"According to Menezes (2014), Social Presence is how people perceive their own presence and the presence of others in a virtual interaction and the willingness to build an interpersonal relationship in order to learn collaboratively."
Excellent article by George Siemens and the recent state of MOOCs.
My favourite paragraph:
And, what learners really need has diversified over the past several decades as the knowledge economy has expanded. Universities have not kept pace with learner needs and MOOCs have caused a much needed stir — a period of reflection and self-assessment. To date, higher education has largely failed to learn the lessons of participatory culture, distributed and fragmented value systems and networked learning. MOOCs have forced a serious assessment of the idea of a university and how education should be related to and supportive of the society in which it exists.
I am delighted and amazed to see the range and quality of available online courses for adult education through outstanding universities and schools across the world. Although already a jazz musician I signed up for a 6-week improvisation course with Gary Burton at the Berklee School of Music, starting in October. What a great opportunity to learn with the best - and this will be a re-visit for me to get my brain thinking about jazz again - something I do not do enough of these days!
Dianne Hope shares a collection of great resources for online learning and sharing
The next 6-week online course for 'Connected learning for global understanding' starts April 14. Register now!
"computer-supported collaborative learning"
A wonderful resource sponsored by Citrix. Valuable information from educators who are out there doing it with mobile and online learning.
Distance education has become an increasingly popular option for Australians who want to head back to school without putting careers on hold, growth that was driven up even more by the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009. Over the past five years, the online education market in Australia has grown by almost 20% and is expected to be worth an estimated $4.68 billion this year. Currently, the major players in the Australian market are Kaplan, Seek Learning, and Open Universities Australia, though many smaller schools are also bringing in a fair amount of students as well. Even more growth is projected in online programs based in Australia that teach students from Asia, with the international market expected to grow to millions of students during the next 10 years, which if it comes to fruition will make Australia one of the world’s leading providers of online education."
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