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

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The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry , has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses. But in a new effort announced Thursday, called Coursera for Campus, the company will begin selling access to its complete library of courseware to any college to use, at around $400 per student.

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Why Most Ivies Offer Few Online Degrees—And What’s Happening to Change It

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And in the past ten years these colleges have been active in offering so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, which are free or low-cost courses, usually for no official credit. Education Technology Higher Education Digital Learning in Higher Ed Digital Credentials MOOCs

The Microlearning Moment in Workplace Learning

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The shift to remote work in the pandemic also fueled the purchase of low-cost subscriptions to online training libraries. Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed MOOCs Digital Credentials

Upskilling Trend Brings Coupons, ‘Flash Sales’ and Other Marketing Gimmicks to Higher Ed

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“Now is the time,” said a recent promotional email from Udemy, a library of online courses. The buzz from employers, meanwhile, is that many industries are changing so fast that workers will need to “upskill” more often —making the economics of asking users to take more courses more viable.

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Coursera’s IPO Filing Shows Growing Revenue and Loss During a Pandemic

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Also driving that growth is Coursera for Campus, which the company launched in late 2019 to let colleges offer its library of online courses to their students. This afternoon, Coursera filed its S-1 paperwork , offering a first look at how the Mountain View, Calif.-based

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

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Like many teachers, I would tap into the the Library of Congress, which would give me tips for teaching with primary sources , including quarterly journal articles on topics such as integrating historical and geographic thinking. We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University.

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

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A few weeks after EdSurge probed the company about the silence, Amazon opened up the resource library to the public. More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products A few years ago elite universities were frantically jumping into MOOCs. As the industry shifts toward paid “nanodegrees,” the future of the free, open course looks uncertain, even as the company says they have no immediate plans to discontinue them.

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

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In the future,” he wrote, “I envision three tiers of education that look a lot like the music industry of today. Customers can now pay a monthly fee to get access to a library of content. This compensation structure may seem common (or to some even fair) in other industries such as entertainment. The online learning industry has driven itself into a corner that is tricky to get out of, and much of that stems from initially offering the majority of digital content for free.

As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed

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Other scholars have applied the McDonaldization framework to a variety of academic institutions and disciplines—to nursing education , academic libraries , and specific U.S. And industry does this. For instance, a lead developer of the Post-It note at industrial giant 3M has said on record that the company had a terrible experience using a trendy innovation method known as Six Sigma , arguing that it almost “killed innovation” at the company.

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Lessons from Boise: What colleges can teach us about fostering innovation

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Organizations as diverse as Fidelity Investments and the New York Public Library are also adopting this tactic. The media covers innovation in selective ways: the latest dating app is going to get a lot more airtime than a transformative technology in the construction industry. Mine employee creativity with hackathons or challenges addressing topics specific to your organization or industry. A wheel design to eliminate road ruts for American farmers.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

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When there’s a need for information or new skills, employees today are increasingly turning to instantly accessible sources such as search engines and online course libraries available on their mobile devices. Well-funded MOOC providers Coursera, Udacity and EdX have evolved their business models to focus squarely on corporate learning and serving professionals seeking credentials.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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But then their teacher, Will Colglazier, demonstrated how a couple more exploratory clicks—critically, beyond the site itself—revealed that the Employment Policies Institute is considered by the Center for Media and Democracy to be a front group created by lobbyists for the restaurant and hotel industries. “I In January, they plan to launch a massive online open course (aka a MOOC) called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. Northport, N.Y.,

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote

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The ubiquity of information, however, means that we will no longer interact with the internet in the physical world; users might be able to read a book, or a whole library, by blinking commands into a smart contact lens. Specifically, he called out the medical industry as a hot sector for future careers. Dr. Kaku does not, however, envision a world where robots have banished educators from the classroom; he acknowledged the widely-noted shortcomings of today’s MOOC’s.

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30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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But as successive refinements improve them to the point that they start to steal customers, they may end up reshaping entire industries: classified ads (Craigslist), long distance calls (Skype), record stores (iTunes), research libraries (Google), local stores (eBay), taxis (Uber) and newspapers (Twitter).” MOOCs, nanodegrees, etc. 30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom. by Terry Heick.

Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

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This year feels different too than the previous years in which I’ve written these reviews because education technology – as an industry – sort of floundered in 2016, as I think my series will show. I suppose some analysts would argue education technology, as an industry, “matured” this year – young startup founders were replaced by old white men as chief executives, young startups were acquired by old, established corporations. Beyond the MOOC.

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For example, this story from the School Library Journal : “ Charter Schools , Segregation , and School Library Access.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “Analysis of Georgia Tech ’s MOOC-inspired online master’s in computer science suggests that institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale.”

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

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The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when the media wrote about MOOCs with such frenzy, parroting all these marketing claims and more and predicting that MOOCs were poised to “ end the era of expensive higher education ”? Along the way, most of the predictions and promises have been broken: Attending a MOOC now often costs money ; receiving a certificate certainly costs money.

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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.”) Computing platforms have different abstraction levels, including a computer architecture, an OS, or runtime libraries. I’m not sure it was, but then again, understanding the LMS industry is really their thing and not mine (something for which I am eternally grateful).

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

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But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? When students started migrating towards used textbooks, rentals, MOOCs and OER due to the high prices of printed textbooks, it affected the revenues of traditional book publishers. Publishers must incorporate content libraries from the international market to increase their digital subscriber list.

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

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I’ve called this “the Top Ed-Tech Trends,” but this has never been an SEO-optimized list of products that the ed-tech industry wants schools or parents or companies to buy (or that it claims schools and parents and companies are buying). Beyond the MOOC. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. MOOCs. The Digital Library.

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” Via The Atlantic : “The Libraries Bringing Small-Town News Back to Life.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s baaaaack: “Return of the MOOC ,” The City Journal tells us. There’s some (sorta) MOOC-related news in the venture funding section below. Because MOOCs on an airplane proved to be such an effective mode of instruction. MOOCs weren’t really MOOCs either.

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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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Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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If you want a job as a software developer in the technology industry, you’ll need a college degree. Because despite their marketing copy, it remains important to ask: how do employers, in and out of Silicon Valley, respond to these alt-credentials – to MOOC certificates and nanodegrees and microcredentials and badges? Credentials can also help legitimize institutions and industries. ” MOOCs for credit.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOC hype deja vu.). Via Buzzfeed : “The Industry That Was Crushed By The Obama Administration.” ” Via InfoDocket : “New Reports: Trends on Use of Public Libraries , Reading Habits , and Bookstores in U.S.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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But you’re full of fallacy yourself if you think that’s going to stop me from making critiques about this industry. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! FutureLearn announced that two UK universities – the University of Leeds and the Open University – will offer MOOCs that will be accepted for college credit. For more on MOOCs for credit, see the “MOOCs” section above.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories , apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were selling to the rest of us. The End of Library" Stories (and the Software that Seems to Support That).

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OpenSecrets.org on how the student loan industry and higher ed institutions spend their lobbying dollars : “The politics behind your college and how you pay for it.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” Jen Howard on “What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books ?”

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This is really similar to the work I do mapping the relationships – financial and otherwise – among various players in the ed-tech industry. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear ,” says Techcrunch. Via the IEEE Spectrum : “How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong.”

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More on student loans (namely, people in powerful political office with connections to the student loans industry) in the politics of education section above. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” If you can’t create revenue, raise venture capital. Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” The MOOC provider has now raised $210 million total.

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There’s more for-profit higher ed news – and how the Trump Administration has deep, deep ties to this industry – in the for-profit higher ed section below. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Techcrunch : “ Facebook launches a digital literacy library aimed at educators.” Class Central writes that “ Y Combinator’s Startup School MOOC To Give Out $10,000 to 100 Companies.”

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. Lots of goings-on this week in the loan industry. The ALA has released library privacy guidelines for students in K–12 schools. Because up ’til now, MOOCs were the most brilliant data mining app ever.). Education Politics.

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” Wired on the project : “‘ ICE Is Everywhere’: Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” A MOOC consortium , that is, with member institutions Davidson College , Colgate University , Hamilton College , and Wellesley College. Via The New York Times : “The Snake Oil of the Second-Act Industry.”

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Edsurge’s Jeff Young and Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill both asked industry analyst Trace Urdan for his take. I’m waiting for Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response, as she’s certainly unlikely to hype the industry angle and will surely raise the important issues surrounding equity, “lower ed,” and justice. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?”

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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” There’s more on Department of Education efforts to help the for-profit higher ed industry in the for-profit higher ed section below. “Free College” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Bard College opens its second ‘microcollege’ in Brooklyn Public Library. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Techcrunch : “Lyft partners with Black Girls Code to help develop a more diverse tech industry.”