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.

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Will COVID-19 Lead to Another MOOC Moment?

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Large-scale courses known as MOOCs were invented to get free or low-cost education to people who could not afford or get access to traditional options. Duke University was one of the first institutions to draw on MOOCs in response to the novel coronavirus. Coursera decided to expand free access to a wider audience, for a limited time, so that they can make use of MOOC content in their teaching. Other MOOC providers are making similar offers.

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

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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. So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Perhaps it is employers who should be the most supportive of the latest MOOC developments. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Get Your MOOC On!

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Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs)." Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100''s or 1000''s of people are participating at a time. Have a suggestion for another MOOC?

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

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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. It’s also part of a growing trend where employers are increasingly turning to online education platforms like OpenClassrooms to help upskill their own employees and find others to fill important roles.

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MOOC: ‘Swayam’ -Spearheading the Education Revolution in India

WizIQ Education & Technology

SWAYAM is the world’s biggest MOOC platform, a program initiated by the Government of India. It is the world’s largest initiative of its kind taken by any government to consolidate the education. Education & Technology MOOC Online Education WizIQ News best mooc platforms education revolution in india swayam education platform swayam india mooc swayam mooc swayam online education swayam portal

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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." That year, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched edX, a joint effort to provide interactive, enriching MOOCs to a global audience and make world-class information accessible to all. Seven years later, contrary to predictions , MOOCs have not replaced traditional education.

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EdTechX: A MOOC about Integrating Education Technology from Justin Reich

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Last 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. Blog Featured Justin Reich #ettipad EdTech Researcher EdX MOOCThis post originally appeared on Justin’s EdWeek blog, EdTech Researcher.

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

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Such features are notable, says Sean Gallagher, founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. Education Technology MOOCs Coronavirus Digital Credentials

Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

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Today, The Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topic, Effective Technology Integration. A short list of useful resources that relate to the use of technology in education. Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning. Hybrid Pedagogy – An open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Advice On Using Education Technology [link].

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. 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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Online Degrees Slowdown: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2019

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Last year, MOOC providers announced about 30 new online degrees. This wave of activity and spending by MOOC providers and universities gave me a feeling of deja vu: it reminded me of the 2012 MOOC hype. The total number of MOOC-based degrees has now grown to 50.

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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

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What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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With ‘MicroBachelors’ Program, EdX Tries Again to Sell MOOCs For Undergraduate Credit

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The nonprofit MOOC platform edX, originally started by MIT and Harvard University at a time when pundits predicted large-scale online courses could replace college for some people, is trying yet another new approach, launching the first of what it calls a “MicroBachelors” program.

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

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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. Compare how a MOOC is assessed with how we evaluate The New York Times.

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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

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But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX. The first of these new MOOC degree programs emerged at Georgia Tech, which partnered with Udacity in 2013 to create a low-cost online master’s program in computer science. Since then, more and more degrees have run through MOOC channels. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

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And she makes the case for why free online courses like hers—which are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—might still lead to a revolution in higher education, even though the hype around them has died down. Some people might even wonder whether MOOCs are even still around since you don’t hear much about these courses today. As someone still teaching one of these, where do you see MOOCs these days? . Education Technology EdSurge Podcast Community

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

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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. So the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

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News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. She suggests that first-year students may need more academic and social supports and wraparound services than a la carte MOOCs provide. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

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MOOCs have evolved over the past five years from a virtual version of a classroom course to an experience that feels more like a Netflix library of teaching videos. One important benefit of the first MOOCs was that they started at fixed times, like traditional college courses, which meant that large numbers of people were sharing an experience and posting questions and answers to forums. The on-demand MOOC trend has led to a drastic reduction in forum activity within MOOC cohorts.

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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

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This led to a feeling of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) across higher education and Silicon Valley, both of whom invested huge amounts of capital and resources to launch free online courses without any concrete plans to recoup the costs (or get return on their investment). The media started calling this space MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, a term coopted from a 2008 experiment. The narrative in early days of MOOC space was around disruption of universities.

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

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

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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. This funding is “vindication for Open University betting on a MOOC platform, for investing in a non-U.S.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. This October, two open education pioneers are teaming up to pilot a new edX course titled “ Introduction to Open Education ” with hopes to amplify and answer some of these questions. How do you reconcile teaching about open education using closed technologies and platforms? Ekowo: Why this MOOC?

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

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I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world). So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

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MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

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To understand the concept, it’s important to remember how much MOOCs have changed since they emerged about six years ago to great fanfare. In recent months, some colleges have made arrangements with the MOOC platforms they work with to let students and staff get free access to online certificates and microcredentials created by the universities. He imagines that some professors may assign parts of MOOCs as homework, or as a way to help students get up to speed on technical courses.

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

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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. In MOOCs it’s all about teaching.

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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

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Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). It was Udacity vice president Clarissa Shen who this week said “they are dead,” when talking about MOOCs in an interview with The Economic Times in India.

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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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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

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Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Although it''s a fundamental principle of progressive education, keeping the student at the centre seems to be something that not many schools, colleges and universities are good at. Stephen Downes was adamant in his view that personal learning is the way forward for all forms of education.

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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. This course covers a wide array of topics in educational technology and media. This is a course for designers, technologists, and educators interested in creative learning. Stay tuned for more interesting MOOCs for K-12 professional learning!

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

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Growth Is on the Agenda The company started nine years ago amid a hype around free MOOCs , or massive open online courses, some of which drew hundreds of thousands of students each. Education Technology Digital Credentials MOOCs

MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.

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MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. The New York Times later declared 2012 as the ‘year of the MOOC,’ and columnists said the virtual courses would bring a revolution. And that's what MOOCS have.

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The Second Wave of MOOC Hype is Here, and it’s Online Degrees

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In the past year or so there's been a flurry of announcements from the big MOOC providers involving new degree programs based around their online courses. Earlier this year, for instance, Coursera announced six new degrees , including the first-ever MOOC-based Bachelors. So far, ten universities have announced MOOC-based online degrees, and together they offer a total of 25 different degrees. A steady stream of articles heralded MOOCs as the disruptor of higher education.

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