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

Edsurge

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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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions.

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

Edsurge

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. You’re much more likely to recall and share a colorful story than a dry definition.

How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur

Edsurge

EdSurge sat down with Gallagher during the ASU+GSV Summit in May to learn about why he predicts that when it comes to education, the line between colleges and companies will continue to blur. And then the MOOC providers themselves started working with colleges and universities. I’m wondering how you temper professors’ skepticism of companies.

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

Learning with 'e's

It then asks you a series of further questions to refine its response, before providing you with what - you hope - is the definitive solution to your problem. Other companies have similar two-tier systems of customer support. This was indeed the case with Jill Watson, a chatbot teaching assistant introduced into a large MOOC by Professor Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech a few years ago (see the video below).

Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

The synopsis reads: With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies. Openness then becomes mainstream, is adapted and adopted by the big companies.

Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer

Neo LMS

I recently saw another nice use of VR from a company that does educational experiences. I mean, if Harvard can teach its most popular MOOC in VR , then there has to be a way for LMS vendors to support these type of classes in their products as well. That would definitely make a boring task like running reports a lot more fun. Out of all the trends in e-learning right now, I have to say that I have a soft spot for Virtual Reality, or VR.

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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. I think the hype is definitely over. I think many MOOCs (and MOOC providers) will struggle to find a sustainable financial model in their current guise. We will see them adapted and modified, but what the MOOC interest has done is raise the profile of open education and elearning in general, so increasingly universities and governments will look to this as a model.

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Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

Edsurge

So far this year, these companies raised over $1.2 educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to improve outcomes for teachers and learners across K-12 and higher education. billion—does not account for companies whose primary product and service focus on student loan refinancing. edtech companies. In 2017, three companies—EverFi ($190 million), Hero K12 ($150 million) and Grammarly ($110 million)—accounted for 37.5

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Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund

Edsurge

Since launching in 2012, Rethink has invested in 27 companies that serve a broad spectrum of learners and needs, ranging from elementary-grade grammar ( NoRedInk ) to college student success platforms ( Civitas Learning ) and career training for professionals ( General Assembly ). Another two companies, McGraw-Hill and Pluralsight , are also in the portfolio through their acquisitions of two Rethink-backed startups, Engrade and Smarterer respectively. Venture capital for U.S.

In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things

Edsurge

Nicola Soares: It definitely depends on the industry. Virtually all of the microcredentials that have been launched and offered—and where the enrollments are and where companies appear most interested—are oriented toward professional and technical skills and disciplines. And I definitely agree with the point that there’s a faster rate of adoption [for microcredentials by] workers who are already in the job market.

School Work and Surveillance

Hack Education

The company was founded in 1998 by UC Berkeley doctoral students who were concerned about cheating in the science classes they taught. Is it the vast corpus of data that the company has amassed — decades of essays and theses and Wikipedia entries that it uses to assess student work?

How One Coding School Hopes to Teach Thousands of Students, Without Professors

Edsurge

Even MOOCs have a professor, even if it might be one for 100,000 people. You were sitting at the computer, and were you looking at MOOCs from other colleges, or were you tapping the person next to you to ask a question? Yes, we have 1,024 working stations for students, so we definitely have room to grow. Does your model at 42 work because there are so many MOOCs and other free courses online now? When I first heard of the coding school 42 it sounded almost like a hoax.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

What do you think the whole MOOC thing George Siemens and I and others was about? Needless to say, these students are not roaming autodidacts who, left to their own (digital) devices, will thrive and succeed as “free range learners” in a world of MOOCs. Stephen then discusses my critique of the predominant model of delivering MOOCs: The problem [Wiley] sees with these MOOCs isn’t the pedagogical model per se , it’s that they have the wrong licensing.

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University. Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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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. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

What a Reinvented College Looks Like: 4 Alternative Higher-Ed Models

Edsurge

What critics say: Students are definitely taking a leap of faith that the upstart will be viewed favorably by employers. What’s different: The effort is career-focused, and a list of high-tech companies have signed on as advisors to help shape the curriculum and say they will consider its grads for jobs.

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30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

To push it further, one definition of disruption might be a bottom-up cause that substantially effects the ecology it is a part of (e.g., This leads to the “innovator’s dilemma,” described recently in The Economist as “the difficult choice an established company faces when it has to choose between holding onto an existing market by doing the same thing a bit better, or capturing new markets by embracing new technologies and adopting new business models.”

Educational Crises and Ed-Tech: A History

Hack Education

Because definitely running two giant planes as a television broadcasting service makes sense. Like a MOOC, but in the school gym. 150,000 a year to lease coaxial cables from Bell Telephone Company, for example. I was a guest at Desmos today. No, I won't speak at your startup.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. ” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “Humans, the Latest MOOC Feature.”

A Call For Homeschool 2.0

TeachThought - Learn better.

The cost of starting a company has gone down because there are online tools you can use for free. MOOCs. There are deeper issues here, including the nature of knowledge, the role of education, the definition of “home” and “family,” and the rights–and accountability–of families and communities. A Call For Homeschool 2.0. by Terry Heick. Recently, Emma Thompson made (some) British headlines for deciding to homeschool her daughter.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” There’s more on legal battles involving student loan companies in the business of financial aid section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “Analysis of Georgia Tech ’s MOOC-inspired online master’s in computer science suggests that institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale.” The student loan company has raised $803.6

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing. A: Short answer: no, it’s definitely possible. He criticized the allure of universal solutions and totalizing narratives (the LMS, the MOOC). On March 30 we had Jim Groom as our Future Trends Forum guest. Discussion was very rapid, so watch and listen to the recording below, and/or read my notes, with a pile of links therein. Twitter activity during the hour was also very energetic, so I Storified it.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing. A: Short answer: no, it’s definitely possible. He criticized the allure of universal solutions and totalizing narratives (the LMS, the MOOC). On March 30 we had Jim Groom as our Future Trends Forum guest. Discussion was very rapid, so watch and listen to the recording below, and/or read my notes, with a pile of links therein. Twitter activity during the hour was also very energetic, so I Storified it.

the Golden Age of Education that never was

Improving Education Environments

In particular, how has our definition of “documentary” changed over the last few decades? In 2014, Coursera announced a partnership with Curiosity.com , a start-up launched from within Discovery Communications, whom Coursera heralded as the parent company of Discovery and Animal Planet. Republished from edutechnicalities.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners.” ” Definitely no one I trust more on this topic, no siree.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” And more on MOOCs in the credentialing section below as well.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. ” The Wall Street Journal profiles InfiniLaw , a company that runs for-profit law schools. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” These headlines just kill me. Tutoring company Upswing has raised $1.5

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

Who might benefit from such a restrictive definition of universities? “Conflicts of interest” persist, needless to say, and there are multiple think-tanks and companies eager to have a role in deciding “who counts” as an accreditor and “what counts” as a “real” post-secondary education. Other organizations and companies began offering “micro-credentials” for educators. (So, ” MOOCs for credit.

'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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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? You can always find out which education companies these folks have funded through my research at funding.hackeducation.com. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” That’ll definitely bring back the coal jobs. ’” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Reminder: a lot of MOOC news is now job training news, so you’ll find some updates in that section below. ” WeWork, an eight-year-old company that has raised almost $7 billion in funding, has committed to pay some $18 billion in rent. Ah yes, a giant technology company deciding what “good manners” sounds like.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. ” The company has raised $16.5 Rather, the company takes 25 percent of the gain or loss when the house gets sold again. (If