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Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs)." Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100''s or 1000''s of people are participating at a time. Have a suggestion for another MOOC?

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

Edsurge

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives.

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

Edsurge

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?

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

When executives at tech giants Salesforce and Microsoft decided in fall 2017 to turn to an online education platform to help train potential users of products for their vendors, they turned to Pierre Dubuc and his team in fall 2017. It’s also part of a growing trend where employers are increasingly turning to online education platforms like OpenClassrooms to help upskill their own employees and find others to fill important roles.

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

ED Surge

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.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education can be considered a luxury for many people worldwide. Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. On the other side of the spectrum are countries where most of the population can only dream about higher education, because only a few — the elite — have access to it. In countries in this area, higher education is available to anyone — theoretically, at least.

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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

Edsurge

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.

Edsurge

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. Education Technology MOOCs Coronavirus Digital Credentials

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

Edsurge

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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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

Edsurge

What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education can be considered a luxury for many people worldwide. Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. On the other side of the spectrum are countries where most of the population can only dream about higher education, because only a few — the elite — have access to it. In countries in this area, higher education is available to anyone — theoretically, at least.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. Compare how a MOOC is assessed with how we evaluate The New York Times.

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Online Degrees Slowdown: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2019

Edsurge

Last year, MOOC providers announced about 30 new online degrees. This wave of activity and spending by MOOC providers and universities gave me a feeling of deja vu: it reminded me of the 2012 MOOC hype. The total number of MOOC-based degrees has now grown to 50.

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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

Edsurge

But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX. The first of these new MOOC degree programs emerged at Georgia Tech, which partnered with Udacity in 2013 to create a low-cost online master’s program in computer science. Since then, more and more degrees have run through MOOC channels. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location.

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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

Edsurge

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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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

Edsurge

News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. She suggests that first-year students may need more academic and social supports and wraparound services than a la carte MOOCs provide. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

But SEEK Group , an Australian operator of online educational and employment services, has doubled down on massive open online courses. 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?

Edsurge

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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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Edsurge

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. This October, two open education pioneers are teaming up to pilot a new edX course titled “ Introduction to Open Education ” with hopes to amplify and answer some of these questions. How do you reconcile teaching about open education using closed technologies and platforms? Ekowo: Why this MOOC?

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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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MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

Edsurge

To understand the concept, it’s important to remember how much MOOCs have changed since they emerged about six years ago to great fanfare. But over time, the free model has been difficult to keep up, and those organizations gradually began charging small fees to students who wanted to get a certificate of completion for a course, or who wanted to get access to live tutors or other support. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

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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Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC

Educator Innovator

By Matt Williams, Educational Technologist, KQED. TeachDoNow is a free, collaborative learning experience offered by KQED this summer in partnership with Educator Innovator and the National Writing Project. In #TeachDoNow, participants will engage in weekly discussions designed to promote deep discussions among formal and informal educators. Schedule: Week 1: July 7 — What are the best strategies for accessing professional learning online? MOOC Ends August 17.

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

Edsurge

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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Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

The PL2C Blog

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched to first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL). One of the development team’s priority goals in developing the MOOC-Ed was to connect and engage instructional coaches and teachers in learning experiences directly relevant to their role within their school and/or district.

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The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. 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.

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

Edsurge

The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million. Here is a list of the top five MOOC providers by registered users: Coursera: 30 million users.

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$30 Million Amazon Contract for New York City Schools Held Up By Accessibility Concerns

Marketplace K-12

The National Federation of the Blind questions whether e-books that educators will purchase through Amazon's storefront are likely to be fully useful to its community. Accessibility Ed-tech Procurement accessibility amazon kindle mooc nationalfederationoftheblind screenreader

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Higher Education

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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

hem.digital

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The assumption goes something like this: the open digital educational materials made available through these initiatives are of value because they are the product of these prestigious, highly selective institutions.

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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What do you think higher education will look like in 20 years’ time?

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3 Opportunities for education during the pandemic

Neo LMS

I want to focus on this evolution, highlighting how the pandemic has offered opportunities for education to change for the better. When schools closed, education had to go on. The pandemic triggered some beneficial changes for education, which will surely last beyond this period.

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

Edsurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Extension schools were the original attempt by higher education to offer a low-cost version for the non-elite. 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. They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

A short list of useful resources that relate to the use of technology in education. Hybrid Pedagogy – An open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Advice On Using Education Technology [link]. Effective Technology Integration Events Holidays Tech Tips #EdugoalsMOOC edtechmissions elearning getting to know you Getting to Know You Activities Icebreakers Learning Missions mission based learning Missions MOOC moocs

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Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

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). I thought as I listened to Andrew on the Google+ EducationOnAir Re-think College: Discussing Cost, Expanding Access, Harnessing Technology, and Student Success. Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller speaks about "What we''re learning from online education" on TED.

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What If Free Online Courses Weren’t Inside 'Walled Gardens'?

Edsurge

Large-scale online courses called MOOCs can get millions of registered users over time. The problem, he argues, is that providers of MOOCs, including Coursera and edX, require registration to get to the materials. Lots of sites require you to log in to gain access to content, right?

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? While everyone wants educational materials to be less expensive, lower costs are the least interesting thing about digital, networked learning. And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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

Edsurge

Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it. 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. That word struck me, since many academics are worried that higher education is becoming too commercialized.

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New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. Increasingly, however, “open” is being turned into the latest buzzword around education and education reform (transformation, disruption, revolutionize, leveraging, etc). There are also “how to” guides describing how scholars and educators implemented their approach to open in their particular setting.

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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What do you think higher education will look like in 20 years’ time?

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