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.)

Why Emergency Online Learning Got Low Grades From Many College Students

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The following is an edited excerpt from Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher Education , forthcoming from Routledge. Nearly all of higher education moved online at the beginning of the pandemic. Most faculty just continued Zooming online as they always taught on campus.

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

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“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?

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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?

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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. The building boasts two tricked-out production studios that any of the companies in the industry park can use to film and edit video for courses.

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?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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ThingLink for Video Adds Interactivity

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I''m taking a MOOC through Coursera and UC Irvine called Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom. One of the options for the assignment was to make an introductory video for an online course. I''ve used several video creation apps and programs before, so I thought it would be easy. The video needed at least one interactive element ! Recently, they''ve added an option for adding clickable icons to videos. I''ve embedded the video below.

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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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

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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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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.

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

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What’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a professor to become a freelance educator, making video courses and podcasts for a living? 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. My video series.

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

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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.

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

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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. Relate” videos get the student to feel connected to the instructor.

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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Udemy, an Online Course Platform Where Anyone Can Teach, Keeps Raising Money. What's Next?

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So, what are its plans, and how does it see the market for online courses changing after the pandemic? The company lets anyone create and offer an online course on its platform, which has become the largest of its kind. And so these become very professional online teachers.”

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

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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. They’ve aided the beginnings of ‘flipped’ classrooms – where students view video lectures or read background material at home and spend their class time being guided through exercises, projects, or discussions on the material.

This online high school is not going to change education

Dangerously Irrelevant

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘ This online high school could change education ’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel ). The courses are highly linear and feature well-produced videos starring engaging and highly relevant teachers chosen by the high school’s panel of experts. ‘Highly linear,’ self-paced, one-size-fits-all courses; videos made by experts; and an online platform to ‘deliver’ them, including quizzes.

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

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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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In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching

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When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing Is Better than Watching for Learning From a MOOC,” looked at a group of Georgia students in a course called “ Introduction to Psychology as a Science.”

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

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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.

Connected Educators: Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Today I''m excited to be participating in a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course that is free. Today''s MOOC is part of Chris Long''s University of California Irvine''s course, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom. I will be sharing some powerful strategies for increasing students’ engagement in learning using ThingLink and ThingLink for Video. They complete assignments and take online quizzes.

This tool is aiming to be the WordPress of online course creators

eSchool News

A new, intuitive platform lets educators design their online courses—easily. As an educator, it’s hard to please today’s tech-savvy students with PowerPoints and lecture-on-video—but those are exactly the kinds of tools available for educators who don’t have time to learn online learning design 101. Without Versal, I probably wouldn’t have tried flipped learning because of the uncomfortableness of hearing and seeing myself on a podcast.”.

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

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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. With reports citing such whopping numbers to go online, it’s no wonder some senior academic officers are anxious to jump in.

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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. 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.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. Sure, you can memorize frog parts online, but that will never compare to dissecting one in a laboratory with fellow students and a quality teacher at your shoulder. Sure, you can memorize frog parts online, but that will never compare to dissecting one in a laboratory with fellow students and a quality teacher at your shoulder.

Participant Perspectives: Constance Seibert

Educator Innovator

Our partner, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s free online Learning Differences course aims to help teachers better understand and meet the needs of all learners. With the fall 2016 iteration of the Learning Differences course starting this Monday, we thought those of you unsure if the course is right for you might like to hear from a past participant. Click here to learn more about the course and register!

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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They noted the menu of research reports, graphics and videos, and the “About” page describing the site as a project of a “nonprofit research organization” called the Employment Policies Institute. 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. Still, learning news literacy skills is one thing, and the motivation to use those skills is another.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

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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.

The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

The panel, Centralized, Decentralized, Distributed: Emerging Models for Online Learning in Museums, was hosted by Rosanna Flouty of NYU and panelists were Daniel Wolff of the American Museum of Natural History, Allegra Smith of the Museum of Modern Art, and Emily Lytle-Painter of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art. The successes of these museums are not because they used a MOOC platform; they are in spite of using a MOOC platform.

The EDEN interviews: Stefan Hrastinski

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For the past 4 or 5 years I have recorded video conversatiins with keynote speakers who have presented at EDEN events. At the conference his key theme was one to one online learning. In this interview after his keynote, we enjoyed a wide ranging discussion around various theories of pedagogy, student engagement and participation, networjed learning, and the specific characteristics and practices that make a teacher effective in digitally mediated spaces.

What I’ve been up to: Silver Lining for Learning

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Last March about this time, Yong Zhao , Chris Dede , Punya Mishra , Curtis Bonk , Shuangye Chen , and I launched Silver Lining for Learning. You will see that Silver Lining for Learning has addressed a wide range of topics. Remote teaching and home learning in South Korea and Singapore.

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