For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." At the time, many thought MOOCs might become a replacement for both classroom instruction and ingrained models of learning.

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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

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News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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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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MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

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Once the system is built, “you can use that for your university diploma or the cooking course you took at the culinary institute,” says Philipp Schmidt, director of learning innovation at the MIT Media Lab. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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

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That means the service includes new features tailored for use in an academic environment, including plagiarism detection to spot cheaters and integration with existing student gradebooks in the learning management systems (LMS) that colleges use.

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

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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. The New York Times later declared 2012 as the ‘year of the MOOC,’ and columnists said the virtual courses would bring a revolution. And that's what MOOCS have.

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

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The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million. Here is a list of the top five MOOC providers by registered users: Coursera: 30 million users.

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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

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The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff. By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners. Even Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world, jumped on the MOOC train.

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Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

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It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses. Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs.

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

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is interacting with a college’s learning management system, or when a prospective student in Europe applies for admission to a U.S. 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.

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A Finished Dissertation – MOOC Pasts & Futures

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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).

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Student Get to Know You Image Stickers Activity

Teacher Reboot Camp

Throughout the past 8 years, I have designed several online courses and MOOCs. I noticed this activity has become super popular in many online course; therefore, for The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), I decided to try another activity in case I had participants who had taken my previous courses. Students post the image to their online class platform or Learning Management System (LMS) and let others know what the 3 stickers mean.

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U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation

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The university has been making free online classes known as MOOCs, or massive open online courses, since the medium’s early days, says Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central, which ranks the institution as the fourth-most prolific university MOOC producer.

Coursera Pushes into Unicorn Status After Raising Another $103M

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Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford University professors, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, and helped spark widespread hype about MOOCs , or Massive Open Online Courses. Education Technology Financing MOOCs Startups

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

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In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. Third, it is working to improve its core systems and operations, both within schools and across states. LRN MOOC MOOCs online learning virtual learning As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. K12, Inc.

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

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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. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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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

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

It took 912 years from the founding of the first university in Bologna in 1088 for the global higher education system to grow to serve 100 million students annually by the year 2000. This small-scale experiment lends a hint at what a truly interoperable system might look like down the line.

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

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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. Back in the day I was a complex systems philosopher of science. I studied complex social and physical and biological systems. Education Technology MOOCs EdSurge Podcast

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

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accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. Students begin by spending two months in a bridge program that reorients them away from the highly didactic pedagogical practices they’ve become accustomed to in the Rwandan system of education. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks.

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!

How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

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in Management of Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University. When I joined Ashford, the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) had just started and it was quite an interesting movement. Yes, but for my business information systems students, virtual labs have helped. It’s embedded as a weekly component in all of the courses that I teach, which are Database Management Systems, Telecommunications and Networking Concepts Concepts, and Programming Concepts.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

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University of Houston System via Coursera. Colorado Community College System via Canvas.net. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pd

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

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

On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller

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I first became involved in edtech as CEO of Xythos, a content repository system that was one of the first solutions that allowed universities and K-12 systems to have cloud based file sharing and storage. It was also licensed as the core of Blackboard’s content management system. If you could wave a wand and change one thing about the US education system, what would it be? Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

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They were incredibly hardworking people, but the ones creating the most significant social impact in the world were also often too busy to finish a MOOC. Still, learning management systems and online platforms have a long way to go to make these kinds of online and offline learning connections more seamless. These things are happening in fits and starts across various MOOCs and online courses, but we don’t yet have a seamless, Strava-like platform for learning and teaching.

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Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

Learning with 'e's

Based on cognitive technology, it is a way of creating learning environments and support systems that mimic human tutors or teaching assistants. Other companies have similar two-tier systems of customer support.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

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University System of Georgia via Coursera. 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. Education & Teaching (50).

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On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

When Stuart Hall advocated for negotiated and oppositional reading in Encoding/decoding, it was not a system to only be engaged with dominant tropes. There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest.

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The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

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Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content.

Our Fascination With (Not) Fixing Education

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Evidence as provided does not establish the Law as ironclad by any means, for I see the foundation of the law as problematic — a few examples such as MOOC inequity do not make the Law correct, but rather make the Law not incorrect in these cases.

Scaling Up Micro-credentials

The PL2C Blog

The prospect of re-designing an entire professional development system is daunting, particularly when it’s a totally new idea, like micro-credentials. This small tweak emulates the competency based approach and might allow district leaders to get a feel for the potential value of micro-credentials as well as the potential push-back such a system will create. Coaching Leadership MOOC-Ed Teaching & LearningBy Lauren Acree.

The Seven Basic Disruptions – Education Edition

Improving Education Environments

Remember, you were once in an education system, so you can speak with expert authority on what is wrong with the comprehensive social structure of education, taking centuries (nay millennia) of history and shaping it into 1500 digital words in an effort to provide a solution either as-a-service or in a listicle. ( Research and Return differs from reification because it posits the disruptor as novel to the space and not overcoming odds beyond those of the system.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

When Stuart Hall advocated for negotiated and oppositional reading in Encoding/decoding, it was not a system to only be engaged with dominant tropes. There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest.

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