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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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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. Most of the occupants offer products or services in online learning, though not necessarily massive open online courses or MOOCs, despite being the building's namesake. 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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EdTechX: A MOOC about Integrating Education Technology from Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

This post originally appeared on Justin’s EdWeek blog, EdTech Researcher. Blog Featured Justin Reich #ettipad EdTech Researcher EdX MOOCLast week MIT kicked off a free new massive open online course called 11.133: Implementation and Evaluation of Education Technology. The course is designed to help educators think about how to integrate emerging technologies into schools and classrooms and how to evaluate those efforts.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

Edsurge

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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MOOCs: the big…err, massive…new thing

Mobile Musings

ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L) just published an article I wrote about MOOCs. In particular, there are two new MOOCs that are particularly well suited to K-12 professional learning. It includes a fairly traditional program of webinars and readings, along with experiments via the mechanical mooc and G+ communities. (We Best of all, these two MOOCs are both OPEN (in a variety of senses, including open licensed) and CONNECTIVIST.

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A creative writing MOOC to reclaim MOOCs

Improving Education Environments

Rolin Moe : My newest initiative – a creative writing MOOC. Via All MOOCs. MOOC was a term borne of experimentation and cutting-edge theory, a background it lost once MOOC became synonymous with LMS-based content streams. Love @RMoeJo ‘s notion that we lost the term MOOC, not to mention his research and theoretics around the idea grounds the term. Here is the rationale.

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8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months. MOOCs.

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

Edsurge

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. It’s an argument he’s been making on the lecture circuit lately, including at a keynote he gave in May at the ASU+GSV Summit on edtech innovation. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningAndrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5

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

Edsurge

Phil Hill, a consultant who has long followed the edtech industry, doubts that colleges will dump their existing learning management systems to use Coursera’s free tools. Colleges have tried to offer courses built around MOOC materials before—and it hasn’t always gone well. Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges.

Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

We were inspired by two incredible edtech gurus who were our guest experts for the chat, Steve Wheeler ( @SteveWheeler ) and Larry Ferlazzo ( @LarryFerlazzo ). We also had many teachers who are edtech gurus in their own right from around the world join the chat. Effective Technology Integration Events Holidays Tech Tips #EdugoalsMOOC edtechmissions elearning getting to know you Getting to Know You Activities Icebreakers Learning Missions mission based learning Missions MOOC moocs

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. Technology is a huge part of our students’ lives. Students all over the world have access to knowledge, resources, and experts to help them learn in rich ways and accomplish great things.

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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations. The birthplace for MOOC platform edX, MIT is no stranger to experimental credentials and online programs.

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In New Push to Grow Online Degree Offerings, Coursera Changes Revenue-Sharing Options

Edsurge

Because, as edtech consultant and blogger Phil Hill argues, Coursera’s latest strategy relies on so-called “network effects” that come when one platform gains a critical mass of users and offerings.

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

Edsurge

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 Across all geographies, Europe has one of the highest concentration of MOOC users in the world. Some MOOC instructors are less concerned.

Amplify's MOOC Is Sold, and Renamed as 'Edhesive'

Marketplace K-12

Computer Science Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning edtech mergersandacquisitionsAmplify's AP computer science massive, open, online course has been sold to a group of investors.

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US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019

Edsurge

edtech companies in the first half of 2019. The high tally for venture funding this year is not unique to the edtech industry. Wayee Chu, a general partner at Reach Capital, a San Francisco-based edtech investment firm, sees a broader market interest in edtech given the recent deals led by generalist investors that don’t generally play in this sector. edtech companies, but their counterparts overseas have also attracted plenty of venture capital. The U.S.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 3 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

For Unit 3 of the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , we explored the TPACK and SAMR frameworks. Board - "TPACK & SAMR Visual Analogies" Be sure to also check out my Pinterest Board for this MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed where I''ve added all of the resources for each unit. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

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edX Staked Its Reputation on Its Nonprofit Status. What Will It Mean To Be Part of For-Profit 2U?

Edsurge

Michael Feldstein, a longtime edtech consultant and blogger, highlighted what he saw as the “hypocrisy” of the deal in a blog post last week. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education Online Program Management Digital Credentials Digital Learning in Higher Ed

How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

EdTechnocation.com

Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). What is a MOOC you may ask? According to the Mooc-List.com , a repository of MOOCs across the web, MOOC is " an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet. " A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

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, ( technocation.blogspost.com ) that I use to share my own opinions, tips, and reviews for EdTech related topics. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan.

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Udemy, an Online Course Platform Where Anyone Can Teach, Keeps Raising Money. What's Next?

Edsurge

Udemy has become one of the best-funded companies in edtech, having raised another $80 million earlier this year, bringing its total raised to nearly $300 million. Education Technology Edtech Business MOOCs

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 6 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

In the final unit of the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed , we learned about the importance of and practiced evaluating EdTech tools and resources, such as iPad Apps and websites with the use of rubrics and evaluation tools. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Coach Digital edtech evaluation ipad Learning MOOC-Ed rubric

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GSV Ventures Raises $180M Fund in Search of Global Edtech Opportunities

Edsurge

This money will support edtech deals at the seed, Series A and later fundraising stages. Despite having invested in dozens of edtech startups over the past decade, Quazzo says there are no shortage of intractable problems remaining in education.

Elite Colleges Started EdX as a Nonprofit Alternative to Coursera. How Is It Doing?

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It has the most users of any provider of MOOCs (as the large-scale online courses are sometimes called), claiming more than 77 million learners. Dhawal Shaw, founder of MOOC-discovery platform Class Central. It was 2012, and online learning was suddenly booming.

Coursera Is Now a Public Company. What Does That Mean For Higher Education?

Edsurge

Coursera’s founders and CEO rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange today, as the online-learning company became a rare edtech enterprise to go public. Education Technology Digital Credentials MOOCs

Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review

ProfHacker

If you care about equity in edtech, this report is a must-read, especially if you are interested in evidence-based research and practical solutions. If you don’t care about equity in edtech. then that’s really sad, because it’s really difficult to work in edtech and not notice equity issues. edtech folks often claim to be "democratizing education" and have for a century, & rhetorically we give them the benefit of the doubt 2/n.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

Edsurge

It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. s co-founders Dan Nash and Sean Hookano-Briel initially targeted K-12 schools for the tool, it seems the corporate sector, which has increasingly turned to MOOCs to train employees, has taken a liking to it even more. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks. Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback.

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

Edsurge

As the bubbly enthusiasm in the democratizing power of platforms like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Khan Academy quietly wanes, we’ve seen more attention to digital inequity like the homework gap and gender discrimination in coding careers. A Rising Tide of Inequality Edtech efforts at broadening access to opportunity often falter when running up against entrenched forms of inequity and discrimination.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

Edsurge

edtech startups in 2017. And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. Source: EdSurge One trend is clear: The dollars invested in the US edtech industry has ticked up steadily since 2011 (considering 2015 as an aberration). For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news. edtech assets. For many U.S.

?Edtech is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement

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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.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data. Last week, during the 2015 CoSN Annual Conference , I participated in the CoSN Camp FailFest where leaders in education shared professional failures in order to see future successes. When I started Gaggle back in 1999, we were free email for students. The goal was “a million eyeballs,” a familiar term used during the first dot-com bubble.

Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

Edsurge

based edtech startups in 2017 saw a resurgence of investment capital. edtech investments in 2011. edtech companies. MOOC companies typically account for the bump in the “Post-Secondary” category, but aside from Coursera’s $64 million Series D round, few other companies focused in higher education scored a large deal. edtech startups hit almost $1.7 For edtech startups, seed money hasn’t disappeared; it’s just harder to get.