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.


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.


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. Company Watch Distance Education MOOCs Teaching

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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


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.


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.


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.

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.


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!


A college diploma is not like Scotch anymore

The Christensen Institute

This enables learning providers to create a repository of modules and serve as a cost-effective way of stacking modules of learning together in service of stackable credentials for a variety of disciplines, specializations, or industries. For students who desire a more traditional learning experience, MIT imagines a future in which these students will matriculate after having already taken multiple massive open online courses (MOOCs) or community college general education courses.

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.

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

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.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks. Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback.

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.

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.

6 Benefits of Being Self-Taught

Fractus Learning

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.

Transparency, Instructional Content, and Competition

Management and Strategy issues in DIGITAL HIGHER E

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.

The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

It is the back-end of this multimedia that has led to the formation and expansion of the content industry, an industry using the discipline-specific notion of content to push the lucrative collection and aggregation of how our interactions materialize and map.

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed


radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) recommendations for the edtech industry to protect student data privacy. Education Technology Government Policy Data and Research University MOOCsEditor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold.

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.

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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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.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

It chronicles the rise and fall of Theranos, a company that promised to revolutionize the medical industry by running a complete slate of tests using only a drop of blood (rather than the more voluminous quantity of blood that can be rather frightening to have drawn). How quickly we forget… The industry’s fixation on “the future of learning” certainly seems to prevent many people from taking a good look at the past. Vive la MOOC révolution.

Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

Hack Education

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.

Removing the Obstacles in Education so Innovation and Academics Can Flourish

The Principal of Change

Across industries, research shows that the correlation between grades and job performance is modest in the first year after college and trivial within a handful of years.


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


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 offers through Coursera, which Ng teaches, have had wide appeal on the MOOC website. Last December, Ng launched Landing AI , a company that helps businesses use Ai and automate processes in industries like manufacturing.

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

Hack Education

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.


Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables. Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).


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

Hack Education

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. Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2017: The Stories We’ve Been Told.


The Arrows Go Back and Forth #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Starting “ The Innovator’s Mindset ” MOOC this week ( #IMMOOC ), a lot of people are jumping into blogging, and many people are reluctant and nervous. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data. You may not know it, but education is a very “green” industry. Lesson learned #4: Don’t pursue every industry standard.

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018


There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash. And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. Source: EdSurge One trend is clear: The dollars invested in the US edtech industry has ticked up steadily since 2011 (considering 2015 as an aberration). For many U.S.

Packing for the journey: Can lifelong learning fit in a college-sized suitcase?

The Christensen Institute

How interfaces shape industries. For example, we have documented how some innovators are integrating to help usher career-changers into new industries, offering technical and soft skills training in an apprenticeship model and then employing those who successfully complete the program. Today’s workforce feels like a frantically accelerating and precarious place. The shelf life of skills is shortening. More workers are joining the gig economy.

Next Door Innovator: An Interview with Eric Mazur, Developer of Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

Why have educators failed, for the most part, to transfer this empathic strategy to the student learning experience in the massive industry that is higher education? You have been a strong critic of the MOOC, why are they so dangerous? Also, MOOCs are entirely focused on what I consider to be the easy part of education — the transfer of information. Are there any ways you think MOOCs have sparked innovation in higher education?


OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

Meanwhile, PayPal, L’Oreal, AirFrance/KLM and a number of other companies are working with Coursera , a provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), to give employees access to online instruction. Across the nation and the globe, our economy is shifting.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” She was, apparently, at Koch Industries. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” 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. “ FutureLearn Looking To Raise £40m, Announces a MOOC-based BA,” says Class Central.


If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University. Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Class Central’s Dhawal Shah, writing in Edsurge : “ MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities.” Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill follows up on the Edsurge article with his own analysis : “ MOOCs Now Focused on Paid Certificates and OPM Market.”


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


In the future,” he wrote, “I envision three tiers of education that look a lot like the music industry of today. 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. Online learning is still a wild west industry.