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New Online Course Platform Seeks to Tie in Job Skills

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This week in higher education, we saw an announcement for a new online platform to help prospective online students search through available online course offerings from several of the largest online degree and MOOC providers. The idea is to create a new search platform for online course offerings, specifically the ones that tie into in-demand job skills for employers who ... Read More »

4 Takeaways from the 2014 SXSWedu Conference

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By: Peter Stokes and Kevin Bell The first thing you must know before setting out for SXSWedu is that the sun will come out and the air will warm only as you step into the cab to begin your journey back home. The second thing you should know is that SXSWedu is a sprawling affair, with thousands of attendees, dozens of ... Read More »

Pop Culture: Would You Like Some Education With That?

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Some MOOC-based educators, eager to hold their student’s attention as news unfolds about completion rates sinking to as low as 4 percent, have begun moderating class formats and lesson plans to find ways to engage students. And it doesn’t just include having celebrity instructors or opening up in-person learning centers. Pop Culture Connection Education company Instructure, which has partnered with faculty at the University of ... Read More »

365 Days Later, “Year of the MOOC” Becomes “Year of the Backlash”

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By: Peter Stokes and Sean Gallagher A little over 12 months ago, The New York Times famously dubbed 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.” What a difference 365 little days can make. Here at the back end of another calendar year, we wonder if 2013 might come to be thought of as “The Year of the Backlash” within the online higher education community. ... Read More »

MOOCs Get LinkedIn to Employers

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Struggling with low completion rates, some providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have launched a new strategy to increase student motivation. And it’s social. Social media platform LinkedIn announced this week it would begin a pilot program to allow students to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile. That way, students may be able to market themselves ... Read More »

What’s missing from a lot of online education? The education.

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For years we’ve heard about the capacity of online learning to level the playing field, reduce costs and give people around the world access to a top-notch education. But somehow the technology—and our seemingly endless need to turn everything into a vehicle for celebrities or celebrity-making—has gotten in the way of the most important thing: the learning itself. Sample just ... Read More »

In-Person ‘Learning Hubs’ On the Horizon for MOOCS

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Thanks to a new deal highlighted in the New York Times, the U.S. State Department has committed to a partnership with massive open online course (MOOC) provider Coursera to open in-person “learning hubs,” where students can access free MOOCs and meet with discussion groups. This is an interesting change in course for MOOCs, the entire premise of which is built on ... Read More »

Online Ed Provider Coursera Does the Math

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Coursera, one of the higher-profile names in online education, has produced an infographic that showcases some pretty diversely impressive stats. It makes a strong case for proof of concept, regarding online education in general—and as a success story for Coursera in particular. Some of the figures are pretty stunning (more than 5,500 cumulative years of video-hours watched?!), and others serve ... Read More »

WSJ on MOOCs: Expert Opinions

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Earlier this week, The Experts blog at the Wall Street Journal tackled the topic of MOOCs. Their panel included professors from Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, as well as the dean of the BU School of Management, the president and CEO of Siemens USA and other similarly ... Read More »

Is there really such a thing as a nontraditional student?

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Every so often, a really bad name for something is contrived and somehow becomes acceptable. That is, until years later, when its legitimacy is eventually questioned and, ultimately, changed. In the breakfast cereal world, for example, Golden Crisp suffered from the ultra-sweet name of Super Sugar Crisp for nearly 20 years before parents began to question whether giving “super sugar” ... Read More »

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