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MIT, Harvard Evaluate Their MOOCs' Impact. Harvard and MIT have issued a report on the effectiveness of their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered through MITx and HarvardX free to the public.

MIT, Harvard Evaluate Their MOOCs' Impact

The study: “HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014″ drew on data from two years and 68 open online courses and reveals a steady growth of multiple-course participation and only with a slight majority of students seeking course certification. According to the paper’s authors: “We find that overall participation in our MOOCs remains substantial and that the average growth has been steady. . . When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher — The Atlantic. Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from "content expert" to "curriculum facilitator.

When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher — The Atlantic

" Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation’s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The "virtual class" will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record.

"So if you want to be a teacher," I tell the college student, "you better be a super-teacher. " I started reflecting. Well then. MinuteEarth. Get 10% off of your first order with Squarespace - support us on Patreon: ... like these our Patreon patrons.


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Why The World's Largest Provider Of Online Courses Thinks It's The Answer To Getting Ahead In The New Economy

He had graduated from Amherst College with a political science degree and had also completed a prestigious Fulbright research fellowship. He was smart and had strong qualitative research skills. But he was frustrated. The “quant guy” at work “got to do all the fun stuff.” Andy simply did not have the skills to move his career in that direction. Five Lessons for Online Teaching from Finishing a MOOC – ProfHacker - Blogs. [This is a guest post by Michelle Moravec, a historian currently working on the politics of women's culture, which you can read about at

Five Lessons for Online Teaching from Finishing a MOOC – ProfHacker - Blogs

Follow her on Twitter at @professmoravec. --@JBJ] At the end of January 2014, I enrolled in an MOOC on corpus linguistics offered by the U.K. -based Open University’s Future Learn. Don't Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course. As you surely know, Massive Open Online Courses are the big trend in online education.

Don't Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2013 views MOOCs as the technology trend of the year. The MOOC concept is spreading rapidly from what was initially developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Now institutions like Coursera, Udacity and edX have taken over the conversation, offering a wide variety of courses open to learners around the world. Meanwhile, leading universities like Stanford, as well the Open University (OU) in the U.K. are jumping on the bandwagon with their own MOOCs. MOOCs are sprouting elsewhere around the globe, too. You might have heard about the great workload, the high MOOC dropout rates or being lost and overwhelmed within the MOOC environment. MOOCs Resource Guide. On September 19, 2012, Vanderbilt announced a new partnership with the digital learning consortium Coursera.

MOOCs Resource Guide

Coursera is an online platform for open-access, non-credit classes, available at no cost to participants. Such courses have been dubbed “MOOCs,” or massive open online courses. See Vanderbilt’s Digital Learning site for more information on this partnership. The MOOC Revolution: How To Earn An Elite MBA For Free. Goodbyegutenberg / 2014_MoreMOOCs. A world of MOOCs to choose from and Open Culture have updated this link with dozens of MOOCs on offer for January and February, 2014.

goodbyegutenberg / 2014_MoreMOOCs

Sample MOOC Stats. MOOCs. Easy MOOC. How NOT to Design a MOOC. I don’t usually like to title a post with negative connotations, but there is no way to put a positive spin on my experience with the MOOC I’m enrolled in through Coursera, Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application.

How NOT to Design a MOOC

The course so far is a disaster, ‘a mess’ as numerous students have called it. Ironically, the learning outcome of the course is to create our own online course. To be fair, there are some good points to the course, but there are significant factors contributing to a frustrating course experience for students, myself included. Group Chaos There are three key factors contributing to this course calamity and all link to the group assignment.