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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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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#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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?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Edsurge

We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular articles from 2017, as picked by our readers. Microcredentials, and controversial moves and pivots by edtech companies hoping to disrupt the higher education landscape. A few weeks after EdSurge probed the company about the silence, Amazon opened up the resource library to the public. New years mean clean slates, fresh perspectives and goal setting for the months ahead.

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

Edsurge

One article reported that Udacity, a company that creates large-scale online courses, budgeted $200,000 per course, while edX charged $250,000 for its design and consulting services. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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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. Both deals added scale and more educational pathways for the companies. ” Original Article Source: [link].

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Education's Online Futures

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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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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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When I first started working as a tech reporter, I assumed – naively – that venture capitalists were smart people who did thorough research before funding a company. I assumed that they looked to see if the company could do what it promised – financially, technologically. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, dropped out of Stanford to start the company when she was just 19. The companies that raised the most money this year: BYJU’s (tutoring): $540 million.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

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The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in her TED Talk that her company’s goal was to “take the best courses from the best instructors at the best universities and provide it to everyone around the world for free”? MOOCs are not particularly "open." Google)’s biotech company, Calico.

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Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

Hack Education

Each Friday, I gather all the education and education technology and technology-related news into one article. (I I also gather articles that I read about the same topics for a newsletter that I send out each Saturday.) Each month, I calculate all the venture capital investment that’s gone into education technology, noting who’s invested, the type of company, and so on. Beyond the MOOC. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. MOOCs.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” And there’s a blog post on Medium , because I guess someone thinks it’s a good idea for the Office of Ed Tech to outsource its website to a for-profit company. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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What Happened in Ed-Tech in 2016 (And Who Paid for It)?

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Here is a list of all the articles I wrote as part of my look at the “ Top Ed-Tech Trends ” of the year. This year, I also published a number of supplemental articles detailing the funding for each of these “trends”: How Much Venture Capital Did Ed-Tech Raise in 2016? Who’s Funding MOOCs in 2016? Education Companies and the Stock Market.

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The Stories We've Been Told (in 2017) about Education Technology

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I’ve called this “the Top Ed-Tech Trends,” but this has never been an SEO-optimized list of products that the ed-tech industry wants schools or parents or companies to buy (or that it claims schools and parents and companies are buying). You can receive updates from Hack Education via email if you prefer to read articles that way.). Beyond the MOOC. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs.

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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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(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this has fed the series of articles I have written each December, analyzing the stories we have been told about the future of education. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s like the MOOC crap all over again. The company has previously raised some $10 million for its science curriculum.

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” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Class Central’s Dhawal Shah, writing in Edsurge : “ MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities.” More on certifications in the MOOC section above.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” Re-reading that article now makes me cringe. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Apologies that this week this article is a day late. ” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. The company has raised $6.5

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”). ” “Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019,” says Edsurge. Sometimes it’s fun to look back at old stories that the tech press dutifully pumped out about this company. Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group.

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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”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet. It’s a rot at the very core of the company’s leadership team. The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Like many teachers, I would tap into the the Library of Congress, which would give me tips for teaching with primary sources , including quarterly journal articles on topics such as integrating historical and geographic thinking.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs. “Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. “A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs ” – an op-ed by Class Central ’s Dhawal Shah in Edsurge. “Rethinking MOOCs ” – an op-ed in Duke University’s newspaper The Chronicle. The debit card (for teens) company has raised $8.6

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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. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s baaaaack: “Return of the MOOC ,” The City Journal tells us. There’s some (sorta) MOOC-related news in the venture funding section below. The “pioneer in the science of learning,” as Inside Higher Ed puts it , will help the technology company with its internal training program.

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

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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”). Via Class Central : “ Monetizing A MOOC Platform.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ Coursera ’s CEO on the Evolving Meaning of ‘MOOC’ ” There’s more ECOT news – there’s always more ECOT news – in the “state and local politics” section above.

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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”). Via Forbes : “This Company Could Be Your Next Teacher: Coursera Plots A Massive Future For Online Education.” ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. Devonshire Investors has acquired MOOC startup NovoEd.

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One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

EdNews Daily

Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.

Stanford Calls for Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Note: This article originally appeared in Stanford News. There are laws, both state and federal, and protocols that were established long before big data and the influx of outside companies into higher education. moment about the need for a big data code of ethics came soon after “MOOC mania” struck higher education in 2012. The sudden rise of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, and the deluge of data that followed were both thrilling and unsettling.

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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.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” 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.

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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.) ” From Fast Company : “Amazon’s HQ2 could eliminate 1,500 affordable housing units in NYC.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Sandler is also the founder of the ed-tech company Nibletz. ” I’m putting this story here as it discusses VCs’ willingness to continue to invest in Mike Cagney , the former head of the student loan company SoFi. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The company: RIB Software SE.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ For-Profit Companies With the Highest Enrollments at Their Colleges, Fall 2016.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. The company has raised $182.3

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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. 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”). Via Class Central : “ MOOCs May Still Be Reshaping Higher Education, Just Not In the Way That Was Initially Predicted.” There’s more MOOC news in the contests and competition section below.

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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”). There’s more MOOC news in the HR section below. Perhaps this should go under the “surveillance” section below, but as the article references gunshot-detection systems, I’m putting it here. ” Via MyNDNow.com : “ Iowa company donates AR–15s to be placed in Bismarck schools.”

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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”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global. Also via Edsurge : “How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age.” “ Are Edtech Companies Doing Enough to Protect Student Privacy? Digital training company QuizRR has raised $1.3

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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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