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.” Related: How do you manage college online — quarantined with eight people?

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. Education Technology MOOCs Future of Work Workforce Trainin

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

Edsurge

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.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives. But what on earth could be neo-colonial about free online education? And why would MOOCs need to decolonize? Stanford University, Google, Facebook, AT&T?10

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

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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. Online learning doesn’t mean sans engagement.

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. Everything is on Google.

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Think Like an Urban Planner to Create Successful Online Learning Communities

Fractus Learning

But often, when we try to create community online through discussion forums or social media, our efforts fall flat. To avoid this, start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. How To MOOC PLN

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Perry Hewitt

The first few years of widespread access to MOOCs have created a data trove for researchers. The first one: MOOC students are diverse, but trend toward autodidacts. Google released a real-time trends feature to provide live data on the 100 billion searches conducted each month.

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

Learning is becoming more collaborative to mirror the way that adults live their lives. New Learning Platforms. Today, most schools use some type of virtual learning environment. Many teachers are using virtual learning environments to teach film-making online.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

Connected Educators: Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Today I''m excited to be participating in a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course that is free. Today''s MOOC is part of Chris Long''s University of California Irvine''s course, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom.

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

Edsurge

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. Massive open online course providers gained momentum and attention by claiming to offer a free alternative to traditional degrees.

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. Still, learning news literacy skills is one thing, and the motivation to use those skills is another.

Friday 5 — 5.22.2015

Perry Hewitt

For those of you already planning your Memorial Day driving routes, Google Maps has released useful, new features alerting users to delays and detours as you enter your destination. Related trivia: Google Maps also released the top destinations from Memorial Day 2014.

How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

Edsurge

he’s been using virtual labs to create more realistic learning opportunities for online students—changes he believes will make quality education more authentic and accessible for all learners. A passion for lifelong learning led to more change when he left a teaching position at a traditional university for a role at Ashford University —a completely online school. He’d heard so much about online education as a learning path and he wanted to experience it firsthand.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

Edsurge

That’s one question we had for Kevin deLaplante, who did just that when he left Iowa State University in 2015 to focus on running his Argument Ninja Podcast and teaching courses on his online Critical Thinker Academy , both aimed at bringing concepts from his scholarship to a popular audience. So we also asked deLaplante what he thinks about the broader landscape of online education that he’s part of. EdSurge: What got you started making online courses on your own?

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Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course

Edsurge

The online course won’t include any heavy technical lessons, and is specifically targeting learners without experience with AI who want to better understand the technology or ways it could impact their business. The course will cost $49 per month and will be hosted on Coursera, a platform for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that Ng co-founded in 2012. (He But the course won’t be offered through a university, like many of the other online classes on Coursera.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late.

?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

Edsurge

Online courses helped kick off a movement promising that your zipcode no longer had to determine the quality of education you received. A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. Unless we carefully examine where we put the paywalls and how we cultivate diverse student bodies in our online learning experiences, we risk transposing the same patterns of inequity that have plagued in-person education into our digital classrooms.

Higher Ed Has Now Split Into Dual Economies: Online and Traditional

Edsurge

Hovering over this idyllic image is the online campus, where students rarely, if ever, set foot on manicured lawns. Before the invasion of the internet, the university comprised a secure, single identity; now—with about a third of college students online —the American college is bifurcated.

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Is There Still a Meaningful Difference Between For-Profit and Public Higher Ed?

Edsurge

He’s the guy who coined the term MOOC, short for Massive Open Online Course, which then was a reference to multiplayer video games. You can follow the podcast on the Apple Podcast app , Spotify , Stitcher , Google Play Music or wherever you listen. Learn more here.

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Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Edsurge

Ahearn, an online learning manager for +Acumen, shares eight lessons learned about the field with a starter kit of what every hopeful instructional designer should know. Coursera to Charge Fees for Previously Free Courses Once hailed as a portal for free learning materials, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, Coursera announced this year plans to charge if learners want to submit assignments to be graded for certain courses.

How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education

Edsurge

Colleges around the country have shut down and moved teaching online, and no one knows when it will be safe to reopen and resume normal operations. That reality was highlighted during a live online discussion EdSurge held this week in partnership with Bryan Alexander’s Future Trends Forum.

Udacity VP of Learning: ‘We Never Start Anything Out of Academic Interest’

Edsurge

A red carpet and a self-driving car were just a few of the things attendees saw on Tuesday at Intersect, the third annual conference put on by online learning provider Udacity. Amid the futuristic glitz and glamour, the company announced plans to roll out a new set of short-term series of online courses, called Nanodegrees, all in part of the company’s growing push towards jobs-training.

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Online Grade Portals.

Crowdfunding Meets Webinar: How One Organization Uses Slack to Tackle Global Challenges

Edsurge

Now that we’ve assembled international crowds of motivated, smart people online in MOOCs, it’s time to think about harnessing their collective intelligence to tackle these urgent cross-boundary issues. Some new online courses like The Active Citizen in the Digital Age from Stanford University are already moving us in this direction, helping to foster informed civic participation following the 2016 election. Adapting an Existing Online Course for Synchronous Delivery.

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(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.” “ Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral? Via Edsurge : “ GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

The Stories We've Been Told (in 2017) about Education Technology

Hack Education

This series is meant to serve in-depth exploration of the events of the past year and an analysis of how these events shape the way in which we imagine and prepare for the future of teaching and learning. Beyond the MOOC. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. Learning to Code. MOOCs. Education Data and Learning Analytics. Online Learning. Mobile Learning.

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?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But they can also be creating learning apps, museum exhibits, or the latest educational toy. Share what you learned.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). From the edX blog : “Fully Online, Top-Ranked Master’s Degrees Now Available on edX.” ” Via Edsurge : “5 Ways MOOC -Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees.” ” Not listed: other online degrees simply aren’t hyped the way MOOCs are. Via The Hechinger Report : “Experts call for an end to online preschool program s.”

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Khan Academy Has Inspired Imitations Across Disciplines. MEDKSL is the Latest.

Edsurge

At the time, I’d been hearing about what Khan was doing and suddenly I realized there’s a fundamental divide between how we’ve traditionally taught medical school and how the next generation is wired to learn.” Our goal was to create digital content that appeals to various learning styles—text-based, auditory, and visual,” Sharma explains. In a lot of classrooms, our modules are becoming required learning,” Sharma says. “As

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Hill : “ Karl Rove and David Axelrod partner for online class on winning elections” – an online class on the Masterclass platform, that is. There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. Enjoy your Google for Education products ! Speaking of Google, “ Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online.

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