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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Edsurge

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall. In MOOCs it’s all about teaching.

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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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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions.

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

Edsurge

As online learning companies compete for the attention and wallets of learners, players like MasterClass , Linked Learning , Cognotion and Harvard are investing in producing videos that are so beautiful they could be National Geographic documentaries or sitcom pilots. Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. You’re much more likely to recall and share a colorful story than a dry definition.

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

Learning with 'e's

Chatbots currently exhibit limitations, especially when you ask them something they can't access in their databases. It then asks you a series of further questions to refine its response, before providing you with what - you hope - is the definitive solution to your problem. Other companies have similar two-tier systems of customer support. AI algorithm chatbot cognitive courseware Deep Learning Digital education future Jill Watson learning MOOC Technology

Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

The synopsis reads: With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies. Openness then becomes mainstream, is adapted and adopted by the big companies.

10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. I think the hype is definitely over. I think many MOOCs (and MOOC providers) will struggle to find a sustainable financial model in their current guise. We will see them adapted and modified, but what the MOOC interest has done is raise the profile of open education and elearning in general, so increasingly universities and governments will look to this as a model.

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. 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. Instead of being limited to my teaching and our textbook, we’d have access to an entire planet of experts.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

What a Reinvented College Looks Like: 4 Alternative Higher-Ed Models

Edsurge

What critics say: Students are definitely taking a leap of faith that the upstart will be viewed favorably by employers. What’s different: The effort is career-focused, and a list of high-tech companies have signed on as advisors to help shape the curriculum and say they will consider its grads for jobs. Some also argue that the proposed institution may largely serve well-off students and do little to address more urgent accessibility issues in higher education.

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Educational Crises and Ed-Tech: A History

Hack Education

Although we have made incredible strides in expanding access to education over the course of the past century, that access has always been unevenly distributed as are the conflicts and crises that undermine education systems and educational justice everywhere. Because definitely running two giant planes as a television broadcasting service makes sense. Like a MOOC, but in the school gym. 150,000 a year to lease coaxial cables from Bell Telephone Company, for example.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. The lawsuit contends that the publisher is “ predatory ” because it charges scholars to have their work published in open-access journals. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” asks Fast Company. (I’m

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

But other departments already provide the backbone (internet connectivity, access to hardware, etc) and can afford – even desire – to let Domain projects go on. I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing. A: Short answer: no, it’s definitely possible. He criticized the allure of universal solutions and totalizing narratives (the LMS, the MOOC). On March 30 we had Jim Groom as our Future Trends Forum guest.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

But other departments already provide the backbone (internet connectivity, access to hardware, etc) and can afford – even desire – to let Domain projects go on. I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing. A: Short answer: no, it’s definitely possible. He criticized the allure of universal solutions and totalizing narratives (the LMS, the MOOC). On March 30 we had Jim Groom as our Future Trends Forum guest.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

For example, this story from the School Library Journal : “ Charter Schools , Segregation , and School Library Access.” ” There’s more on legal battles involving student loan companies in the business of financial aid section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “How Should Colleges Approach Student Success When Different Definitions Abound?” The student loan company has raised $803.6

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners.” ” Definitely no one I trust more on this topic, no siree.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. “ MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students,” Edsurge claims. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” Remember: robots for the elderly share a direct connection to MOOCs replacing higher ed.).

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Department of Education has placed restrictions on access to federal student aid for West Virginia public universities after the state was late submitting required annual financial statements for the third year in a row.

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Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

Who might benefit from such a restrictive definition of universities? Students at these schools will not immediately lose access to financial aid – that’s one of the implications of an institution’s loss of accreditation – but many students are rightly concerned about their ability to finish their degrees. Other organizations and companies began offering “micro-credentials” for educators. (So, ” MOOCs for credit.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I wrote “an explainer” of sorts on Thiel and his politics, and I listed the education companies that he’s invested in. Have any ed-tech companies, particularly those funded by Thiel or Zuckerberg or Y Combinator, spoken out about this? You can always find out which education companies these folks have funded through my research at funding.hackeducation.com. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. ” The company has raised $16.5 Rather, the company takes 25 percent of the gain or loss when the house gets sold again. (If

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company has raised $41 million total. (I

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, MOOCs are, no surprise, their own entry on this long list of awfulness.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Apollo Education Group , the parent company of the University of Phoenix and Western International University , announced Thursday that it would eliminate the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company, which allowed students to buy and sell their class notes, has raised over $14 million. Education Politics. “ U.S.