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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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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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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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

Uptown, Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons will replace all student financial-aid packages with grants made possible with resources in a new fund launched with a $150 million donation. 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. Eager to attract budget-minded students, online has cautiously entered the discount economy.

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.

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 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.

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.

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).

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. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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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. Mightybell Space : Resources, videos, links, and conversation about the interview can be found HERE. I developed their MA in Lifelong Learning programme.

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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. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

Learning is becoming more collaborative to mirror the way that adults live their lives. New Learning Platforms. Today, most schools use some type of virtual learning environment. Many teachers are using virtual learning environments to teach film-making online. The appearance of massive open online courses (MOOCs) mean that it’s possible to study film-making online among other niche topics.

U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

DeVaney wouldn’t reveal much about the innovation team’s particular plans, other than to say that the university intends to offer three new online and hybrid degree programs in the fall and to launch multiple degrees per year over the next five years. “We’ve We’ve had a lot of success in the open-learning space, driving a fair amount of this growth,” he says. “We’ve We’ve developed this set of teams that creates exemplary online-learning environments and experiences.

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. Industry reports and instructional designers alike typically report that only between 5 to 15 percent of students who start free open online courses end up earning a certificate. This does not necessarily make MOOCs a failure. Today, 2U reports completion rates of up to 88 percent for their online degree programs.

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Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, AP’s may be losing marketshare to other channels to advanced coursework like MOOCs, dual enrollment college courses, or honors courses, all of which may be gaining traction as metrics of college readiness. As Malkus himself notes, online courses have long provided a solution to filling gaps in coursework that schools otherwise can’t afford. The upside for schools willing to invest in online courses to fill these gaps is threefold.

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Colleges Should Build Online Programs, Not New Gyms and Climbing Walls

Edsurge

As college leaders scroll through their perilous spreadsheets this summer, anxiously looking for the most productive way to spend their meager resources, this may be the time for them to rethink their usual approach—and aggressively invest in online education. After all, with national on-campus enrollments faltering, online numbers continue to speed forward. So let’s take a look a little more calmly at how to go online without going bust.

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How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

Edsurge

he’s been using virtual labs to create more realistic learning opportunities for online students—changes he believes will make quality education more authentic and accessible for all learners. A passion for lifelong learning led to more change when he left a teaching position at a traditional university for a role at Ashford University —a completely online school. He’d heard so much about online education as a learning path and he wanted to experience it firsthand.

Can Online Education Help Refugees Earn Degrees?

Wired Campus

But in the past few months, some online universities have been reaching out to those students, telling refugees that they don’t have to provide comprehensive records to enroll and offering free tuition. The University of the People, an online degree program based in the United States, is one of those institutions. But while the courses Kiron plans to offer in the first two years are all MOOCs produced by top universities like Harvard, Kiron isn’t accredited.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Below are slides from my recent presentation, tips and resources to help you recharge. Click the headings in the slide presentation below to visit the resources. Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

MOOC uses new AP Physics curriculum, could aid both students and teachers. A free online course from Rice University uses attention-grabbing videos, interactive lab activities, dramatic physics demonstrations, engaging instructors and a free online textbook to help high school students prepare for the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1 Exam. “This isn’t a typical MOOC. To enroll or learn more about Preparing for the AP Physics 1 Exam, visit.

Beyond Videos: 4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Craft Immersive Educational Media

Edsurge

As online learning companies compete for the attention and wallets of learners, players like MasterClass , Linked Learning , Cognotion and Harvard are investing in producing videos that are so beautiful they could be National Geographic documentaries or sitcom pilots. Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. They tap into the power of narrative to make learning sticky.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. The Stanford initiative launched in 2015, joining a handful of recent efforts to help students contend with misinformation and fake news online—a problem as old as dial-up modems, but now supercharged by social media and partisan news bubbles. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning.

Welcome Your Participants Home | 3 Keys to Quality Online Course Design

The PL2C Blog

By Brittany Miller | Digital Learning Coach, Friday Institute. While it seems ridiculous that such design decisions would be made in the physical space, we have all experienced an online learning website or course that left us with the same kind of feeling this Bed & Breakfast. Online instructional design is much like interior design. In this way, laying out information and order within an online course needs to be clean, organized and easy to navigate by design.

Asynchronous Learning or Live Lessons? Which One Works Better for Me?

Edsurge

There is a dearth of evidence to help teachers make informed choices on how to allocate time to asynchronous vs. synchronous online learning. All online learning requires executive function skills , which allow us to plan, work toward goals, solve problems and be creative.

Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education

Edsurge

Most colleges and universities in the United States are conducting classes either partly or fully online. These early MOOCs didn’t quite work—or at least they didn’t work well enough to present any real threat to the mainstream providers of traditional, campus-based higher education.

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It’s Time to Digitally Transform Community College

Edsurge

With an uncertain fall and a deep economic downturn, many believe two-year colleges may be the best answer to meeting the higher education needs of both traditional and non-traditional students and workers looking to learn new skills. graduate degree enrollment that is fully online.

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. So with these guidelines in mind, I’ve chosen six areas where edtech has made an impact this decade: Learning Management Systems. MOOCs. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems. The real power of digital technology to increase learning remains untapped.

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Remote Learning Begs the Question: Must Lectures Be So Long?

Edsurge

With some schools already announcing they will not reopen normally in the fall, and many others considering their options , educators are hoping to take advantage of the summer to improve on this spring’s sink-or-swim plunge into distance learning. One source for insights on how to proceed is the cross-pollination that takes place when educators working in separate spheres learn from one another. Many things did not translate well online.

VHS Learning Partners with Continental Han Feng Network Technology to Develop Chinese Language Program

eSchool News

Nonprofit VHS Learning is partnering with Continental Han Feng Network Technology (CHF) to develop a full Chinese language high school program. Chinese 1 through AP® Chinese Language and Culture courses will be added to the more than 250 online courses currently offered by VHS Learning.

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As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

Wisewire

That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. The low figure and big name of the university offering it raised eyebrows across higher ed at a time when much of online education was seen as a watered down and commoditized version of on-campus instruction. The ongoing effort to scale is changing the way colleges bring online education to market. A cool $6,630.

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