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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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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. I spoke with Siemens and Wiley about their upcoming course to get a few answers before the MOOC launches. Ekowo: Why this MOOC? It’s because they’re MOOCs.

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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. 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. 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.

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How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

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You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Well, unless you count the students in MOOCs, those free online courses, which are offered through a different division of the university. Yet during that same period, another part of the university, HarvardX, has been running MOOCs, massive open online courses. How do you differentiate what you're doing at the Extension School from MOOCs? They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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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).

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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When I first started working as a tech reporter, I assumed – naively – that venture capitalists were smart people who did thorough research before funding a company. I assumed that they looked to see if the company could do what it promised – financially, technologically. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, dropped out of Stanford to start the company when she was just 19. The companies that raised the most money this year: BYJU’s (tutoring): $540 million.

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

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This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. And more importantly, to ascertain where some folks – those who issue press releases, for example – want the puck to head. Personalization.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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We Got It from Here.Thank You 4 Your Service (keynote): Combining insights from his own book and rap group A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Dr. Chistopher Edmin (Associate Professor at Teachers College Columbia University) uses history, practice and theory to explore education’s most pressing issues: a lack of diversity among teachers, challenges faced by educators of color, and absence of student voice in the learning design process. It’s that time of year again.

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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.”)

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?” There is much to learn from the Meeker report. There may be no better example of this in 2017 than “personalized learning.” Liulishuo (language learning) – $100 million.

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Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. Via Edsurge : “ Connecticut School District Suspends Use of Summit Learning Platform.” ” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Directors vote to scale back Summit Learning program.” ” The city uses algorithms, for example, to place students in public schools. A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Personally, my goal is not to provide less expensive access to the same teaching and learning experience to more people – access and affordability have never been my end game. What do you think the whole MOOC thing George Siemens and I and others was about?

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Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. With enough data and some machine learning, you can identify – statistically – the most common obstacles.

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Pulls Plug on ‘ Learning Registry ,’ an Obama-Era Tech Initiative.” ” Here, via Edsurge , is a great example of how, instead of investing in public infrastructure, schools wield ed-tech to outsource and privatize key resources for students and communities. Via The New York Times : “ Texas Students Will Now Learn That Slavery Was ‘Central’ to the Civil War.” the nation’s third-largest student loan servicing company.”

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” At least the e-cigarette company (which targets teens) offers a social-emotional learning curriculum, right? Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the credential section below. Via Class Central : “Analysis of 450 MOOC -Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency.” “ Can AR/VR Improve Learning? job training company) has raised $117.2

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. ” “ Zynga ’s Headquarters Is Worth More Than The Actual Company.”

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“Without Net Neutrality , How Would Internet Companies Treat K–12 Districts?” “As lawsuits mount over access to learning technologies for people with disabilities , universities consider banding together to share accessibility reviews of vendor products,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement ,” the Communications of the ACM claims.

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Via The Wall Street Journal : “ California plans to sue one of the nation’s largest student loan companies.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Look at former Harvard President Drew Faust , for example! Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Pearson today signaled an increased focus on artificial intelligence and personalized learning with the appointment of former Intel executive Milena Marinova.”

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Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” ” The New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” The company has $8.3

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and her chief of staff, Elias ‘Ronnie’ Simmons, were charged Friday with 24 counts of fraud and other crimes that federal prosecutors said allowed them to use a charity as a ‘personal slush fund.’” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Are MOOCs Forever ?” ” The company in question: Bridgepoint Education , which owns Ashford University and the University of the Rockies. Education Politics.

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Learning styles” in the White House: President Trump doesn’t read his daily intelligence briefings, gets oral briefings on “select” issues instead, because reading isn’t “his style of learning,” the @washingtonpost reports [link] — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 9, 2018. Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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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.” “ The growth of online learning : How universities must adjust to the new norm” is sponsored content on Education Dive. For-profit higher and student loan companies.

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Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Techcrunch : “ Grasshopper , a learn-to-code app from Google ’s Area 120 incubator, goes live.” ” From the ASU website : “Panelists discuss future of personalized learning.” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.” The online education company has raised $12.5

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” EdWeek’s Market Brief on “Implications for K–12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. ” Via The Wall Street Journal : “Trump Officials Are Learning How Hard It Is to Sell $1 Billion of Their Assets.” ” Last year , the Ugandan government decreed that company’s schools be shut down because they failed to meet education and sanitation requirements; Kenyan courts have also ordered the schools to close.

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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.” Roombas, for example.

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Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive? “Lifelong learning” and multiple choice quizzes for two to five year olds. The company has raised $20.4 The company, which claims it’s like “LinkedIn for students,” has raised $14.1

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” ” It’s full of examples of lecturing, but now that they’re recorded as videos somehow it’s innovation. The company offers “virtual science labs” and has raised $13.67

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. Always eager to associate itself with the latest tech craze, education technology embraced Pokémon Go with great gusto: “ Why Pokemon Go shows the future of learning gamification.” ” “ 14 Reasons Why Pokémon Go Is The Future Of Learning.” It will “personalize education.”

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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.” McGraw-Hill Education has acquired Redbird Advanced Learning.

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” Testing, Testing… Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “These days, everyone’s talking about ‘equity,’ and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”).

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For example, this story from the School Library Journal : “ Charter Schools , Segregation , and School Library Access.” ” 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”). From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 The third: lifelong learning.

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President Obama was introduced Wednesday night, for example, by Sharon Belkofer, a member of the Rossford, Ohio school board. Solocron Education LLC , a company whose entire ‘education’ business is filing lawsuits, owns U.S. 6,263,439, titled ‘Verification system for non-traditional learning operations.’ Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company has raised $57 million total. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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On video games , for example – yes, that old canard. ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Wikispaces Classroom (and free wikis from the company, now owned by TES ) joins the ed-tech dead pool.

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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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