Tonight - A True History of the MOOC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Wednesday, September 26th, for a one-hour live and interactive webinar on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager. While a wave of courses from prominent universities are now labeled as MOOCs, we''ll drill down on the connectivist roots of the early MOOC offerings and discuss the importance of the differences between them and the current breed.


Daphne Koller Bids Farewell to Coursera, Hello to Calico


Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller has ridden the MOOC craze as the company’s CEO and later president. This field has been a passion of mine since 2001, when I first started working on it at Stanford.” million users in less than a year and leading some to proclaim 2012 “the year of the MOOC.” MOOC providers claimed they were democratizing education by increasing access and affordability high-quality courses taught at schools like Harvard and MIT.

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Production Value in Online Higher Education

While the efforts by MIT ( starting in 2001 ) and others in the "Open Movement" served as strong social statements about the importance of access to education - if not education, then educational content - they also put the university on display to an unprecedented degree. As anticipated, the investment in MOOCs by universities climbed quickly, some reaching the $400,000 mark - roughly 2000 percent more than your typical online course. Son of MOOC.


9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

FI conducts research, develops educational resources, provides high quality professional learning programs for educators including leadership massive open online courses (MOOCs), advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-making at a regional and national level.

A trend to watch: teaching classes from one campus to another

Bryan Alexander

The answer has been “yes” for some years, and I’m not talking about MOOCs or University of Phoenix. It’s been slow to develop – I co-taught classes like this in 1999 and 2001 – but some new projects look promising. How can colleges and universities share courses online? That is, can students at one institution take a class taught by faculty at another?

Many New Ideas are Quite Old

Faculty wonder if their jobs are being increasingly outsourced to MOOCs and learning analytics funded by the Gates Foundation. ” That quote comes from a 2001 Chronicle of Higher Education article but the thought has been expressed by many people. Now that I’ve finished my dissertation, I finally feel free to turn my attention to other scholarly pursuits.


How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education


Herbert Simon, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and learning engineering who died in 2001, is immersed in his office at Carnegie Mellon University. Large-scale online courses called MOOCs (massive open online courses), for instance, were touted as possible low-cost replacements for residential colleges , but proved to have completion rates of less than 10%. This story was published in partnership with The Moonshot Catalog.

Professors Aren’t Good at Sharing Their Classroom Practices. Teaching Portfolios Might Help.


At the height of the buzz around MOOCs and flipped classrooms three years ago, Bridget Ford worried that administrators might try to replace her introductory history course with a batch of videos. In fact, there have been bigger attempts to build central libraries of them in the past, such as a 2001 project by the the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching called the Knowledge Media Laboratory (which is now defunct).

Essential Reading for Technology in Student Affairs

Friedman and the rest of the uncritical MOOC cheerleaders) or dystopian views. On the same note, it’s also worth revisiting Marc Prensky’s original 2001 Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants article as that discourse is still prevalent today. Last week, a colleague asked me what I would recommend as essential reading for understanding technology in student affairs.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas in 2001 and taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo from 2001-2008 before joining the SLIS in August 2008. She is also the faculty lead for the University of Michigan's Public Library Management MOOC courses at

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Livingstone 2001). (13). Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. by Terry Heick and TeachThought Staff. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Edsurge : “5 Ways MOOC -Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees.” ” Not listed: other online degrees simply aren’t hyped the way MOOCs are. “ FutureLearn Looking To Raise £40m, Announces a MOOC-based BA,” says Class Central. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001.”


Refugee students languish in red tape as they seek to resume their educations

The Hechinger Report

11, 2001, attacks came into the country on a student visa, though he never showed up for the English-language course in which he had enrolled — something that, because of subsequent changes in the law, would now trigger an alarm. Some proposed solutions would use so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which have low success rates; only between 2 and 10 percent of students who begin a MOOC complete it, research has found.


From the archives: Already languishing in red tape, refugee students now may be barred altogether from U.S.

The Hechinger Report

11, 2001” including foreign nationals who entered the United States “after receiving visitor, student or employment visas.”. 11, 2001 attacks came into the country on a student visa, though he never showed up for the English-language course in which he had enrolled. Some proposed solutions would use so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which have low success rates; only between 2 and 10 percent of students who begin a MOOC complete it, research has found.


Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

Hack Education

“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. What these MOOCs were, nonetheless, were (and still are) massive online honeypots into which we’ve been lured – registering and watching and clicking in order to generate massive education datasets. Perhaps with this data, the MOOC providers can build a map of professional if not cognitive pathways.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

11, 2001, has not been in use since 2011, so the move is largely symbolic and appeared to be aimed at distancing the departing administration from any effort by the new president to revive the program, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or Nseers.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Buzzfeed : “ Online Charter Schools Prepare For A Trump-Era Boom.” Education Politics.