Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

Will the Pandemic Lead More Colleges to Offer Credit for MOOCs? Coursera is Pushing for It.

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When two Stanford University professors started Coursera in 2012, the focus was on building free online courses to bring teaching from elite colleges out to the world. They’re saying, ‘I can’t build this much online content. to help me with my online teaching.”

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

Edsurge

The heyday for massive open online courses was studded with hype. 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. But what on earth could be neo-colonial about free online education? And why would MOOCs need to decolonize?

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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. Salesforce has worked with OpenClassrooms to create and offer a developer-training course to help people learn how to use the Salesforce platform. About 60 percent said they spend more of their budget on online learning compared to last year.

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Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development

Edudemic

For a while there, the word “MOOC” seemed to be on everyone’s tongue. For many educators who had reached their saturation points, MOOCs were the education world’s version of a song you heard every single time you turned on the radio and little by little grew to hate. The post Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Online Learning 21st century teachers elearning MOOCs Professional Development

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OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Trustees at Wesleyan University, where I am president, have for years been singing the siren’s song to professors about the benefits of online teaching, and usually the answer they get is: “It just doesn’t work.” Students have left their campuses, and entire curricula have shifted into distance-learning mode. But despite growth in the numbers and sophistication of online options, high school seniors continue to apply for the opportunity to learn with one another on a college campus.

The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

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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. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

Edsurge

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online. So the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. An entire graduate course at Stanford University explores the principles for designing spaces that support learning. Yet most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces, even as more teaching and learning shifts online. Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms.

In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

Edsurge

Beijing —The Chinese government is pushing online education these days, and like so many things in this country of 1.4 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. Most of the occupants offer products or services in online learning, though not necessarily massive open online courses or MOOCs, despite being the building's namesake.

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Online Learning Research

The Thinking Stick

Seeing that I’m fully invested in online professional development for educators through both COETAIL and Eduro Learning , I’m always on the look out for research on how to make online learning better. What is it that sets good online learning apart from the OK online learning systems? Universities that more and more are requiring students to learn online. Check out our online courses at Eduro Learning here.

More MOOC Madness? UK’s FutureLearn Raises $65M to Expand Global Footprint

Edsurge

But SEEK Group , an Australian operator of online educational and employment services, has doubled down on massive open online courses. Less than a week after its announced lead in Coursera’s $103 million Series E round , SEEK is at it again with £50 million (about $65 million) in London-based MOOC platform FutureLearn. FutureLearn was wholly owned by The Open University, a public distance-learning university in the U.K.

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Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

ProfHacker

I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. For adults learning online, whether it’s for credit or for free, be(com)ing a self-directed learner is key (here’s a quick overview of heutagogy which centers around self-directed learning). Most sites will remind you of the importance of time management while learning online, and it’s true.

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. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Still MOOCing Along.

EdTechSandyK

Image Source Used Under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Week 4 of the Foundations of Virtual Instruction MOOC I started on June 30th is wrapping up today. By this time next week, I will hopefully have successfully completed my first MOOC. Quick Updates In case you read my post on starting this MOOC , or if you decide to go back and read it, I''ll update a few of my early observations: The 2 to 4 hours per week of work was a pretty accurate estimate.

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MOOC Provider edX Moves to Boost 'Open' Status of Its Content

Marketplace K-12

The "MOOC" provider edX is allowing authors of its content to license their materials as "open educational resources.". Ed-tech Online Learning Open Education Publishing mooc openeducationalresources

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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Edsurge

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall.

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Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning

ProfHacker

I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. This open online experience started in 2012 via Hybrid Pedagogy , and this year, I was asked facilitate it. It’s how we grow our PLN (Personal Learning Network).

Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Edsurge

Online to the Rescue As an online dean, over two decades my philosophical position was that there should be no difference between virtual and face-to-face education. To avoid establishing an academic class system, with online the bargain-basement poor cousin of the superior designer model on campus, colleges must set the same price, too. In my new book, Going Online , I argued: “By and large, colleges and universities charge the same tuition on campus and online.

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

A recent move by a leading United Kingdom learning platform to issue academic credits toward a degree for students who complete open online courses could signal a forthcoming trend in the U.S. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. In addition, instead of just being an assortment of MOOCs on a variety of topics, the courses available for academic credit are organized into a more formal progression, he said.

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Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

While educators and learners in classroom-based courses have already discovered the benefits of using engagement as a part of education, the power of online is yet to be fully realized. Ana Donaldson, 2011, Engaging the Online Learner. This could happen to your online program: Students Suing School Over Online Courses. Online learning does not need to be mechanical in nature. Engagement needs to take place in the online learning environment.

So I'm Taking a MOOC.

EdTechSandyK

Image Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Late last week I was innocently checking my Twitter feed, and I saw an announcement for a MOOC called Foundations of Virtual Instruction. The course is aimed at learning about K-12 online instruction, which I''m interested in knowing more about. The course is offered through Coursera , a known online learning platform which I have heard and read good things about.

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?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Edsurge

I became a Strava user in 2013, around the same time I became an online course designer. Why was the fitness app so “sticky” as opposed to the online learning platforms? How could we apply the same practices to learning? I’ve come to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings about online learning is that it has to be limited to things that can be done in front of a computer screen. This trend holds true across other online courses.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

MindShift

For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low. Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Online courses can be a helpful tool for self-sufficient, highly motivated learners with reliable computers and internet at home, but others may need a little more support.

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A new “MicroMasters” online learning program offered by major universities

The Hechinger Report

A new kind of credential has entered the crowded market for online learning. EdX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides online courses, announced last week the creation of 19 “ MicroMasters ” courses, a new type of online educational program. Galileo University, Guatemala (e-Learning, offered in Spanish; Professional Android Developer). That said, Edx MicroMasters programs differ from the typical MOOC in important ways, advocates say.

The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. She holds an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford.

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Avoid This Common Mistake When Getting Started with Online Learning

Fractus Learning

So you’re considering moving your face-to-face learning content online. Teaching online can be a great way to reach new audiences and take advantage of the opportunities created by the latest learning technology. But unless you’ve got lots of experience with online learning, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Much of what you know about good learning design applies to both face-to-face and online learning experiences.

The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

Wired Campus

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable. Back then, 28 percent of respondents believed MOOCs were sustainable, while 26 percent thought they were not. MOOCs Online Courses Teachin

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Amplify's MOOC Is Sold, and Renamed as 'Edhesive'

Marketplace K-12

Amplify's AP computer science massive, open, online course has been sold to a group of investors. Computer Science Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning edtech mergersandacquisitions

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

Edsurge

But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. Yet like any confessional, Brown also offered ways to repent from what he called “the seven deadly sins of online learning.” There are too many generalizations—online and blended learning isn't a single entity.

Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Learning with 'e's

After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. First there were the cMOOCs, free and open online courses that focused more on learning than they did on accreditation. Learning was fun and informal, and learning was often self or peer assessed. Quasi versions of open online learning already existed, such as the incredibly popular video based Khan Academy content.

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Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning

ProfHacker

I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. This open online experience started in 2012 via Hybrid Pedagogy , and this year, I was asked facilitate it. It’s how we grow our PLN (Personal Learning Network).

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.