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

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Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Coursera has offered a similar arrangement for about three years to corporate partners that wanted to let their employees take its online courses as a professional development benefit.

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. As I wrote, Coursera’s initial incarnation never felt to me like it could disrupt higher education. In many cases, Coursera’s platform itself did not help, as it did not help course authors create pedagogically sound experiences.

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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.

Will COVID-19 Lead to Another MOOC Moment?

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Large-scale courses known as MOOCs were invented to get free or low-cost education to people who could not afford or get access to traditional options. Duke University was one of the first institutions to draw on MOOCs in response to the novel coronavirus. Coursera decided to expand free access to a wider audience, for a limited time, so that they can make use of MOOC content in their teaching. Other MOOC providers are making similar offers.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

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In terms of revenue, a report by MarketsandMarkets estimates that corporate learners generate the biggest chunk of revenue for massive online open courses (MOOCs), more than undergraduate, graduate and high school students. That’s what happened to Coursera, NovoEd, Udacity and several others.

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Coursera Raises $130 Million as Colleges Turn to Online Courses for the Fall

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Coursera, which provides online courses to higher-ed institutions, businesses and government agencies, has raised $130 million in a Series F round led by NEA. To date, Coursera has raised $464 million, according to CEO Jeff Maggioncalda. Coursera for Campus launched last October.

My Coursera Experience – Quality Professional Development and an Inexpensive Verified Certificate

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Teachers can Earn a Verified Certificate for Convenient, Affordable PD Back in 2012, I took a Coursera course in Operations Management, to test the waters of the new world of MOOCs. Free Tools & Resources Future of Education Technology MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Professional Development assessing 21st century skills Coursera MOOC review MOOCs becoming financially viable my MOOC experience

The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

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So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives. Since their glory days only a few years ago, MOOCs have been on the receiving end of much critique, and the false promises of democratizing education through simply connecting to the internet have been severely slashed.

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

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That experience spurred him to co-found Coursera. Apparently one of those projects is his new online course sequence, which is being offered through Coursera. Coursera may be looking for a blockbuster these days. Dhawal Shah, co-founder of Class Central, a directory of MOOCs, says that “enrollment numbers have dropped drastically in the recent times” for individual courses. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

Year of MOOC-based Degrees: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2018

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In the seven years since colleges and companies first started experimenting with large-scale online courses known as MOOCs, more than 100 million people have given them a try—though how they are used keeps changing. Two big trends dominated the MOOC landscape this year. First, despite continued slowdown in the growth of new users, MOOC platforms are seeing an increase in paying customers (and revenues). Here is a complete list of MOOC-based degrees.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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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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Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn

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Coursera is quietly testing elements of a new strategy, with the goal of moving from a platform for courses to a broader career-building service. It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Two Stanford University professors founded Coursera about five years ago, amid a wave of hype that free online courses could one day replace residential undergraduate colleges. Coursera and Chill? Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

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Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. 6 Things you may not know about MOOCs.

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Online Degrees Slowdown: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2019

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Last year, MOOC providers announced about 30 new online degrees. This wave of activity and spending by MOOC providers and universities gave me a feeling of deja vu: it reminded me of the 2012 MOOC hype. The total number of MOOC-based degrees has now grown to 50.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

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MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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

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Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it. 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. EdSurge: I’ve heard folks at Coursera refer to your courses and microcredential programs as “products.”

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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?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s

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When free online courses known as MOOCs began to take off in 2012 , their pitch to investors often included jargon around “disrupting” the way education is accessed and consumed. These days, though, many MOOC platforms are courting the traditional higher-ed market they once rebuked, often by hosting fully-online masters degrees for colleges and universities. And it isn’t the only MOOC provider to do so. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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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Still MOOCing Along.

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Image Source Used Under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Week 4 of the Foundations of Virtual Instruction MOOC I started on June 30th is wrapping up today. By this time next week, I will hopefully have successfully completed my first MOOC. There is a way to report these in Coursera.

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

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Less than a week after its announced lead in Coursera’s $103 million Series E round , SEEK is at it again with £50 million (about $65 million) in London-based MOOC platform FutureLearn. Education Technology Higher Education Digital Learning in Higher Ed Financing MOOCs

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

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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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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

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But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX. The first of these new MOOC degree programs emerged at Georgia Tech, which partnered with Udacity in 2013 to create a low-cost online master’s program in computer science. Two years later, the University of Illinois and Coursera started a master’s program in business that it called an iMBA.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

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As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. As we move towards 2019, it’s time to get clearer about this difference and start asking smarter questions about what MOOCs can and should be expected to accomplish.

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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

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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. At the recently concluded EMOOCs conference , the then CEO of Coursera, Rick Levin, shared his thoughts on this shift. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

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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. One important benefit of the first MOOCs was that they started at fixed times, like traditional college courses, which meant that large numbers of people were sharing an experience and posting questions and answers to forums. The on-demand MOOC trend has led to a drastic reduction in forum activity within MOOC cohorts.

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

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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 But the course won’t be offered through a university, like many of the other online classes on Coursera. offers through Coursera, which Ng teaches, have had wide appeal on the MOOC website. In June, EdSurge reported that three Coursera’s top 10 most popular courses were taught by him.

Coursera Nabs First Ivy League Degree Partnership with University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania has offered MOOCs on Coursera for several years, but now, it’s giving the online learning platform its first Ivy League degree. The university already offers online courses (some of which are MOOCs on Coursera ), but Vijay Kumar, dean of Penn Engineering, says Penn decided to widen its offerings in order to increase access to more students. A spokesperson for Coursera says that will hopefully change in the future.

MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

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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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MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

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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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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

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And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs. cMOOCs still exist of course, but the popular format is now that of the mega-courses run by the likes of consortia such as Coursera and EdX. ELI_2015 connectivism education learning MOOC PLE Stephen Downes Technology

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

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MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

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After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. With the potential for thousands of students to enrol together on MOOCs, learning through connection to this large network of learners became the foundation and the cornerstone.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Ed-Tech Platforms Coursera, FutureLearn Get Major Funding Infusions

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The Seek Group, which creates and manages online education and employment businesses, has made significant investments in Coursera and The Open University's FutureLearn. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Ed-Tech Platforms Coursera, FutureLearn Get Major Funding Infusions appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Career / College Readiness Investment / Venture Capital MOOC Online / Virtual Learning Startups

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

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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. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.

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