Watch celebrities become hideously ugly as strange 'flashed face' video effect works its horrible magic By Rob Waugh Published: 17:13 GMT, 22 May 2012 | Updated: 18:22 GMT, 22 May 2012 Liv Tyler's face warps into the image of hideous old crone, and Tom Cruise's chin distorts beyond all recognition. No, it isn't a vision of the future - it's a strange effect achieved by looking at a space 'between' flashing pictures of human faces. 'We aligned a set of faces at the eyes and started to skim through them. After a few seconds, we noticed that some of the faces began to appear highly deformed and grotesque,' say the University of Queensland researchers who uncovered the effect.
What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? Online Learning | Feature What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? Sebastian Thrun threw a wrench in the MOOC model by declaring that massive open online courses don't work for higher education. What's next for the online learning trend? By John K. Waters12/11/13
HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013 by Andrew Dean Ho, Justin Reich, Sergiy O Nesterko, Daniel Thomas Seaton, Tommy Mullaney, Jim Waldo, Isaac Chuang Andrew Dean Ho Harvard University; Harvard University - HarvardX Justin Reich Harvard University - HarvardX; Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society
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EDUcourses Launches Donations Appeal to Create a College Education at Tuition of $39.95 Per Course EDUcourses Launches Donations Appeal to Create a College Education at Tuition of $39.95 Per Course Florida-based EDUcourses aims to disseminate 27 MOOCs – at an average cost of $39.95 per course – by the end of 2015. Gainesville, FL, December 03, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Dr. Looking Back at the "Fundamentals of Online Education" Crash Anyone following MOOC news in early February is well aware of the meltdown of Coursera’s Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application, offered by Fatima Wirth of Georgia Tech. The course began on Monday, January 28 and was shut down five days later. In the week that followed, many bloggers and traditional news outlets reported on the class’s demise, offered explanations, posted obituaries for MOOCs and, frequently, enjoyed the irony that Coursera’s first spectacular failure was an online course on how to design and teach an online course. Little has been written about FOE since then. But as a participant in the course, I think its three-month anniversary is a good time for review and reflection.
Latest News Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just "JoePa", has died. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer, and complications from that treatment claimed the longtime Penn State coach's life on Saturday. Paterno was the head coach of Penn State for 46 seasons before being fired in November as his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal came under greater scrutiny. Combined with the time he spent as an assistant, Paterno spent a total of 61 years on the Penn State sidelines. He left behind a legacy that, on the field of play, was unparalleled in Division I football. Paterno holds the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record, and he won two national championships while going undefeated in five different seasons.
Study: MOOC students are highly educated, job-oriented When Penn announced its partnership with massive open online course provider Coursera, in April 2012, administrators lauded the education startup as a way for the University to push its access agenda forward on a global scale. By making parts of a Penn education available to students worldwide, Coursera, administrators said, had the ability to revolutionize higher education. More than a year and a half later, Coursera is still a long way from realizing that goal. A new study, published last week by Penn researchers in the journal Nature, shows that students who have taken MOOCs on Coursera are highly educated and career-oriented. The study’s findings, though not necessarily surprising, will do little to win over MOOC critics, who argue that the online education hype in higher education has been largely overblown.
Curious Offers Online Learning Without the Commitment of MOOCs Before co-founding lifelong learning platform Curious, CEO Justin Kitch was hanging out at home with his kids, taking some time off. He had sold his first company, Homestead.com, to Intuit in 2007, and after a few years there, he was ready to spend some time at home. So he started doing as much as he could outdoors, and decided to devote some time to improving his guitar skills and a taking on a massive landscaping project at a new house.
Why the MOOC Movement Is Now As Georgia Tech gears up for its new MOOC-like master's degree program slated to launch this spring, The Wall Street Journal reports that applications from would-be students are dramatically outpacing fall '13 applications to Georgia Tech's residential program. Offered jointly by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Udacity, with financial support and "advice" from AT&T, the two-year, wholly online master's degree program in computer science parallels Georgia Tech's well-regarded campus-based program. Proponents say this watershed initiative could spur further innovation. Because the courses aren't open to everyone, they aren't truly MOOCs (massive open online courses). Perhaps we should dub them "MOCs." Credit-seeking students had to apply to Georgia Tech during a three-week period that ended October 27th (acceptance notifications go out December 1st) and will have to pay tuition (a total of about $6,600, versus $44,000 for the regular program).
91% MOOC satisfaction rating for University of London International Programmes London, UK (PRWEB UK) 4 November 2013 91% of respondents rated their experience as ‘Good’, ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ in a post-course survey of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the University of London International Programmes on the Coursera online platform. The four free online courses offered, which began in June this year, were: Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps, English Common Law: Structure and Principles, Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story, and The Camera Never Lies. An impressive 210,000 students signed up to the courses from countries all over the world, including the United States, India, Brazil, Spain and Canada, among many others. The MOOCs took the format of video lectures, assessments based on automatically-graded multiple choice questions or peer reviews, and forums allowing the students to interact with the content, each other and course teams. Notes for editors
Dan Foster: Are MOOCs the future of education? - Op-Ed Commentaries My formal education ended almost 40 years ago. Since that time, TVs have gotten larger and computers have gotten amazingly smaller. At my age, it's true that now I may be more concerned about my Social Security options than the latest smartphone applications, but I still hope that I haven't stopped wanting to learn. CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- My formal education ended almost 40 years ago. Since that time, TVs have gotten larger and computers have gotten amazingly smaller. Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu Coursework to be assessed for academic credit by member institutions A “university” that will allow students to study courses from 31 institutions around the world for free online is to launch this week – and is billed as a more attractive option than massive open online courses. Students who complete an Open Educational Resources University course will be able to pay a fee to have their work assessed for academic credit, which would then be recognised by all the universities participating in the OERu. In theory, the students could approach any of the partner institutions with evidence of the credits they have amassed and apply for degrees. Once the university assessors are satisfied that the applicants can demonstrate the learning outcomes associated with its programmes, they would become eligible for graduation.
Open Education The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of OER and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs available on different open websites. European MOOCs are those provided by European institutions, regardless of the platform that hosts them. All of the MOOCs accounted for in the scoreboard are also listed in the MOOC aggregator on this website.