a platform that will "allow any academic institution, business, and individual to create and…


Added by Mike Pouraryan on September 23, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Some educators and commentators give an "F" to Obama's University Scorecard Plan

Here are the first two paragraphs from a post by Shikha Dalmia on Read the entire article by clicking on post. There are links in the article to the proposed legislation. Feel free to agree or disagree…


Added by Jacky Hood on September 23, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments

Concierge Education may be the next big thing; it's the antithesis of MOOCs

Some have said that MOOCs are an electronic manifestation of the worst method of face-to-face education: the mass lecture: huge halls with theater-style seating and a professor talking, talking, talking, and making illegible notes on a board. 

Most educators, parents, and students know that the best education is one-on-one coaching and instruction: the instructor as guide by the side rather than the sage on the stage.

So why all the excitement about MOOCs? Because they are…


Added by Open Doors Group on September 18, 2013 at 7:21am — 2 Comments

California Community Colleges require Creative Commons Attribution for Grants & Contracts

At yesterday's meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Board voted unanimously to require open licensing on publicly funded materials resulting from all Chancellors' contracts and grants.  

Read the entire story including comments by Dean Florez of 20 Million Minds at:


Added by Open Doors Group on September 10, 2013 at 6:32am — No Comments

Why are students not getting college credit for MOOCs

Few  students are taking universities up on the offer of college credit for MOOCs. 


What is the demographics for the average technical MOOC courses?  I am taking a Web Intelligence and Big Data course to quickly learn the subject. I don’t need to pass the course at a strange in my life because  another degree is…


Added by Glenda Clark on September 7, 2013 at 12:27pm — 1 Comment

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