Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

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It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses. Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs.

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US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019

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based online learning platform provider, raised $103 million in a Series E round. A strong economy and tight labor market may drive increased corporate spending on learning and development for existing workers. Last year, Great Hill also put in $110 million in Connexeo , a provider of school administration and payment software. Trilogy Education, which provides software-training bootcamps for universities, was acquired for $750 million by 2U. The U.S.

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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

Live Online Video Classes Are ‘The New Face-to-Face.’ So How Many Students Can They Handle at a Time?

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The online university advertises its video-based online courses as active-learning seminars, so these class sizes are modeled after their counterparts at many traditional face-to-face colleges. Other companies sell software that can support video courses, though Minerva is unusual in that it develops curriculum and software designed to work together. Early MOOC experiments had more than 100,000 students per course.

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When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

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Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. After pointing out that many of the folks who are investigating “personalized learning”—including both MindWires and EdSurge—have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the article goes on to quote grantee after grantee saying variations of the same thing: “Meh.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model. Lesson learned #2: Show up prepared, or you are doomed to fail. I constantly play contrarian with our marketing team around using the latest education lingo: Project-Based Learning; Web 2.0;

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model. Lesson learned #2: Show up prepared, or you are doomed to fail. I constantly play contrarian with our marketing team around using the latest education lingo: Project-Based Learning; Web 2.0;

?HigherEd Year in Review: What We’ve Learned (and Loved) in Our First 365 Days

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As a result, we’re pausing to reflect on what we’ve learned from our work, yes, from our readers. First the numbers: In the past year, we have published more than 300 articles about the shifting trends in higher ed, education technology and digital learning. Discovering MOOCs in 2012 lit a fire under me. There will be plenty of twists ahead in how we learn after high school; I’m excited that we’ll keep following this thread. A new President. Lost music legends.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund

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But as some disappointed investors have learned last year, the actual market value and performance behind “unicorns” may be as illusory as their nickname. Since launching in 2012, Rethink has invested in 27 companies that serve a broad spectrum of learners and needs, ranging from elementary-grade grammar ( NoRedInk ) to college student success platforms ( Civitas Learning ) and career training for professionals ( General Assembly ). Venture capital for U.S.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

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But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? A lot of media, telecom, eCommerce, software companies use this model, where customers pay for the service or product for a specific time period. When students started migrating towards used textbooks, rentals, MOOCs and OER due to the high prices of printed textbooks, it affected the revenues of traditional book publishers.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Humans, the Latest MOOC Feature.” Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Here’s The Chronicle headline from then : “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.”) ”) Great reporting this week from Steve Kolowich on the UC Irvine professor’s run-in with the MOOC machine: “After the Gold Rush: MOOCs, money, and the education of Richard McKenzie.” The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the job training section below. A new project from the Learning Policy Institute and EducationCounsel : “Reimagining College Access: Performance Assessments From K–12 Through Higher Education.” ” There is no mention here about mind-reading robo tutors in the sky , but there are some questionable claims about what the software can do.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Coursera blog : “New mobile features: Transcripts, notes, and reminders.” " It’s lovely to see the big innovation from the MOOC startups in 2017 involves the learning management system. ” Edsurge profiles Lexia Learning in a new research series paid for by a variety of investors and corporations. No mention that Lexia Learning is owned by Rosetta Stone.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” – “This includes how long-distance learning programs are defined.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Washington Post : “ A South Carolina school district just abolished snow days – and will make students learn online.” The company: RIB Software SE. DreamBox Learning has raised $130 million from The Rise Fund. The adaptive learning company has raised $175.6

Hack Education Weekly News

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Edsurge : “ Adam Bellow Becomes CEO of Breakout EDU to Spread Gamified Learning.” “Can Venture Capital Put Personalized Learning Within Reach of All Students?” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Parents and other school district residents reminded the Indiana Area school board on Monday that their dissent of the Summit Learning program hasn’t waned, even though the administration scaled back the program and put it on ‘opt-in’ status for the 2018–19 school year.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The “adaptive learning” company has raised $23.5

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The greatest trick the ed-tech devil ever played was convincing people that clicking was “active learning.”)

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. Funding data about “learn to code” startups can be found at funding.hackeducation.com. And what does that oft-repeated phrase “ learn to code ” even mean ?

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” Parla.ai – “No need to spend money on teachers – I’ll help you learn English effectively and for free!” English language learning app Kings Learning has raised $2.5

Hack Education Weekly News

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ California Should Watch Arkansas Process for Creating New Online Institution,” says Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill. The accreditor: the Higher Learning Commission. ” Via Getting Smart : “ Virtual and Augmented Reality in Personalized Learning.”

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99