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Handbook of Research on Learning in the Age of Transhumanism
These courses are mostly online free courses that planned for a large number of participants. The courses are also open to everyone without entry qualifications.
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Online and Distance Education in the Era of Rampant Technological Revolution
Hasan Ucar (Anadolu University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8431-5.ch015
Developments in information and communication technologies have reached an all-time high. These improvements have accelerated the transformation of higher education milieus on all sides. Accordingly, higher education institutions have begun to be delineated by these technological developments, activities, and practices. This technoculture era has started a new interaction among communication technologies, teachers, and learners. Herein, transhumanism regards changes in societies through these technological interactions and transformations. The worldwide technological transformation is approximating all societies and cultures to Marshall McLuhan's notion of a global village day by day as a consequence of the technology paradigm. The heydays of the developments in technologies affect all human beings at all points from living, learning, communicating to eating and even thinking styles. Taking these points into account, this chapter will explore how these variables may influence the online distance education milieus in terms of technoculture and transhumanism perspectives.
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Re-Imagining and Re-Structuring Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning in Digital Environments
MOOCs were initially designed to provide quality online education to large numbers of students regardless of where they live or educational background ( Johnson & Adams Becker, 2014 ) However, despite the growing numbers of MOOCs being developed by top research universities, many have pedagogically diverged from the original connectivist intentions set forth by George Siemens and Stephen Downes who imagined MOOCs to be based upon social corroborations and continued learning, rather than competency-based learning. Despite these shortcomings, MOOCs have created an atmosphere in which multiple authors frequently contribute to development, thereby reinforcing both academic collaboration and technology fluency.
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Continuous Teacher Professional Development in a Time of Digitalization and Global Health Crisis
Online courses with no entry requirements, open to all individuals who want to participate free of charge, and in which participants can access learning activities regardless of time and place.
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Physiotherapy Education in the Digital Era: A Roadmap of Educational Technologies for Allied Health Educators
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Trends and Issues With Massive Open Online Courses
The online courses that have the open access and interactive participation by means of the Web 2.0.
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The Peril and Promise of Pre-Tests in Informal Massive Open Online Courses
Online courses offered by professors from universities around the world and hosted on platforms such as Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn; they range from being completely free with no course credit to being paid-for experiences that culminate in certificates, undergraduate or graduate credits, micro-degrees, or degrees.
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Holistic Approaches to Student Support in Online Learning Environments
Online courses that are widely available and often provide flexible, self-paced learning opportunities for students throughout the world.
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Advancing Retention and Engagement Strategies Through Effective Online Mediums
Open enrollment courses that are accessible to students through an online learning medium. These courses typically do not have admissions requirements in order to access the curriculum. Courses within this platform can be categorized as connectivist (cMOOCs) and professor-centered (xMOOCs).
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Digital Talent Development Cooperation Between China and Africa
MOOCs are online educational courses that are designed to be accessible to unlimited number of learners worldwide. MOOCs provide open access to course materials, including lectures, videos, readings, and assessments, allowing learners to participate remotely.
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The Impact of the Flipped Classroom on Students' Academic Achievements in Secondary Schools
A learning model for delivering learning content online to anyone who wants to take a course with no limit on attendance.
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Digital Innovation as a Catalyst for Advancing SDG 4: Quality Education
Online courses that are open to a large number of participants globally. They provide access to high-quality educational content often offered by prestigious institutions.
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