6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

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cMOOCs typically use forums, social media, Second Life, Skype and other collaborative platforms to build communities of learning around the course objectives and content. Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech.

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MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15

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Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy, Lamar University [link] Lamar University sponsored the MOOC on Social Media Communication Tools for Educators which Dr. Abernathy facilitated.

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8 teacher-loved edtech tools to try in 2017

eSchool News

Coursera. Coursera is known to work with both K-12 and higher education institutions and provide them with access to online courses. Want to be an innovative teacher? There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of apps and online edtech tools for that!

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

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Now, MOOC providers like edX and Coursera are looking towards new (and sometimes paid) offerings, as well as so-called “MicroBachelors” degrees designed to break up undergraduate credential into discrete components. Here’s a peek at four projects highlighted by Justin Hendrix, the executive director of the NYC Media Lab. So what do the top courses on MOOC platforms like edX and Coursera tell us about where teaching is heading?

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How colleges are adapting to the future of education

Linways Technologies

If that seems too far fetched, just think about the number of jobs that was created in the last few decades, like social media manager, drone operator, mobile app developer, system admin etc. Most of the jobs that today’s students will do in the future does not even exist yet.

Punk learning

Learning with 'e's

Learning by watching YouTube or participation in social media discussions are certainly methods that are gaining traction. Punk educators have a lot to do with this - it's not just the disruptive nature of social media and personal technologies.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet a Challenge

The Playground Advocate

And, thanks to resources like iTunes University , TED Talks , Coursera , Udemy , and MIT Open Courseware , we can all be learning from experts in a given field.

Udacity VP of Learning: ‘We Never Start Anything Out of Academic Interest’

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While other MOOC providers such as Coursera have recently added more of these kinds of degree programs to their platform, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun said his company has no plans to expand its offerings in coordination with other universities. The company also announced Tuesday a Nanodegree program that teaches learners in China how to build apps in WeChat, a Chinese messaging and social media platform.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

” (For what it’s worth, Kleiner Perkins made just one major investment in education in 2017, participating in Coursera’s $64 million round this summer. It will continue to support charter schools, helping them with challenges like developing students’ “ social and emotional skills.” Coursera (online education) –- $64 million. Coursera (online education) – $210.1

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” Via The Sun Sentinel : “Student made social media threat to kill FAU professor, cops say.” Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.” ” “As Schools Comb Social Media for Potential Threats, Has Mass Shooting Anxiety Turned Administrators Into the ‘ Internet Police ’?”

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Headline changed from “ Coursera ’s Update Will Eliminate Hundreds of Courses” to “Coursera’s Update Will Migrate Hundreds of Courses to a New Platform.” ” Coursera, initially only emailing former students about their old course work, decided finally to blog about its platform change. Anil Dash and Gina Trapani announced they’re closing down their social media analytics product ThinkUp. Education Politics.

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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. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” The website: Victory Media. More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.” Once upon a time, Coursera updates went in the MOOC section. ” From the Coursera blog : “New on Coursera: start-to-finish learning paths for starting a new career.” (National) Education Politics. From the White House Press Office : “ President Donald J.

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Via the Coursera blog : “Announcing the Global MBA from Macquarie University.” ” SEL is “social emotional learning,” of course. ” ClassDojo is now a full social media platform for schools - this letter & video just emailed to parents. ProfHacker writes about “ Genius as an Alternative Social Media ,” but if you’re looking for bro-free social media, I’d recommend looking elsewhere.

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” Via Campus Technology : “ Coursera ’s CEO on the Evolving Meaning of ‘MOOC’ ” There’s more ECOT news – there’s always more ECOT news – in the “state and local politics” section above. Edsurge on a new report from Common Sense Media : “ Teens Know Social Media Is Manipulative. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. ” Via the Coursera blog : “Announcing Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits.”

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Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” Here is venture capital well spent: “ Coursera Promotes Its ‘Affordable Online Courses’ With New TV Ad Spots ,” says Class Central. tl;dr: emailing them, holding webinars, using social media. million from Redpoint, 1776, Cowboy Ventures, Fern Mandelbaum, Harrison Metal, and Social Capital. ” Time to buy more TV ads, Khan Academy and Coursera!

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Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” More on Coursera and certification in the certification section below.). ” “Students, Directory Information , and Social Media – Part 2” by Bill Fitzgerald.

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“PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills ” by Ben Williamson. Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” ” More on teen social media usage, this time from Buzzfeed : “‘Tweetdecking’ Is Taking Over Twitter. ” The Atlantic on what it’s like being a parent of a social media star.

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It's rolling out a social media push today using the hashtag #DontSettle4Cs to promote the program, called March2Success. Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Coursera’s other founder, Andrew Ng, left the startup several years ago to join the Chinese search engine Baidu. Via the Stanford Social Innovation Review : “Unintended Consequences.”

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” “ The Most Popular Courses of 2016 ” on Coursera. Edsurge rewrites Coursera’s infographic – because journalism – about which classes are popular in “red states” and which ones are popular in “blue states.” Via The Awl : “Letting Kids Use Social Media Is One More Way We Show Them We Don’t Care About Them.” Education Politics.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

EdTechSandyK

Coursera is another option for higher ed MOOCS. Use every bit of social media that you can. Notes from day 2 of TASA''s Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November. For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here.

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” (Edsurge, for what it’s worth, shares investors with Class Central, Udacity, and Coursera (although there’s no disclosure on that article to that end) – funny how the narratives about the “revolutionary” potential of MOOCs get spread, eh?). More via The NYT : “Harassment in the Tech Industry: Voices Grow on Social Media.” (National) Education Politics.

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From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” ” Also via Class Central : “ Coursera Lets Instructors A/B Test Their Courses, Experiments With Automated Coaching.” All this pseudoscience is, of course, part of the “social emotional learning” hype.

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” (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.). “ Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers? Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts.”

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” IHE blogger Joshua Kim offers “25 Million Reasons Why LinkedIn / Microsoft Will Buy Coursera.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via Education Week (from last Friday – as I work on the week’s round-up of news, I try to avoid looking at social media, but I think there was another school shooting this morning): “10 Dead, Most of Them Students, and 10 Wounded in Texas High School Shooting.”

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” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. Coursera announces on its blog that it’s expanding to Brazil. Here’s Coursera arguing “Why Everyone Should Learn Sales.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Via The Financial Times : “ Coursera chief on the future of online learning and the Trump era.” “When Social Media Assignments Increase Risks for Vulnerable Students” by Monica Bulger and Jade E. ” Also via Techcrunch : “ Parental control service ‘ Circle with Disney ’ to help with distracted driving, social media, kids’ chores & more.” Education Politics.

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

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This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. They are political, social – shaping culture and politics and institutions and individuals in turn.

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Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. ” That for-profit is Laureate Education , the largest chain of for-profit schools in the world and an investor in Coursera. The ruling, which referred to players as employees, found that they must be freely allowed to post on social media, discuss issues of their health and safety, and speak with the media.”

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If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. ” For those keeping track of how ed-tech is intertwined in all this, here’s a list of Yuri Milner ’s education investments : 17zuoye, Remind, Coursera, Clever, Codecademy, ClassDojo, and General Assembly. Maybe social media is broken, Cathy O’Neil suggests. (National) Education Politics.

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Via Wired : “Schools Are Mining Students’ Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble.” ” Coursera’s head of data science: “Even when students are working, they provide clues that can be used to clamp down on cheats. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics.

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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My work as a thinker and writer about tech and ed-tech – and one explicitly committed to social justice – has been profoundly affected by Seymour. ” Reflecting, perhaps, its Silicon Valley roots, the gig economy has been found to be rife with gender and racial bias and to benefit those with the greatest social and financial capital. ( “Will this new ‘socially assistive robot’ from MIT Media Lab (or its progeny) replace teachers?”

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Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” ” Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week. Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event.

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e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. " The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. Via Recode : “ Coursera has ousted several senior executives along with many rank-and-file staffers.” ” “How Social Media Can Help Teach Good Writing,” according to Edsurge. (National) Education Politics.

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That’s Betsy DeVos , of course, and Social Finance a.k.a. ” “ Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight ,” says EduKwest’s Kirsten Winkler. ” “So-So Social Media Privacy? Data and “Research” Common Sense Media surveyed parents on their own digital media habits. “On any given day, parents of American tweens and teens average more than nine hours with screen media each day.”

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A graphic essay in Fusion : “Betsy DeVos’ ‘ School Choice ’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. I missed this news earlier in April, via Class Central : financial aid applications for Coursera take at least 15 days. Microsoft had a media event this week. “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12. I wrote about social-emotional learning (algorithms) as a “trend to watch.” Education Politics.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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As Campbell’s Law tells us , “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.” ” The College Board urged the media to pay attention to students who “work hard” and “play by the rules” instead of the ongoing security issues.

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