6 Things you may not know about MOOCs


Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. 6 Things you may not know about MOOCs.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs


At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Perhaps it is employers who should be the most supportive of the latest MOOC developments. Just like stand-alone MOOCs, most learners—over 80 percent—already had a Bachelors or higher degree.

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


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. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. As we move towards 2019, it’s time to get clearer about this difference and start asking smarter questions about what MOOCs can and should be expected to accomplish.

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Still MOOCing Along.


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. There is a way to report these in Coursera.


What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

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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. A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online courses headed?”


Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

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In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched to first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL).


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


Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. complete multiple MOOCs. MOOCs were a vetting mechanism for Usman, allowing both his talent and grit to rise to attention and connecting him to an opportunity halfway around the world. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. reported that only 5.5% Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review


Justin Reich and Mizuko (Mimi) Ito have recently published a report entitled From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies. The report is available for download without monetary charge and without collection of your personal data.

12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

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Participants in my current free online course, The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), designed learning missions this past week to inspire their learners. Mission: Research and design a report about an endangered species. Mission: Be a reporter for a day.

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MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?


Many institutions are struggling to prepare for the upcoming regulations, Inside Higher Ed previously reported. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 Across all geographies, Europe has one of the highest concentration of MOOC users in the world. For their part, some MOOC providers have already made steps towards compliance. Some MOOC instructors are less concerned.


MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

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It was 2011, and fewer than ten MOOCs existed worldwide. It has been four years since then, and according to a new report, the cumulative number of MOOCs has reached nearly 4,000. Compiled earlier this month by Dhawal Shah, founder of the MOOC aggregator Class Central, the report summarizes data on MOOCs from the past four years. And the data show that even as the MOOC hype starts to die down , interest isn’t tapering off.


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


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

As Grad Degrees And Credentials Boom, Prestigious Schools Are Winning


The master’s degree market is also a hotbed of innovation, as some of the world’s top universities are now experimenting with MOOC-based degrees at substantially lower price points. News & World Report national rankings had any significant online degree presence.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection


Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan.


Online Education: Silver Bullet or Runaway Train?

Brilliant or Insane

This Online Course Report infographic suggests that online education may be democratizing education and that minor tweaks may lead to major impact. […]. Featured Infographics Technology MOOC online educationBrilliant or Insane. Is online education the silver bullet that will kill major global education problems? Or is it a runaway train with gigantic issues of its own–issues far too imposing to be solved in the foreseeable future?

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


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. How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching. The “Year of the MOOC” is long behind us. In 2016, the company reported its largest loss in its history, down $3.3

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Got Action Plan?

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Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed. Based on context and role, participants used the ITCAP template to create their personal coaching vision and goals, along with specific activities and steps extrapolated from the weekly MOOC-Ed content and their experiences.


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Perry Hewitt

Pew has released a new report on Americans’ internet access 2000-2015. The first few years of widespread access to MOOCs have created a data trove for researchers. The first one: MOOC students are diverse, but trend toward autodidacts.

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Friday 5 — 3.25.2016

Perry Hewitt

A new Pew report explores U.S. But 80% of adults having “not much awareness” of MOOCs was higher than I might have imagined. Friday Five education Friday5 marketing mobile moocs research security trends ux video vr

New Teachers Won’t Save Us

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According to a Project Tomorrow Report. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. We can do better… Random Thoughts COETAIL Connectivism gamification mooc presentation reverse instruction

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


Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. A study by Muller found that: “Students who watched a video dialogue involving alternative conceptions reported investing greater mental effort and achieved higher posttest scores than students who received a standard lecture-style presentation.” Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningEducational media is at an inflection point.

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed


radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) For example, California recently released a report with. Education Technology Government Policy Data and Research University MOOCsEditor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold.

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. 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.” ” Some students chose to take it as a traditional MOOC, spending most of their time watching video lectures.

Smart Yet Relatable

The Principal of Change

At the end of her post, she makes a compelling case on why we need to rethink standardized testing: The Future of Jobs Report describes the urgency to to prepare future workers for the not so distant future. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


Technology makes a difference

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Below are just two of the available research reports (you can search for others on the Web). connection content education learning MOOCs schools Special Educational Needs Technology

What the Results of a Survey of Coursera Students Mean for Online Learning

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When Coursera, Udacity, and edX started up within four months of one another, in 2012, The New York Times declared it the year of the MOOC. A report released this week draws on a survey of Coursera students to look at their motivations and what kinds of educational and career results they are seeing. Published in the Harvard Business Review, it is the first study of Coursera students’ self-reported learning outcomes. Distance Education MOOCs Technology

2016 and all that.

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The Horizon report has a monopoly on this for educaion, using a virtual round table of 'experts' to whittle down all the possibilities into one or two trends that they think will be prevalent in education in the next one year, 2-3 years and 4-5 years. MOOCs won't be the end.

Students in Free Courses Study, but Not as Much as Most Students Do

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Most students in free online courses don’t spend as much time doing classwork as do traditional college students, but they do log a significant number of hours, according to a new survey of more than 4,500 MOOC students by Class Central, a website that reviews free courses. A majority of the respondents reported having taken at least two MOOCs and came from a sample of students who had enrolled in a course called “Learning to Learn,” which didn’t focus on a particular subject area.

Integrating Technology Meaningfully with Mission Minded Learning

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Interview with Jon Samuelson, @JonSamuelson: Digital Reporters! Join my free online course where we work on digital learning missions, The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ). For many of our students, technology is just another aspect of their lives.

Twitter and the death of distance

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A recent study from the University of Illinois reports on the use of the tweets sent by 70 million Twitter users found that on average, tweets and retweets were sent by people located more than 750 miles away from the message originators.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


Like much of edtech, research results can be ambiguous, with some saying it’s marginally better than conventional classroom teaching , while others report impressive results. MOOCs Recent virtual upstarts, MOOCs—massive open online courses—catapulted onto the global learning stage when Stanford University computer scientists Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in 2011 came upon the bright idea of streaming their robotics lectures over the Internet.

As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

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Today the MOOC hype has dissipated, but the company’s leaders say Coursera has found a way to make money, and that partner colleges have found a clear reason to participate. Rice University, for instance, reports that it is getting more applicants — and higher-quality applicants — for its computer-science masters’ degree after offering a CS course on Coursera, he said. Distance Education MOOCs

Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

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He examined the online behavior of 657 students who participated in a nine-week MOOC on statistics offered by Stanford University. The students who were most likely to benefit from the commitment tool were the ones who reported that finishing assignments or tests on time was “very” or “extremely” important to them. MOOCs Online Courses For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years.

Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer


I mean, if Harvard can teach its most popular MOOC in VR , then there has to be a way for LMS vendors to support these type of classes in their products as well. Most LMSs offer some sort of analytics and reports.

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Online Learning Research

The Thinking Stick

New research out of MIT, Tsinghua University, and Harvard came to the conclusion that online learning…specifically MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) do work… or at least work as good as traditional teaching. Photo Credit: MaceyBuchanan via Compfight cc.

The Year in Podcasts: Top EdSurge On Air Episodes of 2018


MOOCs are No Longer Massive. Once upon a time, free online courses known as MOOCs made national headlines. So we talked with Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, who has been tracking MOOCs closely ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses, about how MOOCs have evolved. This is the first episode by our newest EdSurge reporter, Emily Tate.

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5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

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Blumenstyk as a reporter surveying the landscape, Mr. Jones as a professor and administrator at a college, and Mr. Freedman as an investor looking for the next big thing in education technology. Freedman: I love where you started with the criticism of the MOOCs. I mean, MOOCs aren’t learning platforms, they’re distribution platforms. Distance Education IT MOOCs Teaching

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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. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. TL;DR.


Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course


The course will cost $49 per month and will be hosted on Coursera, a platform for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that Ng co-founded in 2012. (He offers through Coursera, which Ng teaches, have had wide appeal on the MOOC website. In June, EdSurge reported that three Coursera’s top 10 most popular courses were taught by him.