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


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. million enrollments in 2020.

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8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Wally Clipper, has a great run-down on 8 trends you’ll want to watch in 2020: 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020. MOOCs. MOOCS (massive online open courses) are different from virtual classes, and are usually offered by colleges and universities. MOOCs will usually have a wealth of resources, such as webinars and lectures that can give students a deeper understanding of the subject they’re specializing in.

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Will COVID-19 Lead to Another MOOC Moment?


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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Will the Pandemic Lead More Colleges to Offer Credit for MOOCs? Coursera is Pushing for It.


That’s because it might make the idea of adopting MOOC content acceptable to professors “skeptical about the integrity of online education,” he adds. Education Technology MOOCs Coronavirus Digital Credentials

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


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.


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


The primary trends identified by the team were: adaptive learning, open education resources (OER), gamification and game-based learning, MOOCs, LMS and interoperability, mobile devices, and design. 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.

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5 Ideas for Teaching Students the Most Important Skill They’ll Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Massive Open Online Courses (Sometimes referred to as MOOCs) – MOOCs are readily available courses that are presented online. MOOCs are not an ideal way for most students to learn. 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020.

Another Helpful Resource of Educational Podcasts, Audio Books, and MOOCs

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In today's post we want to bring your attention to this excellent educational resource that, we believe, should definitely make it into your digital teaching toolkit. Open Culture, for those of more


For the Carolina Panthers, learning online translates to better play on the field

The Christensen Institute

Matt Rhule was named head coach in January of 2020 after seven years as a collegiate head coach. Think learning that looks like Duolingo in which learners are answering questions as they consume content every few seconds, not drawn-out videos from a MOOC or YouTube.

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10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

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Twitter Chats, webinars, MOOCs, online courses, online conferences, virtual events, livestreams, Edcamps, Facebook groups, #Hashtags Find your hashtag community! BrewEd- @GrahamAndre, #PassTheScopeEDU, Online courses and MOOCs and Challenges and Calendars

How to overcome resistance to online education in Higher Ed


The Open Universities were already a reality in the 20th century, and with the extensive use of the internet, the MOOC phenomenon has grown exponentially over the last decade. Embraced by some, considered by others only a back-up solution during these exceptional times brought by the global pandemic — that forced many universities across the globe to carry on their activities remotely — online learning has, in fact, its pedagogical consistency and social relevance.

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


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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Today’s economy demands lifelong learning skills. How can institutions keep pace?

The Christensen Institute

This would especially help individuals in the ultra-modular gig economy, who aren’t linked to one employer for long periods of time and may cobble together their education through multiple sources like bootcamps and MOOCs. The shelf life of skills is shortening in today’s workforce. Automation is creeping into most sectors ; the gig economy is booming; and all of these developments require that workers upskill, reskill, and master soft skills.

Asynchronous Learning or Live Lessons? Which One Works Better for Me?


If you work in education in 2020, you are making tough decisions about how to best reach and teach your learners in the midst of a global pandemic. For example, most of the enrolled students in fully asynchronous MOOCs are adults, and even in this context, completion can be challenging.

Ideas for Doing PD Learning from Home


Heart of the School Pandemic PD graduate credit Massive Online Open Courses MOOC online PD professional development professional reading Rita Platt World Wide WebIf you’re interested in doing some professional learning at home in addition to the on-the-fly learning that comes with reorganizing your classes so they are distance-friendly, take a look at Principal and NBCT Rita Platt’s collection of online and web-free PD resources.

It’s Time to Digitally Transform Community College


While high-resolution data for community colleges isn’t available, we can see evidence for this in proxies such as Google search trends , consumers’ growing openness and intention to study online , booming MOOC enrollment , and publicly-traded online learning company enrollment results.

Massive Study of Online Teaching Ends With Surprising — and ‘Deflating’ — Result


New study in @PNASNews on MOOC persistence- 2.5 A Thread 1/ [link] ( @whynotyet , @emyeom ) — Justin Reich (@bjfr) June 16, 2020. MIT professor Justin Reich and several colleagues just completed one of the largest-ever research studies exploring teaching techniques in online higher education, involving nearly 250,000 students from nearly every nation on the planet.

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Tools for professional-looking digital portfolios


Just to give a few examples, Khan Academy , Crash Course , and popular MOOC sites like Coursera and edX have started a revolution in education, making their own content or their partners’ content (especially higher university institutions on Coursera and edX) available for everyone.

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The Case For Shutting Schools Down Instead of Moving Classes Online


But over the last 10 years we’ve deployed online learning at a massive scale in K-12 schools, colleges, through large-scale MOOCs, etc. In MOOCs, we found that students whose parents didn’t earn a BA were more likely to drop out than students whose parents have a BA. 1/x — Justin Reich (@bjfr) March 10, 2020. Many K-12 schools this week have cancelled in-person classes and announced a shift to online teaching.

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COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Digital Blending of Working and Learning


Major employers are embracing libraries of video and MOOC courses, tuition-assistance programs for online courses, and bootcamps focused on tech skills (which have themselves moved online). In the last few months the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and triggered an economic plunge in the U.S. that is now officially a recession.

14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education

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MOOCs are great ideas, but assessment and feedback loops and certification are among the many issues holding them back. Comparing an unsupported MOOC from 2008 to an in-person college experience isn’t apples to apples. Compare that same MOOC to a self-determined learner Googling topics or searching reddit for information, and suddenly it’s not so bad. 14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education. by Terry Heick.

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


In my 2014 book “ MOOCS Essentials ,” I reflected on each aspect of the residential learning process and how developers of massive open online courses were trying to replicate those experiences virtually, or come up with ways to keep students engaged without direct teacher-student interaction.

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


education technology company in 2020. 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. Many of our partners are seeing a 40 to 50 percent increase in revenue from having their courses on our platform from Q1 to Q2” of 2020, Maggioncalda claims.

How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education


Large-scale online courses called MOOCs (massive open online courses), for instance, were touted as possible low-cost replacements for residential colleges , but proved to have completion rates of less than 10%. This story was published in partnership with The Moonshot Catalog.

Implementing education technology by pursuing technology education: Professional Development ideas for educators


Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are also excellent resources, offering free classes from world-renowned universities. Technology plays a prominent role in the modern classroom. Students use laptops, tablets, and myriad software to complete in-class work and at-home assignments. Teachers take advantage of smartboards to offer multimedia lessons and expand on concepts. In a survey of 1,000 long-time high school teachers, 73% say their classrooms use laptops and tablets daily.

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


Avida is the husband of Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, and one of the first board members of the company that helped put the spotlight on massive online open courses, or MOOCs. Pandemic closes school. Students go home. Remote classes falter. Child is disengaged. Parent builds edtech.

A Case for Educational Innovation Without ‘Disruption’


That certainly has been a narrative of anxiety in higher education where existing institutions have been threatened by the technology industry, or by MOOCs, or by some other startup that will come in and potentially replace them. The hype around MOOCs and other disruptive tech at colleges has faded. Kim: It’s very much true that the MOOC hype has gone away, even though lots of schools now are looking at new methods of open online education, bringing degree programs to scale.

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Credential Blockchains Could Help Student Mobility. These 4 Efforts Explore How.


The institution has hosted a national forum and virtual conference and produced a MOOC and a book exploring the potential uses of blockchain technology in the field of information systems. More than 70 efforts are underway around the world to use blockchain technology in education, and most set their sights on better connecting people with job opportunities, according to a new report published by the American Council on Education.

To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning


Recently, Coursera announced a modular MOOC-based bachelor’s degree with the University of North Texas, and edX is experimenting with “ MicroBachelors ” programs as pathways to degrees. As more colleges face the reality of a declining traditional student population, there’s a common belief that adult students are where the growth is. But the reality is more complicated.

OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Will the 2020 coronavirus pandemic change that? For me, it was pretty easy to imagine how I’d supplement the online pre-recorded lectures from my MOOC with discussions with Wesleyan students on the Zoom platform. Even those who used to chide me about leaving intimate education behind in offering MOOCs seem to be finding real value in teaching remotely on a platform that allows for discussion as well as lectures. “Nothing ever changes in academia,” the refrain goes.

What Happens When Ed-Tech Forgets? Some Thoughts on Rehabilitating Reputations

Hack Education

I'm not sure that there is one quite yet, although the company has ditched any pretense of "free and open" once heralded as the great innovation of the MOOC.). I was a guest today in Chris Hoadley's NYU class on ed-tech and globalization. Here's a bit of my rant.

An overview of Outcome-Based Assessment strategies by Dr. Neelakantan P. C.

Linways Technologies

MOOCs, rubrics, open-ended questions, open-book examinations, etc. The Discuss Education BarCamp was a gathering of educators, academicians, and education enthusiasts to discuss about teaching-learning, learning theories, and ways to improve learning. It was truly a spectacle to watch the great minds at work. We previously published the presentation of Dr. T K Mani, former principal of model engineering college. The next presentation to follow up was hosted by Dr. Neelakantan PC.

How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education


We were joined by: Sean Gallagher, founder and executive director of Northeastern University's Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy; Noah Pickus, associate provost and a senior adviser at Duke University; Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland University, who teaches a MOOC called “Learning How to Learn,” one of the most popular free online courses ever taught. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a cloud of uncertainty over higher education.


How Colleges Can Help Educate the 40-Million-Plus Newly Unemployed


But Barrett said that these days students have plenty of new educational options that are high quality, including low-cost microcredentials from MOOC providers like Coursera, edX and Udacity. “It Roughly one out of every four American workers are now unemployed, after jobless claims rose to more than 40 million this week. Typically, that results in a rush of people looking to higher education for new skills and credentials.

How Linways AMS enables managing an academics institution digitally.

Linways Technologies

This sets institutional education apart from the MOOCs, or online course delivery tools. How the functioning of an entire Educational Institution can be brought to a virtual platform using Linways AMS. Technological storms have driven the world in such a way that extensive collection of study materials on diverse courses are easily available at our fingertips. But why do we still rely on schools or colleges to pursue our education? The answer is very simple.