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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

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What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Or it will affect higher education in ways that we cannot even predict from the vantage of 2016. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

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?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

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raised more than $9 million in a recent Series A round , and handheld wireless sensor company PocketLab is now teaming up with Google to bring the pocket-sized lab equipment to the Google Science Journal. It’s free for students, but the software isn’t free for all—teachers must pay $7 a year and Pro users pay $29 annually. based automated grading software company, is trying to ease that pain.

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

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This is the last public talk I’ll deliver in 2016, and I confess I am relieved (I am exhausted!) ” – 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.

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” From the organization’s press release : the NAACP “ratified a resolution Saturday adopted by delegates at its 2016 107th National Convention calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion and for the strengthening of oversight in governance and practice.”

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

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It is impossible for me to write about education technology in 2016 without noting their passing, without talking about Brexit, Trump, Duarte, Aleppo, Orlando… I could go on… and acknowledging that many of us have stumbled through this year – from tragedy to tragedy (personal, local, regional, national, global) – in a state of shock, in a state of grief. I mean, the Cubs did win the World Series in 2016. Or MOOCs even.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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Either way, he’s gone too soon; we’ve lost too much , too many in 2016. pic.twitter.com/BBhsgwY2FZ — Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) August 1, 2016. The work is also supported by companies including Apple, Google and Expedia, as well as education organizations including the CollegeBoard, Teach For America and STEMx.” “Hardly Anyone Wants to Take a Liberal Arts MOOC,” Edsurge informed its readers in February. See: the LMS, the MOOC.

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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2016 was, as the president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation wrote earlier this month in Inside Higher Ed , a “ Pivotal Year for Accreditation.” If you want a job as a software developer in the technology industry, you’ll need a college degree. million ads for software-developer jobs nationwide. ” MOOCs for credit. By Google. I guess 2016 didn’t really turn out the way I wanted though.

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One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Google) biotech company, Calico.

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— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners.”

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. ” Via the Pacific Standard : “ Google ’s Broken Privacy Promise.”

Education Technology's Inequalities

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” As venture capitalist Om Malik wrote on the eve of 2016, “ In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All.” In April, journalist Anya Kamenetz looked closely at “ Pearson’s Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools ”: "Pearson would like to become education’s first major conglomerate, serving as the largest private provider of standardized tests, software, materials, and now the schools themselves. MOOCs.

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” Via the Data Quality Campaign : “ Student Data Privacy Legislation : A Summary of 2016 State Legislation.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOC hype deja vu.). Google announced it was adding to search results about colleges and universities data from the U.S. ” You know what would be helpful Google? Also by Michael Feldstein : “Why Ed-Tech Software Patents Could Harm Innovation.”

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. I’ll look more closely at discrimination by design – in software and in algorithms – in the final article in this series.) Nevertheless, education technology continues to insist that its software and algorithms can identify students who are struggling – academically or emotionally.

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And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! For more on MOOCs for credit, see the “MOOCs” section above. Education Politics.

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’” Online Education, Beyond “MOOCs” Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “The Remarkable Transformation at UF Online.” Via Google’s press release : “ Google and Bertelsmann launch mobile digital skills initiatives with Udacity – 10,000 Android scholarships available for EU developers.” ” No mention that Bertelsmann is an investor in Udacity, or that Udacity’s founder is a former Google exec.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). From Course Report : “the 2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study.” ” Among the findings: “In 2016, the sheer number of bootcamp providers has grown to 91, compared to 67 last year.” “ 14 projects win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.” ” Google announces “Google Cloud Platform Education Grants for computer science.”

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” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” Education Politics.

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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2016. ” Via The New York Times : “ Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “A judge will allow Ohio ’s education department to review attendance records that could force Ohio’s largest online charter to return millions of its funding,” says the AP. ” Via Slate : “ Wrongful Arrest by Software.”

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Via NJ Spotlight : “Few Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests.” million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” Buzzfeed has more on the FTC complaint filed over the My Friend Cayla doll and the I-Que robot: these toys “collect personal information from children and send it to a software company that contracts with military and intelligence agencies.”

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Here’s The Chronicle headline from then : “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.”) ”) Great reporting this week from Steve Kolowich on the UC Irvine professor’s run-in with the MOOC machine: “After the Gold Rush: MOOCs, money, and the education of Richard McKenzie.” Education Politics.

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” The article notes that “The number of states planning to use the new [SBAC and PARCC] tests dropped from 45 in 2011 to 20 in 2016.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Are MOOCs Forever ?” Via Education Week : “Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign.” ” Google has released its 2016 Scholar Metrics. Education Politics.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Fortune : “ Android Co-Founder To Lead Google ’s New Education Project.” ” In recent years, Rich Miner has been an investor in Google’s venture capital wing, Google Ventures. “ Pearson Collaborates With Google to Develop Virtual Reality Learning Experiences for Students.” Well, this one was of the longest short weeks I can remember… Education Politics.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Investors in this round were the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CRE Venture Capital, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, Google Ventures, and Spark Capital. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Knowing how often college students log onto learning management software is one of the best ways to predict whether they will stick with their studies or drop out.” Education Politics.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” “ What We Learned From Talking with 100 MOOC Students ” by Justin Reich (and George Veletsianos and Laura Pasquini). ” More on MOOC (and related) research in the research section below. MOOCs losing their mojo? Education Politics.

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There’s less than a month left of the 2016 Presidential campaign and The End can’t come soon enough. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” Via The Washington Post : “ Facebook-backed school software shows promise – and raises privacy concerns.” Via the EFF : “ Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students.”

Higher Ed Has Now Split Into Dual Economies: Online and Traditional

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A number of colleges have partnered with big MOOC providers, principally Coursera and edX, to offer large-scale online courses at far lower prices, in part to attract new students to their higher-priced online degrees. "It’s

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

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In order to reduce the amount of new content a teacher needs to make, YouTube videos, MOOC s, multiple choice questions and web-based resources can be combined. Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. By 2016, Glam Media, rebranded as Mode Media, shut its doors , transferring ownership of Ning to Cyndx.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

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After a lull in 2016, venture activity for U.S.-based By contrast, in 2016, investors put $1 billion into 138 deals. MOOC companies typically account for the bump in the “Post-Secondary” category, but aside from Coursera’s $64 million Series D round, few other companies focused in higher education scored a large deal. We’ve seen the most interest in SaaS (software-as-a-service) models where the product is complementary to an existing platform.”.

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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.

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“ James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court,” The Verge reports. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. ” “ How many colleges and universities have closed since 2016 ?” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Google Brings Computing Courses to 10 Colleges.” The software in question: Exam4.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. But the total dollars fell sharply in 2016 – “only” $2.2 This is part of the push for MOOCs, we must be honest.). ” It was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive.

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ For-Profit Companies With the Highest Enrollments at Their Colleges, Fall 2016.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).”

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