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Aug 08

Food and our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia
How can food systems become more sustainable in the face of population growth, urbanisation, and environmental degradation? How can a food systems approach help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? This course will explore how natural resources are currently used to take the food we eat from the field or ocean to our plates.

Aug 09

Introduction to Animal Behaviour
Do you want to understand how and why animals behave the way they do, and how we test hypotheses about behaviour scientifically? This biology and life sciences course provides an introduction to the complexities of wild animal behaviour, and how it is studied. Over six weeks, learners will explore the various behaviours animals adopt in order to meet the challenges of their daily lives. We begin with how animals learn and communicate with each other, then move on to discuss how they find ...

[Sept] 05

Summer School in Sociologies of Education (SUSEES)
This MOOC features the SUSEES Summer School lectures where renowned scholars present the way they use particular theories and approaches to study education. The scope of the lecture series is to provide new insights into the potential of theoretical resources in producing new research questions for studying the European dimension of education.

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Open Educational Resources: American Ideals, Global Questions
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files/images/EDUCATION_doodles.png Steven Weiland, Global Education Review, Jun 27, 2016 This article talks about "the American led movement on behalf of the MOOC" though what it really should say is something like "the MOOC movement as seen through American eyes". It depicts MOOCs and Open Educational Resources through a puzzling history beginning "the many kinds of free instructional resources in MIT’ s OpenCourseWare project (and) ... [Link] , 26 Jun 2016 12:: -0400

Us: New Mooc, Grants From Study Abroad Branch - The Pie News
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US: New MOOC, grants from study abroad branch The PIE News The US State Department's study abroad branch will shortly award its first study abroad engagement grants and is in the process of developing a MOOC, both to help institutions build participation in internationalisation. The branch has also recently ... [Link] Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:09:00 GMT

Making Sense Of Moocs: New Unesco-Col Guide Now Available
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files/images/Making_Sense_of_MOOCs.JPG Mariana Patru, Venkataraman Balaji, Commonwealth of Learning, Jun 25, 2016 From the intro: "The Guide is designed to raise general awareness amongst policy makers in developing countries as to how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) might address their concerns and priorities, particularly in terms of access to affordable quality higher education and preparation of secondary school leavers for ... [Link] Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:: -0400

Coursera Pilots A New Course Format
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Coursera Blog, Jun 25, 2016 Coursera is launching a new format today. You will recognize it as "what we had before MOOCs". Here it is: "we will begin piloting a few courses in which all content is available only to learners who have purchased the course, either directly or by applying for and receiving financial aid." It may be time to rededicate myself toward creating a genuinely open-only course framework, based to a large degree on the work I did with gRSShopper. Of course, that will require funding.... [Link] [Comment] [Link] Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:: -0400

Study Finds Inconclusive Results About Efficacy Of Adaptive Learning
, Inside Higher Ed | News
Experiments with adaptive learning at 14 colleges and universities have found the software has no significant average effect on course completion rates, has a slight positive effect on student grades and does not immediately lead to lower costs. And after using the software for three academic terms, less than half of the instructors involved say they will continue to use adaptive courseware. “The ultimate goal -- better student outcomes at lower cost -- remains elusive,” the report on the findings, compiled by SRI Education, a division of the research and development ... [Link] Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:00:00 +0000



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