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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." At the time, many thought MOOCs might become a replacement for both classroom instruction and ingrained models of learning.

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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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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

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And she makes the case for why free online courses like hers—which are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—might still lead to a revolution in higher education, even though the hype around them has died down. But I am beginning to notice more and more when I first did a flipped classroom model, where I had some of the lectures in videos, and then we worked materials in class. As someone still teaching one of these, where do you see MOOCs these days? .

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?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

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Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District). prices on a by-school or company basis.

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

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The public sabbatical, the one that I proposed to my university and to Steelcase, centers around being on-site at Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, conducting research on active learning and active learning classrooms and communicating that research to Steelcase audiences and customers. While I was an embedded academic with the company, I played amateur anthropologist to learn all I could about corporate practices. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

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

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It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. That never happened, and since then companies like Coursera have been trying to find their niche—and a sustainable business model. But the company recently added a feature that asks users: “What’s your main goal?” And it signals that the company has now assembled a pretty full slate of offerings. “We Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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

Wired Campus

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. We do hybrid classrooms.

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Breaking Down Barriers of Distance Learning through Technology

Digital Promise

The school has a lot of students like Edwin, and it looks for ways to meet them where they are by breaking down any psychological distance they might face due to a lack of confidence in their academic abilities. But it is worth noting that many PTCC students are looking to get into highly technical jobs, which means that the staff at the college have to not only be good at teaching students like Edwin, they also have to be good at bringing cutting edge technology into the classroom.

29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU

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Every year in March the edtech world descends on Austin for SXSW EDU, a conference that’s become as much about classroom practice and implementation as entrepreneurship and tech innovation. Stories of Schooling & Getting Schooled (Keynote): In concert with live radio and podcast platform The Moth, three teachers talk about their lives both inside and out of the classroom. The Evolution of MOOCs: Six Years Later : Are MOOCs still around?

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The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

The best civics lesson requires you to leave the classroom. We know from the rise in free massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, that a scholar on a screen can and already has replaced the sage on the stage.

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

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As college students click, swipe and tap through their daily lives—both in the classroom and outside of it—they’re creating a digital footprint of how they think, learn and behave that boggles the mind. “We’re 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. ” Note: This article originally appeared in Stanford News.

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4 Questions to Lay the Foundation for a “Culture of Innovation”

The Principal of Change

Are people more likely to complain after a professional learning meeting, than in one? I have watched schools go “1 to 1”, while still inundating staff with handouts and giant post it notes in staff meetings. Is it mirroring what you are looking for in classrooms?

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” 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. Buzzfeed on the Parkland school shooting survivors : “‘It was like a war in the classroom. Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group.

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

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The company failed to see “the writing on the wall” and failed to innovate. Now I accept this Couros tenet; the most important tool in any classroom is the mindset of the teacher. Eight Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom. Let me begin by making three confessions: 1.

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.” The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9

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

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” We can see in Reagan’s pledge the roots of ongoing efforts to defund public education, something that enabled for-profit schools to step in to meet the demand for college. What sorts of companies and what sorts of products do venture capitalists like, for example?

The Art of Innovation – LIVE blog of Guy Kawasaki at iPad Summit Boston

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To begin, he tells the story of working at Apple, meeting Steve Jobs, and the culture of being at Macintosh. The companies who succeed began because they want to make the world a better place. Guy then shows a number of companies that succeeded.

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Even before a deluge of fibs and fakery swamped our recent election cycle, Wineburg and company realized that readers of online news need many of the same skills used by a good historian, such as identifying the sources of claims and asking questions about their evidence. Northport, N.Y.,

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” 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. There’s some (sorta) MOOC-related news in the venture funding section below. ” The company, which has raised some $107.4

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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.

Yale Announces ‘Blended’ Online Master’s Degree

Wired Campus

Students would meet in virtual classrooms where they would discuss course material using videoconferencing technology. In 2013 it joined with Coursera and started building MOOCs. Free online courses might make headlines, but tuition-based professional degrees in high-demand fields such as health care are where online courses, and the companies that help build them, are gaining a foothold.

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. And those were mostly administrators and administrative staff, I’d say, rather than classroom teachers.) ” Investors go to the event for private meetings. Yes, I went to ASU+GSV – my first time at the event in the event’s nine year history. It was everything y’all said it would be. Truly.

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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.

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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.” Via Chalkbeat : “Meet the NYC principal in the spotlight for defending desegregation against angry parents.”

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” That’s Dallas Dance , who was the subject of another story the NYT’s Natasha Singer wrote last year , “ How Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer the Classroom.” Yes, “that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies.” ” Here’s a list of the companies that work with ERDI. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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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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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”). Via The New York Times : “Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver.” Tutoring company Knack has raised $1.5

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” An “innovation pod” is actually a private classroom in a shipping container. 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. ” There’s more licensing and certification news in the MOOC section above.

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“In a sweeping move, the for-profit school chain has been told to lock its doors after parliament demanded it halt operations in response to its failure to meet educational and infrastructure standards.” ” The company – funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Pearson, Learn Capital, and others – says it will remain open. ” Via the Dallas Morning News : “Professors who ban guns in their classrooms will be punished, UT lawyer says.”

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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During this 60 minute session, AdmitHub CEO Andrew Magliozzi will reveal insights from his company’s 2016 trial with Georgia State University, where a chatbot exchanged 185,000 messages with more than 3,100 students. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. This panel asks how this technology might expand the walls of the classroom—or isolate students from the learning environment.

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'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. Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.). ” The company in question is HireVue.

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The new focus: “classroom tools and services geared toward school districts.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–17.”

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’” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “A federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether their academic programs meet state licensing requirements may be postponed,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edtech Companies?”

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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.