The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

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

Edsurge

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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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

Edsurge

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. Are their employers allowing them to study during paid work time?

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

Edsurge

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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Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

The PL2C Blog

The Friday Institute and Oak Foundation seek to end this anachronism with the Learning Differences MOOC for Educators (MOOC-Ed). When combined with the self-directed, anytime, anywhere learning facilitated in the MOOC-Ed, the experience proved to be powerful. By Lauren Acree.

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources.

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Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers

Wired Campus

A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers. The study examines data from some one million MOOC students who enrolled in courses at edX, the nonprofit learning platform started by Harvard and MIT. Justin Reich, a research fellow at HarvardX, the university’s online arm, says he was surprised by the number of teachers who take MOOCs. Teachers enroll in MOOCs for a number of reasons, he says.

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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. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs?

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6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

Neo LMS

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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MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.

Edsurge

MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. We’re talking 160,000 people signing up to study advanced tech topics like data science. Actually these days you don’t hear much about MOOCs at all.

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Edsurge

And she makes the case for why free online courses like hers—which are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—might still lead to a revolution in higher education, even though the hype around them has died down. Some people might even wonder whether MOOCs are even still around since you don’t hear much about these courses today. As someone still teaching one of these, where do you see MOOCs these days? . Some of those San Jose State MOOCs showed very good results.

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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.

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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. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs?

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A Finished Dissertation – MOOC Pasts & Futures

Improving Education Environments

Rolin Moe : From All MOOCs, All The Time. Originally posted on All MOOCs, All The Time : After nearly two years of intense study, scholarship and research, my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course has been published to ProQuest (though I am sharing it via Scribd, as ProQuest is not always the easiest for open access). The findings in the Delphi study can….

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

Edsurge

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. A study by Class Central, a review site for the free online courses, found that nearly 20 percent of its users were based in Europe. For their part, some MOOC providers have already made steps towards compliance. Some MOOC instructors are less concerned.

Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

MindShift

Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Learning Circles introduced her to MOOCs for the first time, and she appreciated the feedback from her peers and facilitators in a small group setting.

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

NeverEndingSearch

Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Social studies teachers will adore these!

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

Wired Campus

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. More than 55 percent of the students surveyed said they studied two to five hours per week, and 22 percent said they spent six to 10 hours per week studying.

Keith Devlin from Stanford: Talking Media, Math, MOOCs, and Silicon Valley Money in Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In addition to talking about the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics, we''re going to dive into some deeper conversations about the recent move toward massive(ly) open online courses (MOOCs, one of which he is starting for free this fall on math), why he thinks that "higher education as we know it just ended," the impact of the Silicon Valley and venture capital in education, and as much as we can fit into an hour!

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What’s an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its Online Offerings.

Edsurge

That was at the height of the buzz around MOOCs, and about a year after the start of edX, the online course platform founded by Harvard and MIT. He was referring to the business school’s well-known teaching method that uses “case studies,” which the school produces and sells as well. In renaming the online program, Harvard Business School is signaling that it will continue to offer courses and certificates online while attempting to set itself apart from X-ending MOOC providers.

Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Teacher Tips #EdugoalsMOOC classroom management MOOC moocs parent engagementToday, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement.

The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (September 2016)

The Principal of Change

This would be centred around the book, “ The Innovator’s Mindset ”, but would go beyond simply a book study. Providing Instructional Leadership #innovatorsmindset #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC educational mooc innovators mindset online book study

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

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

Edsurge

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

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pdAn Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015.

Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

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

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. They learn about time- and study-management, as well as about working in teams. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. Every student engages in work-study at the university, which enables the Kepler to manage and run the organization at a low cost.

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

Wired Campus

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.”

How free is open? #EDENchat

Learning with 'e's

3) How are MOOCs and other massive open study opportunities changing or influencing out thinking as educators? Should we all jump on the bandwagon and create open online programmes of study, or should we stand back and watch to see how the movement develops?

New Teachers Won’t Save Us

The Thinking Stick

English teachers should study and understand how writing has changed over the years and have students practice writing in mediums that apply to 2014. Are they studying new approaches to learning such as gamification and reverse instruction.

False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

However, as we become increasingly connected to each other through technology, and our social ties strengthen, so there is greater scope for students to learn together, sharing their resources and ideas, and approaching their study collaboratively.

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New learning environments

Learning with 'e's

Our final #EDENchat of 2015 focused on new learning environments, namely MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended learning methods. Those who participated shared their experiences of MOOCs and flipped learning both as teachers and as learners.

#LearningIs everywhere

Learning with 'e's

Specifically, online programmes of study including MOOCs are still in great demand, and learning through mobile devices is at an all time high. autodidacticism curiosity education informal learning learning mobile MOOCs school Technology

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Technology makes a difference

Learning with 'e's

A research study at Durham University in the North East of England suggests that multi-touch, multi-user surfaces can improve the learning of mathematics. connection content education learning MOOCs schools Special Educational Needs Technology

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

A beginners’ guide to writing in English for university study. eLearning moocs pd Professional development 50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. by Class Central. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central.

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Let your robots do the marking?

Learning with 'e's

Anant Agarwal, president of EdX, (Harvard and MIT''s non-profit making arm that runs MOOCs), says that the software will be a boon to learning online in the future, because it will allow students to rewrite and resubmit their essays time and again, to improve their grades.

Life in the freezer

Learning with 'e's

UANT specialises in geological, biomedical, marine science, climate studies and astronomy, and of course, it is uniquely positioned to do so. Antarctic Studies, of course. Distance Education education learning MOOCs research science UANT University of Antrarctica

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest. What this allowed me to do was to shape my sociocultural framing of EdTech from a MOOC perspective. Main #dlrn #elearnconf keynote MOOC psychology research solutionism

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Parabolic learning

Learning with 'e's

Reflection and Amplification Now that I have some time, I can sit down and reflect on an extraordinary two hour session with my BA Education Studies students this morning. Their task would be to create a new wiki page, and begin to populate it with resources related to MOOCs.

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How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

Edsurge

When I joined Ashford, the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) had just started and it was quite an interesting movement. I didn’t start studying for my master’s until I was in my 30’s. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning MOOCs Fully-Online School Data and Research Cloud ComputingIn 1997, when he was in his mid 30s, Dr. Jongbok Byun flipped his entire life upside down to pursue his dream of becoming an educator.