Can Universities Use Data to Fix What Ails the Lecture?

08/11/2014

John R. Barker paces the front of the lecture hall, gesturing at slides with a laser pointer and explaining to a room full of undergraduates how scientists use data to make predictions about global climate change.

At the moment Mr. Barker, a professor of atmospheric science at th
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MIT to mainstream MOOCs

08/11/2014

TOP-rated US university Massachusetts Institute of Technology has flagged it is considering certifying and charging for its massive open online courses.

The move signals a major shift in the global competition among the world’s best universities. in a strong signal spread of online education is
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All Things in Modulation

08/07/2014

Massive open online courses will return to the University of Wisconsin at Madison next year -- or something that looks like them will, anyway. Having reviewed the results from its first round of MOOCs, the institution will offer new courses that are shorter, cover fewer topics and target Wisco
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Land a Spot in a Top Online Master's in Education Program

07/25/2014

Demonstrating time management skills can give you a leg up in the admissions process, officials say.

Getting a graduate education degree online can give education professionals the chance to earn a helpful credential while keeping their day jobs. 

But flexibility may not be the
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Avoid These Tech Mistakes as an Online Student

07/25/2014

Online students should never fail to back up their data, experts say.

Michelle Hook Dewey jokes that when she started her online master’s degree with the University of Illinois in 2011, all of her homework was organized in paper folders.

These days, Dewey, who is now the referenc
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Decipher the True Cost of Your Online Degree

07/18/2014

Online students are often confused about the cost of their degree, a study shows. 

Deciding what to study is challenging enough for many online students. Yet after they settle on a degree, another hurdle awaits: finding out just how much it will cost. 

Online students are generall
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A Question of Quality

07/15/2014

If students in a face-to-face course emailed their provost with concerns that their professor had stopped lecturing, chances are that someone -- a department head or an administrator -- would intervene. But what if the students were scattered across different countries and time zones in a not-fo
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MOOC dropouts – What we learn from students who leave

07/11/2014

Over the past few decades, online learning platforms have been well known for the richer types of learner interaction data they bring to the researcher's table than face-to-face instruction. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, bring two additional dimensions: scale and learner diversity
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Which problems could MOOCs solve, and how?

07/11/2014

The phenomenon of the massive open online course – MOOC – has made more people aware of what online learning might do for a much larger group of students than higher education currently serves.

There has been a lot of speculation about what they might mean for the future of education, univers
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Launch of the RHEDI-UWN web community

07/10/2014

The Programme on Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – has launched an online community site in partnership with University World News. 

The RHEDI programme has a distinguished history that traces back to 2001. It started in UNESCO, continued at the OECD and is now built o
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Teaching With Tech Across Borders

07/09/2014

For his world regional geography class at Allegheny College last fall, Eric Pallant arranged for his students to videoconference with a class at Forman Christian College, an English-medium institution in Pakistan. It was Pallant's second such experience teaching a “globally connected” course: the
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Principles of Learning

06/26/2014

After working for twelve years as an elementary school teacher, an instructor in higher education, and a facilitator for professional development workshops, I felt comfortable with instructional design — until I started working on a massive open online course (MOOC) for HarvardX.

As part of the team that created th
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Coursmos Pulls In Further $530k To Grow Its Bite-Sized E-Learning Platform

06/25/2014

Bite-size e-learning platform Coursmos, which reckons there’s room to squeeze a little learning into busy digital users’ lives by breaking study topics down into small, easily digested video chunks, has closed a new round of funding — topping up the seed money that saw it through to launch last year.

The
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EdX CEO Anant Agarwal On The Future Of Online Learning

06/21/2014

“We hope to democratize and reimagine education so that anyone, anywhere, regardless of his or her social status or income, can access education,” explained Anant Agarwal, president of edX, the nonprofit enterprise founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to offer courses online. In a
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Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?

06/12/2014

Even if the heady attention of one-to-one tutorials is the stuff of Oxbridge dreams for most, personal attention from tutors who challenge students' thinking in small seminar groups is often cited as critical to the quality of learning in higher education, and integral to the value of a degree.

Now clos
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2U's CEO talks hitting 10,000 students and the state of online learning

06/10/2014

Wednesday was a momentous occasion for 2U, the cloud-based, software-as-a-service online learning platform that has become the darling of the online learning world. The company hit its 10,000th student -- and lest anyone forget, banners around its suburban Washington offices
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Nearly 75% who take online classes are outside US

06/07/2014

Almost three-quarters of students who enrolled in the first year of online classes under a joint Harvard-MIT initiative were from outside the United States, demonstrating the global reach and growing popularity of the large-scale open courses.

But only 5 percent of students wh
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MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them

06/03/2014

Over the past few years, business school administrators — like other university officials — have been losing sleep over Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs), worrying that these low-cost digital alternatives will cannibalize their business model.

As elite business schools have started
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Will MOOCs Undermine Top Business Schools, or Help Them?

06/03/2014

Massive open online courses are not currently cannibalizing tuition-based programs at top business schools, according to an enthusiastic report from the University of Pennsylvania. Rather, MOOCs could become a recruiting tool for tapping new pools of potential students.

Business schools that offe
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Believe the hype: e-learning can revolutionise education in Africa

05/26/2014

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My father was an educational entrepreneur who always encouraged me to take an active role in the family business. In 1975 we were living in Lebanon, but we were forced to flee when the country descended into civil war. We essentially became refugees i
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Digital skills workshop ‘Switch-On’ launched across 30 schools

05/08/2014

Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, TD, has launched a series of national ‘Switch On’ digital skills workshops, the first being in the Monaghan Education Centre in Monaghan Town.

The 30 workshops' focus are on how schools can take advan
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Taking the Liberal Arts Online in the Summer

05/05/2014

I teach at a residential liberal-arts college on the western side of Michigan, with about 3,300 students and 300 faculty members. Unique among the institutions in our regional consortium, and unusual among liberal-arts colleges in general, we have developed an entirely online summer pro
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3 Internal Questions for Non-Profit / For-Profit Online Program Partnerships

05/01/2014

Many of us have been closely following the 2U Semester Online story.The fact that the 2U and its partners have chosen not to continue the Semester Online program should not obscure the larger story about the growth of not-for-profit / for-profit partnerships in developing on
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Top 10 e-learning statistics for 2014 you need to know

05/01/2014

The rise in e-Learning’s popularity isn’t showing any signs of slowing. In fact, judging by the following Top 10 eLearning statistics for 2014 article and infographic, the future of the e-Learning Industry is brighter than ever.

e-Learning has revolutionized th
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On Campus MOOCs

05/01/2014

After more than two years in the cloud, Coursera’s massive open online courses will this summer make landfall at Dominican University of California, which will host the MOOC provider’s first Learning Hub at a U.S. institution.

Dominican is part of Coursera’s latest wave of hubs -- physica
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ASE debuts introductory e-learning program

04/09/2014

LEESBURG, Va. (April 9, 2014) — The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has introduced an e-learning program called “Introduction to Automobile Service” (IAS).

The program — delivered exclusively online and consisting of four e-learning training modules and a separate
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Share Economy Comes to Education: Notes from the MOOCs Experiment

04/09/2014

When I first blogged about MOOCs about a year ago, they were causing significant consternation about the fate of education. This hasn’t stopped their exponential growth across business and academia. Harvard Business School has introduced its online learning system, HBX.  California-based online
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$1.2 Billion to be Spent on E-Learning Project

04/08/2014

The Government will continue its E-Learning Jamaica Project (e-LJam) in the 2014/15 fiscal year, boosted by an allocation of $1.2 billion, which has been set aside in the budget.

The project seeks to utilise Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve in the q
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E-Learning Platform Lynda.com Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools, Price Around $20M

04/07/2014

Lynda.com, the online education platform that raised its first and only round of $103 million about a year ago, is today announcing an acquisition that will further Lynda.com’s reach with developers and expand the kinds of services it can offer to users. It’s acquiring Compilr, a Halifax, C
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New Leaders for MOOC Providers

03/25/2014

The massive open online course providers Coursera and edX made competing top-level executive announcements Monday afternoon: Wendy Cebula, former COO of Vistaprint, was named president of edX, while Richard C. Levin, the former president of Yale University, will join Coursera as the company’s new CEO.
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