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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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

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Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. MOOCs. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems.

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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.)

It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

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In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), one of the 12 partner organizations of Every Learner Everywhere, was charged with identifying and understanding innovations in the digital education landscape. Delivering these models to a differentiated population of educators and learners requires an adaptive approach.

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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. But Ben Nelson, the Minerva Project’s founder and CEO, says that as it has shopped around its system, it got pushback on the issue of scale. So the company spent the last year trying to retool its system to allow an engaging experience on a larger scale. Why cap the system at 400? “It

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5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

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For that, we invented a concept called Learning Gadgets. Learning Gadgets are almost like little apps. And then lastly a lot of these Learning Gadgets allow you to bring in third-party content — so almost anything that exists on the web you can bring right into a Versal course, organize it, organize it in lessons, put assessments in between, and so on. Freedman: How is this different than companies like Toolwire, or Second Avenue Learning, or Smart Sparrow?

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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.

?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

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A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. However, as more online learning companies raise their Series D funding rounds , and players from Duolingo to Coursera try to figure out sustainable business models, we’ve reached a juncture where we need to think about the issues of equity that come with chasing paying customers. Online Learning and Non-traditional Students. Connection-Driven experiences emphasize who you’ll learn with and from.

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. ” Lesson learned #3: Don’t chase trends. Lesson learned #4: Don’t pursue every industry standard.

A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology

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The following infographic/cheat sheet from @goboundless outlines some of the larger scale (eLearning) or controversial (MOOC) movements, as well as those on the rise (1:1, personalized learning), and providing working definitions for each. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC). Blended Learning. Asynchronous Learning. Adaptive Learning. Course Management Systems (CMS). Personalized Learning. Informal Learning.

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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. ” Lesson learned #3: Don’t chase trends. Lesson learned #4: Don’t pursue every industry standard.

Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

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New applications and technologies are now embedded into practically every aspect of the learning experience. Schools are organizing databases around students that look at multiple performance indicators, and now, more than ever, learning is informed and registered through collections of data points and not just a grade. It’s not simply about better assessment; it’s about empowering better learning. Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment. By Andrew Smith Lewis.

Speak Up, Speak Out! The Student Voices That Stirred Higher Ed in 2016

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Adaptive courseware. Early warning systems. We argued about adaptive-learning technologies or interviewed senior advisors in the Department of Education, and wrote essays asking, “ Do virtual environments hinder democratic participation? ” “ Why adaptive learning? ” We’ve learned so much from the wit, energy and thoughtfulness from the first two cohorts of students. If Credits Don’t Reflect What I Learn, What Does? Open” textbooks.

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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.

‘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.

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.

How Teaching Using Mindfulness or Growth Mindset Can Backfire

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Because the brain is a complicated organ; it's embedded in social systems, in cultural systems, and it's constantly learning. You can't raise somebody in a closet so that they don't learn a language, right? All the complex reasoning and storytelling abilities that we have involve brain structures that are literally built on top of that other structure, and they don't have great access to what's going on in the motivational system.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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This post is actually intended to supplement the “Cycle of Learning Innovation” model that will be publishing tomorrow (7.7.2015), which means this is less about analysis and context and more about the examples. Adaptive learning platforms and learning algorithms. metrics of “school success” which causes parents to question how learning effectiveness is measured (see also #20). MOOCs, nanodegrees, etc.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Mother Jones : “How the Justice Department Is Trying to Dismantle Georgia ’s Segregated Special-Education System.” 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.”

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.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Historically black universities have been dropped from a controversial North Carolina bill slashing tuition at certain institutions to $500, but worries about the legislation’s effects remain high at two universities still facing tuition cuts – and across the state system.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Good thing I never did anything in those MOOCs, otherwise I'd be losing my work.

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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. ” “Can States Tackle Police Misconduct With Certification Systems?” No mention that Lexia Learning is owned by Rosetta Stone. Education Politics.

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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. What had started as a subversive instrument of change was neutralized by the system and converted into an instrument of consolidation. “Everyone should learn to code.”

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “The University of California system has agreed to pay $1.15 Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via George Veletsianos : “A large-scale study of Twitter Use in MOOCs.” ” Research finds there’s a " global achievement gap in MOOCs. Via Campus Technology : “ Harvard Tailoring the MOOC Experience With Adaptive Learning.”

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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.” of Texas System Picks Former CUNY Leader as Its Next Chancellor.” DreamBox Learning has raised $130 million from The Rise Fund.

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Via The Atlantic : “Two radically different bills aim to overhaul [ Detroit ’s] beleaguered school system. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. Why Don’t All School Systems Do This?” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Nevada System Chancellor Resigns Over Email Flap.” Education Politics.

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Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news from Edsurge in the “job training” section below. Via The Economist : “Universities withstood MOOCs but risk being outwitted by OPMs.”

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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 Inside Higher Ed : “After the State College of Florida replaced a tenure-like system with three-year contracts for all new faculty members, some complained. Learn-to-code startup Piper has raised $2.1

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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

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A bill backed by President Trump and announced Wednesday aims to reduce overall legal immigration by half while putting in place a new points-based system for applicants for employment-based green cards that would privilege graduates of American universities.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.”

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors voted 24 to 3, with one abstention, Friday to bar litigation by the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights. Via Phil Hill : “Some Ed Tech Perspective on UC ’s Billion-Dollar Payroll System Fiasco.”

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix – and LinkedIn.” ” There’s more MOOC-related research in the research section below. ” “The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is engaging in a strategic review that will include weighing mergers and closings among its 14 universities,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A Pennsylvania judge has banned fraternity Pi Delta Psi from the state for a decade, a punishment for a hazing death in 2013, and an unprecedented step likely to rock the national Greek system.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” In other learn-to-code news, the press release says that “ Mattel Expands Partnership With Tynker , Setting Goal To Introduce 10 Million Kids To Coding By 2020.” I’ve got all the “learn-to-code” news in the job training section, because let’s be honest… Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.