The Second Year of The MOOC: 2020 Saw a Rush to Large-Scale Online Courses

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This was the year that more people learned what a MOOC is. As millions suddenly found themselves with free time on their hands during the pandemic, many turned to online courses—especially, to free courses known as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses.

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

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So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives. Since their glory days only a few years ago, MOOCs have been on the receiving end of much critique, and the false promises of democratizing education through simply connecting to the internet have been severely slashed.

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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

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Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The excitement about MOOCs from Princeton and others is that it gives the public access to materials that are otherwise available to a privileged few. However, the “authenticity” of MOOC’s may actually conflict with the broader social and educational objectives that MOOCs serve.

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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." That year, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched edX, a joint effort to provide interactive, enriching MOOCs to a global audience and make world-class information accessible to all. Seven years later, contrary to predictions , MOOCs have not replaced traditional education.

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Will the Pandemic Lead More Colleges to Offer Credit for MOOCs? Coursera is Pushing for It.

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When two Stanford University professors started Coursera in 2012, the focus was on building free online courses to bring teaching from elite colleges out to the world. Education Technology MOOCs Coronavirus Digital Credentials

Online Degrees Slowdown: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2019

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Last year, MOOC providers announced about 30 new online degrees. This wave of activity and spending by MOOC providers and universities gave me a feeling of deja vu: it reminded me of the 2012 MOOC hype. The total number of MOOC-based degrees has now grown to 50.

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6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

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Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. Drilling further down I have learned that the pedagogic thinking behind MOOCs is substantial, and why wouldn’t it be? 6 Things you may not know about MOOCs.

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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

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MOOCs have evolved over the past five years from a virtual version of a classroom course to an experience that feels more like a Netflix library of teaching videos. One important benefit of the first MOOCs was that they started at fixed times, like traditional college courses, which meant that large numbers of people were sharing an experience and posting questions and answers to forums. The on-demand MOOC trend has led to a drastic reduction in forum activity within MOOC cohorts.

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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

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A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online. So, seven years after the “Year of the MOOC,” we’re wondering: Where are these courses and companies today? So the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

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Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Coursera isn''t the only MOOC organization to consider, of course. Yes , I know there will be more MOOCs in our future, and No , I''m confident that online learning will never be as rich socially and culturally as "face-to-face" with our teachers. Coursera MOOC

More MOOC Madness? UK’s FutureLearn Raises $65M to Expand Global Footprint

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Less than a week after its announced lead in Coursera’s $103 million Series E round , SEEK is at it again with £50 million (about $65 million) in London-based MOOC platform FutureLearn. FutureLearn launched with a dozen university partners in 2012, the same year that other MOOC platform providers—namely Coursera, edX and Udacity—also launched and whose growth have somewhat overshadowed FutureLearn’s (at least here among U.S.

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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 FutureofEducation.com 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.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. I spoke with Siemens and Wiley about their upcoming course to get a few answers before the MOOC launches. Ekowo: Why this MOOC? It’s because they’re MOOCs.

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MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.

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MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. The New York Times later declared 2012 as the ‘year of the MOOC,’ and columnists said the virtual courses would bring a revolution. And that's what MOOCS have.

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The Second Wave of MOOC Hype is Here, and it’s Online Degrees

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In the past year or so there's been a flurry of announcements from the big MOOC providers involving new degree programs based around their online courses. Earlier this year, for instance, Coursera announced six new degrees , including the first-ever MOOC-based Bachelors. So far, ten universities have announced MOOC-based online degrees, and together they offer a total of 25 different degrees. A steady stream of articles heralded MOOCs as the disruptor of higher education.

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The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

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The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable. The survey, which has tracked opinions about online education for more than a decade, started asking academic leaders about MOOCs in 2012, when free online courses seemed poised to disrupt the walled gardens of elite college instruction.

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

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The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million. Here is a list of the top five MOOC providers by registered users: Coursera: 30 million users.

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

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The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry , has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses. Colleges have tried to offer courses built around MOOC materials before—and it hasn’t always gone well. Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges.

Keith Devlin from Stanford: Talking Media, Math, MOOCs, and Silicon Valley Money in Education

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In addition to talking about the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics, we''re going to dive into some deeper conversations about the recent move toward massive(ly) open online courses (MOOCs, one of which he is starting for free this fall on math), why he thinks that "higher education as we know it just ended," the impact of the Silicon Valley and venture capital in education, and as much as we can fit into an hour!

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

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Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations. The birthplace for MOOC platform edX, MIT is no stranger to experimental credentials and online programs.

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MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

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It was 2011, and fewer than ten MOOCs existed worldwide. It has been four years since then, and according to a new report, the cumulative number of MOOCs has reached nearly 4,000. Compiled earlier this month by Dhawal Shah, founder of the MOOC aggregator Class Central, the report summarizes data on MOOCs from the past four years. And the data show that even as the MOOC hype starts to die down , interest isn’t tapering off.

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My Coursera Experience – Quality Professional Development and an Inexpensive Verified Certificate

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Teachers can Earn a Verified Certificate for Convenient, Affordable PD Back in 2012, I took a Coursera course in Operations Management, to test the waters of the new world of MOOCs. Free Tools & Resources Future of Education Technology MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Professional Development assessing 21st century skills Coursera MOOC review MOOCs becoming financially viable my MOOC experience

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

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The ethos of heutagogy extends to learner choice, where students can create their own programmes of study, a feature often seen in the loose and unstructured aspects of some Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). self determined learning heutagogy education self regulated learning mindtools MOOCs informal learning BYODInformal and self regulated learning are defining characteristics of 21 st Century education.

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Parabolic learning

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I started the session with the aim of encouraging the group to learn deeply and critically about a particular topic - MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses). I asked them to prepare for a debate next week, and put up the slide: 'This house believes that MOOCs will signal the demise of campus based higher education'. Their task would be to create a new wiki page, and begin to populate it with resources related to MOOCs.

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Three GREAT (and Free) Virtual Conferences Where You Can Attend, Present, or Volunteer!

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Learning 2.0 ( [link] ) August 20 - 24, 2012 Just announced! Library 2.012 ( [link] ) October 3 - 5, 2012 In its second year, the Library 2.012 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. We have three great world-wide virtual conferences coming up in the next few months. Each is free to attend, and each has an emphasis on encouraging participation and presentations--even if you''ve never done so before.

Learning at the Speed of Technology - David Jakes

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Notes from David Jakes Keynote Fall 2012 TCEA TECSIG Meeting October 4, 2012 Austin, Texas All resources posted at davidjakes.me Standford MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - 180,00 enrolled; 6,000 have completed mobiMOOC - Course where participants self-organize based on their interests in mobile learning. Update October 21, 2012 - A recording of David''s presentation has been posted online.

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The Free Learning 2.0 Conference: Great Keynotes and Sessions and YOU!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning 2.0 virtual conference is just around the corner (August 20 - 24 [link] ). We have an incredible lineup of keynote speakers and some GREAT practitioner sessions--AND there is still time for you to sign up to present (we hope you will do so)! Learning 2.0 is a free conference and is held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of five days. It is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet.

Be open

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In the speech below, which I gave at the Solstice Conference in June 2012 at Edge Hill University, I argue that we need to be more open about our content and tools, ownership of learning, intellectual property and even the very practices we participate in on a daily basis - open scholarship if you will. In Lord of the Rings, the wizard Gandalf deliberated and wrestled long and hard to open the doors to the mines of Moria.

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Developing a Culture of Sharing #SXSWedu

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Notes from SXSWedu 2012 panel discussion/concurrent session. Moocs are something to look at for moving more toward a culture of sharing. Philip Schmidt, P2PU We live in a time where because of digital technology we are able to share in ways we''ve never been able to share before. If you are in education and you are not interested in sharing, maybe you are not in the right space. Maybe this isn''t the career for you.

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Thursday - Ray McNulty on the Courage to Change Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Given that some of these traits lie at the heart of criticisms I''m inclined to make about the non-connectivist MOOC movement and many of the VC-funded ed tech ventures, I can''t wait to discuss this with Ray! Date : Thursday, December 6th, 2012 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern ( interna tional times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).

Live Tuesday March 27th - Alec Couros Talks "Open Teaching"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The "Open Course" he has run since 2007 incorporates both formal and informal aspects of social learning within its very loose structure, and has been credited as being one of the inspirations of some prominent MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offerings (although he describes the Open Course as a "Small Open Online Course").

Thursday Live - Me on the Future of Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

My goal is to talk about my observations of the education conversation after: conducting over 300 live and public interviews; consulting for for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations; and now having run several massively open online conferences (and you thought MOOC stood for something else? :) I anticipate a terrific conversation, hopefully with some ideas and thoughts that are valuable. Tomorrow, Thursday, September 6th, I''m the guest on the weekly ConnectedLearning.tv

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10Q: Shelly Sanchez Terrell

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In 2012 her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators will be published by Eye on Education. It is basically a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Many would agree that Shelly Sanchez Terrell is at the top of the game when it comes to educational innovation. Just look at her profile: She is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker, is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E.

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

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MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. This does not necessarily make MOOCs a failure. However, since 2012—when MOOCs gained widespread recognition —instructional designers have made significant strides in designing scalable learning experiences that people successfully finish. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing.

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?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s

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When free online courses known as MOOCs began to take off in 2012 , their pitch to investors often included jargon around “disrupting” the way education is accessed and consumed. These days, though, many MOOC platforms are courting the traditional higher-ed market they once rebuked, often by hosting fully-online masters degrees for colleges and universities. And it isn’t the only MOOC provider to do so. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning