MOOC Mania

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Will Taking an MOOC Land You a Job?

<i>Is participation in a MOOC considered truly significant (or of any value) in a student's profile? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Colleen van Lent, lecturer at the University of Michigan and</b> …

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How technology can actually change education - e-Learning Feeds

<i>By Roger C. Shank</i><p>You can’t read something about education these days without reading about how technology will change everything.<p>Sorry to be a …

Ed-Tech and the Commercialization of School

<i>I was invited to speak this evening to Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt’s class on current ed-tech issues, #ECI830. As part of the course, students</i> …

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What the Bot Revolution Could Mean for Online Learning

Many people are betting on bots becoming the new apps.<p>My co-founder and I are two of those people. Before I tell you more about why that is, let's take a paragraph to explain what bots are.<p><b>What are bots?</b><p>The bots I'm referring to are the so-called chat-bots. They're "smart" programs that you can …

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Disrupting College Admissions: New Online Class to Increase Access to Top Colleges

This year's college acceptance rates shocked the world. Top colleges, such as Harvard, Stanford, and Penn, admitted a record-low number of students. If the trend continues, colleges will soon be reporting acceptance rates at 3%--or even lower!<p>Unfortunately, during this same year, high schools …

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Dispelling Myths About Online Learning

Despite the growing number of virtual students, many academics still believe outcomes for online education are inferior to those of face-to-face instruction, according to Babson Survey Research Group's most recent annual report, <i>Online Report Card - Tracking Online Education in the United States</i>.<p>In …

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The Commodification of Higher Education

Colleges and universities have become a marketplace that treats student applicants like consumers. Why?<p><i>This is the third story in a three-part series looking at elite-college admissions. Read the first story here and the second one here.</i><p>When the <i>U.S. News & World Report</i> rankings were first published …

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Liberal arts are where we learn how to be citizens

I remember as an undergrad; so many of my classmates majored in business administration. Why? A business degree at the time appeared to place one on the proper trajectory toward finding a job.<p>My friends would ask me rather sarcastically, "What do you plan on doing with that political science …

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Stephen Fry Launches Pindex, a “Pinterest for Education”

Who can now deny that, in the internet, we have the greatest educational tool ever conceived by mankind? Surely no Open Culture reader would deny it, …

The Overselling of Ed Tech

Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the idea of using digital technology in the classroom tends to be either loved or hated. After all, anything that's digital consists only of ones or zeroes. By contrast, my own position is somewhere in the middle, a location where I don't often find myself, …

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World Bank turns to MOOC for development finance learning

Kenyan election<p>Yemen crisis<p>The rise of Chinese aid<p>US development policy<p>Inside Development<p><b>E-Learning</b><p>World Bank turns to MOOC for development finance …

The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful

Why traditional metrics like completion rates aren't a good way to evaluate online courses<p>With a few keystrokes, you can register for a HarvardX MOOC on Computer Science, Genomics, Justice, or China. Hundreds of thousands of people have done so, and in a report that we and our coauthors released …

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Are MOOCs Worth Your Learning Time?

Whatever happened to the promise of Massive Open Online Classes (also known as MOOCs)? Not so long ago, MOOCs seemed on the verge of offering …

Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>In the last three years, over 25 million people from around the world have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by Coursera, EdX, and other platforms. Initially heralded as a revolution in higher education access, expectations have been tempered as research revealed that …

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MOOCs Are To Higher Ed What Netflix Is To Movie Theaters

When news broke that Netflix would release the sequel to <i>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon</i>— bypassing movie theaters entirely — the entire movie theater industry did its best impression of Chicken Little<i>.</i><p>Yet, one news site called Screen Rant brought some well-reasoned calm to the situation: the movie …

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No Rich Child Left Behind, and Enriching the Rich: Why MOOCs are not improving education

When I talk to people about MOOCs these days, I keep finding myself turning to two themes.<b>Theme #1</b>. Our schools aren’t getting worse. The gap between …

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How MOOCs Can Transform Employee Learning In Your Organization

<b>Transforming Employee Learning With MOOCs</b><p>MOOC means Massive Open Online Course. Simply described, it is an online course designed to have a large …

Use Of MOOCs And Online Education Is Exploding: Here's Why

The folks at Class Central just released their data on the growth of online courses (MOOCs) in 2015 and the data is amazing.<p>More than 35 million people have enrolled in online courses in the last four years, and 2015 enrollments doubled from 2014. <i>(That’s equal to one out of five working</i> …

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Toward a Global MOOC Consortium - The American Interest

When MOOCs first came onto the scene in 2008, they were greeted with excitement and sometimes heady optimism by higher education reformers and …

5 Ways of Understanding the New, Feminist MOOC That's Not a MOOC

When professors go online, it doesn't have to look like any one particular thing.<p>Yesterday, we received word of the newest innovation in higher education. Across the world this fall, it was said, students and professors would sit down at computer screens, breathe deeply, and plunge themselves into …

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What MOOCs Can't Teach

Even the founders of education start-ups say that online courses can't replace the classroom experience.<p>"I like to think of education as giving people superpowers." With this metaphor, Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng summed up the purpose of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, at <i>The Atlantic</i>'s …

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MOOC, COOC and SPOC - Different online courses, different needs

This week on UTalk fields a question from Olivia in Brussels who asks: “What is the difference between a MOOC, a COOC and a SPOC? And who are those online courses meant for?”<p>The answer comes from Remi Bachelet Senior lecturer and researcher at the Ecole Centrale of Lille and the creator of France’s …

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MOOCs are no panacea, but they can help improve learning (essay)

Massive open online courses have not lived up to their early hype -- what could? -- but they’ve made important contributions nonetheless, write John …

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Author discusses book analyzing massive open online courses from a social science perspective

Where are massive open online courses now, and where are they going? Robert A. Rhoads, professor of education at the University of California at Los …

Technology Will Make Lecturers Redundant - But Only if They Let It

Michael Rowe, <i>University of the Western Cape</i><p>A teacher walks into a classroom and begins a lesson. As she speaks, the audio is translated in real time into a variety of languages that students have pre-selected, so each can hear the lecturer's voice in their own language. It can even be delivered …

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The Future of Education

<i>If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.</i><p>John Dewey, Educator<p>I found the above quote on the web site of <b>KUATO STUDIOS</b>. I learned about this dynamic video game/education company when I first met <b>Mark Horneff</b> the Managing Director of <b>Kuato</b>. The more we talked, the more I …

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New York University Betrays Teaching and Education

It may call itself "a private university in the public service," but NYU is a multi-national big business and New York City real estate mogul whose previous president earned $1.5 million a year. Its latest "offering" puts NYU on the list of bottom-feeders trying to make a fast-buck with online …

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Looks Like School Forgot To Teach Us How To Remember

I'm a somewhat intelligent dude. I went to a well-regarded high school and graduated from a more-than-respectable college. And yet when I look back on the 15 years I spent in the education system, it's shocking to realize how little I actually learned.<p>Put another way, most of my time in class …

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