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. 6 Things you may not know about MOOCs.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Perhaps it is employers who should be the most supportive of the latest MOOC developments. Just like stand-alone MOOCs, most learners—over 80 percent—already had a Bachelors or higher degree.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

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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.

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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." At the time, many thought MOOCs might become a replacement for both classroom instruction and ingrained models of learning.

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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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Year of MOOC-based Degrees: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2018

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In the seven years since colleges and companies first started experimenting with large-scale online courses known as MOOCs, more than 100 million people have given them a try—though how they are used keeps changing. Two big trends dominated the MOOC landscape this year. First, despite continued slowdown in the growth of new users, MOOC platforms are seeing an increase in paying customers (and revenues). Here is a complete list of MOOC-based degrees.

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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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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

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The media started calling this space MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, a term coopted from a 2008 experiment. The narrative in early days of MOOC space was around disruption of universities. Not all MOOC providers shared this narrative, but this was the one that the media stuck with it. He thinks that MOOCs may not have disrupted the education market, but they are disrupting the labor market. Dhawal Shah (@dhawalhshah) May 30, 2017.

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

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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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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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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

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Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). It was Udacity vice president Clarissa Shen who this week said “they are dead,” when talking about MOOCs in an interview with The Economic Times in India.

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

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And she makes the case for why free online courses like hers—which are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—might still lead to a revolution in higher education, even though the hype around them has died down. Some people might even wonder whether MOOCs are even still around since you don’t hear much about these courses today. As someone still teaching one of these, where do you see MOOCs these days? . Some of those San Jose State MOOCs showed very good results.

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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting February 27, 2017 #IMMOOC

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These are questions that I have addressed in my book, “ The Innovator’s Mindset ”, and will continue to dig deeper into with the second “ Innovator’s Mindset Massive Open Online Course ” that will be starting again on February 27, 2017.

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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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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. This funding is “vindication for Open University betting on a MOOC platform, for investing in a non-U.S.

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600+ Free MOOCs from Leading Universities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 2, 2017 Here is another important resource from Open Culture. This is basically a collection of 700 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered for free by some of the leading universities all.read more. MOOCs

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

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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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Ed-Tech Startup Conference Pushes Boundaries

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The 2017 conference in Boston is coming up. The Startup Blog Augmented/Virtual Reality Coding Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur LearnLaunch MOOCs startup Startups STEM

Revolutionary MOOC-Ed puts teachers in students’ shoes for learning success

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In this video, Constance Seibert shares how the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed hosted by the Friday Institute helped her better understand the different ways her students learn. The Learning Differences MOOC-Ed strives to model some of the approaches teachers can use with their students.

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Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course

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Dhawal Shah, co-founder of Class Central, a directory of MOOCs, says that “enrollment numbers have dropped drastically in the recent times” for individual courses. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningAndrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5 million people have registered to take one of the many sequences of his free online course about machine learning. That experience spurred him to co-found Coursera.

Pop-Up MOOC – Engagement in a Time of Polarization

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a MOOC on engagement in a time of polarization. Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) December 15, 2017. But you can read more about this “pop-up” mooc, as well as sign up through Davidson Now , who are providing the infrastructure for the course. Profession Teaching MOOC

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

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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. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs. Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it.

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

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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. By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners. Even Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world, jumped on the MOOC train.

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

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based edtech startups in 2017 saw a resurgence of investment capital. Yet at 126 deals, the number of fundraises in 2017 is also at its lowest since 2011. We counted five such deals, and if we took their funding into account, the 2017 total would be close to $1.8 In 2017, three companies—EverFi ($190 million), Hero K12 ($150 million) and Grammarly ($110 million)—accounted for 37.5 million in 2017. million in 2017, according to EdSurge’s count.

My Top 5 Posts from 2017

The Principal of Change

So to share a little bit of my learning over the year, I wanted to highlight five posts that were read the most from my blog in 2017. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! December 27, 2017 People Shape Culture.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before. A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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Lessons Learned: MOOCs & Online Education in LATAM : Adrian Catalan (Innovation Lab Lead at Universidad Galileo) and Stephanie Falla (New Media Department Director at UFM) share insights they’ve gleaned as MOOC creators and course managers, and “why it is important to keep moving the MOOCs train and the journey to turn talent into skills in [Latin America].” It’s that time of year again.

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2017 Learning Resolutions #EDU2017

The Principal of Change

Over the break, I have been playing with creating videos, and want to spend more time doing this in 2017. It is something I am interested in exploring deeper as well in 2017. March 7, 2013 Learning From the #Twitter Archives September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

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MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators.

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

The appearance of massive open online courses (MOOCs) mean that it’s possible to study film-making online among other niche topics.

Powerful Interactive Collaboration, in Class or Online: Knowlounge

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Collaboration & Brainstorming Interactive White Boards iPads and Other Tablet Devices iPhones and Smartphones MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) IWB lessons online interactive white board

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Assessment Over Evaluation in Helping New Initiatives Thrive

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Blog Justin Reich assessment evaluation innovation MOOCAssessment Over Evaluation in Helping New Initiatives Thrive was originally posted on his EdTechResearcher blog on EdWeek.