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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 12 free tools you can use now to join / organize a #mooc #edtech20 #pln

Dear friends like I promise you when this year begin I try every week to describe here my Top 10 . In my previous post I presented to a global audience ( more than 700 attendees worldwide joined my online class ) : Top 10 startup social media curation tools for Social learning in the workplace that will change research in XXI Century Education organized in #CO13 Conference . Because MOOC is next Big Thing in XXI Century Education along with Curation who is Social Media King now I describe my favorite platforms where you can organize or join a Massive Online Course, now I participate in 4 :) . You are welcome to add comments and feed-back to all my blog posts !

Teach2013 will be the year of online instructor and mooc . 
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are structured similarly to other online college or university courses—they have instructors, course materials, and start and end dates. But unlike traditional online courses, participation is free and open to anyone who is interested and has an Internet connection. MOOCs are designed for large-scale participation. Students do not need to be admitted to a university offering a MOOC in order to take the course, and are not required to pay for the MOOC.MOOCs are a recent development in the area of online learning. They are a new way of learning that takes full advantage of all the benefits of a digital world where global connections are possible and information is highly accessible. Now if you want you can share your expertise and became one .
How it Works: Each week, Udemy will email you with training, resources, and tools to help you teach the world. Join us and build your first online course in 2013.
Not an expert yourself? No worries.Tweet at an expert you know and tell them to Teach2013.

Udemy helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.
Udemy  team recruits the world's top experts, including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, celebrities, and Ivy League professors. These expert instructors have taught over 500,000 students on Udemy, helping them learn everything from programming to photography to design and more. Founded in 2010, Udemy is funded by Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, 500 Startups and other investors who previously foresaw the internet giants YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Groupon and Yelp. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Today, IT4ALL is a huge network with followers and graduates of Moodle for Teacher (M4T) MOOCs and workshops. The network is self-funded by Dr. Nellie Deutsch who organise every year since 2009 Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning FREE eConference and this year I had the pleasure to have more than 700 attendees around the World to my Curation session . The members of IT4ALL contribute to the success of the workshops and the learning community. The workshops at IT4ALL are facilitated by educators who follow a relationship-based collaborative learning approach where participants become active learners. Active learning goes beyond active participation as teachers and students become partners of learning and learn through teaching. The rationale behind active learning is that teachers are expert learners who can facilitate the process of learning.
 You are invited to enroll in the workshops available, suggest new courses, create courses of your own, add comments, and ask questions. To access what IT4ALL has to offer, please click on the headings on the top bar of this and other pages of the website.
Scholarships are available for most of the professional development workshops. 

I am happy to be involved in ,a ‘Connectivist’ MOOC (‘cMOOC) that is designed around a few key principles:
The course is developed with a weak ‘centre’. While will provide a level of aggregation, detail, and direction, the majority of interactions are likely to occur within groups and networks, facilitated through various online spaces and services.
Participants are strongly encouraged to develop their own reflective, learning spaces. We’re hoping that every learner in #etmooc creates and maintains their own blog for continuous reflection, creativity, and resource sharing.
Sharing and network participation are essential for the success of all learners in #etmooc. Thus, we’ll be needing you to share your knowledge, to support and encourage others, and to participate in meaningful conversations.

It's a honour for me to be accepted and collaborate with teachers from USA in The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue . Sponsored by the European Union Center (, and College of Education ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (T.E.D.) provides an opportunity for educators in the United States and the European Union to come together online for shared exploration and examination of a variety of educational topics as they relate to issues of identity and difference, with a particular emphasis on representations of "the other" in the classroom. 
Who is involved with T.E.D.?
A total of seventy educators in the U.S. and the EU will be involved. Participants from the U.S. may be current teachers, pre-service teacher education students, school administrators, graduate students, and education faculty. Participants from the Europe should be residing/teaching in an EU member country (including candidate countries).
Where Does T.E.D. Meet?
Participants can participate anywhere they are located, provided they have access to the internet. Class sessions are synchronous; readings and reflections take place asynchronously.
Synchronous sessions take place weekly for ninety minutes using Elluminate. This online application enables registered participants to simultaneously communicate with classmates by using microphones connected to their computers, typing into a shared chat-rooms, contributing notes on a "chalkboard" tool, and using webcams and other capabilities to upload videos and picture images. Technical support for the program is provided by the University of Illinois, College of Education.
Prior to each weekly session, participants will have assigned readings representing US and EU perspectives on the topic. Readings will be available through a shared course website called Moodle.
Using Moodle, participants can share articles with other participants, post comments on topic-specific forums, and send messages to other participants.
Participants will be meet on-line once a week for 90 minutes: Sundays (February 12 - May 6) 12PM US Central Time / 5PM Greenwich Mean Time. Upon successful completion of T.E.D., all participants will receive a Certification of Completion from the European Union Center / Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. For US particpants, six ISBE-approved CEU's/30 contact hours are available

I have the opportunity to join with 23000 #mediacourselab global mooc.
Read more on their website Learning Creative Learning is a courseoffered at the MIT Media Lab. It introduces ideas and strategies for designing technologies to support creative learning. This semester, for the first time, P2PU and the Media Lab are working together to bring the course online. They opening up the seminars, course materials, and hands-on activities to anyone with a computer and Internet access. It's a big experiment, we expect to learn a lot, you'll enjoy it.

EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX. EdX's goals combine the desire to reach out to students of all ages, means, and nations, and to deliver these teachings from a faculty who reflect the diversity of its audience. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.

Coursera offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone, currently host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania changing the face of education globally .
Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of the classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of our classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. Coursera know that your life is busy, and that you have many commitments on your time. Thus, courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you master new concepts quickly and effectively. Key ideas include mastery learning, to make sure that you have multiple attempts to demonstrate your new knowledge; using interactivity, to ensure student engagement and to assist long-term retention; and providing frequent feedback, so that you can monitor your own progress, and know when you've really mastered the material. Coursera offer courses in a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, we hope there will be multiple courses that you find interesting.
Features of the Coursera Platform :
Education for Everyone.
Coursera offer courses from the top universities, for free.
Learn from world-class professors, watch high quality lectures, achieve mastery via interactive exercises, and collaborate with a global community of students.
Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you to master the material. You’ll be able to learn at your own pace, work on your own schedule, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises.
When you join a Coursera class, you’ll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. At any time, you’ll be able to ask questions, make suggestions, and get feedback on course topics from both peers and experts in the field.
Improve your resume, advance your career, expand your knowledge, and gain confidence by successfully completing one of our challenging university courses.

KHANACADEMY : A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.Khan Academy is an organization on a mission, a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Skillshare is a global marketplace for classes. Learn real-world skills from anyone, anywhere. We power thousands of creative, collaborative classes on everything from programming to design to crafts.
How it Works1. Post a Class
Have knowledge to share? Posting a Skillshare class is easy. With the click of a button, you can create your very own local, in-person class or apply to teach a global, online class.2. Share with Your Community
From social sharing to custom discount codes, our marketing tools and resources make it easy for people to find and enroll in your class.3. Share Your Knowledge!
Connect with people in your community and around the world. Earn cash from ticket sales, build your brand and make your community a better place.

Canvas Network Open online learning, as defined by you .
Connecting students, teachers and institutions, through an open, online course network.
Learning is a pretty great thing. When the people who provide and participate in it can interact in new, imaginative ways, it gets even better.
Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world. Put courses, knowledge and insight into the hands and minds of more people than ever before. Reach new students and collaborate with other instructors and peers that have similar interests. 
Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.
Canvas Network leverages the features of Canvas to provide a simple, flexible experience. Courses are defined by you--whether long or short, involved or hands-off, fun or serious, you decide. Canvas Network is where instructors can design and teach the type of open courses that fits them and the vision of their institutions.So take a course. 
Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.

iversity the collaboration network for academia, Open Courses make open educational resources and public domain content interactive, collaborative and social. Browse through the material, add what you feel is relevant and discuss with other learners. 
Share your thoughts on aspecific resourceEngage in interesting discussions
Help your peers
Ask questions
Share comments with your peers – live
Highlight what’s important
Peer-to-peer learning
Start discussions
Printed Readers
delivered in 3 business days
Readers and lecture notes (40+ pages)
Paperback binding
Cheaper than a copy shop
Thesis quality prints

Memrise Learn something new every day
The Memrise community uses images and science to make learning
languages and facts child’s play.
Features :
Learn a language
220 languages. Memrise is the fastest way to pick up vocabulary in any language.
Study anything
Quickly make your own interactive flashcards and study materials, get learning quickly and share with your friends.
Memrise is the ideal tool for teachers who value engagement and long-lasting learning in their pupils.
Learning's a game on Memrise, and we've got perhaps the largest community of recreational learners on the internet.

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