To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

Edsurge

Two years later, Dubuc’s company, OpenClassrooms , has closed deals with both of them. Even for these companies, with full-fledged recruiting teams, “it’s really painful to hire new employees,” says Dubuc, OpenClassrooms’ CEO.

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

Edsurge

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 Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. complete multiple MOOCs. 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. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. reported that only 5.5% Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review

ProfHacker

Justin Reich and Mizuko (Mimi) Ito have recently published a report entitled From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies. The report is available for download without monetary charge and without collection of your personal data.

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

Edsurge

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. Many institutions are struggling to prepare for the upcoming regulations, Inside Higher Ed previously reported. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 Some MOOC instructors are less concerned.

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

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But I’m not going to report back on those things for now. The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better.

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

Edsurge

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.

Colleges Should Build Online Programs, Not New Gyms and Climbing Walls

Edsurge

One article reported that Udacity, a company that creates large-scale online courses, budgeted $200,000 per course, while edX charged $250,000 for its design and consulting services. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

Edsurge

While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. How the Company Aims to Catch Tutoring Requests That Go Too Far. Here’s a look at how the education company is responding. The “Year of the MOOC” is long behind us.

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Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

Edsurge

radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) 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. There is a natural tension between for-profit companies and nonprofit or mission-driven colleges and universities. Education Technology Government Policy Data and Research University MOOC

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. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching

Wired Campus

When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing Is Better than Watching for Learning From a MOOC,” looked at a group of Georgia students in a course called “ Introduction to Psychology as a Science.” ” Some students chose to take it as a traditional MOOC, spending most of their time watching video lectures.

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

Learning with 'e's

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).

As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

Wired Campus

And there were tough questions, as people wondered what the goal was for partner colleges, and how the Silicon Valley company could make enough revenue on free courses to survive. Today the MOOC hype has dissipated, but the company’s leaders say Coursera has found a way to make money, and that partner colleges have found a clear reason to participate. But he insisted that the company is not pivoting to focus only on professional development. Distance Education MOOCs

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

Like much of edtech, research results can be ambiguous, with some saying it’s marginally better than conventional classroom teaching , while others report impressive results. MOOCs Recent virtual upstarts, MOOCs—massive open online courses—catapulted onto the global learning stage when Stanford University computer scientists Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in 2011 came upon the bright idea of streaming their robotics lectures over the Internet.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation.

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

Edsurge

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.

How to choose the right solution platform for virtual campus management.

Linways Technologies

Some of them are developing their own courses to train workers in the skills the company needs. Go with a company that offers great customer support. Take some time to analyze the morale of the company that’s serving you, and see if they will be there when your team needs help.

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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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The Year in Podcasts: Top EdSurge On Air Episodes of 2018

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MOOCs are No Longer Massive. Once upon a time, free online courses known as MOOCs made national headlines. So we talked with Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, who has been tracking MOOCs closely ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses, about how MOOCs have evolved. The company is no longer as high-profile—or as big—as it once was. What have the past years taught him, and where is the company going?

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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. While OPM-run programs report bigger enrollment growth than other online programs, those gains are slowing as competition heats up.

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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.

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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education technology companies raised $1.45 And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. edtech industry matures, companies with demonstrable revenue growth are distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack and attracting bigger funders higher up the investment ladder. For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

Income Share Agreements Dominate Y Combinator’s Latest Education Graduates

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More than half of the accelerator’s current education companies offer ISAs to attract students to their services. The accelerator provides companies with $150,000 in seed funding for 7 percent of the company. The company has 75 active developers now on the platform.

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

For a lot of companies, the safest way to venture into this new world of lifelong learning and micro credentialing has been to modernize their own internal training programs and to invest in learning opportunities that expand the skills of existing employees.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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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. A study published by the company suggested that students who worked in groups were 16 times more likely to complete an online course class than their peers who took it individually.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The Horizon Report. The organization, which was founded in 1994, was best known for its annual Horizon Report, its list of predictions about the near-future of education technology. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As my Entangled Solutions colleagues Amber Laxton, Yury Lifshits, and I write in a new report, 10 Trends Ahead for Continuing Education , continuing education programs are an ideal place to not only test new ideas, but also launch new programs.

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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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Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

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. Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).

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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?

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

We know from the rise in free massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, that a scholar on a screen can and already has replaced the sage on the stage. The post The future includes good (human) teachers appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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

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Early reports indicate that many blue-chip companies have begun to freeze or rescind hiring offers to graduating students. Consistent with past recessions, many companies are being forced to cut or freeze benefits such as 401(k) contributions. As 2020 kicked off, the U.S.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

Hack Education

And so that we don’t forget and so that we can hold some of these people and companies accountable, here is a list of some of what did actually happen this year, jotted down for my own memory mostly and so I can see the full arc of the decade’s storytelling: Silicon Valley darling AltSchool “ called it quits ” after raising almost $180 million and promising to personalize education through surveillance. Coursera raised $109 million in venture company because investors are cray.