Online education is all the rage these days, with startups like Coursera and Udacity offering free and cheap courses from top universities to anyone with an Internet connection. One of the greatest challenges facing these new education providers is retention rates. People are rushing to sign up to cool courses — who wouldn’t want to learn about Greek and Roman mythology from an Ivy League university professor? Coursera ‘Learning Hubs’ bring a social layer to online education
23andMe and Udacity partnership raises questions about the future of MOOCs Bloomberg Businessweek has an interesting look at DYI genetics company 23andMe’s moves to keep ahead of the competition out to help you get to know yourself really, really well. The part of 23andMe’s strategy that I found the most interesting was the the way the company is teaming up with Udacity, the provider of massive, open online courses, to produce a college-level class on genetics and, presumably, how to use a service like (surprise!) 23andMe to map your own genome. Udacity announced the class called “Tales from the Genome” over the summer and it starts today. Here’s 23andMe’s own blog post on it.
6 offbeat MOOCs that merge education with fun Sept. 10, 2013 The University of Irvine grabbed headlines last week with its announcement that it was working with Instructure to organize a MOOC based on AMC's zombie show "The Walking Dead." The course is billed as "edutainment" but will have some serious elements: The syllabus calls for examining the role of public health in a pandemic and the science of hope. Like traditional universities, some MOOCs are reaching beyond the core topics and offering what can be described as "guilty pleasure" courses.
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"The Walking Dead" Inspires a UC Irvine MOOC - Liz Gannes You know how some colleges offer fun, random courses — about the social dynamics of reality television or the poetry of Bob Dylan — that you might feel guilty spending your hard-earned tuition on, but actually sound totally fascinating? Online courses now have their own equivalent: A multidisciplinary class using AMC’s hit zombie show “The Walking Dead” as its “primary text.” And it’s free. The eight-week “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’” starts Oct. 14, the day after the show’s Season Four premiere. AMC has given “MOOC” platform Instructure the rights to content from the show, access to cast members for exclusive interviews, and helped advise on weekly themes for the upcoming season.
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View full size The Peter B. Lewis Building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Tens of thousands of people from around the world participated in Case Western Reserve University’s first free online classes, but the two professors involved also learned something from them. For instance, they may offer more breaks during classroom lectures, because they discovered through the online courses that a student's attention span is about 15 minutes. Case Western Reserve University's free online courses exceeded expectations
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What does it mean for a university to create a massive open online course ( MOOC )? That's what Ira Gooding , Educational Resource Coordinator at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Teaching and Learning, and Brian Klaas , Senior Web Systems Designer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology, spoke about at the UBTech conference in Orlando, Fla. On Tuesday, Education Dive attended the higher education technology conference, where Gooding and Klaas opened up about their experiences helping Johns Hopkins create a MOOC for Coursera . Here's what they had to say: Lessons learned from Johns Hopkins' first MOOCs
Ten state universities join with online education provider Hoping to take advantage of new technologies to expand online education, 10 additional public universities and state college systems around the country are affiliating with Coursera, one of the leading providers of online education. But the schools’ participation may focus more on their local campuses rather than on the worldwide audiences that Coursera previously had been courting. Thursday’s announcement of the new partnerships means that the state schools, from New York to New Mexico, will experiment with using Coursera’s massive online open course (MOOC) video and testing platform to improve and widen online learning on their own campuses, officials said. It is expected to bolster the so-called blended classroom in which online videotaped lectures from various online courses are an enrichment tool, like a textbook, in a class that also has face-to-face teaching and evaluation.
5 MOOC Building Platforms Now that MOOCs are hitting the scene, everyone wants to jump on board! Granted, some want to get into the game in the hopes of making a quick dollar (somehow?), but others genuinely want to know how they can create their own MOOC for educational purposes. Well, you have options! More providers are likely to spring up as we will only cover five potential options. As the entire MOOC industry evolves, expect to see more options at your disposal for this kind of thing.
Today, edX, the MOOC (massive open online course) platform launched by MIT and Harvard, announced the expansion of the xConsortium, the group of edX partners, with 15 new university across the globe. These are the new partner institutions: MOOC platform edX announces 15 new university partners
Yale expands online education, appoints new director | Cross Campus Following a December report that encouraged the University to prioritize online education, Yale is answering the call. In a Wednesday email to the Yale community, Provost Benjamin Polak announced the University’s new partnership with Coursera, an online education platform used by Princeton, Columbia, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania. Polak also announced the creation of a new standing committee on online education and the appointment of music professor Craig Wright to the new position of academic director of online education. In the email, Polak stressed the importance of using online education to explore new teaching strategies that can be used in Yale classrooms. “To build on the progress we already have made in this area, we need to take care that our online initiatives complement and enrich Yale’s traditional pedagogy,” Polak said in the email.
New data reveals low MOOC completion rates Katy Jordan, Ph.D. student at Open University (UK), has announced the results of her research on MOOC completion rates. Using data from 29 MOOCs , Jordan found the average completion rate to be only 6.8%. However, there was disparity between the completion rates for auto-graded and peer-assessed MOOCs , with auto-graded MOOCs ' completion rates (7.7%) better than peer-assessed MOOCs completion rates (4.8%). Of the MOOCs she studied, Jordan found École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's (Switzerland) "Functional Programming in Scala ," which was hosted by Coursera , had the highest completion rate--a whopping 19.2% of the approximately 50,000 students enrolled completed the course. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Princeton University's "A History of the World since 1300," also hosted by Coursera , had the lowest completion rate--just 0.8% of the 83,000 enrolled actually completed the course.
Coursera makes first foray into K-12 education with online courses for teachers Coursera, one of the driving forces behind the MOOC (massive open online course) movement reshaping higher education , is bringing its disruption to K-12 schools. But its target audience isn’t the students; it’s the teachers. On Wednesday, the startup said it had partnered with several schools of education and other institutions and museums, including schools of education at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art, to bring free professional development courses to teachers via the web. “We looked at our technology and realized that for 7-year-old kids, streaming university content for them wasn’t going [to be effective].
On Friday, edX president Anant Agarwal shared his thoughts on MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the future of higher education at a panel called "Re-imagining STEM Higher Education in the Worldwide Classroom." The panel took place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science ( AAAS ) Forum on Science & Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. At the forum, Agarwal dropped the news that edX , the Harvard and MIT-funded MOOC provider, would announce "a significant number" of university partnerships in the "next few weeks." This news has big implications for both online learning and higher education. Many university educators fear MOOCs will replace them, and the new partnerships will only serve to heighten that anxiety. But Agarwal believes MOOC can help, not hurt, educators and education. edX president on how MOOCs will change higher education
Which audiences will MOOCs serve best? Massive open online courses ( MOOCs ) may not replace traditional college courses altogether, but they will change priorities for higher ed institutions and students alike. Just as Twitter feeds, websites and magazines have found ways to co-exist in the media ecosystem, MOOCs and other means of instruction will probably find ways to co-exist in the future. First, however, schools and MOOC platforms will have to better understand what it is they do and who they want to serve. The good news is that the target audiences for MOOCs are emerging. In fact, at least 10 distinct groups are enrolling in these big, free courses, Donald Clark, a thinker in the education space, wrote on his Plan B blog Thursday.
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