Friday, December 2, 2016

1M+ Mexican students registered in Coursera

I just want to share my first infographic  馃榿


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

1M+ Mexican students registered in Coursera

In October 15, Giovanni Dubois, Head of Iberoamerica Partnership at Coursera, along with Dr. Francisco Cervantes UNAM Open and Distance Education Coordinator and other professors and students who are involved in MOOCs at UNAM talked about perspectives, realities and expectations of the Coursera in Mexico.

In the following video, Mr. Dubois shares an update about Coursera and how students from Mexico and UNAM are taking advantage of MOOCs (the video is in Spanish but you can read a summary in English below).

Coursera’s Vision
We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience.

Coursera Goals

· To reach 300M+ professionals registered in LinkedIn

· To reach 1.4 billion High School graduates with Internet access

· To expand partnerships with educational institutions to increase courses in Spanish

· To link students’ professional needs with high quality courses

· To improve assessments

· To add students’ learned skills in their profile in order to increase visibility for recruiters

· To improve students’ ability to take notes directly in the platform

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hispanic LEP, MOOCs, and Meetups

Chapter 8
Ram贸n Talavera-Franco

The 21st Century demands the transformation of education into a more collaborative system. School stakeholders need to strengthen the sharing of educational resources to make them more attainable for students. Hispanic LEP Meetups as MOOC communities of practice hubs explores the challenges of the Hispanic Limited English Proficient (HLEP) community living in the United States. It proposes an alternative for them to continue their education by using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and by taking advantage of meetups to develop local communities of practice.

Here is a sample pdf of the books in case you want more information about the article:Sample PDF

Monday, February 15, 2016

Building ESL Assertiveness from a MOOC: English Composition I: Achieving Expertise


I just wanted to share with you that my first academic MOOC article was published in The MOOC Case Book. The article Building ESL Assertiveness from a MOOC: English Composition I: Achieving Expertise talks about my own experience as ESL taking the English Composition 1 MOOC from Duke University. This MOOC opened up the window to the possibility to reach academic knowledge for free, and more importantly, it helped me to get assertiveness in my writing skills. It's been two years since I took the English Composition 1 MOOC. The fact that I could write a case study about my own experience means a lot to me. I hope that other ESLs feel motivated by this story.

Many other accomplishments came after that course: I started my Ed.D., and I'm publishing a blog about MOOCs. I still hesitate when I write in English, but I'm convinced that I will surpass those insecurities as I face the blank page every day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

En M茅xico educaci贸n gratuita de alto nivel a trav茅s de MOOCs. ¿Qu茅 es eso?

Por Ram贸n Talavera-Franco
Cualquier adulto quien vive y trabaja en la ciudad de M茅xico sabe lo dif铆cil que es tener acceso a educaci贸n de calidad. No porque no exista, sino porque no hay tiempo o dinero para acceder a ella. Los bajos salarios, las jornadas laborales de m谩s de 8 horas, las distancias para ir de la casa al trabajo y viceversa, y el tr谩fico, son algunos factores que impiden a un adulto poder continuar sus estudios de bachillerato, universidad o posgrado.

La educaci贸n en l铆nea se ha convertido en una opci贸n.
Actualmente cualquier adulto puede estudiar bachillerato o universidad a trav茅s de programas educativos tanto

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Educating 1 billion students in 10 years: Open edX Conference 2015

Ram贸n Talavera-Franco
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX was clear about the goal of the organization: Educating 1 billion students in the next 10 years. By 2015, Open edX—a non-profit organization established in Boston, MA—has reached 5 million students from more than 196 countries. The organization partners with 90 educational institutions in 40 countries, and offers 700+ courses online. According to these numbers, reaching the 1 billion students goal

Monday, October 12, 2015

Open edX Conference 2015: Cultivating creativity through projects, peers, passion, play

By Ram贸n Talavera-Franco
Dr. Mitch Resnick, director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Media Laboratory at MIT was the 2015 Open edX Conference keynote speaker. During his conference, Dr. Resnick argued that schools do not teach children to think creatively to be able to face XXI century demands such as adaptability to new situations, confronting uncertainty, and becoming creative thinkers. In order to cultivate creativity in the learning process, Dr. Resnick designed a 4p's framework that explores how a learner learns from projects, peers, passion, and play.

Monday, June 29, 2015

How MOOCs help Obama's TechHire Initiative

By Ram贸n Talavera-Franco

I would like to share a short video that I produced about Obama's TechHire Initiative. The video is a call to action to the Latino Limited Language English Proficient (LEP) community to take advantage of this Initiative. The TechHire initiative is designed to recruit and place applicants by creating more fast track tech training opportunities. I think that TechHire Initiative might empower the Latino LEP community by helping them get the skills required to be competitive in a global economy.

The video is self-explanatory. Please share it with all Latino organizations that might benefit from this Initiative.

Monday, June 15, 2015

How MOOCs led me to Harvard

Ram贸n Talavera Franco

In a way, MOOCs have led me to Harvard. A few days ago, I presented the first draft of a game designed for learning Spanish during the 2015 Heritage Language Research Institute sponsored by National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), at Harvard University. This Institute “brings together researchers from language sciences and education to focus on fostering new research in heritage language and to promote the heritage language agenda in academia and society at large” (NHLRC, n.d.).

I’m interested in Spanish heritage learners' linguistic variations, syntax, socio-cultural language norms, and pedagogy theories that explore best teaching practices for this particular linguistic group. Therefore, I often attend conferences and symposiums regarding this topic. Harvard hosted the 2015 Heritage Language Research Institute and I decided to go and dive into new learning.