For Students, the Convenience of Smartphones ‘Comes at a Steep Price’


Instead of pouring cash into charter schools, accountability measures and tech-based software solutions, Dintersmith spends his time traveling to schools across the country. To a large extent, though, the MOOC movement has proven to be a disappointment.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

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” – that’s Sebastian Thrun, best known perhaps for his work at Google on the self-driving car and as a co-founder of the MOOC (massive open online course) startup Udacity. Virtual worlds in 2007, for example. 2007 – the phones in their pockets.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. In 2018, Mozilla said it would retire Backpack, its platform for sharing and displaying badges, and would help users move their badges to Badgr, software developed by the tech company Concentric Sky.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try To Be An OPM : Conversion of for-profits and MOOCs.”


Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

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Psychology, a field of research whose history is tightly bound to education technology, continued to face a “ reproducibility crisis ” this year, with challenges to research on “ ego depletion ,” to claims based on fMRI software , and – of course – to the Reproducibility Project itself , that 2015 report that found that the results in less than 40% of a sample of 100 articles in psychology journals held up to retesting. Or MOOCs even.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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“Hardly Anyone Wants to Take a Liberal Arts MOOC,” Edsurge informed its readers in February. According to the latest jobs report , unemployment in the US is at 4.6%, the lowest since 2007. ” MOOC startups like Udacity and Coursera have also rebranded to target this particular post-secondary technical training market. We’ve seen this before in the MOOC world. We also see it in many instances of adaptive-learning software.

Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

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” But by mid–2007 much of the work that had gone into creating high quality online business courses – by Vogel and other professors – had been ditched to focus on “ get rich quick ” schemes. Funnily enough, many of the very publications who consistently made fun of the offerings from Trump University rarely offer any critical analysis of the structure or content of MOOCs or coding bootcamps.