How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching


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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EdTech Acronyms Explained


ICT – Information Communications Technology. MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). education acronym acronyms edtech exxample learning tech technology terms

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MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?


residents honor the right of individuals to have their information removed. The biggest challenge a lot [of entities] are facing is that they’re trying to implement for a law that isn't yet in effect, and is broadly written,” says Matthew Johnson, a lawyer with Cooley who focuses on higher education institutions and edtech companies. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 For their part, some MOOC providers have already made steps towards compliance.

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12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions , I introduce mission minded learning. Participants in my current free online course, The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), designed learning missions this past week to inspire their learners.

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection

Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. I have my own personal professional blog, ( ) that I use to share my own opinions, tips, and reviews for EdTech related topics. Blogs are an effective way to communicate information, and enabling the comments feature and allowing teachers to guest blog with you can be a powerful way to get teachers involved and become active participants.


Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe


Dreamit Edtech network to get their “lemon lists” of concepts, statements, and business models that edtech entrepreneurs may want to think twice—or thrice—about. For your lead to be worth much to the college you need to have robust data about that student’s underlying needs and preferences, and demonstrate that students value your site or app as a highly trusted source of information and advice. MOOCs or General Assembly for country X.

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As Grad Degrees And Credentials Boom, Prestigious Schools Are Winning


The master’s degree market is also a hotbed of innovation, as some of the world’s top universities are now experimenting with MOOC-based degrees at substantially lower price points. Today this has changed significantly—and not only due to MOOCs, which were an important catalyst.

?Edtech is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement


And in the process of trying to educate myself on the matter, I’ve come to a scary realization: Edtech is trapped in Ben Bloom’s basement. For all Silicon Valley’s talk of “disrupting” education, most of the edtech that exists today simply digitizes ineffective aspects of education’s yesteryear. Yet thinking back to my stroll through the library, this is not what some of even the most popular edtech tools encourage.

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15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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


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. That’s why we’ve also highlighted a few here that we don’t want you to miss, from complicated community college turnarounds to where IKEA and edtech overlap.

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Got Action Plan?

The PL2C Blog

Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed. Based on context and role, participants used the ITCAP template to create their personal coaching vision and goals, along with specific activities and steps extrapolated from the weekly MOOC-Ed content and their experiences.


The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote


As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs. As educators, one of our most critical challenges is to develop students into these learners who can take advantage of both formal and informal education systems.

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Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig—From the EdSurge Jobs Team


Looking for a job can be daunting, particularly if you are pivoting to a new role or switching industries, like those folks coming into the edtech space. Over the years of running the EdSurge edtech jobs board, we’ve collected some helpful tips and resources for finding your dream edtech job. Building Hard Skills: There are so many courses nowadays (online, especially—thanks edtech!) Check out our growing list of MOOCs and Courses on the EdSurge Index.

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New Technology Connects Jobseekers with Employers

Digital Promise

These were just some of the challenges addressed by innovative startups from across the western United States in the semi-finals of the 2018 Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESA), co-sponsored by Digital Promise and GSVlabs, and the Michelson Foundation on November 15.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

I would take this one step further — the dominant paradigm of EdTech keynotes is not either dystopian or utopian , but giving the audience the utopia or dystopia they desire. To play into the musical tropes of EdTech blogging, we give the people what they want.

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A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

The following infographic/cheat sheet from @goboundless outlines some of the larger scale (eLearning) or controversial (MOOC) movements, as well as those on the rise (1:1, personalized learning), and providing working definitions for each. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC).

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


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. The information can be used effectively and creatively by anyone to learn outside the traditional form of learning such as classrooms etc. education edtech innovation teaching

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On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

I would take this one step further — the dominant paradigm of EdTech keynotes is not either dystopian or utopian , but giving the audience the utopia or dystopia they desire. To play into the musical tropes of EdTech blogging, we give the people what they want.

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Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

Schools are organizing databases around students that look at multiple performance indicators, and now, more than ever, learning is informed and registered through collections of data points and not just a grade. Technology #edtech assessment

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

20 NEW Ways to Use #GoogleClassroom #gttribe #SUL #googleedu #gsuiteedu #edtech Click To Tweet. googleedu #gsuiteedu #edtech Click To Tweet. Parent Information Classes. We can add videos, information, permission slips, resources, etc. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

The Road to Disastrous Educational Businesses Is Paved With Good Intentions


The hallmark of successful investment decision making is to approach an opportunity with an openness to new information. To their credit, both of the leading commercial MOOCs—Udacity and Coursera—have undertaken significant pivots to their initially flawed business models. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech BusinessThe following is excerpted from Jonathan A. Knee’s “ Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education ,” reprinted with permission.

Designing Organizations to Support Tech on Campus #SXSWedu


MOOCs, technology infusion projects, online masters or pathways to credit, research. Maryland students pushing for reduced textbook costs (which could mean more digital content) and a repository of historical syllabi so they can make more informed choices in their courses.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Neil Rickus ; EdTech Consultant & Former Teacher. 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. Refer to the SAMR model for more information about this.

How Can We Use Google Maps and Google Earth Creatively With Students? | #PodcastPD


For more information, please visit Kurt is also part of EdTech Sages , LLC, an educational technology training and consulting group. Show Information. Mapping with google mooc For more information, please visit ([link]. Kurt is also part of EdTech Sages ([link] LLC, an educational technology training and consulting group. Show Information ([link]. Tweet.

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What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

Things are already starting to move this way with the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Digital Divide – ICT Information Communications Technology. Blog digital divide edtech

Practicing the Principles of Connected Learning

Educator Innovator

If you are organizing a course, MOOC, or co-learning community, daily connects are one of the most powerful and yet simple tools at your disposal. DML #clmooc #edtech connected courses connected learning


Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution

TeachThought - Learn better.

MOOCs are great ideas, but assessment and feedback loops and certification are among the many issues holding them back. And anymore, they end being the punchline of edtech jokes, somehow. Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution. by Terry Heick.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

FI conducts research, develops educational resources, provides high quality professional learning programs for educators including leadership massive open online courses (MOOCs), advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-making at a regional and national level.

29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU


Every year in March the edtech world descends on Austin for SXSW EDU, a conference that’s become as much about classroom practice and implementation as entrepreneurship and tech innovation. Can Evidence Even Keep Up with Edtech? Speakers from Newsela, New Market Venture Partners and Academic Business Advisors open up about how the lightning-fast pace of edtech development requires companies to produce evidence for schools in a shortened time frame.

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How a Parody Twitter Account Helps Decode the Hulking Educause Conference (And What to Expect This Year)


It’s time once again for The Hulk of edtech conferences— Educause , which kicks off fully on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif. Blending with MOOCs: How Multiple Institutions Are Using MOOCs to Improve Residential Education with Adam Finkelstein (McGill University), Michael Goudzwaard (Dartmouth College), Diana Marian (Boston University) and Allison Dulin-Salisbury (EdSurge). Since last year there's a new parody account, @EDUcaustic , which is even more strident in mocking edtech.

Income Share Agreements Dominate Y Combinator’s Latest Education Graduates


Here’s a look at the latest edtech crop. Applicants use the company website to request a certain amount and provide information, then receive a quote from Blair. Everyone is trying to make education online, but we’ve seen the rise and fall of MOOCs,” says Payne, 32.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know


ESSA: What Edtech Providers Need to Know : Whiteboard Advisors Senior Vice President David DeSchryver and Education Week Senior Editor Sean Cavanagh break down one of the biggest federal education policies to pass in the last decade: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. How to Best Serve ELLs with Edtech : As the number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the U.S.


(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” It’s like the MOOC crap all over again. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt


When there’s a need for information or new skills, employees today are increasingly turning to instantly accessible sources such as search engines and online course libraries available on their mobile devices. Information today is pushed so quickly at people that the landscape has fundamentally changed.” Well-funded MOOC providers Coursera, Udacity and EdX have evolved their business models to focus squarely on corporate learning and serving professionals seeking credentials.

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote


In the daily edtech trenches, the forest is easily lost for the trees. He grouped these advances into three broad areas: The digitization of information, machine learning and medicine. Dr. Kaku envisions a world where the Internet—and therefore information—is both everywhere and nowhere. Dr. Kaku does not, however, envision a world where robots have banished educators from the classroom; he acknowledged the widely-noted shortcomings of today’s MOOC’s.