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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

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What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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There isn’t a New York Times bestseller list for online courses, but perhaps there should be. 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. But both Coursera and EdX, two of the largest providers, do release lists of their most popular courses.

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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. The assumption—especially in the marketing messages from major providers like Coursera and edX—is that the winners of traditional higher education will also end up the winners in the world of online courses. It is essentially built on the reputation of its founder, Andrew Ng, who teaches all five of the courses it offers so far.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

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GAFE – Google Apps For Education (include Google Docs, Google Sites etc). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). OSS – Open Source Software (programs online that are free to use).

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

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Furthermore, universities and school are also inclined towards diversifying their facilities through online courses. 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. It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. However, some courses are chargeable.

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

With the ease of Google Apps and similar applications, employees and students alike can share files and work on documents and spreadsheets in real time – whether they’re a mile down the road or in a different country altogether.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

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In order to reduce the amount of new content a teacher needs to make, YouTube videos, MOOC s, multiple choice questions and web-based resources can be combined. While the focus is often on students and teachers who are undertaking the course, it is just as important to win over parents.

Higher Ed Has Now Split Into Dual Economies: Online and Traditional

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A number of colleges have partnered with big MOOC providers, principally Coursera and edX, to offer large-scale online courses at far lower prices, in part to attract new students to their higher-priced online degrees. "It’s

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Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018

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Udacity already offers a self-driving car nanodegree but, as its founder and former CEO Sebastian Thrun writes , it “has many prerequisites [and] is built for seasoned software engineers.” This four-month intro course, which starts on Oct. Students who complete this introductory course will be eligible to enroll in the more advanced Self-Driving Car or Robotics nanodegree programs.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. TL;DR.

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Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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These are online representations of an earned skill, often through taking small credit courses aimed toward working and non-degree-seeking individuals. Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University. We’d learn how to make our own maps using Google’s mapping tools , then check out the maps that others have made.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. Investors in tutoring companies this year included Warbug Pincus, Goldman Sachs, Learn Capital, Y Combinator, the Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, TAL Education, Tencent, Google, and of course, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. ” (Its MOOC competitor edX also announced this year that many of its courses would no longer be free.) Vive la MOOC révolution.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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They can be something everybody uses; that’s how 2012 became the year of the MOOC, and why virtual reality will no doubt be widely cited as the trend of 2016. MOOCs continued to increase in number and attendance. With every new year comes new ideas.

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. TL;DR.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” ” Sham courses. Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.”

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We Are Rockstar Educators

Improving Education Environments

The MOOC phenomenon has led to media pundits and platform developers and their mouthpieces to view teaching from a popularity lens; those at the front of these MOOCs are purported to be regal and powerful by way of their MOOC, the performance on-camera as The Important.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ 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. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Google Brings Computing Courses to 10 Colleges.” “A Humanoid Robot Gave a Lecture in a West Point Philosophy Course,” says Futurism.com.

Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. Perhaps with this data, the MOOC providers can build a map of professional if not cognitive pathways. Google versus Uber.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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It’s a look back at what’s happened over the course of each year, not simply – to counter that totally overused phrase from hockey player Wayne Gretsky’s dad – to “skate to where the puck is going,” but to examine where it has been.

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

Hack Education

Augment, not replace, of course. MOOCs were going to change everything. This is what Google does, for example, when you type something like “how many points LBJ” into the search bar, and you get results about LeBron James. Google takes the data about what a website contains, along with how people search and what people click on, in part, to determine what to display in those “ten blue links” that show up on the first page of search results.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ XuetangX : A Look at China’s First and Biggest MOOC Platform.” ” Devschool did have four stars on Course Report , a Yelp-like review site for coding bootcamps.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Actions, of course, speak louder than words. Tune into the Contrafabulists podcast this weekend, when Kin Lane and I will discuss the response (or lack thereof) from the tech industry, including Cloudflare , Spotify , Squarespace , GoDaddy , Google , the EFF , and others.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” That’s Joel Rose ’s School of One software. Via The New York Times : New York governor “ Cuomo to Give Colleges $7 Million for Courses in Prisons.” ” Testing, Testing… The Chronicle of Higher Education reads “New Venture Will Offer Free Courses That Students Can Take for College Credit.” ” The Google Memo. Impero Software has been acquired by Investment Technology Partners which paid $36.3

Hack Education Weekly News

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The big ed-tech news this week is, of course, that Betsy DeVos is considering allowing schools to use federal funds to arm teachers and staff. ” CPS is, of course, the Chicago Public Schools. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Trump’s budget, of course, cuts $9.2 Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?” More questions about MOOCs in the Betteridge’s Headlines section below. And more on MOOCs in the credentialing section below as well.

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Testing and the future of education: Anya Kamenetz on Future Trends Forum #6

Bryan Alexander

As one anecdote to consider, Kamenetz mentioned a new product, which provides surveillance software for K-12. The company making this software claimed as an achievement to have prevented three suicides by detecting self-harm signals through pupils’ digital activity.

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For those keeping score at home, here are Peter Thiel’s ed-tech investments (in addition to his “I’ll pay you to drop out of college” fellowship program, of course): Clever, Lore, Thinkful, Declara, and SoFi. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. ” (That giant: Pearson , of course.). Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from deeplearning.ai Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. More robot news up in the MOOC section above.

#hourofteach (or, Will the Last Philanthrocapitalist Turn Out the Lights?)

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Colleges and universities that prepare teachers are required to meet state, and in some cases also national accreditation body requirements for faculty and are able in many, if not most cases, to employ current or recent teachers and administrators as course and clinical instructors.

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

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According to Harvard University, “in Activity-Based Learning courses, students do public service, fieldwork, community-based research and internships in conjunction with in-class work. Learning expressly through online courses and related digital resources. Google Classroom.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “For Students Taking Online Courses, a Completion Paradox.” ” Research from EuroDL : “Massive Open Online Courses and Economic Sustainability.” Via Fortune : “ Android Co-Founder To Lead Google ’s New Education Project.” “ Pearson Collaborates With Google to Develop Virtual Reality Learning Experiences for Students.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Fines Google $5.1 Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The cost of maintaining an online course for several years can eventually outstrip the launch cost – but the investment might just pay off,” says Inside Higher Ed. Via The New York Post : “Education department investigating high school’s online courses.” There’s more MOOC news in the credential section below. Because of course.

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