Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. Yet, the fundamental problem with this line of questioning is that it inaccurately conflates access to online learning content with access to a course experience.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Tonight - A True History of the MOOC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Wednesday, September 26th, for a one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager.

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

Edsurge

MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. 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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6 Benefits of Being Self-Taught

Fractus Learning

While this can seem a little overwhelming at first, the approach can also be extremely freeing, allowing the self-teacher to learn as deeply and as broadly about their chosen subject as they are willing and able. Life-long learning. How much learning is enough?

Daphne Koller Bids Farewell to Coursera, Hello to Calico

Edsurge

Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller has ridden the MOOC craze as the company’s CEO and later president. Now Koller is returning to her background in machine-learning research. It is time for me to turn to another critical challenge—the development of machine learning and its application to improving human health,” Koller wrote in an Aug. Koller co-founded Coursera with machine-learning expert and fellow Stanford professor Andrew Ng in 2012.

How an Experimental Online Course Helped One Anthropology Department Keep a Professor and a Half

Edsurge

He’s won a national teacher-of-the-year award and his viral videos about education earned him praise from Wired magazine. It’s a new kind of MOOC, and it’s a new kind of philosophy,” he says. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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

Edsurge

In fact, for years he edited one of the most popular humor magazines on the Internet, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency — a more literary version of the The Onion. A lot of it is based on my reflection of my experience learning to write as a young person sort of before the era of standardized assessments and accountability. I am of the belief that writing can't be taught, but it can be a learned school of thought.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 29th, 2014 Teaching is not just a job. Dr. Ralph Tyler The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions.

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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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update August 19th, 2014 Perhaps the greatest joy is learning how to motivate yourself. Floyd Maxwell The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

How Teaching Using Mindfulness or Growth Mindset Can Backfire

Edsurge

He also writes a blog for Psychology Today magazine, and co-hosts a podcast through Austin’s NPR station called Two Guys on Your Head. Because the brain is a complicated organ; it's embedded in social systems, in cultural systems, and it's constantly learning. You can't raise somebody in a closet so that they don't learn a language, right? So actually forcing them to keep going back to things that learned before in an explicit way is really important.

29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU

Edsurge

Moth vets Chris De La Cruz, Crystal Duckert and Tim Manly will speak on social justice, hip-hop in learning, teachers’ feelings and more. The Future of Learning: Convergence of VR, AR, & AI : Treating future technologies as complementary, rather than separate, tools is the best path toward immersive learning. The Evolution of MOOCs: Six Years Later : Are MOOCs still around? AI: Learning Game-Changer or Something to Fear?

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What Achieving Digital Equity Using Online Courses Could Look Like

MindShift

In our own time, advocates of online learning promise to level the educational playing fields with massive open online courses, MOOCs. The most compelling evidence for the democratizing power of MOOCs comes from a new generation of Horatio Alger stories, where the video lecture replaces the bootblack’s cloth. As powerful as these stories are, the extensive data collected by MOOCs tell another story. By John Hansen and Justin Reich.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The New York Times Magazine has a long and thoughtful piece by Sara Mosle on school reforms in the Atlanta Public Schools. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ Monetizing A MOOC Platform.” Teachers are on the cover of Time Magazine , this time making a very different case than that infamous cover of Michelle Rhee holding a broom. Carnegie Learning has acquired Mondo Publishing.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV

Hack Education

I’m also working on a magazine article that’ll come out this fall on education technology and venture capital. Remember, if you will, the insistence from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors that school was missing the “coming MOOC tsunami” based on columns they’d read in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. At ASU+GSV, I heard plenty of invocations about “digital natives” and “learning styles.”

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Hack Education

” Via The Oregonian’s Bethany Barnes : “ Portland police inaction on child porn case against teacher ‘concerning’ ” Via New York Magazine : “ Mark Zuckerberg Is Trying to Transform Education. ” Or at least CZI is trying to convince schools to buy into its Summit learning management system. ” Via Chalkbeat : “ Maine went all in on ‘ proficiency-based learning ’ – then rolled it back.

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” Via Edsurge : “ Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning.” 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.”

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Hack Education

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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Hack Education

In addition to the anti-First Amendment supporter Thiel, Jackson also name-dropped her connections to David Horowitz , a long-time advocate for silencing left-learning professors on campus, in order to get her job. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Vive la MOOC révolution. ” “Orphan MOOCs and the Digital Dark Ages” by Jeffrey Pomerantz in Hybrid Pedagogy. The language learning app ELSA has raised $3.2

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Hack Education

” asks New York Magazine. 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.

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Hack Education

Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” (So instead of “testing” we’ll have ubiquitous, non-stop surveillance / assessment via “personalized learning.” ” Via Education Week : “ FUNecole : Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy.” “What Does Personalized Learning Mean?

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Hack Education

Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. Via ABC News : “ A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over the magazine’s debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape was tossed out by a judge Tuesday. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs losing their mojo?

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Hack Education

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. ” Via Bitcoin Magazine : “Pilot Project Verifies Academic Credentials on the Bitcoin Blockchain.” “ Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More? is a learn-to-code platform.

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Hack Education

Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act ,” per the press release. Nicole Eramo, a former dean of students, is suing the magazine for $7.9 Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. The Economist on “ The Return of the MOOC.” “ The growth of online learning : How universities must adjust to the new norm” is sponsored content on Education Dive. ” “ Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data ,” Campus Technology reports.

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” President Obama talked to Wired magazine about artificial intelligence, Mars, self-driving cars, Star Trek and more. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” Via The New York Times Magazine : “The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity – Then Lost Her Job.” ” “How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning ” by Melinda D.

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Hack Education

The New York Times Magazine interviews the new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. ” 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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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. Education Politics.

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Hack Education

Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news from Edsurge in the “job training” section below. Via The Economist : “Universities withstood MOOCs but risk being outwitted by OPMs.”

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

” – that’s Sebastian Thrun, best known perhaps for his work at Google on the self-driving car and as a co-founder of the MOOC (massive open online course) startup Udacity. Take, for example, the founding editor of the technology trade magazine Wired , Kevin Kelly.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”)

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Hack Education

” That’s the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam (a.k.a. ” asks The New York Times Magazine. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” He’s referring to “ personalized learning ,” but might as well be any buzzword when you frame the headline that way, bud.). Education Politics.

10Q: Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Learning with 'e's

Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times , UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, and T/H/E JOURNAL.