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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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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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. Ng is seen as one of the leading figures in artificial intelligence, having founded and directed the Google Brain project and served as the chief scientist at the Chinese search giant Baidu, as well as having directed the artificial intelligence laboratory at Stanford University. Meanwhile, it’s important to note the limits of the MOOC format.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

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GAFE – Google Apps For Education (include Google Docs, Google Sites etc). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). OSS – Open Source Software (programs online that are free to use).

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

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According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years.

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

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With the ease of Google Apps and similar applications, employees and students alike can share files and work on documents and spreadsheets in real time – whether they’re a mile down the road or in a different country altogether.

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

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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.

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

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A number of colleges have partnered with big MOOC providers, principally Coursera and edX, to offer large-scale online courses at far lower prices, in part to attract new students to their higher-priced online degrees. "It’s

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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. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. TL;DR.

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Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018

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Udacity already offers a self-driving car nanodegree but, as its founder and former CEO Sebastian Thrun writes , it “has many prerequisites [and] is built for seasoned software engineers.” Founded in 2012, Udacity initially sought to work with universities as a provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs). A year later it pivoted, and now focuses on training students with skills to land jobs at big tech firms including AT&T, Didi Chuxing, and Google.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment.

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(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” Via Techcrunch : “ Holberton brings its full-stack software engineering school to Colombia.” Via Edsurge : “How Google’s Former China Chief Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching.”

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment.

Why Students Can’t Write — And Why Tech is Part of the Problem

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In some cases the very technologies that were intended to improve writing, like automatic-essay grading software, have backfired by encouraging a kind of paint-by-numbers approach to writing. You can follow the podcast on the Apple Podcast app , Spotify , Stitcher , Google Play Music or wherever you listen. People argue essay grading software can make things more efficient, and help bring down the high cost of education. People tout that software gives instant feedback.]

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. Investors in tutoring companies this year included Warbug Pincus, Goldman Sachs, Learn Capital, Y Combinator, the Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, TAL Education, Tencent, Google, and of course, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. ” (Its MOOC competitor edX also announced this year that many of its courses would no longer be free.) Vive la MOOC révolution.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

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We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University. We’d learn how to make our own maps using Google’s mapping tools , then check out the maps that others have made.

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

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raised more than $9 million in a recent Series A round , and handheld wireless sensor company PocketLab is now teaming up with Google to bring the pocket-sized lab equipment to the Google Science Journal. It’s free for students, but the software isn’t free for all—teachers must pay $7 a year and Pro users pay $29 annually. based automated grading software company, is trying to ease that pain.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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They can be something everybody uses; that’s how 2012 became the year of the MOOC, and why virtual reality will no doubt be widely cited as the trend of 2016. MOOCs continued to increase in number and attendance. With every new year comes new ideas.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Google) biotech company, Calico.

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

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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. We’ve seen the most interest in SaaS (software-as-a-service) models where the product is complementary to an existing platform.”. Will Google make a strong acquisition in the next year or two to solidify its position,” asks Palmer, “or will it mainly be an infrastructure player?”

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We Are Rockstar Educators

Improving Education Environments

The MOOC phenomenon has led to media pundits and platform developers and their mouthpieces to view teaching from a popularity lens; those at the front of these MOOCs are purported to be regal and powerful by way of their MOOC, the performance on-camera as The Important.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes.

?Edtech is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement

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MOOCs are just digital versions of the much maligned large group lecture, virtual flashcards are simply another tool for useless rote memorization, and online textbooks are just one more problematically unidirectional method of transmitting information without cultivating learning. A recent visit to my old high school library left me disappointed. Gone were the days of handwritten flashcards and ten-pound textbooks.

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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. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. TL;DR.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court,” The Verge reports. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Google Brings Computing Courses to 10 Colleges.” Devonshire Investors has acquired MOOC startup NovoEd. The software in question: Exam4.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. This is part of the push for MOOCs, we must be honest.). To become a platform is to be “the next Facebook” or “the next Google” (and as such, to be a windfall for investors).

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out. Remember: the biases of engineers and managers get baked into the software you use.

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Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

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MOOCs were going to change everything. This is what Google does, for example, when you type something like “how many points LBJ” into the search bar, and you get results about LeBron James. Google takes the data about what a website contains, along with how people search and what people click on, in part, to determine what to display in those “ten blue links” that show up on the first page of search results.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?” More questions about MOOCs in the Betteridge’s Headlines section below. And more on MOOCs in the credentialing section below as well. (National) Education Politics. “Who Is Betsy DeVos ?”

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Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. Perhaps with this data, the MOOC providers can build a map of professional if not cognitive pathways. Google versus Uber.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–18.” ” Not surprisingly, there is more MOOC news in the surveillance section below.

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Testing and the future of education: Anya Kamenetz on Future Trends Forum #6

Bryan Alexander

As one anecdote to consider, Kamenetz mentioned a new product, which provides surveillance software for K-12. The company making this software claimed as an achievement to have prevented three suicides by detecting self-harm signals through pupils’ digital activity.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ XuetangX : A Look at China’s First and Biggest MOOC Platform.” Google has released an update to its Course Builder software. Presidential Campaign Politics.