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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

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A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online. So the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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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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#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.

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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

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A recent move by a leading United Kingdom learning platform to issue academic credits toward a degree for students who complete open online courses could signal a forthcoming trend in the U.S. The company is partnering with nine higher education institutions in the venture, said Matt Walton, head of product for FutureLearn. “It’s Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities.

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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. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. She holds an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford.

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US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019

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By comparison, in the first six months of 2018, companies raised $750 million across 62 deals. educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to support educators and learners across preK-12 and postsecondary education. edtech companies in the first half of 2019.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

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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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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. They tap into the power of narrative to make learning sticky.

The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

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Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content.

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. Five years later, colleges are offering a range of fully online credentials — and they continue to move beyond one-off programs.

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

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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. 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

Udacity VP of Learning: ‘We Never Start Anything Out of Academic Interest’

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A red carpet and a self-driving car were just a few of the things attendees saw on Tuesday at Intersect, the third annual conference put on by online learning provider Udacity. Amid the futuristic glitz and glamour, the company announced plans to roll out a new set of short-term series of online courses, called Nanodegrees, all in part of the company’s growing push towards jobs-training. But it’s not the first time the company has promoted this strategy.

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

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He’s the guy who coined the term MOOC, short for Massive Open Online Course, which then was a reference to multiplayer video games. As a result of that, universities have been slow to catch on to things like online learning as a broad structure. Learn more here.

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It’s the Dawning of a New Day in the Job Market. Here’s What That Means for Higher Ed

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It’s important to recognize that this crisis will likely only accelerate the march of automation and the adoption of various labor-replacing technologies, including machine learning and AI. As 2020 kicked off, the U.S.

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.) However, the questions have largely stayed the same: Do technologies ensure quality learning and positive student outcomes? Do they opens the door for companies to take the lead on how students learn and how their data is used? For example, California recently released a report with.

How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

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Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? What role should employers have in the design or execution of digital learning opportunities? Those were a couple of the questions debated at #DLNchat on Tuesday, October 9, when we discussed how nontraditional education providers could influence the future of digital learning. For example, our student base of 150,000 students is only 38 percent in the U.S.

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 researchers talk excitedly about big data helping higher education discover its Holy Grail: learning that is so deeply personalized that it both keeps struggling students from dropping out and pushes star performers to excel.

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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. 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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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

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On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. For example, currently two-thirds of community colleges have launched mobile apps, but CIOs largely don’t see the deployment as effective.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”)

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

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This practice is not necessarily radical,not disruptive, but should be part of the fabric of how we teach and learn now. I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing. Users had to learn a galaxy of technologies (DNS, FTP, etc).

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

Bryan Alexander

This practice is not necessarily radical,not disruptive, but should be part of the fabric of how we teach and learn now. I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing. Users had to learn a galaxy of technologies (DNS, FTP, etc).

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm). Online Grade Portals.

Education's Online Futures

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This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” 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. Vive la MOOC Révolution.

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The Stories We've Been Told (in 2017) about Education Technology

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I’ve called this “the Top Ed-Tech Trends,” but this has never been an SEO-optimized list of products that the ed-tech industry wants schools or parents or companies to buy (or that it claims schools and parents and companies are buying). This series is meant to serve in-depth exploration of the events of the past year and an analysis of how these events shape the way in which we imagine and prepare for the future of teaching and learning. Beyond the MOOC.

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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.” When the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman toured the US recently, he hung out with Mark Zuckerberg , Jeff Bezos , and Sergey Brin , for example. 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.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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million settlement against the country’s largest operator of online charter schools. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Are MOOCs Forever ?” An ex-Corinthian student is filing a federal class-action lawsuit against the firms that now own the private loans, as well as a collection company seeking to recoup the debt from borrowers.” A “ personalized learning explainer ” from Mindwire Consulting.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” They’re suing the company. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. The Economist on “ The Return of the MOOC.” Via Zion Market Research : “ Massive Open Online Course Market : Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecasts 2016-2024.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The fallout from the mid-year closure of Ohio ’s largest full-time online charter school continues,” writes Education Week , “with other e-schools struggling to navigate a massive influx of displaced students, thousands of students unaccounted for, and fights over money and liability dragging into the summer.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! FutureLearn announced that two UK universities – the University of Leeds and the Open University – will offer MOOCs that will be accepted for college credit. For more on MOOCs for credit, see the “MOOCs” section above.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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The Hechinger Report on personalized learning : “The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed.” I think it’s called “social emotional learning” in education circles though.) A fabulous example of our healthy capitalist economy working its magic. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Diplomat : “ Online Learning in North Korea.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” EdWeek’s Market Brief on “Implications for K–12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. ” “Online Tool to Apply for College Aid Was Taken Down Due to ‘Criminal Activity’,” The Wall Street Journal reports. ” Via The Wall Street Journal : “Trump Officials Are Learning How Hard It Is to Sell $1 Billion of Their Assets.” Are MOOCs webinars? Are webinars now MOOCs?).

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses ?” Speaking of Hollywood Glitz, Variety reports that “ Kevin Spacey ’s Online Acting Course Pulled by MasterClass.” ” “Whatever happened to the promise of online learning ?”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. ” More on MOOC (and related) research in the research section below.

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