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.

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A Decade of MOOCs: A Review of Stats and Trends for Large-Scale Online Courses in 2021

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In 2021, two of the biggest MOOC providers had an “exit” event. Ten years ago, more than 300,000 learners were taking the three free Stanford courses that kicked off the modern MOOC movement. It led me to call 2020 the “Second Year of the MOOC.” MOOCs are now no longer massive.


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In China, Online Degrees on Hold, Even as MOOCs Rise

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In fact, the country has no institution that is approved to deliver online degrees, even though it has moved rapidly to embrace MOOCs, free or low-cost online courses offered to millions throughout the country. advances in online pedagogy, such as flipped classrooms and MOOCs.


How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching


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.


Why Some Investors Say Edtech ‘Doom and Gloom’ is Overhyped

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Like tech stocks in general, edtech has taken a nosedive over the past six months or so. The news might lead you to think edtech’s future is marked by doom and gloom. It showed the industry, Batra says, that consumers have become agreeable to purchasing edtech.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

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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. From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months. MOOCs.

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Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

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We were inspired by two incredible edtech gurus who were our guest experts for the chat, Steve Wheeler ( @SteveWheeler ) and Larry Ferlazzo ( @LarryFerlazzo ). We also had many teachers who are edtech gurus in their own right from around the world join the chat. Hybrid Pedagogy – An open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology.

12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

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Students all over the world have access to knowledge, resources, and experts to help them learn in rich ways and accomplish great things. In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions , I introduce mission minded learning. Participants in my current free online course, The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), designed learning missions this past week to inspire their learners. Technology is a huge part of our students’ lives.

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How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). What is a MOOC you may ask? According to the , a repository of MOOCs across the web, MOOC is " an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet. " A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.


MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection

Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan.


Upskilling Trend Brings Coupons, ‘Flash Sales’ and Other Marketing Gimmicks to Higher Ed

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That was one prediction of the late David Noble, a critic of edtech, in the 1997 essay “Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education.” Education Technology Digital Credentials MOOCs Edtech Business Higher Education

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Elite Colleges Started EdX as a Nonprofit Alternative to Coursera. How Is It Doing?


It has the most users of any provider of MOOCs (as the large-scale online courses are sometimes called), claiming more than 77 million learners. Dhawal Shaw, founder of MOOC-discovery platform Class Central. It was 2012, and online learning was suddenly booming.

The Microlearning Moment in Workplace Learning


These developments will have important implications for colleges and universities, training and skills providers, edtech firms and investors and other stakeholders in the education ecosystem. Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed MOOCs Digital Credentials

Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review


If you care about equity in edtech, this report is a must-read, especially if you are interested in evidence-based research and practical solutions. If you don’t care about equity in edtech. then that’s really sad, because it’s really difficult to work in edtech and not notice equity issues. edtech folks often claim to be "democratizing education" and have for a century, & rhetorically we give them the benefit of the doubt 2/n.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries


It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. s co-founders Dan Nash and Sean Hookano-Briel initially targeted K-12 schools for the tool, it seems the corporate sector, which has increasingly turned to MOOCs to train employees, has taken a liking to it even more. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning


As the bubbly enthusiasm in the democratizing power of platforms like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Khan Academy quietly wanes, we’ve seen more attention to digital inequity like the homework gap and gender discrimination in coding careers. A Rising Tide of Inequality Edtech efforts at broadening access to opportunity often falter when running up against entrenched forms of inequity and discrimination.

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


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. That’s why we’ve also highlighted a few here that we don’t want you to miss, from complicated community college turnarounds to where IKEA and edtech overlap.

As Grad Degrees And Credentials Boom, Prestigious Schools Are Winning


The master’s degree market is also a hotbed of innovation, as some of the world’s top universities are now experimenting with MOOC-based degrees at substantially lower price points. And, growing demand for graduate degrees has been central to the online program management, or OPM, market—one of the hottest areas of edtech deal-making and investment. Today this has changed significantly—and not only due to MOOCs, which were an important catalyst.

Triumphs and Troubles in Online Learning Abroad

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Today, online education provides access to great masses of college students in the developing world, with Open Universities in Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey together currently enrolling more than 7 million students. I’ve always thought of the U.S.

What the Shortcomings of EdTech Mean for Improving Distance Learning and Schools


Bold claims have been made in the past decade about personalized learning, automated assessments and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Students of all ages who are better off socioeconomically will do better with tech because they already have access to the people and tools that can help them. He jokingly sums up the learning outcomes of MOOCs with a simplified observation he calls Reich’s Law: .


Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech


MOOCs. Sophomores have the opportunity to spend a period of their day learning through a MOOC of their choosing. Their MOOC worktime is an assigned period within their school day. When students are in their MOOC course, they all report to the open learning space, as in the pictures below. How the MOOC period works is that students first pick a topic of interest to them and then find a MOOC to guide their learning.


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


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. I first became involved in edtech as CEO of Xythos, a content repository system that was one of the first solutions that allowed universities and K-12 systems to have cloud based file sharing and storage. Xythos was used for collaboration and allowed students and faculty the ability to access files even before Dropbox and Google Drive.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. Anyone can access these courses and there is no minimum qualification to take them.

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What’s the Right Price for an Online Degree?


Price is in part a measure of how much others value a college degree, how much it’s admired and how effective it is in securing social capital—giving graduates access to powerful networks, including often seamless entry into top positions in the job market.

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

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Data-Driven Results As an institution, the way you treat education and manage it is different from MOOCs or short-term online courses. So to secure the future of student acquisition and for being accessible, whatever platform you choose should be mobile-friendly.

The uberization of Higher Education: fad or fab?


Once technology became part of our daily routine and online learning solutions (MOOC providers, learning apps, learning management systems , etc.) In an Uber-like educational system, clients (students) have access to the best service providers (schools, universities, teachers, etc.),

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How Linways AMS enables managing an academics institution digitally.

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This sets institutional education apart from the MOOCs, or online course delivery tools. The accessibility of information as well as maintaining the functionalities of the system will be based on the academic role. This helps to keep them accessible for the students.

3 Opportunities for education during the pandemic


Some of these are: different approaches to teaching adapted to students’ needs, developed ICT skills, professional development for teachers, attempts to bridge the digital divide, improvement of resource accessibility, funding and curriculum changes.

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Income Share Agreements Dominate Y Combinator’s Latest Education Graduates


Here’s a look at the latest edtech crop. Everyone is trying to make education online, but we’ve seen the rise and fall of MOOCs,” says Payne, 32. Alumni can continue to access Microverse’s network of coaches and mentors, Camus says. Education Technology Access and Affordability Startups Financing

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed


radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enriched delivery models.” recommendations for the edtech industry to protect student data privacy. Education Technology Government Policy Data and Research University MOOCs

What Could Web3 Mean for Education?

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Some edtech entrepreneurs are eager for Web3 to arrive and change education. Should local communities determine how education gets funded and who has access to public schools —or should the federal government intervene?

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. 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


Students can communicate peer-to-peer and also engage instructors directly in text, voice, and video, recorded for later access or run immediately in real-time. In a telephone interview, Phil Hill, edtech guru and co-publisher of the widely followed e-Literate blog , acknowledged that “the LMS is not only part of the university’s core infrastructure, but it also allows faculty and students to use technology creatively in the classroom.” The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

How to overcome resistance to online education in Higher Ed


Now more than ever we should all discover its merits and use all its potential to reach more learners and give them access to educational programs that are vital for their development. Read more: 6 Building blocks for a successful edtech strategy.

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Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

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Paul asserts that “having access to information about their performance creates opportunities for students to recognize when they’ve made mistakes and figure out what to do to fix them.” More importantly, and more concerningly, most edtech companies are not considering these capabilities in the data-collection systems they are developing and using. As the Quantified Self movement has suggested , data aggregation and data accessibly can be a non-trivial motivator.

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators


First, akin to music streaming on Pandora or Spotify, the basic knowledge is widely accessible for consumption, either free or heavily subsidized…The next step is separating marketable academic credentials from the whole degree, just as iTunes enabled us to buy individual songs rather than the whole album…The third tier is an enhanced residential experience.” Customers can now pay a monthly fee to get access to a library of content.

Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later


Joining the MOOC party As formal college education becomes more unaffordable, online education has become a popular alternative or supplement. And because not everyone can afford college, education businesses in recent years have vied to transform accessibility gaps into opportunities. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

Gradescope Raises $3.75M to Speed Up Grading in Higher Ed


Other efforts such as MOOC platform edX’s Enhanced AI Scoring Engine have similarly tried to use automation to reduce the time educators spend on grading. Gradescope offers a free version of its grading platform for educators, and also offers paid plans that give access to analytics as well as the AI grading features. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business


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


How to learn more about edtech options. When it comes to professional development for educators, it’s vital to learn about the edtech options available. Read more: 8 Edtech organizations every teacher should know about [INFOGRAPHIC]. Sample popular edtech tools.

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14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education

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The definition of asynchronous learning helps us understand the need for asynchronous access to this content, especially when this access is not through a dated university learning management system, but something more authentic to the student, maybe even accessed on their own mobile devices.