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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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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

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MOOCs have evolved over the past five years from a virtual version of a classroom course to an experience that feels more like a Netflix library of teaching videos. The change has helped companies that provide these courses find a business model, but something crucial has been lost for students taking the courses. These days, most MOOC providers let learners start courses whenever they like (or on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, as Coursera does).

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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.

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Colleges Should Build Online Programs, Not New Gyms and Climbing Walls

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As college leaders scroll through their perilous spreadsheets this summer, anxiously looking for the most productive way to spend their meager resources, this may be the time for them to rethink their usual approach—and aggressively invest in online education.

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As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

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That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. Five years later, colleges are offering a range of fully online credentials — and they continue to move beyond one-off programs.

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A new policy paper from the group published on Thursday says that ‘ experimental sites ’ – which waive some federal requirements for colleges that want to test out different ways of delivering federal financial aid – have not proved effective.” ” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. ” Via The Baltimore Sun : “ Maryland becomes first state to outlaw scholarship displacement by public colleges.”

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

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If I was still doing that now, I would be incredibly excited because so many wonderful resources would be available to my classroom. The UC Davis California History Social Science Project frames current events within their historical context , connecting students’ present to the past.

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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. text to infographics to eCards to podcasts).

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning. Northport, N.Y.,

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.). Now the office wants to hire an outside contractor to help figure out why.” A mail bomb campaign targeted opponents of President Trump this week, but remember: the biggest threat to democracy and free speech are liberal students’ protests on elite college campuses.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via Education Week : “ DeVos ’ Trip to South America Focuses on Workforce Prep.” A public service announcement from the FBI : “ Education Technologies : Data Collection and Unsecured Systems Could Pose Risks to Students.” Via The Verge : “ Juul has 60 days to prove it can keep its e-cigs away from kids, FDA warns.”

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” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Candice Jackson on Campus Sex Assault : ‘We’re Not Asking Schools to Step In as Courts of Law’ ” Via The New York Times : “ Melania Trump , in Michigan, Urges Middle Schoolers to ‘Choose Kindness ’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Rand Paul ’s New Target: Peer Review.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Buzzfeed : “The FDA Made A Surprise Visit To Juul Labs , Seizing ‘Over A Thousand Pages Of Documents’ ” Juul sells e-cigarettes to teens. Via AZ Central : “This lawmaker stands to earn at least $11M on his own charter schools. Via The New York Times : “ Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. And there’s more about how the Trump Administration is catering to for-profit higher ed in the for-profit higher ed section below. ” Via The Verge : “ New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC ’s repeal.” ” Montana also plans to enforce net neutrality. “ Want to code?

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ESPN turns to a real expert here : “Shaquille O’Neal says more cops is answer to school shootings.” The K–12 learning management company has raised $21.5

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Politico : “ National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning delivered dozens of letters to President Donald Trump from her students on Wednesday afternoon, with one of the letters urging the president to ‘take care’ with his language about immigrant and refugee communities.” high school’s track turned out to be superintendent, cops say.”

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“And how did she get to be head of our schools.” ” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. The restrictions, known as heightened cash monitoring, mean that for five years higher ed institutions in the state must disburse aid to students first and then ask the feds for reimbursement.”

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Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. From the Department of Education press release : “Secretary King Calls for Charter Schools to Lead on Rethinking Student Discipline.”

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” As I type this up, the Senate has not yet voted, but it does appear to have enough votes to pass the measure. Via Inside Higher Ed : “How the Tax Bills Would Hit Higher Ed.” Department of Education Announces Vision to Transform Federal Student Aid , Improve Customer Service.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Education Department Signals Possible Changes to Gainful-Employment Rule.” Tutoring company Upswing has raised $1.5

Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

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On November 19, just eleven days after being elected President of the United States of America, real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump settled a class-action lawsuit, agreeing to pay $25 million to put to rest fraud allegations from his now-defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University. The President-Elect refused to accept any wrongdoing. I briefly mentioned the ongoing Trump University lawsuits in that article. How do we know?

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. I first read an article by Seymour Papert in a Women’s Studies class in the mid 1990s – “ Epistemological Pluralism ,” which he co-wrote with Sherry Turkle.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The LA Times : “ Betsy DeVos ’ visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prompts complaints from some students.” “Why DeVos’s Parkland Visit Failed,” according to The Atlantic. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. ” “ DACA Lives, but for How Long?

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I plan to be offline tomorrow, January 20, so as to avoid any news about the Trump Inauguration. Trump is illegitimate because he refuses to divest from his business interests and as such will be in violation of the Constitution the minute he takes the oath of office. So I can’t watch or listen to the news tomorrow, as it’s a dark day for democracy – one of the darkest in my lifetime and perhaps even in this nation’s history.

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“High school students will be allowed to carry mace in the 2016–2017 school year after the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education agreed to remove prohibitive language and amend its policy,” the Salisbury Post reports. “How Hard Is the New SAT ?”

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” That bill: the move to re-authorize the Higher Education Act. Via Inside Higher Ed : “A graduation rate requirement for access to special funds for minority-serving institutions in a proposed House Republican rewrite of the Higher Education Act would exempt historically black colleges and universities.” “ Higher-Ed Lobbyists Are Told to Make Peace With Republicans,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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In April, the Department of Homeland Security arrested 21 people, charging them with conspiracy to commit visa fraud. These individuals were alleged to have helped some one thousand foreign nationals maintain their student visas through a “pay to stay” college in New Jersey. It was an elaborate scam, dating back to 2012, but one that gave out many online signals that the school was “real.” Indeed, here we start to see Carey’s problem.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. There are stories about the school shooting in Florida and its ramifications in several sections below (and I will be the first to admit I have not gathered even close to all the links that are in circulation this week). President Trump has tried to blame the school shooting in Florida on everything but guns. ” Bill Gates has no idea how much Rice-a-Roni costs.

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” School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country. For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes. The money is also used to provide preventive care, such as vision and hearing screenings, for other Medicaid-eligible children.

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Via The Washington Post : “ Trump ’s first full education budget : Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice.” ” Also via WaPo : “Here are K–12 education programs Trump wants to eliminate in 2018 budget.” Via Politico : “ DeVos expected to unveil school choice plans Monday.” Via The Washington Post : “ Betsy DeVos was asked to address education reporters at their annual convention.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Wants to Arm Teachers. ” Via The Washington Post : “ DeVos moves to delay Obama-era rule on minority special-education students.” ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.).

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Ivanka Trump with an op-ed in The New York Post : “Why we need to start teaching tech in Kindergarten.” Journalist: “Care to comment on Ivanka Trump’s announcement she’s making ed-tech a focus of her time in the WH?” The Huffington Post filed Twitter’s response to Ivanka Trump ’s announcement under “comedy.” Related, via Salon : “ Silicon Valley ’s $300M donation to STEM educatio n is not what it seems.”

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Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” Perhaps that is how you “scale.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Via ThinkProgress : “ Bolsonaro ‘s party launches campaign against ’ indoctrinator teachers ’ ” That’s all you lovers of Paolo Freire , to be sure. Department ’s Privacy Office to Take Effect in Early 2019.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The New York Times : “ California Passes Sweeping Law to Protect Online Privacy.” “ Google , Facebook , Verizon , Comcast and AT&T each contributed $200,000 to a committee opposing the proposed ballot measure, and lobbyists had estimated that businesses would spend $100 million to campaign against it before the November election.”

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Via ProPublica : “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White.” Senate would open up Pell Grants to low-income students who earn college credits while still enrolled in high school,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Washington Post : Governor Scott “Walker wants Wisconsin to be first state to stop dictating how much time kids should go to school.” Education Politics.

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