To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs


A LinkedIn survey of 1,200 workers in human resources and learning development teams across more than 2,100 workplaces worldwide found that the top priorities for talent developers include identifying, assessing and closing skills gaps within their companies.

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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. The survey also investigates the direct costs and opportunity costs incurred by the learners.

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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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MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15


Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy, Lamar University [link] Lamar University sponsored the MOOC on Social Media Communication Tools for Educators which Dr. Abernathy facilitated. link] What is a MOOC?


#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?


Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall. In MOOCs it’s all about teaching.

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Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

The PL2C Blog

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).


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. With the potential for thousands of students to enrol together on MOOCs, learning through connection to this large network of learners became the foundation and the cornerstone.


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. Some one-fifth of participants answered a survey about their background in teaching, and 39 percent of them said they were current or former teachers. Teachers enroll in MOOCs for a number of reasons, he says.


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


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. users made up a third of survey respondents.) “We We have a significant number of European students in my course,” says Justin Dellinger, associate director of the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, who teaches a MOOC on Learning Analytics Fundamentals on edX.

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


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.


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. Today this has changed significantly—and not only due to MOOCs, which were an important catalyst.

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

Wired Campus

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. George Siemens, an education-technology expert and one of the first MOOC creators, isn’t bothered by the discrepancies between tangible and intangible benefits.

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.

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


Fill out this five-minute survey , and you can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. He made the move to his new phase of scholarly life during a rush of enthusiasm for so-called MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, that big-name colleges were starting to offer low-cost higher education to a wider audience. Education Technology MOOCs EdSurge Podcast

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Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

Survey often. More About the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed. This free, six week MOOC-Ed course allows participants to learn along with their colleagues on a global scale to enhance digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies.


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

Marketplace K-12

Nearly 60 percent of 589 preK-12 educators surveyed enrolled in professional courses online, according to a study by the Educational Technology Industry Network, a division of the Software & Information Industry Network. Meaning of Online Courses Is Shifting, Industry Survey Finds.

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.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market


More than 75 percent of online students enroll at an institution within 100 miles of their homes, according to recent research from The Learning House (and consistent across past surveys over time). Additionally, in another example of blending of online and in-person education, Coursera has begun a pilot offering its online MOOC courses to students at its campus partners.

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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


With authoring software, instructional designers can steer online students through a mixtape of digital content—videos, graphs, weblinks, PDFs, drag-and-drop activities, PowerPoint slides, quizzes, survey tools and so on. In the most recent annual Campus Computing Survey , a majority of academic CIOs concluded that “adaptive technology has great potential to improve learning outcomes.” The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

Wired Campus

He examined the online behavior of 657 students who participated in a nine-week MOOC on statistics offered by Stanford University. Students were surveyed both before and after the course. MOOCs Online Courses For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference.

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

Wired Campus

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


Credential Engine is surveying the landscape first, trying to develop a comprehensive dataset before coming to any particular conclusions. “We In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges , degrees, certificates, licenses and diplomas available to denote educational attainment.

The start-up using tech to foster students’ connections across the globe

The Christensen Institute

The model bucks the MOOC-like image some people conjure when they think of learning online as distinctly anti social. We surveyed our families and found that 85% of them use Outschool to help their kids explore their interests.

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The Fast-Changing and Competitive World of Grad Degrees


When you look at the data—and we still need better data—studies show 80 percent of the people pursuing [bootcamps and MOOC]s already have a bachelor's degree.

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As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed


He specifically faults measures such as the National Student Survey , a satisfaction poll administered to undergraduates during their final year of study in colleges throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He argued that the survey has led to an over-expansion of administrators put in to satisfy students rather than increase academic quality. Do you want fries with that education?

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Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables. Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).


Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when the media wrote about MOOCs with such frenzy, parroting all these marketing claims and more and predicting that MOOCs were poised to “ end the era of expensive higher education ”? Along the way, most of the predictions and promises have been broken: Attending a MOOC now often costs money ; receiving a certificate certainly costs money.


7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

More than 97 percent of surveyed participants who earned the first micro-credential in one of our our Learning Differences stacks indicated that they wanted to earn another one, demonstrating that the more people learn about micro-credentials, the more interested they become.

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?Tressie McMillan Cottom on For-Profit Higher Ed, Purdue, and Dream Data Sets


You also pointed out that MOOCs don’t receive much buzz today as three years ago. The MOOC moment happened, and what it really just did is give legitimate cover for the less-prestigious institutions to invest in online education. I was at Emory University when the MOOC moment was happening, and a place that had never thought about an online class before in its life suddenly looked up and was like, “Oh, is Stanford doing it?

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Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later


Joining the MOOC party As formal college education becomes more unaffordable, online education has become a popular alternative or supplement. And the business is growing: Babson Survey Research Group’s 2015 Survey of Online Learning shows the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 grew by 3.9

Warpping up Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education

Bryan Alexander

It describes a meeting of MOOC evangelists, several university leaders, and the press at the Carnegie Corporation’s offices. [T]he If you sympathize with this Revolution, or with MOOCs, this is a moving affirmation.


7 Ways for Learning Designers to Build Habit-Forming Experiences


Without imposed schedules, proximity to peers, or physical classrooms, even the best-intentioned students never make it through a MOOC or fail to reengage with the educational app they downloaded. See every decision a student has to make before actually getting to the learning experience—completing a lengthy survey or filling out a platform registration form—as friction and treat it as the step where people might decide your product isn’t worth the hassle. “Self-paced.” Mobile.” “On-the-go.”

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2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan


These venues range from MOOCs (free massive online open courses) to traditional brick-and-mortar public schools. Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom.

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Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Overall, the rise of online learning — from MOOCs to Khan Academy — makes “blended” learning that combines computer and live instruction feel normal to students. But the surveys put parent satisfaction in the 88th to 96th percentiles. Dan D.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

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.,