Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

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. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

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. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

ProfHacker

I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. For adults learning online, whether it’s for credit or for free, be(com)ing a self-directed learner is key (here’s a quick overview of heutagogy which centers around self-directed learning). Most sites will remind you of the importance of time management while learning online, and it’s true.

A new “MicroMasters” online learning program offered by major universities

The Hechinger Report

A new kind of credential has entered the crowded market for online learning. EdX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides online courses, announced last week the creation of 19 “ MicroMasters ” courses, a new type of online educational program. Galileo University, Guatemala (e-Learning, offered in Spanish; Professional Android Developer). That said, Edx MicroMasters programs differ from the typical MOOC in important ways, advocates say.

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

A recent move by a leading United Kingdom learning platform to issue academic credits toward a degree for students who complete open online courses could signal a forthcoming trend in the U.S. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. In addition, instead of just being an assortment of MOOCs on a variety of topics, the courses available for academic credit are organized into a more formal progression, he said.

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

MindShift

For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low. Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Online courses can be a helpful tool for self-sufficient, highly motivated learners with reliable computers and internet at home, but others may need a little more support.

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10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016

GoConqr

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.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

Avoid This Common Mistake When Getting Started with Online Learning

Fractus Learning

So you’re considering moving your face-to-face learning content online. Teaching online can be a great way to reach new audiences and take advantage of the opportunities created by the latest learning technology. But unless you’ve got lots of experience with online learning, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Much of what you know about good learning design applies to both face-to-face and online learning experiences.

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Edsurge

In 2016, Strava users uploaded 304 million activities , logged 6.8 I became a Strava user in 2013, around the same time I became an online course designer. Why was the fitness app so “sticky” as opposed to the online learning platforms? How could we apply the same practices to learning? I’ve come to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings about online learning is that it has to be limited to things that can be done in front of a computer screen.

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Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

Edsurge

Today, we’d like to call out nine of our contributors in particular, who’ve written the most popular articles of 2016. But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning.

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

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. Between 2014 and 2016 Usman earned 21. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code.

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. The Stanford initiative launched in 2015, joining a handful of recent efforts to help students contend with misinformation and fake news online—a problem as old as dial-up modems, but now supercharged by social media and partisan news bubbles. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning.

This online high school is not going to change education

Dangerously Irrelevant

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘ This online high school could change education ’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel ). ‘Highly linear,’ self-paced, one-size-fits-all courses; videos made by experts; and an online platform to ‘deliver’ them, including quizzes. I’m pretty sure that this is not the first time this has been suggested or tried (MOOCs, anyone?

Think Like an Urban Planner to Create Successful Online Learning Communities

Fractus Learning

But often, when we try to create community online through discussion forums or social media, our efforts fall flat. To avoid this, start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. Start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. Online communities work best when they are approached in the same way as a mega-city. How To MOOC PLN

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, AP’s may be losing marketshare to other channels to advanced coursework like MOOCs, dual enrollment college courses, or honors courses, all of which may be gaining traction as metrics of college readiness. As Malkus himself notes, online courses have long provided a solution to filling gaps in coursework that schools otherwise can’t afford. The upside for schools willing to invest in online courses to fill these gaps is threefold.

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Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today. The University of Wisconsin Flexible Option offers a competency-based program that focuses on learning, not class time.

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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. I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.” Online learning is on the rise.

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

Edsurge

Many online learning platforms, such as LinkedIn Learning and MasterClass, are indeed pivoting towards business models that look a lot like subscription-based streaming services Pandora, Spotify or Netflix. However, just as the iTunes business model is deeply disadvantageous to artists, online learning platforms are now granting online instructors smaller and smaller shares of the revenue as they steer business models in the streaming direction.

Participant Perspectives: Constance Seibert

Educator Innovator

Our partner, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s free online Learning Differences course aims to help teachers better understand and meet the needs of all learners. 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. Click here to learn more about the course and register!

Welcome Your Participants Home | 3 Keys to Quality Online Course Design

The PL2C Blog

By Brittany Miller | Digital Learning Coach, Friday Institute. While it seems ridiculous that such design decisions would be made in the physical space, we have all experienced an online learning website or course that left us with the same kind of feeling this Bed & Breakfast. Online instructional design is much like interior design. In this way, laying out information and order within an online course needs to be clean, organized and easy to navigate by design.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

Edsurge

Somewhere between our collective obsession with predictive analytics and infatuation with adaptive learning, higher education wonks and practitioners are making time to deconstruct the quality attributes of online courses. The online “quality” debate stems, in part, from explosion in institutional demand for online experiences and resulting pressure on faculty to design and facilitate online courses. Learning is about personal relationships.

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Higher Ed’s Technology Blind Spot: a Response to Sherry Turkle

Edsurge

Much of what passes for innovation in online education is an attempt to reproduce the classroom—and often not what works best in the classroom. Static visuals, long blocks of text and discussion boards were the staples of much of the first generation of online classes. Most MOOCs, despite the claims of innovation and disruption, consisted of video lectures and text-based assignments. The online environment is more likely to give all students a voice.

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

Bryan Alexander

How can colleges and universities share courses online? The answer has been “yes” for some years, and I’m not talking about MOOCs or University of Phoenix. All faculty felt more comfortable with online learning pedagogy. Students had positive learning outcomes in these courses, and faculty and peer assessors ranked student outcomes favorably. That is, can students at one institution take a class taught by faculty at another?

5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

eSchool News

As schools begin to invest in competency-based education (CBE) and higher ed institutions set up competency-based programs, two of the big questions often unanswered become “is their focus on education or on learning ?” Educators can argue that the characteristics of CBE call for increased attention to learning: clearly defined competencies, flexible time structures for competency mastery, and teacher and faculty roles for mentoring learners, to name a few.

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Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later

Edsurge

While online education companies offer engineering, programming and business skills, one company wants to make sure that the fine arts isn’t being left behind. Some 100,000 students currently take to Kadenze , an online arts education platform, every month for classes ranging from machine learning for musicians and artists to audio programming. Learning from the makers of these technologies and getting certified by them appeals to people, Kapur says.

Stanford Calls for Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Ed

Edsurge

As college students click, swipe and tap through their daily lives—both in the classroom and outside of it—they’re creating a digital footprint of how they think, learn and behave that boggles the mind. “We’re The researchers talk excitedly about big data helping higher education discover its Holy Grail: learning that is so deeply personalized that it both keeps struggling students from dropping out and pushes star performers to excel.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

Edsurge

While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. Massive open online course providers gained momentum and attention by claiming to offer a free alternative to traditional degrees.

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Creating Community Using Wrapping and Weaving in the Online Classroom

Fractus Learning

Your role is to not only engage with adult learners, but also help to facilitate and encourage learning. When you do this you are creating a social framework in the online classroom that learners can learn, mimic and use in their professional careers. Some additional benefits of weaving and wrapping online dis­cus­sion boards are the following: Builds con­nec­tions and com­mu­nity – Design questions that help to pro­mot­e dis­cus­sion on course top­ics.

How free is open? #EDENchat

Learning with 'e's

Today at 8pm GMT, the second #EDENchat of 2016 will be live on Twitter. Follow the hashtag and join in the chat as we discuss issues around open learning and open scholarship. 3) How are MOOCs and other massive open study opportunities changing or influencing out thinking as educators? Should we all jump on the bandwagon and create open online programmes of study, or should we stand back and watch to see how the movement develops?

The design and future of open education: Curtis Bonk on Future Trends Forum

Bryan Alexander

“We are in the learning century!” Curt began by describing the use of MOOCs for faculty and staff development, with examples such as a University of London effort. In fact, open MOOCs can work for any population, esp. It’s about self-motivated learning. I asked how open learning works for non-professionals, citing research showing many MOOC users are already professionals and/or academics. One answer is to pick a learning framework.

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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. An increasing number of educators are finding that collaborative, hands-on learning requires a different type of space than most traditional classrooms offer, and that the learning environment greatly impacts both pedagogy and student engagement.

Technology Will Not Redefine Schools

The Principal of Change

George Couros (@gcouros) December 28, 2016. Learning based on games. MOOCs and other online learning options. George Couros (@gcouros) December 28, 2016. Updated Visual) October 19, 2011 The Blended PLC September 15, 2016 The Arrows Go Back and Forth #IMMOOC. Embodying Visionary Leadership Leading a Learning Community Bill Ferriter innovators mindset technologies that will define the classroom of the future tom donovan

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR.