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.)

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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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. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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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. FutureLearn was wholly owned by The Open University, a public distance-learning university in the U.K.

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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. Check out our online courses at Eduro Learning here.

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.

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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. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

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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. Most sites will remind you of the importance of time management while learning online, and it’s true.

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

Edsurge

“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?” 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. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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 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. Online learning doesn’t mean sans engagement.

#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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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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?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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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.

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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. This can happen online, too. How To MOOC School

MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs?

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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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On interactions and scalability in online learning

Mark Smithers

This happened this morning when I read the tweets about Gregor Kennedy’s keynote presentation in which he talked about interactions between students and teachers in online courses. I agree with this idea that students can and should interact with experts during their learning.

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.

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.

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Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

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Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Coursera isn''t the only MOOC organization to consider, of course.

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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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.

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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Think Like an Urban Planner to Create Successful Online Learning Communities

Fractus Learning

But often, when we try to create community online through discussion forums or social media, our efforts fall flat. To avoid this, start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. How To MOOC PLN

What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Wired Campus

The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. When MOOCs emerged a few years ago, many in the academic world were sent into a frenzy.

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?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

Edsurge

Many online learning platforms, such as LinkedIn Learning and MasterClass, are indeed pivoting towards business models that look a lot like subscription-based streaming services Pandora, Spotify or Netflix. However, just as the iTunes business model is deeply disadvantageous to artists, online learning platforms are now granting online instructors smaller and smaller shares of the revenue as they steer business models in the streaming direction.

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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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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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs?

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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.

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