The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

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So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives. Since their glory days only a few years ago, MOOCs have been on the receiving end of much critique, and the false promises of democratizing education through simply connecting to the internet have been severely slashed.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

Edsurge

When executives at tech giants Salesforce and Microsoft decided in fall 2017 to turn to an online education platform to help train potential users of products for their vendors, they turned to Pierre Dubuc and his team in fall 2017. In a similar vein, Microsoft will use the OpenClassrooms platform for a six-month course in artificial intelligence. Some of the earliest enterprise customers of MOOC platforms were the usual suspects from the high-tech industry (like Google).

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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Elite Colleges Started EdX as a Nonprofit Alternative to Coursera. How Is It Doing?

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It has the most users of any provider of MOOCs (as the large-scale online courses are sometimes called), claiming more than 77 million learners. Dhawal Shaw, founder of MOOC-discovery platform Class Central. It was 2012, and online learning was suddenly booming.

How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

Edsurge

When I joined Ashford, the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) had just started and it was quite an interesting movement. Microsoft. 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.

“We shouldn’t even be talking about technology. We should be saying, ‘What’s the best educational experience for the student?’” – Sal Khan, USA

Daily Edventures

Just last week, Khan brought his unique brand of innovative thinking to the Microsoft campus here in Redmond. I had the honor of introducing him on stage at a conference for Microsoft employees, as well as at the Global Education Partners Summit. Khan touched on trends in education technology such as MOOCs and the flipped classroom – concepts we’ve explored here many times. To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures , we’re sharing some of our favorite posts.

“We shouldn’t even be talking about technology. We should be saying, ‘What’s the best educational experience for the student?’” – Sal Khan, USA

Daily Edventures

Just last week, Khan brought his unique brand of innovative thinking to the Microsoft campus here in Redmond. I had the honor of introducing him on stage at a conference for Microsoft employees, as well as at the Global Education Partners Summit. Khan touched on trends in education technology such as MOOCs and the flipped classroom – concepts we’ve explored here many times. To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures , we’re sharing some of our favorite posts.

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

Ask a Tech Teacher

For example, Microsoft offers certification programs to professionals who wish to gain mastery of one or more of their varied software products. Massive Open Online Courses (Sometimes referred to as MOOCs) – MOOCs are readily available courses that are presented online.

Free or Low-Cost Resources for PD in Distance Learning

Graphite Blog

This project is sponsored by Microsoft and CUE (Computer-Using Educators), an ISTE affiliate in California. " The MOOCs are self-directed and offer videos, activities, digital forums, and other resources.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

In order to reduce the amount of new content a teacher needs to make, YouTube videos, MOOC s, multiple choice questions and web-based resources can be combined. MOOC-style lessons, webinars and using open-access tools like Google’s G-Suite or Microsoft’s Learning Tools are all options. Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

impetus for the number of startups investing in the edtech sector and technology releases by players like Microsoft, Google have given the necessary boost for educators to look towards technology to impart education for the future. Mixed Reality tools like Microsoft's HoloLens, Google Expedition and Windows 10's mixed reality viewer blur the lines between real and virtual worlds and provide experiential learning to students sitting in the classroom.

ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

Edsurge

For many, what ISTE is doing with online courses may sound similar to MOOCs (massive open online courses), or other online certifications for educators offered by big companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. But South says this is not about competing with the big technology companies, and he stresses that it is certainly not another MOOC.

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How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

Edsurge

Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? Many #DLNchat-ters define them as MOOC providers including edX and Coursera and bootcamps such as General Assembly and Kenzie Academy. Mozilla, Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk have all been active leaders. Not only are MOOCs designed to be free, they offer opportunity to students to explore the topic before they invest and commit.”

Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech

techieMusings

They have won a variety of awards for their innovative practices, including being a Microsoft Associate Showcase School and last year received a D2L Asia Pacific Excellence Award along with Victoria University and Singapore Management University. MOOCs. Sophomores have the opportunity to spend a period of their day learning through a MOOC of their choosing. Their MOOC worktime is an assigned period within their school day.

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Creating a Purposeful Environment for #CSforAll

RafranzDavis.com

The first was visiting Microsoft’s “ Education Underground ” and getting a tour of their “Garage”, an extensive makerspace for Microsoft’s employees to tinker and build. I took courses online and I mean that I took everything from CS50 (an amazing MOOC taught by a Harvard Professor) to courses on web design, CSS and Python from Code Academy and General Assembly’s Dash platform.

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

Bryan Alexander

MOOC , n. It seems to include little start-up companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and others. In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce , I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms. May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App , n. An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. Blended learning , n. The practice of combining digital and analog teaching.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

Edsurge

Well-funded MOOC providers Coursera, Udacity and EdX have evolved their business models to focus squarely on corporate learning and serving professionals seeking credentials. billion acquisition of Lynda.com in 2015—and LinkedIn’s subsequent acquisition by Microsoft in 2016 for $26 billion—are connected to the new business models in the provision of corporate learning.

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.”

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Microsoft bought three companies in 2018. ” (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.”

Building Skills, Inspiring Students through Hands-on Technology – Troy Smith, New Zealand

Daily Edventures

The students are taught using the Microsoft Office 365 system that’s provided through the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, and they use this system to interact with each other and blog about their journey. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Smith shares his journey openly through his blog , and looks forward to helping train other educators in his region and beyond. Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Surface Pen.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes. As such these companies – Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and the like – are the most significant education companies.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. Lessons Learned: MOOCs & Online Education in LATAM : Adrian Catalan (Innovation Lab Lead at Universidad Galileo) and Stephanie Falla (New Media Department Director at UFM) share insights they’ve gleaned as MOOC creators and course managers, and “why it is important to keep moving the MOOCs train and the journey to turn talent into skills in [Latin America].”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Humans, the Latest MOOC Feature.” Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov.

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.” Kahoot has raised $17 million in Series B funding from Northzone, Creandum, Microsoft Ventures, Eilert Giertsen Hanoa, and Date Invest AS.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Via Techcrunch : “ Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” million in crowdfunding for its MOOC platform. Someone should inform them that MOOCs are dead.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The University of Iceland has joined edX. (National) Education Politics. “ The Republican War on College ,” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” After someone noticed that Microsoft had boasted that it was working with ICE , Nitasha Tiku says that “Microsoft’s Ethical Reckoning Is Here.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). To borrow from Jello Biaffra, “MOOCs aren’t dead, they just deserve to die.” ” From Edsurge : “How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching.” Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid.

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

Microsoft acquired Minecraft in 2015 – which probably speaks volumes right there about its progressive potential – and in January of this year, Microsoft bought TeacherGaming, the maker of a Minecraft version aimed at classroom usage. In turn, Microsoft released an educational version of the popular block-building game this fall. “Hardly Anyone Wants to Take a Liberal Arts MOOC,” Edsurge informed its readers in February.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Although no doubt, Microsoft, now the owner of Minecraft, would like us all to repeat that particular storyline.) 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 Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

It ignores what happens in Seattle: the home of Amazon, Microsoft, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is part of the push for MOOCs, we must be honest.). ” I made that selection in part because several ed-tech companies indicated that year that this was what they hoped to become – the MOOC startups, for example, as well as Edmodo, a social network marketed to K–12 schools.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Microsoft plans to axe Microsoft Paint.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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. The company made MinecraftEDU which was acquired by Microsoft.

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