The Metamorphosis of MOOCs


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. Just like stand-alone MOOCs, most learners—over 80 percent—already had a Bachelors or higher degree.


A Decade of MOOCs: A Review of Stats and Trends for Large-Scale Online Courses in 2021

ED Surge

In 2021, two of the biggest MOOC providers had an “exit” event. Ten years ago, more than 300,000 learners were taking the three free Stanford courses that kicked off the modern MOOC movement. It led me to call 2020 the “Second Year of the MOOC.” MOOCs are now no longer massive.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs


In terms of revenue, a report by MarketsandMarkets estimates that corporate learners generate the biggest chunk of revenue for massive online open courses (MOOCs), more than undergraduate, graduate and high school students. Many of the MOOC providers that began with dreams of working with universities to democratize access to higher education have since expanded into the corporate learning space. Education Technology MOOCs Future of Work Workforce Training

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?


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? . Some of those San Jose State MOOCs showed very good results.

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Disruptive technologies in Education industry


Need for Integrated solution : The digitalization in the education sector is fragmented and predominantly limited to Supplemental interactive content, ERPs, GPS tracking, MOOCs or smart class boards. From ancient gurukuls to blackboards to Virtual Reality headsets, the way education has been imparted has transformed drastically over the last few decades. Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector.

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


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


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.


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


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. The building boasts two tricked-out production studios that any of the companies in the industry park can use to film and edit video for courses. But MOOCs were trending upward back in 2014 when the education incubator was established, so it made a catchy name for the building.

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials. She says it also lets Coursera play a role in “bridging the gap” between higher education and industry.


A different view of MOOCs

Mark Smithers

This morning Richard Grusin posted a series of twenty tweets presenting a highly critical and thought provoking view of MOOCs. 5.MOOCs falsely equate non-profit higher education with profit-based industries like bookstores or newspapers or entertainment companies. 16.MOOCs imitate the logic of derivitization, breaking up courses and faculty into discrete parts—a MOOC here and a MOOC there. 19.MOOCs are extractive industries. Educational Technology Opinion MOOC


Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course


Dhawal Shah, co-founder of Class Central, a directory of MOOCs, says that “enrollment numbers have dropped drastically in the recent times” for individual courses. In a blog post , Ng called artificial intelligence “the new electricity,” and says it will transform every major industry just as electricity did. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningAndrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5

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


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. Phil Hill, a consultant who has long followed the edtech industry, doubts that colleges will dump their existing learning management systems to use Coursera’s free tools.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners


Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations. The birthplace for MOOC platform edX, MIT is no stranger to experimental credentials and online programs.


MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?


Preparing for the regulation has been a dizzying experience for organizations across industries. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 Across all geographies, Europe has one of the highest concentration of MOOC users in the world. Both Dellinger and Johnson say that much of the responsibility for GDPR compliance will fall on the MOOC platforms, but that it is still often unclear given the prevalence of student data-sharing with partnering institutions.

What If Free Online Courses Weren’t Inside 'Walled Gardens'?


Large-scale online courses called MOOCs can get millions of registered users over time. The problem, he argues, is that providers of MOOCs, including Coursera and edX, require registration to get to the materials. Downes has a special relationship to MOOCs.

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Could Coursera Become as Prestigious as Harvard? This Expert Thinks So.


That makes sense in the industrial world in which the measure of achievement and progress in higher education is time [spent in class]. Education Technology MOOCs Digital Credentials EdSurge Podcast

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


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


As our new report noted, the shift toward subscription business models, smaller units of consumption, mobile delivery and on-demand offerings has some similarities to the shifts seen in the music industry over the last 20 years.

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

ED Surge

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. Education Technology Digital Credentials MOOCs Edtech Business Higher Education

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Why Some Investors Say Edtech ‘Doom and Gloom’ is Overhyped

ED Surge

It showed the industry, Batra says, that consumers have become agreeable to purchasing edtech. Atin Batra: Let me start by saying that the current public market meltdown has affected all industries, including education. Education Technology MOOCs Coronavirus Edtech Business

With New Online Marketplace, Community Colleges Hope to Better Compete With For-Profits


Course profiles feature statistics about typical industry salaries and list the companies that have hired completers. Practically speaking, we’re working with the non-credit side mostly because they can respond most rapidly to industry,” Alssid says. “We

Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education


Instead, MOOC providers see an opportunity in helping medical professionals keep their knowledge and skills up to date after they graduate, a field also known as continuing medical education (CME). EdX, a nonprofit MOOC platform, has similarly been offering courses from universities trying to reach a wider audience of medical professionals looking to satisfy CME requirements. The draw to host these courses on MOOC platforms, Butler says, is the chance to reach a wider audience.

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses


MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. Industry reports and instructional designers alike typically report that only between 5 to 15 percent of students who start free open online courses end up earning a certificate. This does not necessarily make MOOCs a failure. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing.

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Triumphs and Troubles in Online Learning Abroad

ED Surge

Virtual learning, too, must be as ubiquitous as conventional higher education, especially for students too far from college campuses to attend face to face, and now for many in our post-industrial economy, forced to work to earn college degrees. I’ve always thought of the U.S.

US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019


education technology industry appears on track to surpass the amount of investor funding tallied in recent years. For the first half of 2019, the industry saw $962 million raised across 65 deals, the highest amount of funding at the halfway mark since at least 2015. The high tally for venture funding this year is not unique to the edtech industry. The industry has seen record-high, high-year-mark averages among seed rounds and Series A rounds. The U.S.

Coursera Pushes into Unicorn Status After Raising Another $103M


Coursera , a global online learning platform that offers courses, certificates and degrees from more than 150 universities, announced Thursday it had secured $103 million in a Series E round to expand its international reach and prepare learners for the rising challenges of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford University professors, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, and helped spark widespread hype about MOOCs , or Massive Open Online Courses.

Keith Devlin from Stanford: Talking Media, Math, MOOCs, and Silicon Valley Money in Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In addition to talking about the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics, we''re going to dive into some deeper conversations about the recent move toward massive(ly) open online courses (MOOCs, one of which he is starting for free this fall on math), why he thinks that "higher education as we know it just ended," the impact of the Silicon Valley and venture capital in education, and as much as we can fit into an hour!

Friday 5 — 3.25.2016

Perry Hewitt

But 80% of adults having “not much awareness” of MOOCs was higher than I might have imagined. era, you probably know that the pornography industry was instrumental in driving the video serving technology that made all video online possible. Friday Five education Friday5 marketing mobile moocs research security trends ux video vr

How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work


When I joined Ashford, the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) had just started and it was quite an interesting movement. The experience is similar to how programs are actually created in the technology industry. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning MOOCs Fully-Online School Data and Research Cloud ComputingIn 1997, when he was in his mid 30s, Dr. Jongbok Byun flipped his entire life upside down to pursue his dream of becoming an educator.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Prior Learning Assessment for Educators and Industry. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pdAn Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. by Class Central. EDUCATION & TEACHING (29). Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools. University of Houston System via Coursera. Go To Class | Next Session : 3rd May, 2015.

Transparency, Instructional Content, and Competition

MOOCs happened. Not merely local news or industry news (e.g. They recognized that MOOCs could be one of the most potent forms of marketing for their institutions — for better or for worse. Innovation Instructional Strategy Instructional design MOOCsSuddenly, this public demonstration of an institution’s instructional practices became front page news. The Chronicle), but the New York Times, The Guardian, and The Atlantic. Now university presidents paid attention.

New Technology Connects Jobseekers with Employers

Digital Promise

As new roles and industries emerge, Skillist can help companies connect with applicants who are acquiring skills outside of traditional higher education (e.g., vocational schools, boot camps, MOOCs, etc),” Kasturiraman said. “We How can jobseekers better connect with employers looking to hire? When working parents scramble for time, how can they remain engaged with their child’s education? What if teachers could organize their classes with the help of an app?

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

MOOCs. MOOCS (massive online open courses) are different from virtual classes, and are usually offered by colleges and universities. As such, more students have been turning to MOOCs to help them develop certain skills that they don’t typically learn in a traditional classroom.

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6 Benefits of Being Self-Taught

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The first is that they may have a broader view of their field or industry of interest. Knowledge of a foreign language, possessing a unique skill, or familiarity with a specialised industry or area can mean broader career and personal development opportunities throughout working life. Books written by industry experts abound, as do specialist magazines, textbooks and how-to guides. Discussion MOOC School

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


Let’s take a look at the some of the innovation in E-learning industry in the last 10 years: The Usage of Smartphones. However, it has taken the e-learning industry by storm. This is the level of vitality of smartphones which makes it necessary for the e-learning industry to introduce mLearning, i.e., mobile learning on a large scale. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry.

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


One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. He also happens to be the co-founder of Coursera itself, and it was his Stanford course on machine learning that helped launch the MOOC craze in the first place. In fact, Ng’s original Stanford MOOC remains the most popular course offered by Coursera. Meanwhile, it’s important to note the limits of the MOOC format.

5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

Wired Campus

Freedman: I love where you started with the criticism of the MOOCs. I mean, MOOCs aren’t learning platforms, they’re distribution platforms. And we use that particular matching feature to then guide them through those job roles, the industries, and eventually to the employers that find them. We see the e-textbook certainly not as kind of the future adaptive-learning technology product that the industry’s working toward, but it’s certainly a building block.

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5 Ideas for Teaching Students the Most Important Skill They’ll Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Massive Open Online Courses (Sometimes referred to as MOOCs) – MOOCs are readily available courses that are presented online. MOOCs are not an ideal way for most students to learn.

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

51Talk (or “China Online Education Group”), China’s leading online education platform and the first from China listed on the NYSE (NYSE: COE), was invited to attend the summit alongside education industry leaders such as Pearson, Amazon, and YouTube. Recently, 51Talk’s founder and CEO Jack Huang stated that though China’s education industry still lags behind in technology, 51Talk has made technology one of its core competitive advantages.

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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


The biggest occurred when instructional designers, long employed by industry, joined online academic teams, working closely with faculty to upload and integrate interactive and engaging content. MOOCs Recent virtual upstarts, MOOCs—massive open online courses—catapulted onto the global learning stage when Stanford University computer scientists Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in 2011 came upon the bright idea of streaming their robotics lectures over the Internet.