Are MOOCs really dead?


MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course.

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Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs)." Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100''s or 1000''s of people are participating at a time. Have a suggestion for another MOOC?

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs


At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Perhaps it is employers who should be the most supportive of the latest MOOC developments. Just like stand-alone MOOCs, most learners—over 80 percent—already had a Bachelors or higher degree.


To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs


A LinkedIn survey of 1,200 workers in human resources and learning development teams across more than 2,100 workplaces worldwide found that the top priorities for talent developers include identifying, assessing and closing skills gaps within their companies. In terms of revenue, a report by MarketsandMarkets estimates that corporate learners generate the biggest chunk of revenue for massive online open courses (MOOCs), more than undergraduate, graduate and high school students.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019


As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. As we move towards 2019, it’s time to get clearer about this difference and start asking smarter questions about what MOOCs can and should be expected to accomplish.

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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?


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.


Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC

Educator Innovator

To accomplish all of this, participants and facilitators will be working together as both learners and change agents in an open environment known as a Massive Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, discussions will take place on a variety of platforms and in a variety of media formats from tweets, to photos, to blog entries, to video and audio, with everyone encouraged to contribute and follow along. MOOC Ends August 17.


Assessment Over Evaluation in Helping New Initiatives Thrive


Assessment Over Evaluation in Helping New Initiatives Thrive was originally posted on his EdTechResearcher blog on EdWeek. Separating assessment from evaluation is one way that schools and educators can start having healthier conversations about change and improvement. In a recent conversation with my colleague Peter Senge about the differences between assessment and evaluation, he had this to say: “I really think the word ‘evaluation’ is wrong.

The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners


Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. complete multiple MOOCs. MOOCs were a vetting mechanism for Usman, allowing both his talent and grit to rise to attention and connecting him to an opportunity halfway around the world. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. For a growing number of organizations, MOOCs have become a new way to identify talent.


The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.


MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The excitement about MOOCs from Princeton and others is that it gives the public access to materials that are otherwise available to a privileged few. Harvard and others are producing digital education content, wrapped with some form of assessment.


Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

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After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. Learning was fun and informal, and learning was often self or peer assessed. With the potential for thousands of students to enrol together on MOOCs, learning through connection to this large network of learners became the foundation and the cornerstone. Yet many universities remain sceptical about the sustainability and relevancy of MOOCs.


MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?


My Coursera Experience – Quality Professional Development and an Inexpensive Verified Certificate


Teachers can Earn a Verified Certificate for Convenient, Affordable PD Back in 2012, I took a Coursera course in Operations Management, to test the waters of the new world of MOOCs. Free Tools & Resources Future of Education Technology MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Professional Development assessing 21st century skills Coursera MOOC review MOOCs becoming financially viable my MOOC experience

Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment. As assessment becomes more data-driven, however, it’s important that we remember what the real goal of this data should be. It’s not simply about better assessment; it’s about empowering better learning. If we focus data-driven efforts solely on assessment, without developing student-empowering technologies that give learners insights into their progress, then we are failing the real goal as well as our students.

An overview of Outcome-Based Assessment strategies by Dr. Neelakantan P. C.

Linways Technologies

He spoke on assessment strategies in the Outcome-Based Education (OBE) framework. Affiliation to a university is a system where the majority of the assessment is done by some else instead of the teacher. What are assessments and how should we assess student performance.

MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?


Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials


EdSurge talked with Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera (and former president of one of those big-name universities, Yale) about how the mega-courses known as MOOCs have changed in the five years since the start of their hype-filled debut. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs. And I think we're improving our ability to grade assessments online.

This Simple Nudge Can Get Students More Engaged in Online Courses

ED Surge

When Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were first introduced about a decade ago, many higher education professionals viewed this new arrival as a gimmick. We measured the effects of these sharing prompts on learners’ subsequent engagement with videos and assessments.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. These assessments might be used to engage learners in discussion before an inquiry. Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

With New Online Marketplace, Community Colleges Hope to Better Compete With For-Profits


But the platform is helping community colleges think through how to use prior-learning assessments to award credit if users do want it, even when the course isn’t technically credit-bearing. Education Technology MOOCs Digital Credentials Higher Education Jobs & Careers Workforce Training

Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

Creating this habit of mind around building strong connections, challenging your colleagues and assessing your progress regularly will define the digital culture you want to see in your school/district. More About the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed. This free, six week MOOC-Ed course allows participants to learn along with their colleagues on a global scale to enhance digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies. By: Jaclyn Stevens, M.Ed.


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


Rounding out the podium for top dollars raised in 2019 with $90 million is Examity , a Boston-based provider of exam proctoring tools used by colleges and universities, assessment groups, professional certification boards and employers. Education Technology MOOCs Workforce Training Mergers and Acquisitions FinancingThe U.S. education technology industry appears on track to surpass the amount of investor funding tallied in recent years.

Dr. Chuck on Inclusive Programming, Online Instructor Involvement and Coursera’s Paywall


Charles Severance was one of the first professors at the University of Michigan to give the massive open online courses (MOOC) platform Coursera a try. But while Severance—who’s better known by some as Dr. Chuck—says his first MOOC was a success, there was one thing about his in-person classes he missed: seeing his students. It’s a feeling he had even before the MOOC, and even before he was at the University of Michigan. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers


I realized that I was recording hours of deliberate practice (my early morning runs), formative assessments (the occasional speed workout on the track) and even a few summative assessments (races) on the app. They were incredibly hardworking people, but the ones creating the most significant social impact in the world were also often too busy to finish a MOOC. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Prior Learning Assessment for Educators and Industry. Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pdAn Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. by Class Central. EDUCATION & TEACHING (29).

Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn


It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Coursera officials would not elaborate on the new career-service features they plan to add, except to say they will include “diagnostics and assessments and matching,” and that they plan to unveil more of them in September. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller


Only through listening can a CEO assess and build a plan that will set the course for the next 1,000 days. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningFormer Xythos and DataHero CEO Ed Miller knows a thing or two about online collaboration and the business behind education technology, which is why we wanted to get a few words as he embarks on his new role as CEO of NovoEd , an online social learning platform that specializes in free and exclusive courseware.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment. Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges- Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction. Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills. eLearning moocs pd Professional development 50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. by Class Central. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central. Education & Teaching (50).

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings” , I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learning, but learning from others. If I ask students to show that they understand the same objective, does the way we assess truly have to be the same? 2 What I think we mean is that we are looking for “common understandings”, not “common assessments”.

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What I’ve been up to: Silver Lining for Learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Immersive simulations and stealth assessment. MOOCs and open education in Southeast Asia. Nepali high school students in MOOCs. Fostering local-to-global courses through MOOCs. [ I’ve been fairly quiet here during the pandemic.

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Ed Tech Vocab: Keeping Up with Trends in Education


MOOC refers to a massive online open course, a type of distance learning. MOOCs are generally prevalent in higher education, but are starting to be used at the high school level as well. Edtech is being used in classrooms more than ever before.

From Purpose To Platform: 4 Best Practices For Teaching With Video

TeachThought - Learn better.

In the last 10 years, we’ve seen it revolutionize instruction (Khan academy, MOOC’s), creative class projects (iMovie), teacher video coaching (Swivl), assessment and now it’s starting to change moderated education […]. From Purpose To Platform: 4 Best Practices For Teaching With Video contributed by Emily Merritt, Video can be a powerful strategy for teaching and learning.

The uberization of Higher Education: fad or fab?


Once technology became part of our daily routine and online learning solutions (MOOC providers, learning apps, learning management systems , etc.) On the other hand, Harvard was the one that created one of the first MOOC programs to allow anyone in the world to have a Harvard experience.

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Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

Encourage the Effort Made by Your Students : Use engagement techniques to not only provide, but also solicit feedback from students such as wrapping and weaving of online discussion boards, virtual office hours, self-assessment rubrics. Encourage Reflection through Student Self-Assessment : Self-assessment rubrics and discussion boards allow for reflective thinking of assignment content. College Discussion MOOC

New learning environments

Learning with 'e's

Our final #EDENchat of 2015 focused on new learning environments, namely MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended learning methods. Those who participated shared their experiences of MOOCs and flipped learning both as teachers and as learners. Some debated the merits of MOOCs, high attrition rates and the legitimacy of participating without completing a course. edenchat Blended learning cMOOC EDEN education flipped classroom learning MOOCs teachers Technology Twitter xMOOC

Let your robots do the marking?

Learning with 'e's

Anant Agarwal, president of EdX, (Harvard and MIT''s non-profit making arm that runs MOOCs), says that the software will be a boon to learning online in the future, because it will allow students to rewrite and resubmit their essays time and again, to improve their grades. What he doesn''t say is that it''s an essential part of the management of MOOC s, especially if they are regularly enrolling upwards of 100,000 students for each course.

#LearningIs everywhere

Learning with 'e's

Concepts such as curriculum, classes, assessment, lessons and 'teaching' are artificial - contrivances that do not occur naturally. Specifically, online programmes of study including MOOCs are still in great demand, and learning through mobile devices is at an all time high. autodidacticism curiosity education informal learning learning mobile MOOCs school TechnologyPhoto from Pexels It seems like a cliché, but it's true.

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Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

MOOC uses new AP Physics curriculum, could aid both students and teachers. Rice officials said the new four-part course, Preparing for the AP Physics 1 Exam, is like no other massive open online course (MOOC) the university has offered because it features high production values, dozens of visual demonstrations, Hollywood-style introductory videos for key concept areas and access to a free textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College.

Learning comes first

Learning with 'e's

Not only are MOOCs and other open, online learning opportunities challenging more established business models, they are also causing many of us to re-evaluate the way we teach, and to reconsider the very nature of knowledge, intellectual property, copyright, assessment and collaboration. education flipped classroom learning mobile MOOCs smart phone Technology