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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

Edsurge

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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As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

Wisewire

That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. “The industry’s evolving where (OPMs) need to be able to meet the school on their terms.” A cool $6,630.

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A Podcast for Every Discipline? The Rise of Educational Audio

Edsurge

Some of the podcasters got their start making educational videos or or producing MOOCs, those free online classes that were all the rage a few years ago, but ended up not living up to the hype. Yes, of course I can give lots of articles and reading.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables. Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).

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Stanford Calls for Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Note: This article originally appeared in Stanford News. The ideas that came out of that meeting, and a similar one that took place two years ago, form the basis of a new Stanford-hosted website, “ Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education. ” McKay attended the summer meeting at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in California. moment about the need for a big data code of ethics came soon after “MOOC mania” struck higher education in 2012.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. “ MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students,” Edsurge claims. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.”

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Can middle-school students spot “native advertising” (ads masquerading as articles) on a crowded news website? In January, they plan to launch a massive online open course (aka a MOOC) called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. Northport, N.Y.,

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

Every year since 2010, I’ve undertaken a fairly massive project in which I’ve reviewed the previous twelve months’ education and technology news in order to write ten articles covering “the top ed-tech trends.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via NPR : “Meet Jin Park , The First DACA Recipient Awarded A Rhodes Scholarship.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019,” says Edsurge. Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV

Hack Education

I’m also working on a magazine article that’ll come out this fall on education technology and venture capital. VCs often speak of having an “investment thesis” – a strategy for why they fund certain companies. I don’t want to write too much that will take away from the article I’m writing, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t make a couple of observations about the theses that get formed at a place like ASU+GSV.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I wrote “an explainer” of sorts on Thiel and his politics, and I listed the education companies that he’s invested in. Have any ed-tech companies, particularly those funded by Thiel or Zuckerberg or Y Combinator, spoken out about this? Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” The proposal would expand the gainful employment rule to all schools that receive federal aid, but it would remove any penalties for schools that fail to meet acceptable levels. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s baaaaack: “Return of the MOOC ,” The City Journal tells us. ” The company, which has raised some $107.4

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. These have all been separate articles in each series. I’ve already made references to for-profit higher education in the second and third articles in this year-end series – on the “ innovation gospel ” and on the business of student loans.

Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig—From the EdSurge Jobs Team

Edsurge

Check out our growing list of MOOCs and Courses on the EdSurge Index. Post articles and media on Facebook, Twitter, etc that is useful and interesting to your followers. First, create a target list of 10-50 companies, as well as employees that work in roles you are interested in at those companies. The most important tip for these coffee or drink meetings is to do your homework.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” The race for the California State Superintendent is still undecided – at least as I type up this article, it is. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.”

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Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via the Phoenix New Times : “Meet the Creationist Helping to Change Arizona School Standards on Evolution.” There’s also an article on financial aid and cybersecurity in the data and surveillance section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the contests and competition section below.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Testing, Testing… Via EdSource : “Testing company fined in California for second year.” ” The testing company in question: ETS. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In other words, MOOCs are now gym memberships. Initially, the course will be available to anyone as a MOOC with an optional $99 identity-verified certificate. The learn-to-code company has raised $4.34 The company did not name the investors.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Meet The New California Counterculture: College Republicans ” by the incredible Scaachi Koul. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global. Also via Edsurge : “How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” From this week’s article: The prosecutor also said that Mr. Dance concealed about $12,000 in payments he received through his consulting work in 2015, including $4,600 from an organization called the Education Research and Development Institute – ERDI for short – that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via the AP : “One of the nation’s largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans. the nation’s third-largest student loan servicing company.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Tutoring company Knack has raised $1.5

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Wayne Johnson, the head of the department’s financial aid division and a former executive at a student loan company , says that those “non-traditional” servicers could include companies like Visa , Amazon , or Goldman Sachs. ” Via Chalkbeat ’s Colorado outlet: “Fate of Douglas County’s high-profile voucher program to be weighed at special meeting.” ” More MOOC data in the “research” section below.

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

Hack Education

I briefly mentioned the ongoing Trump University lawsuits in that article. Court filings from the fraud trial did provide some insights into how Trump University operated – high-pressure sales tactics detailed in the the company’s “ playbooks ” that revealed how Trump University employees sold its course packages – these cost up to $35,000 – targeting vulnerable populations in particular and feeding on their socioeconomic anxieties.

Hack Education Weekly News

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Vive la MOOC révolution. ” “Orphan MOOCs and the Digital Dark Ages” by Jeffrey Pomerantz in Hybrid Pedagogy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. The Department of Justice , 21 states, and the District of Columbia have reached a $864 million settlement with Moody’s Investors Service over the company’s role in faulty credit ratings that led to the financial crisis of 2008. The company has raised $14.75

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The company alleges in a lawsuit, which became public on Monday, that the Education Department’s process for selecting companies for its new loan servicing platform has been unfair and violated federal procurement rules.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The tutoring company has $494.2

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

” The WSJ article points to a report by the free market Manhattan Institute which claimed that two out of every three officials who work as commissioners for accreditors are employed by schools that their accrediting agencies oversee – a “potential conflicts of interest.” I wrote about this program in more detail in the article in this series on “ The ‘New’ For-Profit Higher Education.” ” MOOCs for credit.

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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.” The sale of the Apollo Education Group , parent company of the University of Phoenix , has been finalized. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ’” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Reminder: a lot of MOOC news is now job training news, so you’ll find some updates in that section below.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). To borrow from Jello Biaffra, “MOOCs aren’t dead, they just deserve to die.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The Wall Street Journal : “ California plans to sue one of the nation’s largest student loan companies.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Edsurge wants you to “Meet Two Leaders Trying to Reinvent College.” This article on personalized learning has graphs so it must be true.

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Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

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? Companies that provide subscription-based services, offer monthly, quarterly, yearly, two-yearly subscriptions.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–17.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. Not sure why this is called a MOOC. Education Politics.