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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MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

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Once the system is built, “you can use that for your university diploma or the cooking course you took at the culinary institute,” says Philipp Schmidt, director of learning innovation at the MIT Media Lab. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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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.

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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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 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 Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur

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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. And then the MOOC providers themselves started working with colleges and universities. I’m wondering how you temper professors’ skepticism of companies. There’s a lot of tension in the system between liberal arts and technical training. So the system has to adapt to that.

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

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But don’t be too impressed by the title; according to the employee system, I was just an intern. While I was an embedded academic with the company, I played amateur anthropologist to learn all I could about corporate practices. What practices of really effective companies, in which creativity and innovation are important, seem to have the biggest impact? The most important characteristic of great companies, that higher education lacks the most, is agility.

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.

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. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. First, the company is investing significantly in its teachers.

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

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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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Unlocking stackable global credentials

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It took 912 years from the founding of the first university in Bologna in 1088 for the global higher education system to grow to serve 100 million students annually by the year 2000. This small-scale experiment lends a hint at what a truly interoperable system might look like down the line.

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

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accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. Students begin by spending two months in a bridge program that reorients them away from the highly didactic pedagogical practices they’ve become accustomed to in the Rwandan system of education. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks.

On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller

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I first became involved in edtech as CEO of Xythos, a content repository system that was one of the first solutions that allowed universities and K-12 systems to have cloud based file sharing and storage. It was also licensed as the core of Blackboard’s content management system. At DataHero, my most recent company, I liked being in a startup environment where I had the opportunity to help build a company from a very early stage.

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

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They were incredibly hardworking people, but the ones creating the most significant social impact in the world were also often too busy to finish a MOOC. A few companies are heading that way. Still, learning management systems and online platforms have a long way to go to make these kinds of online and offline learning connections more seamless. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

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Based on cognitive technology, it is a way of creating learning environments and support systems that mimic human tutors or teaching assistants. Other companies have similar two-tier systems of customer support.

The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

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Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

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Speaking at a separate session, he cited the increasing flows of data to which colleges have access, including from learning-management systems, student-success systems, and MOOCs. “My Plenty of start-up companies made their pitches during the conference, and many of them offered products intended to make it easier for instructors to build their own high-tech teaching materials. Company Watch IT Social Networking Teaching Austin, Tex.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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Learning Management Systems With learning management systems now installed at nearly all higher education institutions here and abroad, instructors can create course materials, assess student progress and generate custom exams. Digital Authoring Systems Faced with increasingly complex communication technologies—voice, video, multimedia, animation—university faculty, expert in their own disciplines, find themselves technically perplexed, largely unprepared to build digital courses.

Live Online Video Classes Are ‘The New Face-to-Face.’ So How Many Students Can They Handle at a Time?

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In some ways, the San Francisco-based company is arguing that high-quality education can be done cheaper thanks to technology in ways that have been elusive in the past. So the company spent the last year trying to retool its system to allow an engaging experience on a larger scale.

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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.

As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

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That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. We see other systems and campuses across the country attracting millions of students and generating significant revenue.”

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

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The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. 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. Learning Management System (LMS).

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Amid Fast Change, Group Seems Slow to Enhance Colleges’ Control of Online Courses

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In June 2014, amid growing concern that outside companies were exerting too much influence on the branding and shaping of universities’ online course offerings, four institutions — Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan — teamed up to form a member-owned consortium they called Unizin. The consortium has also agreed on a standard software framework, pledging to use the learning-management system Canvas, which is open source.

Packing for the journey: Can lifelong learning fit in a college-sized suitcase?

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America’s higher education system already plays an integral role in delivering some of these skills, but it falls woefully short in delivering on the country’s lifelong learning needs. Light bulb companies can tweak and optimize their products every which way, as long as they stick with that standard screw base. The opposite scenario is a system whose components are interdependent in complex and less understood ways. Opportunities abound for companies.

5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

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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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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.

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. So why not combine an amazing tool into a system that is used by students daily? Out of all the trends in e-learning right now, I have to say that I have a soft spot for Virtual Reality, or VR.

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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. Education could be less expensive, it could be more engaging, it could have a bigger impact, but we are confined to a system that values dollars first.”

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A Podcast for Every Discipline? The Rise of Educational Audio

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Some of the podcasters got their start making educational videos or or producing MOOCs, those free online classes that were all the rage a few years ago, but ended up not living up to the hype. Davis now works at a company building a platform for these podcasters.

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Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

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He’s one of about 2,500 volunteer beta testers for Coursera , and part of an expanded quality-control effort the company started in the past year. Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges. While attention around MOOCs has died down, the company seems to have found a business model for free courses with something it calls Specializations.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

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The group’s new ISTE U is a partnership with Dominican University, in California, and D2L, a learning management system provider. For many, what ISTE is doing with online courses may sound similar to MOOCs (massive open online courses), or other online certifications for educators offered by big companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. But South says this is not about competing with the big technology companies, and he stresses that it is certainly not another MOOC.

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