To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

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Two years later, Dubuc’s company, OpenClassrooms , has closed deals with both of them. Salesforce has worked with OpenClassrooms to create and offer a developer-training course to help people learn how to use the Salesforce platform.

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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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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

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News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

Edsurge

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. Just like stand-alone MOOCs, most learners—over 80 percent—already had a Bachelors or higher degree.

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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

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Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). MOOCs are a failed product, at least for the goals we had set for ourselves,” she told the newspaper.

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More MOOC Madness? UK’s FutureLearn Raises $65M to Expand Global Footprint

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Most investors shy away from bets on companies that provide similar services for an obvious reason: Don’t have one portfolio company that can cannibalize another. FutureLearn was wholly owned by The Open University, a public distance-learning university in the U.K.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses. The colleges and companies offering MOOCs can be pretty guarded these days about releasing specific numbers on how many people enroll or pay for a “verified certificate” or microcredential showing they took the course.

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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. Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Petrillo, who was previously the chief learning officer at EDUCAUSE, is more reserved.

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

Edsurge

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." 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, seven years after the “Year of the MOOC,” we’re wondering: Where are these courses and companies today? So the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

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One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies. The building boasts two tricked-out production studios that any of the companies in the industry park can use to film and edit video for courses. But MOOCs were trending upward back in 2014 when the education incubator was established, so it made a catchy name for the building.

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

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The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry , has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses.

A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

Edsurge

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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Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

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It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses. Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs.

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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

Edsurge

The media started calling this space MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, a term coopted from a 2008 experiment. The narrative in early days of MOOC space was around disruption of universities. Not all MOOC providers shared this narrative, but this was the one that the media stuck with it. He thinks that MOOCs may not have disrupted the education market, but they are disrupting the labor market. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

Edsurge

To understand the concept, it’s important to remember how much MOOCs have changed since they emerged about six years ago to great fanfare. Companies including Coursera and Udacity, as well as edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard University and MIT, partnered with well-known professors and colleges to offer these free courses. He imagines that some professors may assign parts of MOOCs as homework, or as a way to help students get up to speed on technical courses.

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

Edsurge

I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world). So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

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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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The Second Wave of MOOC Hype is Here, and it’s Online Degrees

Edsurge

In the past year or so there's been a flurry of announcements from the big MOOC providers involving new degree programs based around their online courses. Earlier this year, for instance, Coursera announced six new degrees , including the first-ever MOOC-based Bachelors. So far, ten universities have announced MOOC-based online degrees, and together they offer a total of 25 different degrees. A steady stream of articles heralded MOOCs as the disruptor of higher education.

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Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course

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million people have registered to take one of the many sequences of his free online course about machine learning. Today Ng announced that this summer he’s launching sequels to that blockbuster, with a series of courses on the AI concept known as deep learning. For the past two years Ng had been applying concepts of deep learning in the commercial sector, as a chief scientist for the Chinese tech giant Baidu. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

Edsurge

The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff. The spotlight on these companies have since dimmed, yet they continue to expand their footprint. By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners.

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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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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

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. FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications.

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Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

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Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It''s hard to believe that the company only started up in April!

MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

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And that’s forcing companies and colleges around the globe to reevaluate their data policies and practices. The law also requires that companies get explicit consent from users before sharing data, and includes many other data protections as well. is interacting with a college’s learning management system, or when a prospective student in Europe applies for admission to a U.S. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5

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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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A different view of MOOCs

Mark Smithers

This morning Richard Grusin posted a series of twenty tweets presenting a highly critical and thought provoking view of MOOCs. 5.MOOCs falsely equate non-profit higher education with profit-based industries like bookstores or newspapers or entertainment companies. 10.MOOCs reduce human learning to cognition and information. 16.MOOCs imitate the logic of derivitization, breaking up courses and faculty into discrete parts—a MOOC here and a MOOC there.

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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.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

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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.

Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

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The colleges create course videos and assignments that are offered on the company’s platform for free—and students can pay for a certificate showing completion. EdSurge talked with Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera (and former president of one of those big-name universities, Yale) about how the mega-courses known as MOOCs have changed in the five years since the start of their hype-filled debut. And he shares what lessons he’s learned working at a startup.

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.

Art Schools Go MOOC, With a New Online Platform

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A new company is jumping into MOOCs, but with a focus on teaching free courses in the arts. According to a company co-founder, Perry R. ” His center will pilot the platform this year with support from Stanford’s office of the vice provost for teaching and learning. Distance Education MOOCs Teaching

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

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. To give you a sense of how this works: The first two years of the degree program focus on mastering foundational skills and competencies so that students learn how to learn effectively and attain an associate’s degree.

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.

Coursera Pushes into Unicorn Status After Raising Another $103M

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With the new capital, Coursera, which was previously valued at $800 million, is now valued at “well north of” $1 billion, a spokesperson tells EdSurge, bringing the company into unicorn status—a distinction only a handful of education companies have earned.