Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

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It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses. Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs.

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

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Knewton, an adaptive learning engine that became a digital courseware company, was reportedly bought by Wiley for way less than it raised. Education Technology MOOCs Workforce Training Mergers and Acquisitions FinancingThe U.S. education technology industry appears on track to surpass the amount of investor funding tallied in recent years.

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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. There’s a realization with a number of high-profile implosions or corrections, whether it’s AltSchool or Knewton , that have cooled a lot of folk’s appetite,” says Pianko. Is education technology investing back on track?

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How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education

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Large-scale online courses called MOOCs (massive open online courses), for instance, were touted as possible low-cost replacements for residential colleges , but proved to have completion rates of less than 10%. Another dashed hope was the digital tutor made by a New-York-based company called Knewton, which one education consultant rated as “snake oil” in an NPR story in 2015. This story was published in partnership with The Moonshot Catalog.

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

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MOOCs were going to change everything. My favorite ludicrous claim remains that of Knewton’s CEO who told NPR in 2015 that his company was a “mind reading robot tutor in the sky.” No surprise, that includes companies like Knewton who like to say they’re using AI – data collection, data analysis, and algorithms – to improve teaching and learning.)

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Knewton (adaptive learning): $182.3 ” (Its MOOC competitor edX also announced this year that many of its courses would no longer be free.) Vive la MOOC révolution. Speaking of MOOCs, Phil Hill astutely observed earlier this year that many MOOCs and for-profit companies were altering their products and services so as to become online program management providers: “ If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try To Be An OPM.”

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Knewton ( mind-reading robo tutor in the sky ) – $157.25 Or one could look at ed-tech companies that laid off staff: the coding bootcamp Galvanize , the analytics company Civitas Learning , the learning management system Schoology , MOOC provider Coursera , the education giant Pearson , for example.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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ASU ends its MOOC experiment , Global Freshman Academy. Mind reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton was acquired by Wiley for $17 million — LOL — having raised over $180 million. Several months ago, I started to jot down ideas about what I'd cover in my annual review of what's happened over the course of the past 12 months in the field / industry /promotion of education technology.

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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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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” These headlines just kill me. ” More MOOC data in the “research” section below. ” According to Edsurge , Knewton is now a courseware company and not a “robot tutor in the sky.” ” Knewton has raised some $157 million in venture capital. ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors – GSV Capital – with Knewton.). (National) Education Politics.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” Via Edsurge : “ Pearson , an Investor in Knewton , Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products.” ” No disclosure in the story that Edsurge shares investors with Knewton , nor that Pearson is, by way of Learn Capital, also an investor in Edsurge. Education Politics.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the job training section below. From the press release : “ Knewton Launches Alta, Fully Integrated Adaptive Learning Courseware for Higher Education, Putting Achievement in Reach for Everyone.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018.” From the Knewton blog : “ Introducing Knewton Product Updates for Fall 2017.” (National) Education Politics. “The Trump Administration Has Revoked A Federal Directive On Campus Rape ,” Buzzfeed reports. More on the decision in The New York Times.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017.” ” There’s more MOOC news in the certification section below. I’m also putting some MOOC news in the job training section. Via Campus Technology : “ Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks.”

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions,” Class Central’s Dhawal Shah claims in a VentureBeat op-ed. Knewton has partnered with WebAssign. Presidential Campaign Politics. Via the Washington Post : “ Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state.” ” The plan: vouchers and “ choice.”

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He’s a partner at Founders Fund, which has invested in Knewton, AltSchool, Uversity, ResearchGate, If You Can, Upstart, Declara, and Affirm. 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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MOOCs are out. ” Inside Higher Ed on Knewton ’s “pivot.” (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality. Thoughts on how this might effect education from Inside Higher Ed , from NPR , from Internet2 (via Bryan Alexander), from The Washington Post , and from Edsurge. Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2013, on the heels of “the Year of the MOOC,” Barber released a report titled “An Avalanche is Coming,” calling for the “unbundling” of higher education. MOOCs are, no surprise, their own entry on this long list of awfulness. Cathy Koshland, the vice chancellor for undergraduate education, said Berkeley would continue to work with the MOOC provider edX to post open courses online.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “The University of California, Los Angeles , is planning a major expansion in the online certificate and graduate degree markets that it hopes will reach as many as 15,000 students by early next decade,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson. (National) Education Politics.

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According to excerpts of speeches published by Wikileaks – stolen data – Clinton called the Common Core a “political failure” in a speech she gave to Knewton. Neither Knewton nor the Clinton campaign have confirmed the veracity of this leaked speech. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Lots of folks in ed-tech seem super excited about Trump too, including Knewton’s Jose Ferreira , Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Harold O. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “A judge will allow Ohio ’s education department to review attendance records that could force Ohio’s largest online charter to return millions of its funding,” says the AP. The Trump Administration.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.” ” Via The Atlantic: “ The Challenge of Educational Inequality.” ” Via NPR : “The U.S.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Buzzfeed : “ Online Charter Schools Prepare For A Trump-Era Boom.” Jose Ferreira is stepping down as the CEO of Knewton. Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry Before Trump Can Revive It.” ” “The registry, created after the attacks of Sept.