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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#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. In MOOCs it’s all about teaching.

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What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

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The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

His latest book , also entitled 'The battle for open' carries the strapline 'how openness has won and why it doesn't feel like a victory'. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies.

Beyond Videos: 4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Craft Immersive Educational Media

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As online learning companies compete for the attention and wallets of learners, players like MasterClass , Linked Learning , Cognotion and Harvard are investing in producing videos that are so beautiful they could be National Geographic documentaries or sitcom pilots. Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. This prompted a thoughtful explanation that went beyond what she had covered in her book.

6 Benefits of Being Self-Taught

Fractus Learning

In a similar vein, it was Henry Ford’s own desire to understand how machines work (first pocket-watches, later gasoline-powered engines) that helped to pave the way for the Ford Motor Company. Books written by industry experts abound, as do specialist magazines, textbooks and how-to guides.

The Innovator’s Mindset—A Blockbuster Lesson from George Couros

Fractus Learning

The company failed to see “the writing on the wall” and failed to innovate. If you need proof: last year I participated in an Innovator’s Mindset MOOC (#IMMOOC) conducted by George and several of his high-profile colleagues. Let me begin by making three confessions: 1.

The Year in Podcasts: Top EdSurge On Air Episodes of 2018

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MOOCs are No Longer Massive. Once upon a time, free online courses known as MOOCs made national headlines. So we talked with Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, who has been tracking MOOCs closely ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses, about how MOOCs have evolved. The company is no longer as high-profile—or as big—as it once was. What have the past years taught him, and where is the company going?

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10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. 2) You wrote a book on being a digital scholar in 2011. I think many MOOCs (and MOOC providers) will struggle to find a sustainable financial model in their current guise.

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

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In the TV series Shark Tank, entrepreneurs with budding companies pitch their ideas to a panel of investors who ask probing questions and then decide whether to back the proposals. Our sharks were Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle; Jason Jones, a co-editor of the ProfHacker blog and director of educational technology at Trinity College, in Connecticut; and Paul Freedman, founder of Entangled Ventures, an education-technology company.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

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. One of the best books I read this year was Bad Blood by WSJ journalist John Carreyou. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, dropped out of Stanford to start the company when she was just 19.

The Fast-Changing and Competitive World of Grad Degrees

Edsurge

Perhaps the biggest buzz was the $750-million purchase of Trilogy Education Services, an education company that helps set up and run short-term coding programs at university extension schools, by 2U, one of the biggest companies helping colleges set up online grad programs.

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Education's Online Futures

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Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn, for example, predicted in their 2008 book Disrupting Class that by 2019 half of all high school classes would be taught via the Internet. 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. Vive la MOOC Révolution.

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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. Read her new book.)

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

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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. According to a company spokesperson, these fees are applicable for “the vast majority of courses that are part of Specializations as well as for a small selection of courses outside of Specializations.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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“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. ” Navitas is a for-profit education company that runs courses in Australia (and elsewhere). Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

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I find it much more engaging than reading a book,” says Engers, a 29-year-old data scientist, when asked why he does it. He’s one of about 2,500 volunteer beta testers for Coursera , and part of an expanded quality-control effort the company started in the past year. Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges.

As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed

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One of the most-cited versions of the critique is the 2002 book “ The McDonaldization of Higher Education ,” by Dennis Hayes and Robin Wynyard. The formulation is meant to provoke, and the authors boil their argument into four bullet points (adopting the style and spirit of the business books they critique). Eshleman recommends a book by Steven Johnson called “ Where Good Ideas Come From ” for examples of how companies have succeeded in generating great new ideas.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” (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”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. The company has raised $21.8 The company has raised $10.2

Is the end of Sweet Briar the end of college?

The Christensen Institute

It’s almost uncanny how Sweet Briar College’s closure occurred on the same day that Kevin Carey released his book The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere. Carey fills his book with examples of how innovators are already building high-quality immersive experiences where students come together to build projects or solve problems together.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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But I’m putting that project on pause while I write my book. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. I’ve got Joshua Hunt’s new book The University of Nike sitting here on my desk. Here he is in The New York Times : “Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: College Athletics and Its Corporate Sponsors.” Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University. million book images from the Internet Archive. .

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” Remember: robots for the elderly share a direct connection to MOOCs replacing higher ed.).

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).” “Dean Dad” Matt Reed on “‘ Netflix for Books.’”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Buy her book on school closures in Chicago , Ghosts in the Schoolyard. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. So I took a brief break from book research to rage-type my thoughts.

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Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

Hack Education

Companies have been selling their products – textbooks, workbooks, maps, films, and so on – to schools for well over a century. Pearson, for example, was founded (albeit as a construction company) in 1844 and acquired along the long history various textbook publishing companies which have also been around since the turn of the twentieth century. Their products will make teachers’ work easier, faster, companies have always promised.

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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. Because MOOCs on an airplane proved to be such an effective mode of instruction.

Thursday - Roger Schank on Cognitive Science and Saving Schools

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, February 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with return guest Roger Schank to talk about his book Teaching Minds : How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools , why MOOCs won''t save schools or the world, and why everything you think you know about education is wrong. He is CEO of Socratic Arts , a company whose goal is to design and implement learning-by-doing, story-centered curricula in schools, universities, and corporations.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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. Via The Guardian : “ Student Loans Company ‘spied on vulnerable students’ social media’ ” The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. ” Related: John Warner has penned a great review of Haidt’s new book. Actually it’s Trilogy Education’s bootcamp , as the UO is outsourcing instruction to this company.

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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That series isn’t going to be much of one this year… And frankly, this Friday thing is going to be paused for the duration of Teaching Machines book-writing, starting quite soon. ” 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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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the HR section below. ” Via Education Week : “Security Companies Sell School ‘Hardening’ as Mass-Shooting Solution.” ” Via MyNDNow.com : “ Iowa company donates AR–15s to be placed in Bismarck schools.” Via Techcrunch : “ Apple ’s ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum launches on Apple Books.”

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

Hack Education

VCs often speak of having an “investment thesis” – a strategy for why they fund certain companies. Remember, if you will, the insistence from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors that school was missing the “coming MOOC tsunami” based on columns they’d read in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Yes, I went to ASU+GSV – my first time at the event in the event’s nine year history.

Hack Education Weekly News

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I’m ending that series, I think, so I can focus on writing books. A nice review in The Nation of Eve Ewing ’s new book (and her work more broadly) on the closure of schools in Chicago. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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. Yes, “that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies.”

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