International Cooperation must not ignore MOOCs: A primer on facts & platforms, and my personal viewpoint.

MOOCs, Massive Online Open Courses, are classes with hundreds or even thousands of participants from every corner of this planet with internet access. MOOCs are a major hype right now, with international publications discussing their merits and demerits (see NY Times, Focus.de, Frenchweb, Die Zeit, The Guardian). The Americans are paragon in this field of education, with countless courses on the platforms Coursera, edX, and Udacity.

“…FutureLearn will offer courses from world-class universities, accessible on desktop, tablet and mobile. Allowing people to fit learning around their lifes rather than their lifes around learning.
From the FutureLearn G8 introduction video, July 4, 2013

The British are about to start FutureLearn in cooperation with Irish and Australian support, the British Museum and other partners (see here). Australia’s Deakin University announced their first MOOC in June. In Germany projects imageIversity, Allversity (with a focus on International Development topics), and Candena (a business selling MOOCs to big enterprises for internal, reoccurring trainings; also running a MOOC with Leuphana University) are open for business. And the French had their first native MOOCs, too (ReSOP, ITYPA).
(For more background information, refer to the reading list at the end of this article.)

As these online universities gain traction, and start counting for actual college course credit, they’ll most likely have enormous real-world impact. They’ll help in getting jobs and creating business ideas. They might just live up to their hype. For millions of people around the globe with few resources, MOOCs may even be life-changing.”
Commentary by A. J. Jacobs: “Two Cheers for Web U!”, April 20, 2013

“When I visited [Coursera in May 2012], about 300,000 people were taking 38 courses taught by Stanford professors and a few other elite universities. [In January 2013], they have 2.4 million students, taking 214 courses from 33 universities, including eight international ones.”
Commentary by Thomas L. Friedman: “Revolution Hits the Universities”, January 26, 2013

I’ve enrolled in two Coursera courses at the moment: Introduction to Public Speaking (hosted by Matt McGarrity, University of Washington) and The Camera Never Lies (hosted by Emmett Sullivan, Royal Holloway | University of London). I’m looking forward to my Introduction to Global Health and Climate Change starting soon on Coursera. But I’m not eagerly hunting for scores, so I won’t pass the tests. For me, that’s not the goal. I love to learn, enjoy the “information nugget” format, and like to put the knowledge into practice, but I hate to take tests. I take my value out of this classes without the piece of paper at the end. But the important point is: Thousands of other people will pass and get certificates.

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Daily Reader, 29.04.2013

Heute mit #next13-Videos und -Recaps, irischem Recht für Amerikaner, den Größen des MOOC, und Metriken. ||

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Pressemitteilung: OVG Schleswig-Holstein: Für Facebook gilt kein deutsches Datenschutzrecht. http://31439.eu/ULD-FB-PM1

Active Sourcing & Talent Relationship Management rechtlich betrachtet – Part II. http://socialmediarecht.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/active-sourcing-talent-relationship-management-rechtlich-betrachtet-part-ii/

Be a Good Doctor with your Employer Branding. http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/be-a-good-doctor-with-your-employer-branding

From the LinkedIn Recruiter community: The Biggest Mistake People Make on LinkedIn. http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/the-biggest-mistake-people-make-on-linkedin

70+ epic social media case studies, stats, blog posts and more, by Econsultancy. http://econsultancy.com/de/blog/62558-70-epic-social-media-case-studies-stats-blog-posts-and-more

#eMetrics Reflection: Visits / Visitors / Cohorts / Lifetime Value. http://www.gilliganondata.com/index.php/2013/04/22/emetrics-reflection-visits-visitors-cohorts-lifetime-value/

Social Media Analytics and ROI Tracking. http://socialmediatoday.com/brianna5mith/1421106/social-media-analytics-and-roi-tracking

Major Players in the MOOC Universe. http://chronicle.com/article/Major-Players-in-the-MOOC/138817/

Thesen zur Zukunft des Intranets (#blp12). http://www.cogneon.de/news/Thesen_zur_Zukunft_des_Intranets_blp12

Daily Reader, 26.04.2013

Heute mit der Frage nach DEM Social Network, einer Liebeserklärung an MOOCs, Twitter-Fakten, Data Diving, und mehr. ||

Soziale Netzwerke: Welche lohnen sich wirklich? http://www.kerstin-hoffmann.de/pr-doktor/2013/04/24/soziale-netzwerke-welche-lohnen

Facebook ade: Brauchen KMUs das Netzwerk überhaupt? http://karrierebibel.de/facebook-ade-brauchen-kmus-das-netzwerk-uberhaupt/

Top 25 Most Engaged Brands on Twitter (US viewpoint). “While the top 10 most prolific content creatros post every 6 to 20 minutes, none of them made it to the most engaged list.” http://nestivity.com/blog/the-top-25-most-engaged-brands-on-twitter-today

LinkedIn Launches New Contacts Tool to Make Relationship Management Easier || Another tool Germans won’t be able to use due to data protection flaws. http://blog.hubspot.com/linkedin-launches-contacts-relationship-management

2 Essential Strategies for Nonprofit Listening & Storytelling. http://www.spiral16.com/blog/2012/12/2-essential-strategies-for-nonprofit-listening-storytelling/

So lacht das Web über die Drossel-Pläne. http://meedia.de/internet/so-lacht-das-web-ueber-die-drossel-plaene/2013/04/24.html

Data Diving: Social Media Demographics and What They Mean for You. http://sproutsocial.com/insights/2013/04/social-media-data-demographics

NYT commentary on MOOCs: Two Cheers for Web U! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/grading-the-mooc-university.html

Recruiting-Studie zu deutschlands besten Arbeitgebern: Umgang mit Bewerbern lässt zu wünschen übrig. http://www.careerbuilder.de/blog/2013/04/25/recruiting-umgang-mit-bewerbern-laesst-zu-wuenschen-uebrig/, Studie hier: http://www.careersbestrecruiters.de.

Mit 5 Schritten zum sicheren Facebook-ImpressumUpdate nach Designänderungen. http://allfacebook.de/pages/mit-5-schritten-zum-sicheren-facebook-impressum-update-nach-designanderungen