Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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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.)

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.

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

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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’

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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?

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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 Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

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

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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

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. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Coursera Pushes into Unicorn Status After Raising Another $103M

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The round was led by Australia-based SEEK Group, which invests in and scales online employment and education businesses; existing investors Future Fund and NEA also participated. Lifelong learning is something that happens. People have to be able to learn at work.”

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

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While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. Massive open online course providers gained momentum and attention by claiming to offer a free alternative to traditional degrees.

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How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

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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. in Management of Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University. 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.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

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That’s one question we had for Kevin deLaplante, who did just that when he left Iowa State University in 2015 to focus on running his Argument Ninja Podcast and teaching courses on his online Critical Thinker Academy , both aimed at bringing concepts from his scholarship to a popular audience. So we also asked deLaplante what he thinks about the broader landscape of online education that he’s part of. EdSurge: What got you started making online courses on your own?

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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 University of Houston System via Coursera. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5: Planning for Teaching and Learning. Instructional Design for Mobile Learning.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects. Introduction to Learning Technologies.

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The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content.

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

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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. MOOCs. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems.

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The challenges and strategies for online adjuncts: Adjunctchat Jan 21, 2014

Connecting 2 the World

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the possibility of all classes going online and MOOC''s (Massive online courses)replacing the traditional classroom. A result has been a backlash in which many still believe that online learning is not as effective as face to face learning (despite the body of work that proves that online learning, if done correctly, has no significant difference to learning outcomes than face to face traditional learning.

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Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative

Wired Campus

George Siemens is a key innovator in higher education, having coined the term “MOOC” and worked to study the effectiveness of online learning. This is one of the most inaccurate pieces of @#%$ floating around in the ‘disrupt and transform’ learning crowd,” Mr. Siemens wrote. It’s a new world on most campuses, never mind the online, competency, and related systems.”. Badges and Credentials Distance Education MOOCs Online Courses Teaching

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.

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. Five years later, colleges are offering a range of fully online credentials — and they continue to move beyond one-off programs.

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?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

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Online courses helped kick off a movement promising that your zipcode no longer had to determine the quality of education you received. A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. Unless we carefully examine where we put the paywalls and how we cultivate diverse student bodies in our online learning experiences, we risk transposing the same patterns of inequity that have plagued in-person education into our digital classrooms.

The start-up using tech to foster students’ connections across the globe

The Christensen Institute

As students of Disruptive Innovation we’re often looking to new models emerging at the edges of traditional school and after-school systems. The model bucks the MOOC-like image some people conjure when they think of learning online as distinctly anti social.

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The design and future of open education: Curtis Bonk on Future Trends Forum

Bryan Alexander

“We are in the learning century!” Curt began by describing the use of MOOCs for faculty and staff development, with examples such as a University of London effort. In fact, open MOOCs can work for any population, esp. It’s about self-motivated learning.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath.

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Another glimpse of European higher education and technology

Bryan Alexander

A serious exploration of blockchain for academic credentials occurred, led by Chris Jagers of Learning Machine. MOOCs… ah, this is fascinating. Once more I saw how the MOOC hype crash is limited to the United States. Presenter after presenter showed MOOC projects under way.

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Is There Still a Meaningful Difference Between For-Profit and Public Higher Ed?

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He’s the guy who coined the term MOOC, short for Massive Open Online Course, which then was a reference to multiplayer video games. Education could be less expensive, it could be more engaging, it could have a bigger impact, but we are confined to a system that values dollars first.”

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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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2U’s ‘Third Chapter’ Begins With a $750M Acquisition of Trilogy Education

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It’s a trilogy in the making, and for 2U’s third chapter, the online program management company wants in on bootcamps. This marks the largest purchase to date by 2U, which launched in 2008 to work with colleges and universities to create online graduate degree programs.

Revolutions in higher education: Future Trends Forum #2 notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Revolution sees 2012 as a critical year (“the Magic Year”) when forces really came together, including, but not limited to, MOOCs. I followed up by asking which strategies the academic elite will use to maintain the system it presides over for the next decade.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework.

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Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

Hack Education

So we must, I think, look at the more insidious ways in which various technologies are slowly altering our notions of knowledge, expertise, and education (as practices, as institutions, as systems) – and ask who’s invested in the various futures that education technology purports to offer. Beyond the MOOC. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. Learning to Code. MOOCs.

Designing Organizations to Support Tech on Campus #SXSWedu

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Kim, Researcch Scientist in the Learning Systems Lab, MIT What is your mission? Kim: Transform teaching & learning at MIT around the globe through the use of digital technology. MOOCs, technology infusion projects, online masters or pathways to credit, research.

Crowdfunding Meets Webinar: How One Organization Uses Slack to Tackle Global Challenges

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Now that we’ve assembled international crowds of motivated, smart people online in MOOCs, it’s time to think about harnessing their collective intelligence to tackle these urgent cross-boundary issues. Some new online courses like The Active Citizen in the Digital Age from Stanford University are already moving us in this direction, helping to foster informed civic participation following the 2016 election. Adapting an Existing Online Course for Synchronous Delivery.

When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

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Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. Personalized learning, adaptive learning, potato, potahto.