Are MOOCs really dead?


MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?


MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016


The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff. In 2016, 23 million people registered for a course for the first time ever, according to data collected by. Even Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world, jumped on the MOOC train.


7th grade scholarships for MOOC completion

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Qualified 7th grade students can earn special consideration for Cooke Scholarships by completing an edX MOOC. Education Grants - Deadline News Top News benefits class college colleges English free Funding goals grades math mooc need no grades online school


Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?


MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?


News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?


I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world). So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

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2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan


With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. Possibly that situation will change permanently in 2016.

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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.


10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016


2016 is now well underway, but few could say how it will end or what major changes we’ll see as the year unfurls. But that hasn’t stopped us from asking a number of experts in education and technology to gaze into their crystal balls and share their thoughts on one major EdTech trend we can expect to see lighting up learning and one major challenge that education will face in 2016. One of the biggest EdTech trends in 2016 and for the years to follow will be gamification.

The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (September 2016)

The Principal of Change

The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (Coming September 2016). May 18, 2016 8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (Interview Questions) April 12, 2016 To Always Be a Learner January 9, 2016 What is innovative leadership?

The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period. We will begin on September 17, 2016 and finish at the end of October (although the learning will continue long after that).


The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners


Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. Between 2014 and 2016 Usman earned 21. complete multiple MOOCs. MOOCs were a vetting mechanism for Usman, allowing both his talent and grit to rise to attention and connecting him to an opportunity halfway around the world. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format.

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Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016


Today, we’d like to call out nine of our contributors in particular, who’ve written the most popular articles of 2016. WRAP YOUR BRAIN AROUND THIS: Erin Klein, a 2nd grade teacher and our 2016 Fifty States writer in Michigan, got frustrated with traditional classroom design. SLACK ON: MOOCs get knocked for lacking the intimate discussions and organic student interactions that accompany college classes IRL. Teamwork makes the dream work.

2016 and all that.

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MOOCs won't be the end. Photo by Mario Klingemann on Flickr 2016 and all that. education future learning MOOCs personalised technology TechnologyThere are always predictions at the start of a new year. Many of them are about new technologies.

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


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.


Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success


Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Learning Circles introduced her to MOOCs for the first time, and she appreciated the feedback from her peers and facilitators in a small group setting.


Campus Tech 2016: Recognizing—and Questioning—“Inevitable” Futures


Last week at Campus Technology 2016, higher-ed technologists joined forces with administrators, instructional designers, and faculty to explore another realm many consider “wizardry”—predicting the future. Stephen Downes , senior researcher at the National Research Council of Canada and co-creator of the MOOC, began with an overview of the predictive process, saying it “isn’t magic, but it’s not mechanical either.”


Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. The event became much more dramatic than expected, once the hosting city, Washington DC, was clobbered by the great snowpocalyspe of 2016.

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote


In his opening keynote at the ISTE 2016 conference, noted physicist Dr. Michio Kaku showed educators the forest that he and others believe will encircle the classroom of the future. Dr. Kaku does not, however, envision a world where robots have banished educators from the classroom; he acknowledged the widely-noted shortcomings of today’s MOOC’s. In the daily edtech trenches, the forest is easily lost for the trees.

6 Great Websites That Offer Free Online Courses

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

November 4, 2016 One of the best advantages of the Internet and web technologies is that they have levelled the educational playground making education and learning accessible to more. MOOCs

Speak Up, Speak Out! The Student Voices That Stirred Higher Ed in 2016


In 2016 we added one of our own to the mix: EdSurge Independent. As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to recognize a few students whose words have inspired our work at EdSurge as we aim to understand and honor the increasingly differentiated needs and aspirations of today’s learners. This Mongolian Teenager Aced a MOOC. Adaptive courseware. Early warning systems. Open” textbooks.


The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting February 27, 2017 #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! IMMOOC September 13, 2016 It is your thinking that creates solutions, not any technology. January 9, 2016 What is innovative leadership? How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”?


The future of education in 2016, from the sharing economy to BYOD: my Future Trends Forum recording and materials

Bryan Alexander

Educational technology : I noted stories about MOOCs growing, social media, 3d printing stretching across the curriculum, brainstorming about VR and automation. Patrice (Cornell University) raised two topics: data analytics for learning, and MOOCs based on sustainability activism.


What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

In January, they plan to launch a massive online open course (aka a MOOC) called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. Columnists K-12 Tech Smart 2016 Election online learning teachersNorthport, N.Y.,

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Perry Hewitt

Scott Brinker has released the 2016 marketing technology landscape diagram, mapping 3,874 solutions into six capability categories (shows above). But 80% of adults having “not much awareness” of MOOCs was higher than I might have imagined.

Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer


I mean, if Harvard can teach its most popular MOOC in VR , then there has to be a way for LMS vendors to support these type of classes in their products as well. Out of all the trends in e-learning right now, I have to say that I have a soft spot for Virtual Reality, or VR.

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

We conceived of this crowdsourced design project as part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Canvas Network and sought out an all volunteer team of designers, facilitators, and subject matter experts to help us. First, the authentic design opportunity to develop instructional materials for adult learners motivated many to participate in the MOOC. The Need. Perhaps you’ve seen the statistics — more than 30 million adults in the U.S.

What Happened in Ed-Tech in 2016 (And Who Paid for It)?

Hack Education

This year, I also published a number of supplemental articles detailing the funding for each of these “trends”: How Much Venture Capital Did Ed-Tech Raise in 2016? Who Were 2016’s Most Active Ed-Tech Investors? Who’s Funding MOOCs in 2016? Who Received Gates Foundation Grants in 2016? Public Funding for Education in 2016. The 2016 Ed-Tech Dead Pool.


Participant Perspectives: Constance Seibert

Educator Innovator

With the fall 2016 iteration of the Learning Differences course starting this Monday, we thought those of you unsure if the course is right for you might like to hear from a past participant.

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

As the demand for higher education dramatically accelerates, so also the supply of modular educational resources is increasing through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and EdX, open educational resources (OER) like Khan Academy, and massive adaptive apps like Duolingo.

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On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller


Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningFormer Xythos and DataHero CEO Ed Miller knows a thing or two about online collaboration and the business behind education technology, which is why we wanted to get a few words as he embarks on his new role as CEO of NovoEd , an online social learning platform that specializes in free and exclusive courseware.

Scaling Up Micro-credentials

The PL2C Blog

Coaching Leadership MOOC-Ed Teaching & LearningBy Lauren Acree. The PLLC at the Friday Institute has learned a lot about the implementation of micro-credentials through our pilots of the Learning Differences and Fractions Foundations stacks. To date we’ve reviewed roughly 500 submissions from educators in 98 countries around the world. Educators are getting excited about them, and I am too. Now, though, I wonder how districts can use micro-credentials support educators.

7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute is excited to continue our learning through our latest set of micro-credentials in the upcoming Fractions Foundations MOOC for Educators. Lauren Acree is the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University.

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