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

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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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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. 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.

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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 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.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Is all that data secure?

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

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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. For example: We worked with Siembra Viva , a social enterprise in Colombia to help them figure how to incentivize smallholder farmers to give them data about their crop inventory so that they can improve agricultural practices across the country.

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Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

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radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) Do they opens the door for companies to take the lead on how students learn and how their data is used? Predictive analytics have long been used to help meet an institution’s business goals, like strategic enrollment management, but only recently have they been used to improve learning outcomes for students.

The future includes good (human) teachers

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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. Andre Perry Columnists Higher Ed K-12 Opinion Data and research online learning Personalized Learning

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

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Lessons will include how to select AI projects, as well as how to work with and manage AI teams within companies. The course will cost $49 per month and will be hosted on Coursera, a platform for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that Ng co-founded in 2012. (He He left the company in 2014.) Instead it will be offered by Deeplearning.ai , an online learning company founded by none other than Ng himself.

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.

As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

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That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. It followed with an MBA this past fall and a master’s in data analytics engineering in the spring. A cool $6,630.

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The Fast-Changing and Competitive World of Grad Degrees

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The annual meeting co-hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, a venture-capital firm, brings together thousands of educators and business leaders looking for the next big thing in education.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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The pair then started the company in January 2013. At the time they were not alone in their efforts; Coursera, Udacity (both of which were also co-founded by Stanford professors) and edX had launched MOOC platforms a year earlier. A study published by the company suggested that students who worked in groups were 16 times more likely to complete an online course class than their peers who took it individually.

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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29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU

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Speakers from Newsela, New Market Venture Partners and Academic Business Advisors open up about how the lightning-fast pace of edtech development requires companies to produce evidence for schools in a shortened time frame. Speakers from NewSchools Venture Fund, FlyTechnista, Flocabulary and New York on Tech will explore how companies and organizations can hire and support diverse candidates. The Evolution of MOOCs: Six Years Later : Are MOOCs still around?

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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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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via NPR : “Data Shows 99% Of Applicants For A Student Loan Forgiveness Program Were Denied.” ” There’s more data on student loans in the research and data section at the bottom. 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?

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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. Sometimes it’s fun to look back at old stories that the tech press dutifully pumped out about this company. The company has raised $16.6

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?

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” Via the Phoenix New Times : “Meet the Creationist Helping to Change Arizona School Standards on Evolution.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Education Department received about 28,000 applications for Public Service Loan Forgiveness as of June 30 of this year but so far has approved just under 300 applications for loan discharge, according to new federal data released Wednesday.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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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.“ The Chinese “homework help” company has raised $55.7

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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? Data, Privacy, and Surveillance.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Meet The New California Counterculture: College Republicans ” by the incredible Scaachi Koul. Via Inside Higher Ed : “New Student Visa Data Show Overall Declines.” ” There’s more financial aid news in the privacy section below – because, you guessed it, data breach. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Department of Education Launches New English Learner Data Story.” ” “Data story” is a fancy way of saying “website.” ” 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”). ” The company, which has raised some $107.4

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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Senate bill compels data collection on foreign-born college students.” 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.” Data dashboards. Education Politics.

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. DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. It’s that time of year again.

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) There’s more data about online education down in the “research” section at the bottom. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.” ” Via Education Week : “ FUNecole : Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy.”

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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. House Hearing on Algorithms & Big Data : 5 Takeaways for Schools.” ” Via Chalkbeat ’s Colorado outlet: “Fate of Douglas County’s high-profile voucher program to be weighed at special meeting.”

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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?”

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

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VCs often speak of having an “investment thesis” – a strategy for why they fund certain companies. ” Investors go to the event for private meetings. 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.