How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching


After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses. The colleges and companies offering MOOCs can be pretty guarded these days about releasing specific numbers on how many people enroll or pay for a “verified certificate” or microcredential showing they took the course.

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges


While some colleges might try it as a “secondary LMS” for a few courses, “I do not see this as a credible threat to become the primary LMS of a campus” because it does not fully tie into other campus systems, like student registration databases. Colleges have tried to offer courses built around MOOC materials before—and it hasn’t always gone well. Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges.


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A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

Hundreds of conferences, workshops, MOOCS, edcamps, professional journals, blogs, the list seriously goes on and on. 5Sigma Anastasis Academy Inquiry inspiration Maker Space Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources 5sigma inquiry pd student agencyThere are a lot of options for professional development. If you’re like me, your inbox and mailbox have a pretty consistent stream of offerings.

What’s the Right Price for an Online Degree?


As prices rose at most post-secondary institutions over the last decades, tuition at these colleges fell. It wasn’t until providers of so-called MOOCs—massive open online courses—entered into online partnership with high-ranking colleges about a decade ago that serious discounting took off.


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


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations.

Remote Work May Transform Higher Education. But Will Printers and Alexa Undermine Its Privacy?


Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials ” report. The nonprofit tallies 967,734 unique secondary and post-secondary credentials in the United States. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials.”

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?


The primary trends identified by the team were: adaptive learning, open education resources (OER), gamification and game-based learning, MOOCs, LMS and interoperability, mobile devices, and design.

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

Wired Campus

Freedman: I love where you started with the criticism of the MOOCs. I mean, MOOCs aren’t learning platforms, they’re distribution platforms. So on the flip side of this market, textbook publishers and learning companies lose massive portions of what should be their core revenue stream to this secondary market. Distance Education IT MOOCs Teaching

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There Are 700K+ Credentials — and Counting. Which Ones Are ‘Quality’?


Both reports note that most jobs available today require some education or training beyond a high school diploma, and that on average, workers who have post-secondary credentials earn more than those who don’t. In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges , degrees, certificates, licenses and diplomas available to denote educational attainment. They’re still counting. So far, the Washington, D.C.-based based nonprofit has found 738,428 unique credentials in the U.S.,

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most cost-effective means to create a more personalized and individualized learning experience for students is through the use of OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's). By developing a framework for the advanced learning opportunities that OCW promises, schools will enable gifted and motivated students to progress beyond the scope of their traditional secondary curriculum.

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.) make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enriched delivery models.” 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.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

But believe me when I say that if we can’t figure out how to make the teaching and learning problems caused by copyright the core issue we are solving with OER (with cost as an important, but secondary, issue), OER will go the way of MOOCs – a few years of wild hype about revolutionary potential followed by inevitable domestication by the academy. Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before.

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A Flipped Classroom Approach: Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Dr. Neelam Parmar; Teacher & Director of E-learning for Primary & Secondary Schools. Fortunately, there is a vast amount of content already available, such as YouTube videos, MOOCs, multiple choice questions and web-based resources. Dr. Neelam Parmar; Teacher & Director of E-learning for Primary & Secondary Schools : While there are great gains with flipped learning classrooms, there is also some criticism for this new pedagogical strategy.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

MOOC uses new AP Physics curriculum, could aid both students and teachers. Rice officials said the new four-part course, Preparing for the AP Physics 1 Exam, is like no other massive open online course (MOOC) the university has offered because it features high production values, dozens of visual demonstrations, Hollywood-style introductory videos for key concept areas and access to a free textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College.

Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online


Avida is the husband of Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, and one of the first board members of the company that helped put the spotlight on massive online open courses, or MOOCs. It was never secondary for me, as it is for some faculty,” she says. Pandemic closes school.

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


For example, most of the enrolled students in fully asynchronous MOOCs are adults, and even in this context, completion can be challenging. By contrast, many secondary school students are capable of completing well-scaffolded asynchronous activities.

How Colleges Can Help Educate the 40-Million-Plus Newly Unemployed


Before joining JFF, Lexi spent nearly a decade in public service at the federal level, including working on Capitol Hill for six years, and serving as a policy advisor to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S.

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

eSchool News

Course development has also been supported by Jinghong Wang, author of more than ten Chinese textbooks, and a well-known Chinese course developer at MOOC, experts in Chinese online learning courses and teacher training.


What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

In order to reduce the amount of new content a teacher needs to make, YouTube videos, MOOC s, multiple choice questions and web-based resources can be combined. Dr. Neelam Parmar; Director of E-learning for Primary & Secondary Schools. MOOC-style lessons, webinars and using open-access tools like Google’s G-Suite or Microsoft’s Learning Tools are all options.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018


Source: EdSurge Higher Education & Post-Secondary Post-secondary tools altogether saw a notable bump in funding. Once upon a time, she notes, “MOOCs were supposed to displace higher education. Now many MOOCs are embedded within these institutions. For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things


That's an interesting dynamic where so much of this is at this intersection of not just higher ed or post-secondary education world, but it's also what's happening in terms of employer training. Some of it is going to come from military training, or on-the-job training, or a community college, or you can do it online through a MOOC, a formal for credit course, a master's degree credit course or something else.

Building Effective Edtech Business Models to Reach the Global Poor


Students like Battushig who used free online courses to achieve world-class education motivated players like Coursera and the State Department to launch initiatives like Learning Hubs and MOOC camps from Vietnam to Bolivia. primary and secondary education. For instance, admittance to free public post-secondary education often is contingent on high scores. Battushig Myanganbayar grew up in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Should Gen-Ed Come Later? New Book Argues For Cheaper And Faster Alternatives to College


Sure, but the hype around MOOCs, or massive open online courses, said that people would start finding a cheap online replacement for college and that hasn’t happened. First of all in a faster and cheaper universe, you’re going to have to have career discovery at the secondary-school level. I’m not arguing for a reduction in the aggregate or per-capita level of post-secondary education.

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

MOOCs? And the MOOC numbers look like they’re rising. Unless the worm turns globally, I’d expect planet MOOC to keep growing in 2016. Primary and secondary schools are a battleground between iPads and Chromebooks, it seems. What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? Here I’d like to identify trends from 2015 which seem likely to persist or grow over the next year.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The Center has run a course for undergraduates since 2007 and has since expanded into secondary schools by hosting summer teacher-training workshops and making course materials available online through its Digital Resource Center. In January, they plan to launch a massive online open course (aka a MOOC) called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. Northport, N.Y.,

The Inspiration in Front of Your Eyes

The Principal of Change

Everything else is secondary. November 21, 2016 The Mantra of An Innovative Educator (Video) January 8, 2017 3 Areas Where Having “The Innovator’s Mindset” is Crucial September 7, 2017 Innovate One Thing September 19, 2016 3 More Critical Questions For the Innovative Educator September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017


MOOC companies typically account for the bump in the “Post-Secondary” category, but aside from Coursera’s $64 million Series D round, few other companies focused in higher education scored a large deal. Is education technology investing back on track? Are investors still eager to put their money in education startups? The answers depend on who you ask. After a lull in 2016, venture activity for U.S.-based based edtech startups in 2017 saw a resurgence of investment capital.

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Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

scholar14, the MOOC out of Royal Roads University facilitated by George Veletsianos , is a great example of the growth of this belief: a course that sees learning as a situated experience facilitated by notions of community, environment and identity. Bringing Up Three by Bringing Up Madison:CC-BY.

The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

OER ranges from highly structured college courses (MOOCs) to less structured curricula from colleges and other institutes of learning (OpenCourseWare a/k/a OCW), to free online textbooks, and everything in between. One other important new piece of information for me was the MIT Blossoms program, which provides OER science and mathematics education for secondary students.

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Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

post-secondary education needs closer connections to K-12, especially given demographic and economic changes (126-8). The discussion of digital changes (76-82) touches on high points (cost, commodification, MOOCs), but comes to no conclusions or recommendations. Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education.

Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

post-secondary education needs closer connections to K-12, especially given demographic and economic changes (126-8). The discussion of digital changes (76-82) touches on high points (cost, commodification, MOOCs), but comes to no conclusions or recommendations. Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I hoped to move on from there to what I called “approaches”, ways of using tech that didn’t depend on a specific platform – i.e., gaming and gamification, blended learning, distance learning, MOOCs, mobile, and digital literacy. Discussion went in some interesting angles, such as secondary education. One person thought shifting tertiary school content down to secondary could help reduce adjunctification, by (I think) reducing teaching hours in colleges.

Another glimpse of European higher education and technology

Bryan Alexander

A Maltese education leader dove into their secondary school laptop initiative. 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. Anthony Camilleri described publicly funded European higher ed’s MOOC use as “the real use case” for those classes.


#hourofteach (or, Will the Last Philanthrocapitalist Turn Out the Lights?)

Improving Education Environments

ESSA is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 , which was a part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty , governmental policy to provide social welfare as part of the Great Society. The idea was for Udacity MOOCs to provide low-cost, entry-level courses that would kickstart student achievement and success. Here is an odd thing about Washington.


Thursday - Ray McNulty on the Courage to Change Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Given that some of these traits lie at the heart of criticisms I''m inclined to make about the non-connectivist MOOC movement and many of the VC-funded ed tech ventures, I can''t wait to discuss this with Ray! During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education''s work on three key issues: early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform.