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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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.

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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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.

MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

Wired Campus

It was 2011, and fewer than ten MOOCs existed worldwide. It has been four years since then, and according to a new report, the cumulative number of MOOCs has reached nearly 4,000. Compiled earlier this month by Dhawal Shah, founder of the MOOC aggregator Class Central, the report summarizes data on MOOCs from the past four years. And the data show that even as the MOOC hype starts to die down , interest isn’t tapering off.

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

Edsurge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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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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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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

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. Microsoft bought three companies in 2018. Vive la MOOC révolution.

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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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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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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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

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 Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

There’s more local Chalkbeat reporting on the recent charter school strike in Chicago down in the “labor and management” section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Perhaps the disappearance (and reported murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t seem like an education technology story. “Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” 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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” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. The company has raised $21.8

Hack Education Weekly News

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Chalkbeat reports that “ Success Academy illegally changes special education services without parent input, complaint claims.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019,” says Edsurge. Sometimes it’s fun to look back at old stories that the tech press dutifully pumped out about this company. The company has raised $16.6

Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

Hack Education

Each month, I calculate all the venture capital investment that’s gone into education technology, noting who’s invested, the type of company, and so on. It’s from these weekly and monthly reports that I start to build my analysis. Beyond the MOOC. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. MOOCs.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” An op-ed in The Hechinger Report : “ Betsy DeVos ’ slippery slope of religion , ethnicity and race.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ Monetizing A MOOC Platform.” ” Via The Hechinger Report : “A new challenge for colleges: opioid-addicted students.” The textbook company has raised $6 million total. Research, “Research,” and Reports.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Lights go out at Education Department headquarters – and may stay off for some time,” The Washington Post reports. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to push ahead with his nomination today, despite the numerous reports now about Brett Kavanaugh ’s history of drunkenness and alleged sexual assault. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. The Economic Times of India reports that “Udacity to focus on individual student projects.” ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. “ 18 States Are Suing Betsy DeVos Over For-Profit College Rules ,” Buzzfeed reports. Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” ” “College made millions by tricking Indigenous people, court finds,” The Guardian reports. More on certifications in the MOOC section above.

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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.

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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs. “Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. “A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs ” – an op-ed by Class Central ’s Dhawal Shah in Edsurge. “Rethinking MOOCs ” – an op-ed in Duke University’s newspaper The Chronicle. The debit card (for teens) company has raised $8.6

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Hechinger Report : “Documenting Maine ’s failure to implement proficiency-based education.” The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall , formerly a gynecologist in the university’s health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Digital Promise Global has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to address equitable access to computational education in public schools,” Education Week reports. “ James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court,” The Verge reports. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below.

Not Your Grandfather's Corporate Training: 5 Trends Changing Workforce Learning

Edsurge

The teams usually responsible for corporate learning within companies, human resources, are also undergoing a period of change as they identify areas where they need to come up to speed to deliver the most tangible results for their companies. However, there persists a lack of evidential investment in development of HR employees, who are the ones expected to oversee the corporate learning portfolio in most companies.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Department of Education recently announced it would miss a key deadline to repeal an Obama administration rule that seeks to hold career-education programs accountable for producing graduates with unmanageable debt,” Inside Higher Ed reports on the latest on " gainful employment." “ Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town,” writes The Hechinger Report. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).