Showing posts with label MOOC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MOOC. Show all posts

Monday, January 16, 2017

MoocNote Offers a Chrome Extension for Taking Notes on Videos

MoocNote is a good tool for adding time-stamped notes to the videos that you watch. You can also use it to create time-stamped questions for others to answer while watching a shared video. MoocNote works with videos from YouTube as well as videos that you import from Google Drive or Dropbox.

The latest update to MoocNote introduced a Chrome extension for taking notes and answering questions while watching a video on YouTube. With the extension installed you don't need to open the MoocNote site in a separate tab or window.

Applications for Education
MoocNote includes an option for creating groups or classes. You can create public or private groups with which you share your video lessons. You can arrange all of your videos into courses then share those courses with the group. If your course is a work in progress, you can add to it as needed and everyone in your group will see the additional content as you add it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MoocNote 2.0 - More Features for Creating Video Lessons

Last month I wrote a review of free video lesson creation tool called MoocNote. At the time it allowed you to add time-stamped comments, questions, and links to videos. Today, I learned that MoocNote has added a bunch of new features that teachers will like.

You can now build video lessons on MoocNote by using videos from your Dropbox or Google Drive account. This is a huge enhancement for teachers who work in environments that block YouTube. It's also great for anyone who has made his or her own videos and wants to add interactive question elements to them.

The latest version of MoocNote includes an option for creating groups or classes. You can create public or private groups with which you share your video lessons. You can arrange all of your videos into courses then share those courses with the group. If your course is a work in progress, you can add to it as needed and everyone in your group will see the additional content as you add it.

Finally, students no longer have to create accounts on MoocNote in order to view lessons that you make public. If you make your video lesson public, anyone can view it. If you want to keep your video lesson private, students will have to register to view it. MoocNote now supports using a Google Account to log-in.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

#DCMOOC - A MOOC About Digital Citizenship

Whether we work with preschool children or college students, digital citizenship is something that we should all be talking about with our students. To help you help students understand digital citizenship Alec Couros is facilitating a MOOC on the topic of digital citizenship. The MOOC is supported by the Government of Saskatchewan.

#DCMOOC begins tonight, May 13th at 7pm Saskatchewan Time (use this tool to convert the time to your local time). If you cannot make it to tonight's session it will be held again on May 14th at 3:45pm Saskatchewan Time. Click here to register for the #DCMOOC.  #DCMOOC will run for five weeks. An outline of the five week #DCMOOC can be found here.

H/T to Jen Deyenberg for the Tweet about #DCMOOC

Monday, March 31, 2014

Learn With Coursera on Your iPad or Android Tablet

Coursera is a great place to find free online open courses for personal and professional learning. Coursera currently has more than 600 courses available through its catalog. Most courses include short video lectures, interactive quizzes, and peer graded assessments.

This month Coursera released an updated iPad app and a new Android app. Both apps allow students to browse for courses, register for courses, and participate in courses. The apps also allow students to download course videos to view offline.

Applications for Education
The boom in MOOCs and other online course offerings means that students don't have to go far to find courses to meet their intellectual needs. If you have a high school student with an interest in a subject that your school doesn't offer, Coursera is a good place for that student to turn to for self-guided study.

H/T to The Next Web

Monday, March 24, 2014

World Science U - Short Online Science Courses

World Science U is a new site featuring hundreds of short videos explaining dozens of topics in physics. The site also includes free short online courses for high school and college students. Visitors to World Science U can browse for videos by theme and topic. Select a theme to open a menu of topics within that theme. Learn more about World Science U in the video below.


The courses available through World Science U are completely free. The courses include discussion forums and assessments by which you can measure your progress.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Class Central - Find the MOOC for You

It seems like every week a new MOOC is launched. It can be difficult to keep track of them all and or find one that addresses a subject of interest to you. Class Central is a free service that aims to help students find MOOCs of interest to them.

Class Central provides an online catalog of MOOCs. On Class Central you can search for MOOCs according to subject, start date, and course provider. Class Central also offers "MOOC Tracker" that will alert you when a MOOC of interest to you becomes available.

Applications for Education
MOOCs offer a good way for anyone to learn about topics of interest to them. If you have a student who is ready to learn about a subject, but your school doesn't offer an advanced course, a MOOC could be the solution.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Stanford Mini Med - An Online Introduction to Med School

MOOCs and other similar online resources have made it possible to learn more than ever without ever leaving your house if you don't want to. A good example of this can be found in the breadth and depth of the free course materials that Stanford has put online over the last few years.

The Stanford School of Medicine has made available three semesters worth of lectures on human biology, health and disease, medical research, and health care. The lectures are available through iTunes, YouTube, and on the Stanford Mini Med School website. Click here for winter term, here for spring term, and here for fall term.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Three Places to Search for Free Online Courses

The summer is a great time for us to learn new skills, refresh our memories on topic that we'll be teaching in the fall, and just satisfy intellectual curiosities. The boom in MOOC and other online course offerings means that we don't have to go far to find courses that meet our needs. Here are three places to find your next free, online course.

Open Culture, which I've featured here many times, has a list of more than 700 free online courses. Some of the courses are canned content in the form of recorded lectures while others are course that will be available this summer. Unfortunately, there isn't a search tool on Open Culture just for the courses so you'll have to scroll through the lists to find what you want.

RedHoop is a search engine for online courses that I learned about from a recent Life Hacker post. RedHoop allows you to search for courses from popular providers including Coursera, Udemy, and Udacity. You can refine your search to show only free courses.

SkilledUp, like RedHoop, is a search engine for online courses. You can filter search results according to cost and course provider. SkilledUp indexes more course providers than RedHoop, but many of those course providers are paid services. I do like that SkilledUp allows you to refine your search according to content delivery method. For example, I can filter out courses that are lecture-based.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Great Economists - A Marginal Revolution University MOOC

The Marginal Revolution University is a project started by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok at George Mason University. MRUniversity offers MOOCs about a wide range of topics in economics. One of the MOOCs released this month is Great Economists: Classical Economics and its Forerunners. The course outline places an emphasis on Adam Smith and his work The Wealth of Nations. The course outline concludes with a section on practical issues faced by classical economists.

Here's an introduction to the course.


Here's one video clip from the course, Introduction to Mercantilism.


Friday, February 1, 2013

200+ MOOCs and Free Online Certificate Programs

It seems like every day a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) comes online. Some of these courses offer "certificates of satisfactory completion" or similar recognition while others do not.  To help you find a MOOC that interests you and or your students Open Culture has created a list of more than 200 MOOCs and free certificate programs.

Stephen Downes also has a nice MOOC listing going on his MOOC.ca page. 

Applications for Education
Some MOOCs, like this biology course through Harvard and MIT's EDX program, can provide a good challenge to high school students who have the interest and initiative to complete it. I'm not aware of any high schools that are doing this yet, but it seems like it's only a matter of time before some high schools start awarding some type of recognition or credit to students who earn a certificate of completion from a course through EDX and similar programs.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Core of Education Vodcast

A few weeks ago I was a guest on Rod Berger's Core of Education podcast. It went so well that Rod proposed the idea of a bi-weekly(ish) vodcast or video series in which we spend ten minutes or so talking about apps and trends in educational technology. We recorded the first episode today. In the episode (embedded below) we hit on TedEd and its role in education, MOOCs, QR codes, augmented reality, and flipped classrooms.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Learn Spanish in the Spanish MOOC

From the people that brought us Study Stream language learning platform comes the Spanish MOOC. The Spanish MOOC is an open course for people that do not have any background in speaking or learning Spanish. The course will have twelve graded assignments so that you will get actual feedback on your progress. The course has conversational practice opportunities too. You can preview the course right now by using the guest login on this page

The Spanish MOOC course begins in January 2013. Registration is free and is open now.

H/T to David Kapuler.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Become a Google Power Searcher This Fall

This summer Google offered a MOOC titled Power Searching With Google. More than 150,000 people registered for the course (completion rate was 29%). This fall Google is offering the course again. The six week course will again be facilitated by Google's head of search anthropology, Dan Russell. Registration is open now and the course begins on September 24.

Applications for Education
Power Searching With Google could be a great course for teachers who want to become better users of Google search in order to teach their students better search strategies. And, of course, students can take the course on their own to learn better search strategies.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Google Course Builder Opened to the World

Course Builder is the code that powered Google's first MOOC Power Searching With Google. Yesterday, Google made Course Builder available to the world. You need to have some strong coding chops to build a course with Course Builder. If you have those skills or have people in your organization possessing those skills, Course Builder could be a platform that you want to try for building courses.


Even if you don't plan to use Course Builder for developing online courses, you may want to take a look at the Design Process pages to gain some insight and ideas for building online courses regardless of the platform used to deliver the content.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Become a Power Google Searcher

Today, Google announced the launch of a new MOOC - Massive Open Online Course - titled Power Searching With Google. The course will contain six 50 minute sessions and activities to try out the things that are taught in the course. Upon completion of the course you will be able to get a certificate of completion (presumably suitable for printing at home and putting on your refrigerator). The course begins on July 10. Registration is open now.

Applications for Education
If you're familiar with advanced Google search tools, you can handle all of Dan Russell's search challenges, and you're ready to take the next step toward being a power searcher, take this new courseAnd even if you're not up to speed with all of the advanced search tools in Google, this MOOC could help you too. Take the course this summer and pass on your new search skills to your students in the fall.