The Future Of Online Education

02/13/2014

What was the one moment or experience that ultimately gave rise to Connexions?

In 1999, I wanted to create a book for the electrical engineering course I was teaching on Signals and Systems.  I was approached by numerous publishers but I had one condition: the book should be made available elec
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3 Lessons About Online Learning

12/20/2013

After five months of studying, my tenure as an online student is officially over.I took my final tests last week and did well enough to earn a B in my personal finance class. My final project – a 10-year financial plan – helped me get a better sense of what I shou
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Assessing the Flexibility of Online Learning

12/13/2013

My professor was clear from day one that we would need weeks – not days – to complete the final for our online personal finance class. It's not hard to see why, as the capstone project was a hefty one: a 10-year financial plan outlining our career outlook, retirement goal
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Don't Be Afraid to Connect With Online Classmates

12/06/2013

It took an urgent email from my instructor earlier this week to make me realize that my online personal finance class was quickly coming to a close.Our final project was due in two weeks, she wrote. We should all be in high gear, well on our way to finishing.

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Memrise's Ed Cooke on using comedy cat pics to improve learning - video

11/20/2013

Memrise is an online learning tool that uses images and science to try and make learning easy and fun. Here, Ed Cooke co-founder (and a 'grand master of memory') talks to Jemima Kiss about improving the efficiency of the brain, and why - in the internet age - people are lookin
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Getting Into the Rhythm of an Online Course

11/15/2013

Forgive me for boasting, but I think I'm getting the hang of online learning. I turned in my first personal finance-related case study three days ago – on time! – and earned 50 points out of 50 on the assignment. The achievement came
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Distance Learning Has Been Around Since 1892, You Big MOOC

11/14/2013

As noted in my pieces on MITx, edX, Udacity and other Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms,  online education is driving today’s higher education revolution. Though the flurry of attention around MOOCs may lead one to conclude that distance learn
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Will MOOCs Change the Way Professors Handle the Classroom?

11/07/2013

Massive open online courses: Either the answer to the biggest problems in higher education, or a sign of the commodification of college. What’s all the fuss about MOOCs? The article on this page is an excerpt from a new e-book, Beyond the MOOC Hype, which provides a helpful and comp
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How Online Education Fuels Entrepreneurship

11/06/2013

Today, there’s not much we can’t access online. But one area has fallen short in terms of the breadth and depth of online access: high quality education. Thankfully, that may be about to change thanks to the initiatives of <
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Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future

10/10/2013

Andrew Ng is at it again. The cofounder of Coursera — a Silicon Valley startup that offers free college-level classes to millions of online visitors –  is politely challenging another bedrock assumption in higher education. This time, it’s the
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