The Second Year of The MOOC: 2020 Saw a Rush to Large-Scale Online Courses

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This was the year that more people learned what a MOOC is. As millions suddenly found themselves with free time on their hands during the pandemic, many turned to online courses—especially, to free courses known as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses.

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Will COVID-19 Lead to Another MOOC Moment?

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Large-scale courses known as MOOCs were invented to get free or low-cost education to people who could not afford or get access to traditional options. Duke University was one of the first institutions to draw on MOOCs in response to the novel coronavirus. Coursera decided to expand free access to a wider audience, for a limited time, so that they can make use of MOOC content in their teaching. Other MOOC providers are making similar offers.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

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In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), one of the 12 partner organizations of Every Learner Everywhere, was charged with identifying and understanding innovations in the digital education landscape.

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With ‘MicroBachelors’ Program, EdX Tries Again to Sell MOOCs For Undergraduate Credit

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The nonprofit MOOC platform edX, originally started by MIT and Harvard University at a time when pundits predicted large-scale online courses could replace college for some people, is trying yet another new approach, launching the first of what it calls a “MicroBachelors” program. TRYING AGAIN The MicroBachelors program isn’t edX’s first attempt at offering so-called MOOCS, or massive open online courses, for undergraduate credit.

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Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education

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The fall semester of 2020 is like nothing we have seen before in higher education. These early MOOCs didn’t quite work—or at least they didn’t work well enough to present any real threat to the mainstream providers of traditional, campus-based higher education.

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10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

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Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning. Twitter Chats, webinars, MOOCs, online courses, online conferences, virtual events, livestreams, Edcamps, Facebook groups, #Hashtags Find your hashtag community!

The Case For Shutting Schools Down Instead of Moving Classes Online

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But at least one online-learning expert thinks that's a bad decision, especially for vulnerable students. Many schools are trying to figure out if they should transition to online or distance learning during a shut down. A growing body of evidence suggests that online learning works least well for our most vulnerable learners. Plus, the “no significant differences” argument pre-dates widespread online learning.

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Remote Learning Begs the Question: Must Lectures Be So Long?

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With some schools already announcing they will not reopen normally in the fall, and many others considering their options , educators are hoping to take advantage of the summer to improve on this spring’s sink-or-swim plunge into distance learning. One source for insights on how to proceed is the cross-pollination that takes place when educators working in separate spheres learn from one another.

How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education

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We find no one with a professional knowledge in the laws of learning, or the techniques for applying them,” he wrote. There are widespread beliefs about the best way to teach and learn that have been proven wrong by science, yet they persist. Herbert Simon, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and learning engineering who died in 2001, is immersed in his office at Carnegie Mellon University. For him, improving the speed of learning is just part of it.

Coursera Raises $130 Million as Colleges Turn to Online Courses for the Fall

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education technology company in 2020. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins, SEEK Group, Learn Capital, SuRo Capital Corp, and G Squared also participated. Founded in 2012 by two Stanford University professors, Coursera was one of a trio of startups that spearheaded the hype around massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for short. We are seeing an openness to collaboration to online learning that we haven’t seen before,” says Maggioncalda.

Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online

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We want to build from the ground up an inclusive learning system for students and faculty, one that can recreate engaging, live learning experiences online,” says Dan Avida. Education Technology Financing Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education

A Case for Educational Innovation Without ‘Disruption’

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There’s a budding field called the science of teaching and learning, where scholars are figuring out what works when it comes to educating students. A new book, “ Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education ,” looks at how to create systems that apply the science of learning into actual teaching. Learn More at www.destinationsacademy.com/school-districts. The hype around MOOCs and other disruptive tech at colleges has faded.

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How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education

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Among the topics addressed were what colleges have learned from campuses in China, where COVID-19 hit sooner; whether the pandemic might lead to more adoption of microcredentials and other alternative higher-ed models; and whether colleges should do more to evaluate tech-teaching skills when evaluating faculty members. At Duke, we stood up three websites right away— Keep Teaching , Keep Learning , and Keep Working —and one for staff, one for faculty, and one for students.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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What does it mean to be human in a digital age? A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning.

Former Pearson, edX Exec Raises $7.5M to Build AI-Powered Digital Courseware

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The demand for innovative digital learning technology has never been higher. Esme Learning Solutions is banking on artificial intelligence (AI), collaborative learning experiences and relationships with some of the biggest universities in the world to set them apart from the crowd.

How to choose the right solution platform for virtual campus management.

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Here we are talking about virtual campus management solutions or online learning management solutions that can essentially digitize the teaching-learning. Learning is no more institutionalized, and people still take courses and grow their skillset beyond colleges or universities. So to be on the current, institutions should focus on how to engage with the students, how to assure a certain level of quality in teaching-learning, and how digital learning is perceived.

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Coursera’s IPO Filing Shows Growing Revenue and Loss During a Pandemic

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million in revenue in 2020, marking a 59 percent increase from the previous year. 30, 2020. Despite recording a revenue jump in 2020, Coursera posted a net loss of $66.8 Education Technology Financing Digital Learning in Higher Ed

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

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Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. So with these guidelines in mind, I’ve chosen six areas where edtech has made an impact this decade: Learning Management Systems. MOOCs. Learning analytics. Digital badges. Adaptive learning systems.

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Beyond K-12: EdSurge’s Next Move

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EdSurge is all about exploring one fundamental question: How can learning be supported by technology? With an eye on improving students’ learning, we adopted a cheerful green banner and plunged into examining how entrepreneurs, teachers and administrators were beginning to collaborate. The reason is simple: Learning doesn’t stop just because you turn 18. And the role that technology is playing in supporting learning for these students is growing.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning.