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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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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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.

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?

Production Value in Online Higher Education

hem.digital

Soon after, MOOCs (a la Coursera and Udacity) arrived and took the potential impact of freely distributed instructional content on reputation to a whole new level, quickly establishing these online courses as a very public platform for inter-institutional competition. Son of MOOC.

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How Udacity Could Return to Its Higher Ed Roots

Edsurge

EdSurge: Udacity rode the wave of hype around MOOCs, massive open online courses, when the company started back in 2011. But more recently, the company’s co-founder, Sebastian Thrun, has insisted that Udacity is not a MOOC company. Then there’s project-based learning.

EdSurge HigherEd Welcomes Jeff Young

Edsurge

EdSurge: MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs! Young: Long live MOOCs! But as it turns out, massive online classes are still with us—my wife and I are slowly making our way through a philosophy MOOC from the University of Copenhagen. Still print books and magazines. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary LearningSome weeks on our calendar earn themselves a gold star—and this was one. We're delighted to share this week news that Jeffrey R.

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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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Learning Revolution Free PD - Two Great Library Events - GlobalEdCon Deadline - UNC's Amazing World View

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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Learning Revolution Free PD - Google Summit - Student App Development - Maker Education - Reinventing Higher Ed

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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For Students, the Convenience of Smartphones ‘Comes at a Steep Price’

Edsurge

Now retired, he’s devoted to education philanthropy, and supporting schools that reimagine teaching and learning. Ted Dintersmith : There was a massive gush of enthusiasm for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), with some conviction it would revolutionize higher education.

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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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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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?

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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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.

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.”)

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps,” says The New York Times. Via The New York Magazine : “The Class of 1946–2018 Twenty-seven school-shooting survivors bear their scars, and bear witness.” ” Social emotional learning ! Via Getting Smart : “Extending Social Emotional Learning into the Home.” IXL Learning has acquired ABCya.

Week of July 25, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). The Caribbean Educators Network (CEN) will be hosting a FREE Online Educators Conference (e-conference) from August 8-13th under the theme ''Open For Learning: Using Technology To Move Forward''. Are they for lifelong learning? Could I use one for Recognition of Prior Learning?

Hack Education Weekly News

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.

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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Hack Education Weekly News

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 Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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 Weekly News

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 Weekly News

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

Hack Education Weekly News

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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Hack Education Weekly News

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”).