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Introduction to MOOCs: avalanche, illusion or augmentation?

The New York Times labeled 2012 'The Year of the MOOC'. Less than 24 months after the launch of the first massive open online course (MOOC) at Stanford University and with potentially over five million students around the world now registered with a MOOC platform, massive open online courses would appear to be a new and significant force within higher education (HE). However, it is still unclear what effect, if any, MOOCs will have on the HE sector in the longer term and whether their explosion in popularity has enough momentum to sustain their method of educational delivery. This policy brief aims to provide a background to the expansion of MOOCs, explain their differences and similarities, identify the types of students using MOOCs, investigate their business models and potential direction, and finally to scope the risks and benefits associated with their development.

The New York Times labeled 2012 'The Year of the MOOC'. Less than 24 months after the launch of the first massive open ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Grainger, Barnaby
Date: 2013
Resource type: Paper
Series name: IITE policy brief
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Higher education;

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Introducing MOOCs to Africa: New Economy Skills for Africa Program - ICT

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are highly interactive online courses open to all on the World Wide Web. Some use [open educational resources] OER and others rely on commercial content that can include video, multimedia and computer applications as well as text and graphics. MOOCs have the potential to enhance online education in developing countries by facilitating collaboration between people, places and technology. In fact, Coursera, the American MOOC platform provider, has recently partnered with the World Bank and the Tanzanian government to provide MOOCs to African students in an [information and computer technology] ICT education initiative. In this paper, the Tanzanian pilot project is investigated as a lens through which to examine the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs in the developing world.

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are highly interactive online courses open to all on the World Wide Web. Some use [open ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Boga, Sandi; McGreal, Rory
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Tanzania
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Literacy;

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Understanding the labor market: implications for career counseling

In this chapter the authors describe the concept of the labor market and [labor market information] LMI, their key components, and their interface with guidance and counseling. Accurate, easily accessible, and regularly updated LMI is central to any career guidance system. The need for information varies across individuals according to the stage and the conditions within which their career development is occurring. LMI has been viewed as vital throughout the history of career development practice. The authors also articulate key competencies and implications for application and practice for the effective use of LMI.

In this chapter the authors describe the concept of the labor market and [labor market information] LMI, their key ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Kumar, Sachin; Arulmani, Gideon
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Book chapter
Series name: International and cultural psychology
Subjects: Labour market; Career development; Technology;

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Satellite lessons: vocational education and training for isolated communities

At the Western Institute of Technical and Further Education (WITAFE) in New South Wales (NSW), vocational education and training (VET) courses are being delivered to students in isolated homesteads and remote Aboriginal communities by Interactive Distance eLearning (IDL). IDL provides satellite-supported two-way broadband voice, one-way video and Internet access for school-age and adult distance education. Adults commonly access VET courses offered by WITAFE using the equipment provided to their children who are students of a 'School of the Air' or through community facilities in remote Aboriginal communities.

At the Western Institute of Technical and Further Education (WITAFE) in New South Wales (NSW), vocational education and ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Twyford, Kylie; Crump, Stephen; Anderson, Alan
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Rural society
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Demographics; Indigenous people;

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The online college labour market: where the jobs are

Employers have been increasingly utilizing online job boards and employer websites to fill job openings. This report analyzes the online demand for college talent in the job market to find the most in-demand jobs in various occupational fields.

Employers have been increasingly utilizing online job boards and employer websites to fill job openings. This report ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Carnevale, Anthony P.; Jayasundera, Tamara; Repnikov, Dmitri
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Employment; Labour market; Higher education;

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Moodle maintenance

This project aimed to upskill [Brisbane Indigenous Media Association] BIMA staff in the development and maintenance of a Learning Management System (LMS) in order to develop quality processes and practices that can be maintained by current staff and transferred to new staff.

This project aimed to upskill [Brisbane Indigenous Media Association] BIMA staff in the development and maintenance of a ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Scott, Mike
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: Continuous Professional Learning projects
Subjects: Technology; Teaching and learning; Workforce development;

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Case studies in e-RPL and e-PR

The use of ePortfolios for recognition of prior learning (e-RPL) and for professional recognition (e-PR) is slowly gaining in popularity in the [vocational education and training] VET sector however their use is sporadic across educational sectors, disciplines, educational institutions and professions. Added to this is an array of purposes and types of e-RPL and e-PR models and practice. The aim of this paper is to build on the conceptual framework developed by Cameron (2012) for e-RPL and e-PR and to provide case studies for each of the four types developed within this framework: e-PR for Professional Accreditation; e-RPL for Workplace Recognition; e-RPL for Access; and e-RPL for Self Recognition.

The use of ePortfolios for recognition of prior learning (e-RPL) and for professional recognition (e-PR) is slowly gaining ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Cameron, Roslyn; Miller, Allison
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of adult learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Pathways; Technology; Employment;

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Web 2.0 usage in higher education in South Africa

The proliferation of Web 2.0 applications in general and in higher education institutions (HEIs) in particular was the impetus for this survey-based research into practices that online users (students) currently employ when using Web 2.0 sites. As part of the study, the popularity of Web 2.0 technologies and sites among online users at two universities was investigated in order to determine the extent of access and use as well as the potential threat to users of Web 2.0.

The proliferation of Web 2.0 applications in general and in higher education institutions (HEIs) in particular was the ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Hough, J.; Neuland, E.
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Africa; South Africa
Journal title: South African journal of higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Higher education; Providers of education and training;

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The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 proceedings: transition to open and on-line education in European universities

This conference was dedicated to the topic of 'Transition to open and on-line education in European universities'. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open educational resources (OER) were key topics of the conference. Keynote presentations were: A strategy for Europe in the age of the knowledge society: building new knowledge networks among traditional and distance universities / Maria Amata Garito; Do MOOCs announce a new paradigm for higher education? / John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic.

This conference was dedicated to the topic of 'Transition to open and on-line education in European universities'. Massive ...  Show Full Abstract  

Conference name: The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Corporate authors: European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Technology;

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Smart work centres: an analysis of demand in Western Sydney

With major advances in information and communications technology (ICT) in the last decade, particularly in mobile computing and high-speed broadband, there is a renewed interest in teleworking owing to its potential benefits to workers, employers and society at large. The Australian government, for example, aims to double Australia's level of telework by 2020, so that at least 12 per cent of Australian employees report having a telework arrangement with their employers.

With major advances in information and communications technology (ICT) in the last decade, particularly in mobile computing ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Wilmot, Kerryn; Boyle, Thomas; Rickwood, Peter;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Employment; Technology; Research;

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