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Monetization over Massiveness: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2016 — Class Central. This article is just one in our 2016 MOOC Roundup Series. Find the whole series of articles here, and discover everything MOOCs in 2016 — from the most popular classes, to overviews on developments in MOOC platforms, to looking at the MOOC-future. It was originally published on EdSurge. 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. The spotlight on these companies have since dimmed, yet they continue to expand their footprint.

By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners. Coursera – 23 millionedX – 10 millionXuetangX – 6 millionFutureLearn – 5.3 millionUdacity – 4 million If you are interested in learning more about each of these providers, check out our in-depth coverage: And it seems to be working.

Subjects. Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction : NPR Ed. Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask. Monkey see. Click. Swipe. Reward. A new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World explores the implications of, and brain science behind, this evolution (some might say devolution). It was written Adam Gazzaley, a neurologist and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and research psychologist Larry D. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. Toggle caption Peter Samuels/Courtesy of Gazzaley Lab Our friends at NPR's Shots blog recently spoke with one of the authors about distraction's impact on productivity.

From food foragers to information foragers. Correct. Adam, we engage this info-foraging, this distraction even when that behavior is self-destructive or counterproductive? NL Parliament makes open standards mandatory. Law to be introduced in 2017 The use of open standards is to be made mandatory for public administrations in the Netherlands. A law proposed by MP Astrid Oosenbrug was adopted by the Lower House of the Parliament yesterday. According to the MP, the open standards requirement will be one of several changes to the country’s administrative law, introduced next year. “The minister earlier agreed to make open standards mandatory”, she said. The first public administration that should improve its use of open standards, is the Parliament’s Lower House itself, Oosenbrug said. When it needs to share documents in an electronically editable format, the lower house should do like the Upper House, and use the Open Document Format (ODT), a now 10 year old ISO standard, the MP said.

Switching to open standards will increase interoperability and lower costs for citizens and companies, Oosenbrug said, while calling on public administrations to overcome their resistance to change. More information: MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions | VentureBeat | Business | by Dhawal Shah, Class Central. The first ever MOOC I took had 160,000 people signed up for it. The forums were buzzing with activity. New posts were being added every few minutes. If I had any question at all, it had already been asked and answered by someone else. But recently I have noticed forum activity and interactions in MOOCs have declined drastically. This is despite the MOOC user base doubling in 2015. Change of pace The first MOOCs were essentially college courses put online — they were approximately 10 weeks long and had weekly or bi-weekly assignment deadlines with a final exam. But as course providers learned more about student behavior in online courses, MOOCs have evolved to meet the needs of the student.

Kadenze, a MOOC platform optimized for arts education, made such a switch recently. But the biggest change to MOOCs in recent times has been that they have become more available. Previously, it was quite common to encounter a course you liked, only to discover it was already finished. Evolution of MOOCs. Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative to Save Students $5 Million Annually -- Campus Technology. Textbooks Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative to Save Students $5 Million Annually The governor of Rhode Island launched an initiative that aims to save college students $5 million a year by switching out traditional textbooks with openly licensed textbooks.

Governor Gina Raimondo introduced the Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative to combat the steep prices of traditional textbooks, citing that textbook prices “have nearly doubled over the last decade,” according to a news release. The Rhode Island Office of Innovation (InnovateRI) will lead the initiative through its partnership with Adams Library, located at Rhode Island College (RIC).

RIC launched a pilot program this school year that so far has saved students $100,000 by switching to an openly licensed textbook for a biology course, according a news release. The announcement comes a week after Raimondo pledged to ensure 70 percent of working-age Rhode Islanders hold at least an associate’s degree by 2025.

About the Author. Openness and Ownership: Who Owns School Work? 4 min read This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners Whose Copyright Is It? Last year, the Prince George’s County Board of Education (in Maryland) proposed a new policy that would grant the district copyright over work that staff and students had done, meaning that, as The Washington Post reported, "a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.” The proposed policy read, in part: "Works created by employees and/or students specifically for use by the Prince George’s County Public Schools or a specific school or department within PGCPS, are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee’s or student’s time and with use of their materials.”

Many districts already have in place policies that claim copyright over employees’ work — particularly if it is done while at work or on work-issued equipment. Copyright in a Digital Age. What Do We Mean By Open Education. 3 min read This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners. This article was part 2 of an exploration of what “open” means and affords in education.

How can we think about “open” beyond “openly licensed materials”? Granted, the licensing piece is incredibly important for access and distribution and remixing. But what else do we mean when we talk about “open,” and how can we think about “openness” as an ethos not simply a licensing agreement, one with tremendous power to shift education beyond a focus on “content”? The New York Times declared 2012 “the Year of the MOOC,” and one might think that with such an endorsement and with “open” right there in the middle of the acronym — massive open online courses — that “open education” has triumphed. And it’s complicated, of course, by the multiple meanings of that adjective “open.” Those last two highlight how people can use the word “open” in education and mean not just utterly different things, but perhaps even completely opposite. MOOCs take their place in the corporate learning world | HR Dive. According a report released by Technavio, the corporate e-learning market in the USA is predicted to reach a value of nearly $31 billion by 2020.

Much of this can be attributed to the rapid advancement of technology, like mobile devices and cloud-based learning systems. Now, corporate learning is expanding to include free and low-cost learning opportunities to help bring more information into the workplace. A background on MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs as they are referred to, are a collective of zero-cost courses that anyone can access at will via the internet. What started as an effort by several universities to encourage the open sharing of educational resources has now exploded to limitless learning opportunities, all facilitated across multiple platforms. Initially, companies didn’t see much value in MOOCs as they were largely based on college classes in the humanities, but over time, MOOCs have expanded to include many useful facets of business learning.

Why use MOOCs? OER4ADULTS! | dlearn. Tensions and recommendations regarding the creation, promotion and use of OER in Adult Education A report from the JRC presents an overview and analysis of Open Educational Practices for Adult Learning in Europe. It is a contribution to the construction of a knowledge base on Opening up Education and is part of a wider scientific agenda on ICT and Learning.

The project was conducted in 2012-2013 by a team from the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, funded by The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). Analysis revealed 6 tensions that drive developing practices around OER in adult learning as well 6 summary recommendations for the further development of such practices. Here we present the summary of the findings. Tags: adult education, digital education, digital learning, OER, Open educational resources.

California community colleges get $5M to boost OER access. Dive Brief: California Gov. Jerry Brown recently gave $5 million to the state's community colleges to expand open-source textbook development for the system's 2.1 million students. The funding calls for development and marketing of open-source textbook options for use in other state higher education systems and beyond. The model follows a pilot program launched among Virginia community colleges, which has saved students more than $3 million.

Dive Insight: Many leaders are looking towards online learning as a cost-saving strategy for students, but open-source learning materials are the easiest strategy schools of all sizes and missions can deploy in short order. Colleges can pilot incentive programs for faculty who write open source textbooks and curriculum, and can work with states or peer institutions to potentially cost share in offering these materials to pass savings on to students. Recommended Reading Top Image Credit: Pearson. More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low.

Awareness of free or openly licensed educational resources, including textbooks and other teaching materials, has increased slightly over the past year, but according to a large-scale survey released on Tuesday, still only 6.6 percent of faculty members are "very aware" of them. The survey and an accompanying report, "Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16," includes results from a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 full-time and part-time professors and was conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group.

The survey shows a mixed picture for open educational resources, commonly referred to as OER, according to Jeff Seaman, a co-director of the group and a co-author of the report, and it highlights some "serious disconnects. " For example, of the professors who had recently chosen the assigned books or other materials for one of their courses, 87 percent said the cost to the students had been important or very important to them.

Survey: College business officers say higher ed in crisis. Dive Brief: A survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed found a majority of college business officials agree higher education is in financial crisis, with a bleak outlook for the next 10 years. More than 80% of business officers believe institutions must be more innovative and cost-conscious about academic offerings. More than half of survey respondents indicated faculty do not play a significant role in major budgeting decisions. Dive Insight: A majority of college business officers understand higher education is an industry under siege, in part, because of changes to industry, political spending ideology and new trends in workforce development. It’s one thing to acknowledge the changes, and a totally different proposition to identify how to fix it.

Colleges must be more deliberate in making degree programs synonymous with, or replacements for industrial credentials. Recommended Reading Inside Higher Ed: Foundering finances, the faculty role: a survey of business officers. Coursera Pilots Paid-Only Courses | Class Central's MOOC Report. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Amazon Released A New Educational Platform for Teachers and Educators. June 29, 2016Amazon Inspire is a new platform from Amazon Education that would provide teachers and educators with a wide variety of open educational resources. This project is still in beta phase and teachers are required an early access code to use the materials there. Anyone can request access code by filling this form. Amazon Inspire is like a search engine teachers can use to search for, discover and share digital educational resources. They can filter their searches by subject, standard, grade and resource types.

Educational materials shared on Inspire Amazon are created by educators, schools, districts and several invited partners. Courtesy of Edsurge. 25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom. Connectivism. Clarissa Davis, Earl Edmunds, Vivian Kelly-Bateman Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, University of Georgia Review of Connectivism Introduction Just like anything else that involves human experience or interaction, the act of learning does not happen in a vacuum. It is at the intersection of prior knowledge, experience, perception, reality, comprehension, and flexibility that learning occurs.

If you would like a quick introduction to connectionism, try looking at networked student in plain English video. Half-Life of Knowledge New technology forces the 21st century learner to process and apply information in a very different way and at a very different pace from any other time in history. Taking into account the ideas presented in the video, how is the 21st century learner supposed to assimilate all this information, and make valuable use of it? Components of Connectivism Chaos Theory Importance of Networks Connectivism Defined Citation. 20160413 OE Global Conference Open Education Revolution or MOOCs Chri… Professor, publisher clash over stance on open-source education. Dive Brief: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Professor Rajiv S. Jhangiani withdrew a chapter from a forthcoming text on undergraduate teaching philosophies for introductory psychology. Jhangiani advocated for more openness in affordability and research, and greater access to free learning materials and settings.

Editors and project managers with Cengage, the book's publisher, asked for editorial license to add language about 'traditional publisher practices' that would have been in stark contrast to Jhangiani's position. Dive Insight: In a growing climate of "publish or perish" for university faculty members, forfeiting a publishing opportunity is a unique and strong stance in any discipline.

But his stance is part of a new culture of faculty exposure, one that expands expertise and thought leadership beyond academe, and into pop culture discussion. Recommended Reading Inside Higher Education: Choosing Principles Over Publication. Which Will Win: MOOC vs. Book? (Part 1 of 3) | Class Central's MOOC Report. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: An Amazing Collection of Free Textbooks for Teachers. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup.

News Detail - e-Skills. Op-ed: If OER is the answer, what is the question? Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success. Only 1 in 5 Students Obtain All Learning Materials Legally -- Campus Technology. Earn A Credential - Specializations, Nanodegrees, and XSeries. Free online credentials, not MOOCs, will transform higher ed. What's the state of OER and where do we go next? What makes students stick with a MOOC? 10 ways MOOCs have forced Universities into a rethink. Coursera launches 12 new project-based courses. Open Education | Viv’z Blog. For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree. 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education. ICDE (@icde_org) | Twitter...

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