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

Edsurge

When MIT and Harvard University started edX nearly a decade ago, it was touted as a nonprofit alternative to for-profit online course providers. Covid drove an explosion in remote learning, which spurred huge investments into edX’s commercial competitors,” wrote MIT’s president L.

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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” Clever techies have stepped up to the challenge with their ingenious gadgets, transforming remote students into tangible beings with a heartbeat, devising uncanny innovations, most now surprisingly part of mainstream education, right on campus. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

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OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Trustees at Wesleyan University, where I am president, have for years been singing the siren’s song to professors about the benefits of online teaching, and usually the answer they get is: “It just doesn’t work.” Things will never be the same in higher education!”

Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development

Edudemic

For a while there, the word “MOOC” seemed to be on everyone’s tongue. For many educators who had reached their saturation points, MOOCs were the education world’s version of a song you heard every single time you turned on the radio and little by little grew to hate. The post Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Online Learning 21st century teachers elearning MOOCs Professional Development

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

Edsurge

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. The heyday for massive open online courses was studded with hype. So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” But what on earth could be neo-colonial about free online education? And why would MOOCs need to decolonize?

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The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

Edsurge

When executives at tech giants Salesforce and Microsoft decided in fall 2017 to turn to an online education platform to help train potential users of products for their vendors, they turned to Pierre Dubuc and his team in fall 2017. Salesforce has worked with OpenClassrooms to create and offer a developer-training course to help people learn how to use the Salesforce platform. About 60 percent said they spend more of their budget on online learning compared to last year.

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Will the Pandemic Lead More Colleges to Offer Credit for MOOCs? Coursera is Pushing for It.

Edsurge

When two Stanford University professors started Coursera in 2012, the focus was on building free online courses to bring teaching from elite colleges out to the world. They’re saying, ‘I can’t build this much online content. to help me with my online teaching.”

Why Emergency Online Learning Got Low Grades From Many College Students

Edsurge

The following is an edited excerpt from Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher Education , forthcoming from Routledge. Nearly all of higher education moved online at the beginning of the pandemic. Higher education has always privileged research over teaching.

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education can be considered a luxury for many people worldwide. Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. On the other side of the spectrum are countries where most of the population can only dream about higher education, because only a few — the elite — have access to it. In countries in this area, higher education is available to anyone — theoretically, at least.

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Online Learning Research

The Thinking Stick

Seeing that I’m fully invested in online professional development for educators through both COETAIL and Eduro Learning , I’m always on the look out for research on how to make online learning better. What is it that sets good online learning apart from the OK online learning systems? Universities that more and more are requiring students to learn online. Check out our online courses at Eduro Learning here.

Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?” As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent.

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Still MOOCing Along.

EdTechSandyK

Image Source Used Under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Week 4 of the Foundations of Virtual Instruction MOOC I started on June 30th is wrapping up today. By this time next week, I will hopefully have successfully completed my first MOOC. Quick Updates In case you read my post on starting this MOOC , or if you decide to go back and read it, I''ll update a few of my early observations: The 2 to 4 hours per week of work was a pretty accurate estimate.

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More MOOC Madness? UK’s FutureLearn Raises $65M to Expand Global Footprint

Edsurge

But SEEK Group , an Australian operator of online educational and employment services, has doubled down on massive open online courses. Less than a week after its announced lead in Coursera’s $103 million Series E round , SEEK is at it again with £50 million (about $65 million) in London-based MOOC platform FutureLearn. FutureLearn was wholly owned by The Open University, a public distance-learning university in the U.K.

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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

Edsurge

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online. Take a look at AWS Educate's evolution and hear about what is next.

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Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning

ProfHacker

I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. This open online experience started in 2012 via Hybrid Pedagogy , and this year, I was asked facilitate it. It’s how we grow our PLN (Personal Learning Network).

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

Edsurge

Beijing —The Chinese government is pushing online education these days, and like so many things in this country of 1.4 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.

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MOOC Provider edX Moves to Boost 'Open' Status of Its Content

Marketplace K-12

The "MOOC" provider edX is allowing authors of its content to license their materials as "open educational resources.". Ed-tech Online Learning Open Education Publishing mooc openeducationalresources

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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. An entire graduate course at Stanford University explores the principles for designing spaces that support learning. Yet most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces, even as more teaching and learning shifts online. Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms.

#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Edsurge

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall.

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Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

While educators and learners in classroom-based courses have already discovered the benefits of using engagement as a part of education, the power of online is yet to be fully realized. Ana Donaldson, 2011, Engaging the Online Learner. This could happen to your online program: Students Suing School Over Online Courses. Online learning does not need to be mechanical in nature. Engagement needs to take place in the online learning environment.

So I'm Taking a MOOC.

EdTechSandyK

Image Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Late last week I was innocently checking my Twitter feed, and I saw an announcement for a MOOC called Foundations of Virtual Instruction. The course is aimed at learning about K-12 online instruction, which I''m interested in knowing more about. The course is offered through Coursera , a known online learning platform which I have heard and read good things about.

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A new “MicroMasters” online learning program offered by major universities

The Hechinger Report

A new kind of credential has entered the crowded market for online learning. EdX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides online courses, announced last week the creation of 19 “ MicroMasters ” courses, a new type of online educational program. Galileo University, Guatemala (e-Learning, offered in Spanish; Professional Android Developer). That said, Edx MicroMasters programs differ from the typical MOOC in important ways, advocates say.

Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

MindShift

For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low. Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. And those who took the courses tended to be more educated already – 70 percent of survey respondents had bachelors degrees and 39 percent identified as teachers or former teachers.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Edsurge

A report by the American Council on Education concludes: "The rapid price increases in recent years, especially in the public college sector, may have led many students—particularly low-income students—to think that college is out of reach financially.” Online to the Rescue As an online dean, over two decades my philosophical position was that there should be no difference between virtual and face-to-face education.

The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

Wired Campus

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable. Back then, 28 percent of respondents believed MOOCs were sustainable, while 26 percent thought they were not.

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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

A recent move by a leading United Kingdom learning platform to issue academic credits toward a degree for students who complete open online courses could signal a forthcoming trend in the U.S. The company is partnering with nine higher education institutions in the venture, said Matt Walton, head of product for FutureLearn. “It’s It’s the beginning of the unbundling of higher education and making it more accessible to more people than ever before,” he said.

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?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Edsurge

I became a Strava user in 2013, around the same time I became an online course designer. Why was the fitness app so “sticky” as opposed to the online learning platforms? How could we apply the same practices to learning? I’ve come to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings about online learning is that it has to be limited to things that can be done in front of a computer screen. This trend holds true across other online courses.

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

Marketplace K-12

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

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The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. She holds an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford.

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Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Learning with 'e's

After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. First there were the cMOOCs, free and open online courses that focused more on learning than they did on accreditation. Learning was fun and informal, and learning was often self or peer assessed. Quasi versions of open online learning already existed, such as the incredibly popular video based Khan Academy content.

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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. We are always building more AI into the teaching experience and the learning experience,” he said. “On

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

Edsurge

In 2017, Stephen DeRue, dean of University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, wrote a Forbes column arguing that, in order to make higher education more affordable, we needed to move towards an “iTunes model for education.” “In In the future,” he wrote, “I envision three tiers of education that look a lot like the music industry of today. We could be pushing online teachers in a similar direction. Online learning is still a wild west industry.

MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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