Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

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What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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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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In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

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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. But MOOCs were trending upward back in 2014 when the education incubator was established, so it made a catchy name for the building.

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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. He also happens to be the co-founder of Coursera itself, and it was his Stanford course on machine learning that helped launch the MOOC craze in the first place. In fact, Ng’s original Stanford MOOC remains the most popular course offered by Coursera. Meanwhile, it’s important to note the limits of the MOOC format.

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

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Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. If the first wave of MOOCs was about granting unprecedented numbers of students access to high-quality teaching and learning materials, Wave 2 needs to focus on creating a sense of intimacy within that massiveness. I think we’ve seen this reemergence—unintentionally—in the form of MOOCs. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

Open all hours #EDEN15

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The synopsis reads: With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. eden15 education learning Martin Weller MOOCs OER open learning Openness Technology

Let your robots do the marking?

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A short article appearing in the Independent newspaper on April 6th highlights the tensions brewing because of the use of marking software. And even more importantly, are computer software programs actually capable of marking free form essays?

The Seven Basic Disruptions – Education Edition

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to x.0 – A highly popular narrative form in recent years, referencing the manner in which commercial software* updates its software offerings. Main Clayton Christensen disruption history innovation MOOC satire venture capitalImagine you are about to be amazed by an innovation. A CEO stands on a stage. A thought leader stands on a stage. A developer stands on a stage. We click to the first line of a think piece.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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The next big move came when instructional designers, as part of their skillset, turned to digital authoring systems, software introduced to stimulate engagement, encouraging virtual students to interface actively with digital materials, often by tapping at a keyboard or touching the screen as in a video game. Most authoring software also integrates assessment tools, testing learning outcomes. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

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The case studies, divided into short segments covering different topics, together resemble a MOOC. “We told them that if we decide that this personalized-learning software doesn’t work, that’s what we’re going to publish,” he said. ” Distance Education IT MOOCs

EdTech Acronyms Explained

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LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners).

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Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

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But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. He examined the online behavior of 657 students who participated in a nine-week MOOC on statistics offered by Stanford University. Students using the commitment device found that spending time on distracting sites was much less enjoyable with the software, Mr. Patterson says. One of the most surprising findings was that the strongest students benefited from the software the most.

The Seven Basic Disruptions – Education Edition

Improving Education Environments

to x.0 – A highly popular narrative form in recent years, referencing the manner in which commercial software* updates its software offerings. Main Clayton Christensen disruption history innovation MOOC satire venture capitalImagine you are about to be amazed by an innovation. A CEO stands on a stage. A thought leader stands on a stage. A developer stands on a stage. We click to the first line of a think piece.

Acronymity

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MOOC 2.0. MOOC 3.0. MOOC 4.0. I’ve achieved serious word count detailing the history of the MOOC acronym : we call connectivist-inspired courses and AI-inspired courses MOOCs because the acronym was introduced via popular media as a signatory for online course contents grouped in units and hosted by a well-known educational outlet. A SPOC is a Small Private Online Course ( could be better than MOOCs !). MMORPG. urMOOC. cMOOC. xMOOC. GROOC.

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Acronymity

Improving Education Environments

MOOC 2.0. MOOC 3.0. MOOC 4.0. I’ve achieved serious word count detailing the history of the MOOC acronym : we call connectivist-inspired courses and AI-inspired courses MOOCs because the acronym was introduced via popular media as a signatory for online course contents grouped in units and hosted by a well-known educational outlet. A SPOC is a Small Private Online Course ( could be better than MOOCs !). MMORPG. urMOOC. cMOOC. xMOOC. GROOC.

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Amid Fast Change, Group Seems Slow to Enhance Colleges’ Control of Online Courses

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The goal was to help negotiate contracts jointly to secure better terms, to offer analytics services about students, and to help provide a framework so that campuses could get software products to work together more seamlessly. The consortium has also agreed on a standard software framework, pledging to use the learning-management system Canvas, which is open source. Distance Education IT MOOCs Online Courses

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

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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. It is a software application that helps you create, track, and report training programme or educational courses anywhere using any device. E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years.

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

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More class time can be spent on the craft of editing – especially when film editing software can now be found on the same tablet or smartphone device that the footage was shot on.

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.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

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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. Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments.

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The C-MOOC or Connectivist Massive Open Online Course was a free at the point of delivery online learning experience with no limits to the numbers who participated, and where 'students' could choose how, where and when they learnt.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. ” (Its MOOC competitor edX also announced this year that many of its courses would no longer be free.) Vive la MOOC révolution. Speaking of MOOCs, Phil Hill astutely observed earlier this year that many MOOCs and for-profit companies were altering their products and services so as to become online program management providers: “ If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try To Be An OPM.”

(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” Via Techcrunch : “ Holberton brings its full-stack software engineering school to Colombia.” It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

A Flipped Classroom Approach: Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

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Fortunately, there is a vast amount of content already available, such as YouTube videos, MOOCs, multiple choice questions and web-based resources. Have you ever felt that the traditional classroom structure we’ve all grown used to is a bit too limiting for the today’s day and age?

Breaking Down Barriers of Distance Learning through Technology

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” To reach some of those individuals, PTCC has partnered with employers in the region to develop a series of credit-bearing courses delivered via teleconferencing software that students can access while at work. In essence, PTCC has created mini-MOOCs (massive open online courses) for over 300 workers from 38 different companies, with the goal of giving those employees more education and training that will lead to credentials in their fields and better paid work.

Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

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Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges. While attention around MOOCs has died down, the company seems to have found a business model for free courses with something it calls Specializations. Coursera’s leaders refer to their Specializations as “products,” and their beta-testing program takes a page from the playbook of major software companies.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data.

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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.

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Lessons from Boise: What colleges can teach us about fostering innovation

Perry Hewitt

Media interest in formalized online learning, or “peak MOOC,” occurred in about 2012, and with it the mandate that everyone must learn to code. A wheel design to eliminate road ruts for American farmers. A new reseller model bringing internet access to villages in rural Mexico.

Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018

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Udacity already offers a self-driving car nanodegree but, as its founder and former CEO Sebastian Thrun writes , it “has many prerequisites [and] is built for seasoned software engineers.” Founded in 2012, Udacity initially sought to work with universities as a provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs). Peter Thiel once complained he was promised flying cars, but had to settle for 140 characters instead.

Minnesota Higher Ed Office Says Udacity’s Nanodegrees Might Violate State Law

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That might work for software, he says, but should not be applied to education. “If In the early days of MOOCs, the state’s Office of Higher Education made headlines for asking Coursera and other providers of free courses to go through the registration process. State officials eventually changed the rules to include an exemption for MOOCs and other courses that were free or low-cost.

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

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Once upon a time, she notes, “MOOCs were supposed to displace higher education. Now many MOOCs are embedded within these institutions. Another big growth equity funding round came from Great Hills Partners, which put $110 million in Connexeo , a provider of school administration and payment software. For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.

Still in the Thick of K-12? Amazon Partners With Edhesive to Bring CS Education to Schools

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The product, which was initially a computer science MOOC, was developed as a skunkworks project within Amplify and spun out as an independent company in July 2015. Despite fits and starts, Amazon is marching forth with its K-12 education efforts. On Monday, just days after the company quietly said it would be shutting down TenMarks’ online math and writing tools , it announced a partnership with Edhesive, a company that offers computer science curriculum to schools.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

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We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University. I could utilize the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media software tools for historical research.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Education Politics.

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How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

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The DIG team identified and prioritized additional needs and quickly added members with expertise in user experience design, behavioral science, data science, software development and innovation advocacy. Over the course of a year, we hire approximately 20 undergraduate and graduate student fellows who are both mentored in and contribute to areas as diverse as software development, user experience design, graphic artistry, innovation advocacy and data science.