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A Decade of MOOCs: A Review of Stats and Trends for Large-Scale Online Courses in 2021

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In 2021, two of the biggest MOOC providers had an “exit” event. Ten years ago, more than 300,000 learners were taking the three free Stanford courses that kicked off the modern MOOC movement. I was one of those learners and launched Class Central as a side-project to keep track of these MOOCs.

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The Second Year of The MOOC: 2020 Saw a Rush to Large-Scale Online Courses

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This was the year that more people learned what a MOOC is. As millions suddenly found themselves with free time on their hands during the pandemic, many turned to online courses—especially, to free courses known as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. 2012, the “ Year of the MOOC ” was characterized by media hype.

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8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

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Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Wally Clipper, has a great run-down on 8 trends you’ll want to watch in 2020: 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020. While EdTech has been helping schools and other educational institutions a lot since it was introduced, its benefits have grown even more this year. Video-assisted Learning.

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In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

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One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies. But MOOCs were trending upward back in 2014 when the education incubator was established, so it made a catchy name for the building.

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In China, Online Degrees on Hold, Even as MOOCs Rise

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In fact, the country has no institution that is approved to deliver online degrees, even though it has moved rapidly to embrace MOOCs, free or low-cost online courses offered to millions throughout the country. advances in online pedagogy, such as flipped classrooms and MOOCs. MOOCs have proven wildly popular in China.

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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. One of the newest blockbuster MOOCs is The Science of Well-Being, offered by a Yale University professor.

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2U Buys edX for $800M, In Surprise End to Nonprofit MOOC Provider Started by MIT and Harvard

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The deal is a sign that the once-distinct lines between MOOCs, online degree programs and on-campus programs have blurred, argues Sean Gallagher, founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. We have to do right by the stakeholders every single day,” he added.

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