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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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

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Two years later, Dubuc’s company, OpenClassrooms , has closed deals with both of them. Even for these companies, with full-fledged recruiting teams, “it’s really painful to hire new employees,” says Dubuc, OpenClassrooms’ CEO. But it isn’t the only company to attract demand from employers who want to solve a skilled workforce shortage among themselves and their clients and partners. She’s starting to see health care and financial services companies embrace the trend, too.

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

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Since March, Coursera has allowed any college to request free access to its library of course content for any of its students to use, with a free version of what it calls Coursera for Campus. But today, the company announced that it will continue to offer a limited version for free.

How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses. The colleges and companies offering MOOCs can be pretty guarded these days about releasing specific numbers on how many people enroll or pay for a “verified certificate” or microcredential showing they took the course.

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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.

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

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Most investors shy away from bets on companies that provide similar services for an obvious reason: Don’t have one portfolio company that can cannibalize another. 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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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. 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). So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

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

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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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MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

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To understand the concept, it’s important to remember how much MOOCs have changed since they emerged about six years ago to great fanfare. Companies including Coursera and Udacity, as well as edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard University and MIT, partnered with well-known professors and colleges to offer these free courses. He imagines that some professors may assign parts of MOOCs as homework, or as a way to help students get up to speed on technical courses.

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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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The Second Wave of MOOC Hype is Here, and it’s Online Degrees

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In the past year or so there's been a flurry of announcements from the big MOOC providers involving new degree programs based around their online courses. Earlier this year, for instance, Coursera announced six new degrees , including the first-ever MOOC-based Bachelors. So far, ten universities have announced MOOC-based online degrees, and together they offer a total of 25 different degrees. A steady stream of articles heralded MOOCs as the disruptor of higher education.

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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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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

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Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry , has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses. Coursera is allowing free access to its fully hosted platform, though its code is not open.

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

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FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. The company is partnering with nine higher education institutions in the venture, said Matt Walton, head of product for FutureLearn. “It’s

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How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

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You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Well, unless you count the students in MOOCs, those free online courses, which are offered through a different division of the university. Yet during that same period, another part of the university, HarvardX, has been running MOOCs, massive open online courses. How do you differentiate what you're doing at the Extension School from MOOCs? They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

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Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It''s hard to believe that the company only started up in April! I thought as I listened to Andrew on the Google+ EducationOnAir Re-think College: Discussing Cost, Expanding Access, Harnessing Technology, and Student Success. Coursera MOOC

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

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The colleges create course videos and assignments that are offered on the company’s platform for free—and students can pay for a certificate showing completion. 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.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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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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Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

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In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. First, the company is investing significantly in its teachers.

Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

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Coursera, a company that hosts massive online courses and degrees, is the latest entrant among a growing number of online education providers that are entering the medical space. based company announced it will be adding an entire healthcare vertical with 100 new courses and 30 new “Specializations,” or what the company calls its paid bundles of courses that students can earn a certificate for. MOOCs, The New OPM?

?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s

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When free online courses known as MOOCs began to take off in 2012 , their pitch to investors often included jargon around “disrupting” the way education is accessed and consumed. These days, though, many MOOC platforms are courting the traditional higher-ed market they once rebuked, often by hosting fully-online masters degrees for colleges and universities. And it isn’t the only MOOC provider to do so. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

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While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. How the Company Aims to Catch Tutoring Requests That Go Too Far. Here’s a look at how the education company is responding. The “Year of the MOOC” is long behind us.

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

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accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. At the same time, Kepler is working on creating student-loan programs so that more students can have access to Kepler’s programs. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks.

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

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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.

On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller

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In our latest “New Gig Hotseat,” the Blackboard alum opens up about about education access, kegerators and what it means to put the “Ed” in NovoEd. Xythos was used for collaboration and allowed students and faculty the ability to access files even before Dropbox and Google Drive. I’m also passionate about closing the skills gap and improving educational access beyond the classroom, particularly in low-income communities. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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

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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. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningEducational media is at an inflection point.

Income Share Agreements Dominate Y Combinator’s Latest Education Graduates

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More than half of the accelerator’s current education companies offer ISAs to attract students to their services. The accelerator provides companies with $150,000 in seed funding for 7 percent of the company. Based in San Francisco and founded in February, the company offers ISAs for as low as $1,000 and as high as $25,000, no matter the major. The company has disbursed money to about 15 students so far and has funds for about 30 more students.

Dr. Alec Couros on Spearfishing, Citizenship, and Lateral Reading

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Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Open all hours #EDEN15

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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.

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

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Chatbots currently exhibit limitations, especially when you ask them something they can't access in their databases. Other companies have similar two-tier systems of customer support. This was indeed the case with Jill Watson, a chatbot teaching assistant introduced into a large MOOC by Professor Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech a few years ago (see the video below).

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

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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.

How free is open? #EDENchat

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3) How are MOOCs and other massive open study opportunities changing or influencing out thinking as educators? Are we in danger of being left behind if our organisation/institution is not involved in MOOCs? Do we pay indirectly by giving away our information, is this leveraged to make money through advertising clicks, and do we become assets and commodities of the companies that run the social media services?

Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. In fact, three of the 10 most popular courses on Coursera aren’t produced by a college or university at all, but by a company. That company—called Deeplearning.ai —is a unique provider of higher education. In fact, Ng’s original Stanford MOOC remains the most popular course offered by Coursera.