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#CFHE12 #Oped12 The Yin and Yang of MOOCs : Part 4 Digital Identity and Openness
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 20, 2012
In my last post of The Yin and Yang of MOOCs, I shared what I believe to be the Yang (bright) side of MOOCs. This post is devoted to the Yin (dark) side of MOOCs.  I would close it with the Yang (bright) side as the Yin is always embraced under the Yang (bright side) … Continue reading → Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:44:42 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 A reflection on MOOCs: The winner of the year 2012-MOOC
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 17, 2012
Tony Bates has written a nice post on MOOC and I would like to respond here: As Tony has pointed out, 2012 was certainly the year of the MOOC. I have read Audrey Watters provides a comprehensive overview of what happened with MOOCs many times, and still found something interesting to reflect on.  MOOCs are just emerging … Continue reading → Tue, 18 Dec 2012 01:56:35 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 A reflection of MOOCs Part 4:The number one challenge in education – Cheating
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 16, 2012
I was appalled by what this post tells us stories of cheating.  Test taking by others is a cheating scandal that would damage education’s reputation. Cheating in research is also on the rise. In this post on MOOC cheating: Frankly, why anyone who do this in a course that focuses on learning and offers no credentials, … Continue reading → Mon, 17 Dec 2012 01:22:41 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped 12 How a theory and technolgoy will change the world? Part 1
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 14, 2012
Scientific approach to teachingI have been wondering what theories would change the world.   Social Constructivism, Cognitivism, and Behaviorism have both shaped and changed the world to a certain extent.  Connectivism, a new and emergent learning theory has come along the centre stage and significantly influenced the way we educate and learn, using networks and … Continue reading → Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:19:31 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 A reflection on the cMOOCs and xMOOCs and their future
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 14, 2012
When I reflect upon the two MOOCs – xMOOCs and cMOOCs in terms of how the courses are structured, I come to a conclusion that: In xMOOCs, the professors plan out everything for the participants, the video lectures, the artifacts & resources, the forum and discussion boards, the assignments, the quizzes, the examination, the assessment … Continue reading → Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:59:08 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Fractals, Community and Openness in Education
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 12, 2012
How would communities develop?  It looks like fractals development on an ongoing basis. Keith says in his post: an alert to Michael Rose's explainer about fractals in The Conversation. In the explainer, Michael quotes Benoit Mandelbrot "Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules which are repeated without end". It seems to me that open education has this … Continue reading → Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:55:47 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 What would be the future of virtual or online communities?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 12, 2012
Benjamin Stewart remarks on Google plus: As I see the tons of Google+ Communities emerge, many related to similar subjects, I wonder which ones will remain and which ones will fade away… This scenario seems to be a repetition of what happened before: with Ning, Facebook, and Google Groups. A typical life-cycle of introduction, growth and … Continue reading → Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:47:37 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 What is after MOOCs?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 11, 2012
MOOC, MOOC, and then MOOC They have been hailed as the catalyst for a global learning revolution in which anyone with an internet connection can take advantage of a free education from some the world's top universities. What are some of the common themes on MOOC?  A global learning revolution is going on…. I remember … Continue reading → Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:56:54 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 What drew you to the academic profession?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 08, 2012
Having read this very interesting paper on The Australian Academic profession in transition, I am wondering what it means to be an academic professional.  If you are an educator in HE or VET, what drew you to an academic profession? I found the key findings and implications on p11 & 12 useful for reflection. In … Continue reading → Sat, 08 Dec 2012 04:23:24 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Who knows the future? A quest on the FUTURE of HIGHER EDUCATION
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 07, 2012
What would happen to the Future of Education? Refer to this: “Feel free to share to our infographic but please link to us at www.opencc.co.uk“ Let’s examine the 2013 and Beyond Future Scenarios: 1. Due to increasing costs of higher education, MOOCs take over from traditional universities.  This is highly unlikely to happen, due to the … Continue reading → Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:50:01 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Has MOOC changed the world?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 07, 2012
MOOC – a term which stands for mysterious though open course seems to have changed some part of the world, in 2012. Has MOOC changed the world? Is MOOCs successfully transforming education, and Higher Education in particularly?  Some think MOOCs are already picking up the momentum towards transforming HE. A year ago, hardly anybody knew the … Continue reading → Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:35:48 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Is MOOC a course?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 07, 2012
Hi Fabian, Thanks for an insightful post with open and honest sharing. I like your three possibilities. First, there has been a diverse views about whether MOOCs (cMOOCs) are courses, as they (ccks) seemed not to have followed what a traditional online course has prescribed: stating what the learning outcomes should be. The early MOOCs … Continue reading → Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:14:35 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 What is critical in MOOC?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 05, 2012
I have a dream. (Dr. Martin Luther King) My dream: “Education as a means to fulfill the needs and expectations of the people, to become who they want to become, and so they could make responsible decisions that could contribute to their own growth, their fellow citizens, the community and society at large.  On the … Continue reading → Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:38:49 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Good to great teachers – Part 2
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 02, 2012
What are the differences between good and great teachers? This is part 2 of my previous post. Here are some posts and videos: post 1, good versus great teachers This list provides an interesting contrasts between great teachers and good teachers. Great teachers are in the talent-finding and talent-development business. Merely good teachers think they … Continue reading → Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:05:46 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Who stole my COW? Who stole my MOOC?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 02, 2012
Who stole my cow? What is COW? Cow stands for Course of WOW!  A MOOC. WOW is the favorite word used by Tom Peters where he has written a book WOW!  ”Peters now urges managers to go for “Wow!”, and encourages advanced eccentricity: “craze” management.  But behind the show-biz approach there lies a same idea: … Continue reading → Sun, 02 Dec 2012 05:03:34 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Emergence of MOOCs Final Part 5 xMOOCs meeting the cMOOCs
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Dec 01, 2012
In this post, I would continue to reflect on xMOOCs and cMOOCs. Could free online courses (MOOCs - xMOOCs in this context) change engineering education?  Why not? Kathy says: they also present a host of challenges. Grading isn't consistent, cheating is even more prevalent than in a typical classroom setting, and plagiarism is a big concern. Because … Continue reading → Sun, 02 Dec 2012 00:32:00 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOC as the Wonderland
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 30, 2012
If you haven’t read this post, you may wonder what Sebastian Thrun meant when he says: "I feel like there's a red pill and a blue pill," he said. "And you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students. But I've taken the red pill, and I've … Continue reading → Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:54:07 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Research into MOOCs Part 1
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 30, 2012
Why are there so few researches done on MOOCs? What are the challenges in conducting researches into MOOCs? Here oped12-need-for-more-research-related, Osvaldo concludes: These are just 4 illustrations that exemplify some important issues in online education today. Academic papers whose references are based on blogs and newspaper articles. Numbers quoted by newspapers and blogs that can be … Continue reading → Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:05:47 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 The emergence of MOOCs part 4 Assessment, Certification and Accreditation
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 30, 2012
Are MOOCs suitable for all disciplines?  What are some of the disciplines or domains which could be difficult for institutions to adopt an MOOC approach?  What about education and training of doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.? In this post Online learning glitch: MOOC flaws will be hard to resolve by Ed Byrne: The other major problem the … Continue reading → Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:35:01 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 The emergence of MOOCs part 3 the future of education and learning
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 28, 2012
Here is a very insightful post critiquing on the MOOC Fantasy.   Would online courses spell the end of traditional universities? Who says online courses will cause the death of universities?  That sounds quite optimistic about the role of universities in society.  To what extent would those ‘predictions’ be true? What would be the future of education? … Continue reading → Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:59:20 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs Emerging as Landscape of Change Final Part (Part 8) – The Conversation
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 24, 2012
This is my final part of the series, where I try consolidating some of the conversations around MOOCs. Dominik says in his post on MOOC: Connectivist MOOCs seem to produce proportionately as many reports of confusion and demotivation among their participants as the more impersonal extension MOOCs. They certainly don't see many fewer drop outs (which … Continue reading → Sat, 24 Nov 2012 11:16:09 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Massive Open Online Comments (MOOC) are re-defining MOOCs – Part 1
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 23, 2012
We found Massive Open Online Comments MOOCs with both positive praises and negative criticisms on xMOOCs and cMOOCs with hundreds of blog posts. What you need to know about MOOC provides some posts that explored different views about xMOOCs.   Some people have hailed xMOOC as the way to transform education, but others have viewed them … Continue reading → Fri, 23 Nov 2012 06:01:45 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 On Emergent Learning – Part 1
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 23, 2012
This is my post in response to a Twitter Chat initiative.  The topic relates to Emergent Learning. To what extent would we allow such a learning system of “emergent learning” to ‘be’ and ‘to grow’ and to ‘emerge’ in Higher Education Institution environment?  May be this is happening to some extent in MOOCs (xMOOCs, and … Continue reading → Fri, 23 Nov 2012 06:33:22 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 Prescriptive and Emergent Learning: Which is more important and valuable?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 21, 2012
I have been pondering on the prescriptive and emergent learning for years. Basic questions are: What is the difference between prescriptive and emergent learning? What are the assumptions behind prescriptive and emergent learning? What sort of questions would be helpful in exploring emergent learning? What would be the importance of prescriptive and emergent learning for … Continue reading → Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:36:18 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs Emerging as Landscape of Change Part 7 Commodity, Business, Community, Community of Practice
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 18, 2012
Here is my previous post that I shared about the impact of MOOCs on learning. I am re-posting comments here for further reflection. MOOC as a Commodity and a Business There are attempts to monetize MOOCs. Treating MOOC as a commodity have lots of implication. What I am concerned is: when such "education" becomes a business … Continue reading → Sun, 18 Nov 2012 07:09:08 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOC Emerging as Landscape of Change and Learning Platform Part 6- A Network Ecology
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 17, 2012
Stephen Downes relates to this post on MOOCs as networks. Stephen says: What gets me is that he apparently has *no idea* that we’ve been doing MOOCs as networks for 4 years, and indeed that MOOCs *originated* as networks Hi Stephen Downes You have mentioned it in 2007 as I had cited in my post here  in that … Continue reading → Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:51:43 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs emerging as Landscape of Change – Part 5 Questions & Openness with MOOC
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 17, 2012
This is a post that I drafted sometime ago.  I have decided to give it the finishing touch. Questions and Openness with MOOCs Role of Learning Facilitator (also in a MOOC) Jenny in her post discusses the role of the learning facilitator. Has your scope of work moved from cultivating walled gardens to supporting do-it-yourself landscapes? … Continue reading → Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:26:11 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs emerging as Landscape of Change – Part 4 Groups versus Networks
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 15, 2012
Here is my response to Mary’s comments: Would you like to elaborate on George's assertions in 2005? I hope I could relate to the hypothesis that you are referring to. I have a conversation with George face to face when he visited Sydney last year. You might have noted my postings on blog. As I … Continue reading → Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:19:43 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs emerging as Landscape of Change – Part 3 Networked Learning and Web2.0
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 14, 2012
This paper on Networked Learning: A new paradigm of teaching and learning in ODL by Dr Tung Lai Cheng provides an excellent review of social media networking and networked learning in online distance learning environment. “This paper explores the pedagogical linkages between the networked learning approach and social networked media.  A comprehensive technical literature review … Continue reading → Thu, 15 Nov 2012 01:39:14 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs emerging as Landscape of Change – Part 2
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 14, 2012
Mancy commented in my blog post: “You mention that you believe that with the emergence of MOOCs, the “current education model would be "shaken" and further disrupted…” Are you referring to MOOCs constituting a technological discontinuity within the current tertiary education industry? Because I thought that whilst the MOOCs offers a dominant design, it is … Continue reading → Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:30:35 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOCs emerging as Landscape of Change – Part 1
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 10, 2012
This presentation on Power and Ecosystems of Change – by Ann Pendleton – Jullian is amazing. Here are some focus points: From Re-framing to Ecosystems of change We need new methods and mechanisms - reality mining, micro-narratives - boundaries, probes, and modulators - studio based methods and approaches - strategic game design I particularly like … Continue reading → Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:56:05 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 The droids are taking our jobs
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 08, 2012
Having watched this, I wonder what it means when jobs done by humans are being replaced by droids. Even machine could grade our work.  Another MOOC bottleneck solved. “With the current speed online education is developing – every week some 70.000 students sign up for the 200 Coursera courses – it will not be long … Continue reading → Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:41:06 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 A story about freebies
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Nov 08, 2012
MOOCs are free.  They are hailed as the the most important education technology in 200 years,  as shared here.  There are more praises on how online learning would make a difference to the world of education, in helping more people to receive higher education, and in democratizing education. “Online learning also holds the appeal of democratizing … Continue reading → Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:54:50 +0000 [Comment]

#CFHE12 #Oped12 The emergence of MOOCs – Part 1
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog, Oct 27, 2012
The current popularity of MOOCs is like the running of Olympic Games, where different MOOCs are competing with each others in a global arena of education. What is MOOC? The emergence of MOOCs has touched the nerves of many college and educational leaders. To some educators, professionals and learners, MOOCs seem to have become the … Continue reading → Sat, 27 Oct 2012 05:22:10 +0000 [Comment]


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