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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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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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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. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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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

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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?

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That’s the argument made by Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland University, who spends a lot of time these days thinking about how people learn. The title of the course is Learning How to Learn. EdSurge recently talked with Oakley about what she’s learned teaching all those online students. Is there a rising sense at colleges that teaching can better be more effective based on some of these things we've learned about how the brain works?

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

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The public sabbatical, the one that I proposed to my university and to Steelcase, centers around being on-site at Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, conducting research on active learning and active learning classrooms and communicating that research to Steelcase audiences and customers. While I was an embedded academic with the company, I played amateur anthropologist to learn all I could about corporate practices.

How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur

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Its director, Sean Gallagher, thinks it’s time for college leaders and employers to sit down and collaborate, even as he stresses that colleges need to assert their broader educational goals (such as preparing people to continue learning beyond just the skills of today). 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.

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. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and learning experiences.

?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). Immersed Games : “All games are inherently learning.

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. At +Acumen, we wondered if we could go a step further and actually close the loop between learners and the real world—connecting nonprofits and social enterprises to online students who could help generate new ideas while learning about the issues. Two Hours of Rapid 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. 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. It’s a feeling he had even before the MOOC, and even before he was at the University of Michigan. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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

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It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. That never happened, and since then companies like Coursera have been trying to find their niche—and a sustainable business model. But the company recently added a feature that asks users: “What’s your main goal?” and presents a menu of options including “advance my career,” “start a new career,” or “learn for fun.” So the learning needs are much, much broader and deep.”.

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

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When Carnegie Mellon University officials announced last week that they will open up the source code on their digital tools for improving college teaching, they admitted that the tough part will be getting professors and learning centers at other colleges to actually use and improve upon them. We in the education sector need to learn from our experiments." The group plans to talk with other members about the series at its upcoming meeting in early May.

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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. In essence, PTCC has created mini-MOOCs (massive open online courses) for over 300 workers from 38 different companies, with the goal of giving those employees more education and training that will lead to credentials in their fields and better paid work.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. 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.

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? There is a natural tension between for-profit companies and nonprofit or mission-driven colleges and universities.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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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.,

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.

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

Meeting this increase in demand presents a critical opportunity for disruptive innovation in higher education. The traditional monopoly that universities once held on delivering learning is coming apart.

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New Higher-Ed Business Models Millions of Americans Need to Get Better Jobs

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In response, schools and companies alike have responded with innovative ideas, but almost all focus on applying technology—like predictive analytics, blended learning, and MOOC-enabled degrees—to student support and instructional services. New models are especially critical to meeting the needs of working adults and the families they support. Other companies then pay Vendition to find and train qualified workers.

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The future includes good (human) teachers

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He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. And in an age in which medicines can be personalized to one’s genetic code, technology can help teachers meet the unique needs of every child.

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. Sit in enough faculty meetings, meet with enough leadership, and it becomes clear that it’s all about money. Learn more here.

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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 University of Missouri system is also exploring an online learning overhaul. A cool $6,630.

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Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

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.

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

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Just outside the walls of the ivory tower, a transformation is underway in the world of corporate learning, and those of us at colleges and universities should pay attention. Corporate learning and development, often referred to as L&D, is radically different than just a few years ago. Priorities and jobs are changing more quickly, so we need an agile learning environment that anticipates what learning needs will be, and where we can quickly access them.”

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. Continuing education programs arose in the 19th century to meet the critical workforce and social needs of the time.

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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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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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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Longtime Higher Ed Leader (and Former U.S. Congressman) Argues For a ‘Networked College’

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That, in theory, will allow each campus to focus its energies on what it can do best and turn to outside companies and nonprofits for the rest. It’s a key claim in his new book, “ Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education ,” due out next month, and it’s one that might unsettle college administrators accustomed to directly overseeing more campus services in-house. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU

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Moth vets Chris De La Cruz, Crystal Duckert and Tim Manly will speak on social justice, hip-hop in learning, teachers’ feelings and more. 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. The Evolution of MOOCs: Six Years Later : Are MOOCs still around?

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Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. 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.

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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.

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