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Context Is King: Why Today's MOOCs Don't Meet Corporate Needs. In 1996, Bill Gates declared that “content is king.”

Context Is King: Why Today's MOOCs Don't Meet Corporate Needs

Gates was talking about the Internet, and the publishing, creating, and accessing capabilities that came as a result. However, the same has been true in education for a very long time. Education — from elementary to college to corporate learning — has relied on the “sage on the stage” approach: one teacher, explaining content to a class of students. The primary value, often assumed, of the teacher is his or her content knowledge and the ability to transfer this content effectively to the students in the class. There are some good reasons why this is true; while education is about more than just the collection of facts, there is a baseline level of knowledge that learners need before they can move on to higher order critical and creative thinking. The relationship structures inherent in this model of education do not reflect the realities of the workplace today. This wasn’t the early goal of MOOCs.

Demystifying the MOOC. When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs.

Demystifying the MOOC

The hope was that MOOCs — classes from elite universities, most of them free, in some cases enrolling hundreds of thousands of students each — would make it possible for anyone to acquire an education, from a villager in Turkey to a college dropout in the United States. Following the “hype cycle” model for new technology products developed by the Gartner research group, MOOCs have fallen from their “peak of inflated expectations” in 2012 to the “trough of disillusionment.” There are several reasons for the disillusionment. First, the average student in a MOOC is not a Turkish villager with no other access to higher education but a young white American man with a bachelor’s degree and a full-time job.

Photo Nearly all MOOCs originate from the world’s top universities. The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t. Editor’s note: Dan Friedman is the co-founder of Thinkful.

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a “revolution in higher education.” Soon after, Coursera, Udacity and others promised free access to valuable content, supposedly delivering a disruptive solution that would solve massive student debt and a struggling economy. Browse free online courses. How MOOCs are flattening corporate training and education. Corporate training and education is borrowing from massively open online courses to keep employees enriched and up-to-date.

How MOOCs are flattening corporate training and education

MOOC vs. OER: has evolution killed the revolution? Learn how to code. Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning? Not all U.S. colleges and universities will disappear as a result of new technologies, but clearly some will.

Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning?

Designing and Running a MOOC. MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami. What is a MOOC? OpenStudy: Study Together. Home Page. Coursera. EdTech Round-Up: 99 Google Plus Accounts to Follow. Technology amplifies knowledge, and education is one of the fields that stands to benefit the most from the rapid development of the internet and communication technology.

EdTech Round-Up: 99 Google Plus Accounts to Follow

Edtech allows for the wide distribution of educational materials, and for the development of customized, interactive learning environments to fit any learning style. Educators and technology enthusiasts alike have embraced the educational power of the internet, PCs, tablets, and even smart phones. There is an amazing community of education innovators on Google Plus, sharing ideas about education technology and eLearning, and working toward a new paradigm of education for the next generation.

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide? Big Ideas Getty By Charla Bear Universities across the country are experimenting with MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a way to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all students.

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

The MOOC Guide. EdX Code. MOOC Around the World - Our Global List of Distance Learning Resources, Part 2. We’re boarding now for the next leg of our journey exploring MOOCs around the world.

MOOC Around the World - Our Global List of Distance Learning Resources, Part 2

In case you’re joining us mid-itinerary, in part 1 we had a whirlwhind three-country tour of distance learning resources from Germany, the U.K. and Ireland. This part will take us back to the continent to introduce MOOC platforms in northern and southern Europe as well as a pan-European platform based in the Netherlands. FYI, as I explained in part 1, I am including platforms dedicated to providing MOOCs as well as independent courses offered outside of a dedicated platform. I am also including some classes that have already finished if I expect them to be offered again or when the materials have been left open and accessible. The center of my personal learning network. How to oder (Test-)Plattformen. Moodle. 100 Ways to Learn a Foreign Language Online. Whether you’re getting ready to take an international trip or you’re just ready to brush up on your foreign language skills, there are lots of resources to help you learn online no matter where you study: Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia – anywhere!

100 Ways to Learn a Foreign Language Online

More on Online Language Learning. Last week’s article on online language learning apparently hit a nerve; not only was it widely e-mailed, but a number of people told me about other language courses that I had missed in my research.

More on Online Language Learning

In addition, a few factual corrections to the article are in order. Starting with the latter, the free language courses at the BBC‘s Web site may not work in all countries. For example, the videos cannot be played in the United States, but other elements of the program do work. Open Learning Initiative. At Harvard Extension School, free and open learning is hardly a new concept. In fact, the Extension School was founded with this mission in mind: to create an affordable way for any motivated student to take courses at Harvard. We stay true to this mission today, offering several free courses and nearly 800 for-credit courses at reasonable tuition rates. Explore our series of free or low-cost courses below. In addition, you can also browse Harvard University's Digital Learning Portal, which features online learning content from across the University, both free and fee-based options.

Language Resource Center. Burlington County College. Livemocha. German Courses. Languages for Everyone - Learning Languages Online for Free. Fluenz - Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn Italian, Learn Chinese with Fluenz. Learn a Language, Learn Spanish, Learn Chinese Fast. Corporate Site - Home. Busuu - Learn languages for free online. Distance Learning Courses and Adult Education - The Open University.

What is a MOOC?

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