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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

Edsurge

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." According to the Times, the first edX online courses had a staggering 370,000 registrants.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

Edsurge

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. For example: Who is paying for the courses?

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. We’re getting to the point where we’ll be profitable as a company.”.

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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

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Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.

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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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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Edsurge

And she may have taught more students than anyone else on the planet, as one of the instructors of one of the most popular online courses ever, which has had two million registered students. The title of the course is Learning How to Learn. 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.

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

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Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. verified certificates from Coursera and completed 11 social entrepreneurship courses from +Acumen. complete multiple MOOCs. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course

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With such broad interpretations of AI, Andrew Ng wants to simply things for the average person in a new course called AI for Everyone. The online course won’t include any heavy technical lessons, and is specifically targeting learners without experience with AI who want to better understand the technology or ways it could impact their business. Lessons will include how to select AI projects, as well as how to work with and manage AI teams within companies.

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

Edsurge

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.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

Crowdfunding Meets Webinar: How One Organization Uses Slack to Tackle Global Challenges

Edsurge

Now that we’ve assembled international crowds of motivated, smart people online in MOOCs, it’s time to think about harnessing their collective intelligence to tackle these urgent cross-boundary issues. Some new online courses like The Active Citizen in the Digital Age from Stanford University are already moving us in this direction, helping to foster informed civic participation following the 2016 election. Adapting an Existing Online Course for Synchronous Delivery.

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

Edsurge

Coursera is quietly testing elements of a new strategy, with the goal of moving from a platform for courses to a broader career-building service. It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Two Stanford University professors founded Coursera about five years ago, amid a wave of hype that free online courses could one day replace residential undergraduate colleges. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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

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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. His passion for open access courses is rooted in his belief that the internet has an important role to play in education. 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.

Yale Announces ‘Blended’ Online Master’s Degree

Wired Campus

Yale University is creating a master’s program that will hold many courses online, continuing the Ivy League institution’s foray into “blended” learning. Students would meet in virtual classrooms where they would discuss course material using videoconferencing technology. In 2011 it began offering online summer courses to small groups of undergraduates for credit. In 2013 it joined with Coursera and started building MOOCs.

2U’s ‘Third Chapter’ Begins With a $750M Acquisition of Trilogy Education

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It’s a trilogy in the making, and for 2U’s third chapter, the online program management company wants in on bootcamps. The rest will be paid in cash, with the help of a $250 million loan from Owl Rock Capital, plus $150 million of the company’s available funds.

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

Meeting this increase in demand presents a critical opportunity for disruptive innovation in higher education. The same company does not need to design and make the light bulb, the lamp, the wall sockets, and the electricity generation and distribution systems.).

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Is There Still a Meaningful Difference Between For-Profit and Public Higher Ed?

Edsurge

He’s the guy who coined the term MOOC, short for Massive Open Online Course, which then was a reference to multiplayer video games. Sit in enough faculty meetings, meet with enough leadership, and it becomes clear that it’s all about money.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. In those days the platform was called Venture Lab, and 78,000 students from 150 countries signed up for its first course, which was on technology entrepreneurship. The pair then started the company in January 2013.

Hackathon Series Aims to Build Support for ‘Learning Engineering’ Tools

Edsurge

That name is also a tongue-in-cheek reference to what comes after edX, the nonprofit group that was a champion of the MOOC craze that promised to revolutionize education with large-scale online courses that are now largely seen as failing to live up to their hype, says Michael Feldstein, co-founder of e-Literate and director of the Empirical Educator Project. The group plans to talk with other members about the series at its upcoming meeting in early May.

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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.

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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. ” To reach some of those individuals, PTCC has partnered with employers in the region to develop a series of credit-bearing courses delivered via teleconferencing software that students can access while at work.

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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The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

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.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

Edsurge

Businesses today have to be more agile and have to be able to pivot—access to content needs to be very rapid,” says Lori Bradley, executive vice president for global talent management at PVH Corp, a publicly- traded fashion and apparel company with 35,000 employees. When there’s a need for information or new skills, employees today are increasingly turning to instantly accessible sources such as search engines and online course libraries available on their mobile devices.

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

Hack Education

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. of courses use OER.

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Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace.

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Stanford Calls for Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Ed

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Consider, for example, what might happen if data show that students who fit a certain profile struggle in a core course. 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. Note: This article originally appeared in Stanford News.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ ” Sham courses. The list includes AI, of course.

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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.,

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

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Building Hard Skills: There are so many courses nowadays (online, especially—thanks edtech!) You can find these courses in all shapes and sizes, from an intensive all-day program or coding bootcamp to an hour-long course you can fit into your schedule. Building hard skills can be particularly important for moving into a technical role or switching technical expertises, but there are courses that cover just about every topic that you might want to learn about.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

Edsurge

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace. Continuing education programs arose in the 19th century to meet the critical workforce and social needs of the time. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

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

Hack Education

It’s a look back at what’s happened over the course of each year, not simply – to counter that totally overused phrase from hockey player Wayne Gretsky’s dad – to “skate to where the puck is going,” but to examine where it has been.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via NPR : “Meet Jin Park , The First DACA Recipient Awarded A Rhodes Scholarship.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Techcrunch : “ Amazon opens its internal machine learning courses to all for free.” ” “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.

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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.