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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.

Monetization over Massiveness: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2016 — Class Central

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. 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.

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction : NPR Ed

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. 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.

NL Parliament makes open standards mandatory

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. MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions. The first ever MOOC I took had 160,000 people signed up for it.

MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions

The forums were buzzing with activity. New posts were being added every few minutes. Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative to Save Students $5 Million Annually. 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.

Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative to Save Students $5 Million Annually

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). Openness and Ownership: Who Owns School Work?

4 min read This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners Whose Copyright Is It?

Openness and Ownership: Who Owns School Work?

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: What Do We Mean By Open Education. 3 min read This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners.

What Do We Mean By Open Education

MOOCs take their place in the corporate learning world. 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.

MOOCs take their place in the corporate learning world

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. MOOCs emerge on the corporate scene. OER4ADULTS! 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). California community colleges get $5M to boost OER access. Dive Brief: California Gov.

California community colleges get $5M to boost OER access

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. 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.

Coursera Pilots Paid-Only Courses. 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. 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. 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.

Which Will Win: MOOC vs. Book? (Part 1 of 3) With the growing popularity of MOOCs, many have asked whether MOOCs really are a big innovation after all. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: An Amazing Collection of Free Textbooks for Teachers. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup. Resources by Topic: OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. News Detail - e-Skills. How do you measure digital skills? Op-ed: If OER is the answer, what is the question? By Curtiss Barnes, Managing Director, Global Product Management & Design, Pearson | April 26, 2016 print. Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success.

Only 1 in 5 Students Obtain All Learning Materials Legally. Research. 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? While higher education tuition continues its steady rise, outpacing inflation, and room and board costs also increase, there’s one cost some might say is moving in the right direction. Even while the number of course materials students buy has stayed level, average student spending dropped almost 20% from 2007 to 2015. Rich Hershman, vice president of government relations at the National Association of College Stores, points to that data as evidence that open educational resources are having an impact on the market.

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