The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

Edsurge

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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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

Edsurge

When executives at tech giants Salesforce and Microsoft decided in fall 2017 to turn to an online education platform to help train potential users of products for their vendors, they turned to Pierre Dubuc and his team in fall 2017. In terms of revenue, a report by MarketsandMarkets estimates that corporate learners generate the biggest chunk of revenue for massive online open courses (MOOCs), more than undergraduate, graduate and high school students.

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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

Edsurge

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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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

Edsurge

I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. Unfortunately, this experience can’t be replicated in 2017. 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).

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The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

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

Edsurge

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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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. 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. For a growing number of organizations, MOOCs have become a new way to identify talent.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? The inclusive access model’s goal of reducing the cost of textbooks apparently reminded the article’s author of OER, because she includes some discussion of OER toward the end of the article. When we focus on cost, we put inclusive access and OER on equal footing.

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

Edsurge

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. 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 the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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

Edsurge

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. That is why I called the rise of online degrees the second wave of MOOC-hype and 2018, the year of MOOC-based degrees. The total number of MOOC-based degrees has now grown to 50. Other than these funding rounds, MOOCs had a mostly uneventful year.

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

Edsurge

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. In 2017, it enlisted five U.S.

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Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

Edsurge

EdSurge talked with Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera (and former president of one of those big-name universities, Yale) about how the mega-courses known as MOOCs have changed in the five years since the start of their hype-filled debut. RIck Levin: The advantage that we bring as a for-profit company is energy and direction and access to a labor force that's highly talented. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. What I really like about this book is that it takes a really broad approach to open, including Open Pedagogy, Open Teaching, Open Access, and Open Data. Sponsored by the AAC&U , it is “a connectivist MOOC” around open learning. Productivity Teaching open access

From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education

Edsurge

The college library, catalog, financial aid, admissions, registration, and of course, the school’s website, all have important digital services and are all easily accessible on the net. Under previous FCC action, internet-service providers (ISP) were prohibited from blocking, slowing-down or speeding-up access to web content and services. Who knows how much ISPs will now bill MOOCs and others for eating-up vast chunks of bandwidth?

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Digital Courseware 101: Edtech for Student Success : Rahim Rajan (Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) will share solutions and findings from the foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge, and how open digital courseware innovators are working to address issues around access and equality in higher education. It’s that time of year again.

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Tight on Goals, Flexible on Means: Universal Design for Learning Empowers Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

Gaps between young people of privilege and Opportunity Youth in rates of learning needs diagnosis, college access and completion, suspension, and incarceration make a critical learning differences story that must be heard. The Fellows also participate in a MOOC focused on understanding and responding to learning differences in their classroom. They apply strategies in their classroom using the visual and tactile resources from the MOOC coursework and resources.

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?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Edsurge

We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular articles from 2017, as picked by our readers. Here’s the 2017 countdown, from #10 to #1. Coursera to Charge Fees for Previously Free Courses Once hailed as a portal for free learning materials, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, Coursera announced this year plans to charge if learners want to submit assignments to be graded for certain courses.

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

When people talk about the future of technology in education, they picture every student having access to a computer or a tablet; they see paperless rooms where technology trained teachers lead the class. With most students having access to a smartphone, the ability for students to collaborate and produce short films is effortless. The appearance of massive open online courses (MOOCs) mean that it’s possible to study film-making online among other niche topics.

Beyond Videos: 4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Craft Immersive Educational Media

Edsurge

Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. For example, this introductory video for a JAM online course introduces the topics to students, helps them understand the instructor’s background, explains what materials they’ll need to get started, and makes the content feel accessible. But, in combination, they can represent a needed improvement over the standard lecture-based videos that prevail in most MOOCs.

Dr. Chuck on Inclusive Programming, Online Instructor Involvement and Coursera’s Paywall

Edsurge

Charles Severance was one of the first professors at the University of Michigan to give the massive open online courses (MOOC) platform Coursera a try. His passion for open access courses is rooted in his belief that the internet has an important role to play in education. But while Severance—who’s better known by some as Dr. Chuck—says his first MOOC was a success, there was one thing about his in-person classes he missed: seeing his students.

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

” One of the biggest problems facing China’s offline education sector is the uneven access to high quality educational resources. One of online education’s earliest attempts to solve this issue on a global scale came in the form of MOOCs (massive open online courses). This attempt failed to offer a viable solution, as MOOCs mostly provide prerecorded lectures, which prevent any interactions or feedback between the students and teachers.

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OPINION: Stop driving kids crazy — A four-year college degree isn’t the only answer

The Hechinger Report

In reality, highest scores aren’t necessary for college access. Most graduating seniors attend the “other 87 percent ” of colleges — trade schools, public and private two-year and four-year colleges, large and small colleges, for-profit colleges, and colleges with massive open online courses (MOOCs) and blended learning. Higher Ed Opinion Higher education accessA California high school student practices welding during a class on advanced agricultural mechanics.

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The Internet Could Offer Free, Accredited College Courses For All

EdNews Daily

By launching these courses (along with free online texts and materials) and making them available to everyone who wants to expand their learning, educators have an opportunity to work with the government or major philanthropies to provide access to top quality college education for all. When they don’t lead to credit, the online courses may be available tuition-free as ‘MOOCs’ (Massive Open Online Courses), but they do not allow students to earn traditional college degrees.

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More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

Edsurge

If 2012 was “ The Year of the MOOC ”—massive open online courses, usually offered for free—2017 could be “The Year of the Microcredential.” Proponents say the new offerings will expand access to graduate education and help workers update their skills in fast-changing fields. EdX, the nonprofit founded by Harvard University and MIT to offer MOOCs, now lists 40 “MicroMasters” programs from 24 colleges and universities around the world.

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. That was certainly the case in our experience.

Transforming college into a hub of lifelong learning: Northeastern University’s Level bootcamp

The Christensen Institute

Their short duration and often flexible scheduling make them more accessible and affordable than a typical master’s degree in computer science. As The Economist noted, and as disruption theory would predict, many of the innovations in lifelong learning are happening outside the traditional institutions of higher education–in addition to bootcamps, think of MOOCs, microcredentials, and nanodegrees.

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From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

Edsurge

In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives. As the bubbly enthusiasm in the democratizing power of platforms like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Khan Academy quietly wanes, we’ve seen more attention to digital inequity like the homework gap and gender discrimination in coding careers. This was despite the fact that all three schools had the same levels of technology access.

Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

Edsurge

Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges. While attention around MOOCs has died down, the company seems to have found a business model for free courses with something it calls Specializations. Testers are asked to go through a brief training MOOC, but their knowledge on the topics they review is varied—the idea is they are giving the student perspective.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

We’d also have access to historical documents from the British Museum – such as notes from an English merchant in Syria in 1739 – and to the prisoner of war archives from the Red Cross. And, if I was stuck for an idea for class, I could access the Social Studies lesson plans at Educade or the 400+ lesson plans at the EDSITEment! Instead of being limited to my teaching and our textbook, we’d have access to an entire planet of experts.

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?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

Edsurge

It’s worth reexamining how we’re recreating these educational walled gardens online—as we move from the heyday of MOOCs in 2012 to the gradual decline of open access courseware in 2017. In the first wave of online learning, we focused on democratizing access to content. Now, in the second wave, we’re finding that people are willing to pay for access to people. This will necessarily require subsidized access.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

Edsurge

Businesses today have to be more agile and have to be able to pivot—access to content needs to be very rapid,” says Lori Bradley, executive vice president for global talent management at PVH Corp, a publicly- traded fashion and apparel company with 35,000 employees. Priorities and jobs are changing more quickly, so we need an agile learning environment that anticipates what learning needs will be, and where we can quickly access them.”

Will Net Neutrality Reversal Hurt Digital Learning? As Vote Approaches, Mixed Opinions

Edsurge

Some education experts have already penned that the vote is likely to pass , potentially raising the cost of accessing learning and student-success tools, prioritizing commercial and entertainment traffic over education and research, and slowing the pace of research and innovation. But Charles Severance , a University of Michigan professor who also teaches massive open online courses (MOOCs) on Coursera , doesn’t think higher education will be terribly affected, he tells EdSurge.

?Tressie McMillan Cottom on For-Profit Higher Ed, Purdue, and Dream Data Sets

Edsurge

You also pointed out that MOOCs don’t receive much buzz today as three years ago. The MOOC moment happened, and what it really just did is give legitimate cover for the less-prestigious institutions to invest in online education. I was at Emory University when the MOOC moment was happening, and a place that had never thought about an online class before in its life suddenly looked up and was like, “Oh, is Stanford doing it?

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In the Era of Microcredentials, Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning

Edsurge

On the app, students receive a digital version of their degree certificate which they can directly share access to with potential employers, rather than contacting their college and requesting transcripts be sent on their behalf. However the college would still be in the loop, as the only institution that can create and distribute a digital key so a student can access and share the “official” credential.

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