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. Siemens: We’ll discuss the OER and licensing dynamics. Coursera and edX are now approaching 20 million students on their platforms.

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Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. That led to him announcing a $10 million fund specifically for learning applications. ” Via Techcrunch : “ Duolingo ’s chatbots help you learn a new language.” In other Salesforce news, “The University of Texas System teams up with Salesforce to turn its learning platform into a learning relationship management system ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” ” More via I Programmer on Coursera ’s decision to remove old courses from its platform. In other Coursera news : “ Atlassian sponsors computer science learners on Coursera.”

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” Via The Washington Post : “ Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China.” Coursera announces on its blog that it’s expanding to Brazil. It’s good to shake up your “everyone should learn to code” messaging sometimes, I guess. Here’s Coursera arguing “Why Everyone Should Learn Sales.” The learn-to-code company has raised $11.2

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Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s First Ivy League Degree: An Online Master’s From the University of Pennsylvania.” ” ( Not mentioned : Penn was one of the very first investors in Coursera.).

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. ” “The California State Legislature is now considering two bills that would build a database firewall to block the flow of personal information from state and local government to federal efforts to deport immigrants and register people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” according to the EFF.

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Coursera has a new partner , the insurance company AXA , which will offer some 300 Coursera classes to its employees. Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” Can Electrical Stimulation Help Us Learn?” “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12.

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Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. Education Politics.

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

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In addition to the anti-First Amendment supporter Thiel, Jackson also name-dropped her connections to David Horowitz , a long-time advocate for silencing left-learning professors on campus, in order to get her job. In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor ’s.” ” “Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities.

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Meanwhile on Campus… Via NPR : “ Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To Embrace Globalism, ‘A Sense Of Purpose’ ” He mentioned something in his commencement speech about “personalized learning,” which I think – if we’re talking about Facebook’s vision of such things – means profiling users, getting them to click on things, and selling advertising based on their data. The Trump Budget.

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