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HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses -- Fall 2012-Summer 2016 by Isaac Chuang, Andrew Dean Ho 

HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses -- Fall 2012-Summer 2016 by Isaac Chuang, Andrew Dean Ho  | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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In 2014 and 2015, a joint research team from Harvard University and MIT released summary reports describing the first two years of Harvard and MIT open online courses launched on the nonprofit learning platform, edX. These reports set expectations for the demographics and behavior of course participants and established an analytic framework for understanding the then-nascent online learning context known as the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
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Research results compiled from the online behavior of millions of MOOC takers over the past four years. 

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Introduction to Podcasting: Creation, Development and Distribution Strategies

Introduction to Podcasting: Creation, Development and Distribution Strategies | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The four-week course “Introduction to Podcasting: Creation, Development and Distribution Strategies” is free and open to anyone. It starts on November 14 and ends on December 11.

 

This massive open online course (MOOC) will focus on topics such as: 

  • Podcasting in general
  • Starting a podcast
  • Podcast formats (storytelling and talk show style)
  • Planning and scripting episodes
  • Technical aspects
  • Marketing and best practices for audio recording
  • Launching a podcast
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I just signed up! This course appeals to me as  writer and an online educator.  Think about it.

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2016 Open ABE Instructional Design Service MOOC

2016 Open ABE Instructional Design Service MOOC | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Do you want to gain instructional design experience?
Join our free instructional design service MOOC
to develop open educational resources for Adult Basic Education
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If you want to build a career as an instructional designer you need experience and a strong portfolio. This MOOC will provide you with both (while serving a good cause).  Scan this page to see if it fits your future?

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Quality in Digital Learning MOOC | Feb 15 - March 25... join now

Quality in Digital Learning MOOC |   Feb 15 - March 25... join now | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"... how can quality in digital learning actually be measured? Can the same mechanisms be used to measure for example the quality of traditional e-learning, mobile learning scenarios, gamified solutions or MOOCs? These are only some of the questions that will be tackled in the course of the MOOC. Sign up now."

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This MOOC is organized by Open ECB Check out of Germany. Creative Commons licensed content. Interesting topic & community for readers of this feed!

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Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators (Fall 2014) | Desire2Learn Open Courses

Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators (Fall 2014) | Desire2Learn Open Courses | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Many eLearning educators are under-prepared to deal with web accessibility issues. This free MOOC, sponsored by Portland Community College and D2L, provides a free professional development opportunity to help eLearning professionals meet the challenges of addressing accessibility in online learning.

Registration is open from September 29 until November 14, 2014.

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I want to invite all of my online students as well as my online teaching colleagues to this amazing MOOC on Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning.


I completed this course last year and enjoyed it so much I'm signing on again. What I learned in this course has helped me redesign my classes.  This is a rich and nuanced learning opportunity. Don't Miss it!


I've joined the Universities discussion group and hope you will do the same.  I look forward to learning with you all. ~ Dennis

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Sebastian Thrun: How many moocs can dance on the head of a pin?

Sebastian Thrun: How many moocs can dance on the head of a pin? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
It is less than a quarter of an hour’s drive down Route 101 from the village-like campus of Stanford University to Mountain View, the Silicon Valley home of Udacity. This was the journey Sebastian Thrun, the online education company’s chief

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Sebastian Thrun is always worth the attention he garners. Interesting to watch a him wrestle with the realities of teaching and learning in the 21st century.  I'd love to see him go toe to toe with Tony Bates!  

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Peter Mellow's curator insight, July 30, 2015 10:32 PM

Sebastian Thrun is always worth the attention he garners. Interesting to watch a him wrestle with the realities of teaching and learning in the 21st century.  I'd love to see him go toe to toe with Tony Bates!  

steve batchelder's curator insight, July 31, 2015 1:44 AM

Sebastian Thrun is always worth the attention he garners. Interesting to watch a him wrestle with the realities of teaching and learning in the 21st century.  I'd love to see him go toe to toe with Tony Bates!  

asli telli's curator insight, August 1, 2015 1:31 AM

Sebastian Thrun is always worth the attention he garners. Interesting to watch a him wrestle with the realities of teaching and learning in the 21st century.  I'd love to see him go toe to toe with Tony Bates!  

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Dropouts & Moocs: Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out

Dropouts & Moocs: Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to understand why the vast majority of students fail to finish free online classes and who is signing up for the classes to begin with.
One widely quoted dropout figure for students in massive open online courses is 90 percent. The number would be staggeringly high for a traditional class and has been used to cast doubt on the promise of MOOCs.
The number is simple to come up with: take the number of users who register for a course and compare it to the number still participating at the end. But is it fair?
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If attrition rates are the measure of an online class then MOOCs fail.

However, attrition is just one measure (and not the best measure) of a massive open online class.

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John Bostock's curator insight, June 26, 2015 9:07 AM

About time we stirred the MOOC pot again - some interesting discussion following the article itself.

Carol Hancox's curator insight, August 3, 2015 8:43 PM

If attrition rates are the measure of an online class then MOOCs fail.

However, attrition is just one measure (and not the best measure) of a massive open online class.

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edX: How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX: How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Question: How does video production affect student engagement in MOOCs?
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Good news for fast talking, enthusiast instructors!  Be sure to read the seven findings and recommendations about video and student engagement. 

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Worldview Stanford: Why MOOCs will Transform Africa

Worldview Stanford: Why MOOCs will Transform Africa | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Nancy Murphy


Through Rina and Open a Door, I’m witnessing first-hand the critical role that education plays in building a new generation of leaders and ultimately, peace and prosperity. Yet given the few scholarships available to international students, especially for those with low income levels, few can pursue the dream of a U.S. college education. And despite huge improvements in sub-Saharan Africa, the higher education opportunities there remain limited in number, accessibility, and quality. Deeply entrenched cultural attitudes toward women further constrain their real and perceived opportunities. Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs, may help fill that gap, transforming the lives of women who are hungry to learn and, by extension, their communities, and countries. That’s why it’s so thrilling to see MOOCs take off in Africa and teach us Westerners a lesson or two about educational innovation.

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For many disruption in education has a negative connotation. For me, disruption is another word for transformation. This article gives you a brief introduction to one way the world is changing thanks to Moocs, tech, and a spirit of gratitude and giving. 

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Self-Directed Learning: The Core of Successful MOOC Participation

Self-Directed Learning: The Core of Successful MOOC Participation | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As MOOCs continue to develop, we must identify challenges learners face as MOOC participants, specifically for learners accustomed to the face-to-face classroom—many of them disengage in MOOCs as the course progresses because online education has shifted the learner’s role into unfamiliar territory: online students are now more accountable for their own learning, time management, and motivation to complete coursework.
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Self-directed learning is the answer... is the question Why Moocs?

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MOOCs in 2014: Breaking Down the Numbers (EdSurge News)

Dhawal Shah :


"In November 2011 I was taking one of the first MOOCs from Stanford. At that time, many new MOOCs were being announced and I started Class Central as a way to keep track of them and figure out what I should take next. The website gathers course listings through provider sites, social media, and tips from MOOC providers and users. The figures below are based on these data."

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Charts! Diagrams! Data & Resources:  MOOC researchers will smile to find all this in one well organized article. 

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Beyond Dropouts and Dabblers: A Broader View of Auditing MOOCs - mooc news and reviews

Beyond Dropouts and Dabblers: A Broader View of Auditing MOOCs - mooc news and reviews | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Posted by Charlie Chung on Aug 9, 2013 in CommentarySuccess Strategies

Follow us: @MOOCNewsReviews on Twitter


There has been a great deal of discussion around the high drop-out (90% range) rates in MOOCs (and for the purposes of this article, I’ll concentrate on the xMOOCs, or those that are modeled on highly structured college courses). The first thing to note is that the sign-up process is so easy and devoid of commitment that “enrolling” might best be considered merely an indication of interest. However, even if you count the initial participants in other ways (those watching the first videos, stated intents to complete, etc.), there is no doubt that dropping out or disengagement is a significant phenomenon in most MOOCs

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I like the term "auditing MOOCs".  I vastly prefer to think of myself this way. (Much better than being a dabbling dropout.)  

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MOOCs will take off in a big way the world over by 2020: Anant Agarwal, edX

MOOCs will take off in a big way the world over by 2020: Anant Agarwal, edX | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In his recent visit to India, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, has his agenda clearly defined. He is eyeing a larger share for edX and is targeting the high school segment in India. He is also keen on capturing the professional education segment through the edX platform. "In order to create content for these new segments, edX is looking at forging alliances with IITs, IIMs and other institutes," he tells Prachi Verma in an interview.
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The revolutionary possibilities of a low-cost quality global education are what keep MOOCs on my mind.  India is generating a wave for the future. And the future is now. 

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Jorge Polo Contreras's curator insight, January 28, 2015 3:28 PM

Interesante.

Sue Walsh's curator insight, January 28, 2015 6:50 PM

An interesting conundrum. More and more free quality content … and an agenda to increase course fees for the ‘traditional’ accredited market. It will be interesting to watch consumer patterns over the coming years!

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MOOC: Introduction to Podcasting

Introduction to Podcasting. A MOOC presented by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas at Austin.  To Register: http://journalismcourses.org/ITP16.html

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Introduction to Podcasting begins today (11/14/16).  If you have a voice and a message you want to get out, why not join this (free) MOOC. Register now: http://journalismcourses.org/ITP16.html

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Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads

Recently Juho Kim, a Ph.D. student at MIT, Rob Rubin, the VP of Engineering at edX, and Philip J. Guo from the University of Rochester  How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos at the ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S).

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This research should help all online teachers lighten up and step up to the power of video technology in the online classroom. 

 

My KEY take away: "Videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings."

 

Use your excitement about your subject create presence and engagement in your online classes.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 10, 2016 6:47 PM

Interesantes resultados y recomendaciones que surgen de un estudio realizado a partir del análisis de la data recogida de la observación de 6.9 millones de sesiones de videos por parte de estudiantes de cuatro cursos edX y de entrevistas con equipos de producción de dichos videos. Se midió el nivel de interés (engagement) que estos videos provocaron en los estudiantes de manera indirecta a través del tiempo en que estos permanecían observando el video. Aún cuando esta no es ni siquiera una buena medida para comprender el impacto de estos contenidos multimedia en el aprendizaje de los alumnos, el estudio brinda algunas interesantes luces sobre como deben producirse estos videos para fines educativos y conseguir al menos que los estudiantes no se aburran rápidamente con ellos.

Roberto Aníbal Arce's curator insight, October 12, 2016 9:52 PM
Para nuestros cursantes de edición de video
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Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads
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Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads | Tony Bates

Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads | Tony Bates | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The key question we face is whether online learning should aim to replace teachers and instructors through automation, or whether technology should be used to empower not only teachers but also learners. Of course, the answer will always be a mix of both, but getting the balance right is critical.
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I curate digital information. To do so I build and employ filters that help me sift through to find the gold.

 

One very simple filter is "When Tony Bates Talks -- Listen.

 

Love him or hate him. Agree or Disagree. Bates will get you thinking as he supplies historical context along with his thought provoking ideas.

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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Research: Who are Open Learners?

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Research: Who are Open Learners? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Open educational resources (OER) have been identified as having the potential to extend opportunities for learning to non-formal learners. However, little research has been conducted into the impact of OER on non-formal learners. This paper presents the results of a systematic survey of more than 3,000 users of open educational resources (OER). Data was collected between 2013 and 2014 on the demographics, attitudes and behaviours of users of three repositories. Questions included a particular focus on the behaviours of non-formal learners and the relationship between formal and non-formal study. Frequency analysis shows that there are marked differences in patterns of use, user profiles, attitudes towards OER, types of materials used and popularity of different subjects. The experience of using OER is fairly consistent across platforms in terms of satisfaction and impact on future behaviour. On the whole, non-formal learners surveyed were highly positive about their use of OER and believe they will continue to use them. With regards to this making formal study more likely some degree of polarization was observed: some believed formal study was now more likely, while others felt it made this less likely. On the whole, while non-formal learners are enthusiastic about using free and online resources, the language and concept of OER does not seem to be well understood in the groups surveyed. A range of findings relating to OER selection and use as well as differences between repositories are explored in the discussion.
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Open courses and open educational resources are plentiful. Who uses them? Find out by reading this research.  

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Why is MIT ignoring 25 years of research into online learning? | Tony Bates

Why is MIT ignoring 25 years of research into online learning? | Tony Bates | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Tony Bates: "In my previous post, there were two sessions at the LINC 2013 conference that referred specifically to MIT’s own strategies for technology-enabled learning within MIT. These resulted in my asking the following question towards the end of the conference:


Why is MIT ignoring 25 years of research into online learning and 100 years research into how students learn in its design of online courses? "

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It's more complex that 'nerds vs. educators' but sometimes it does feel like the MOOC revolution is driven by the hardware & software with little regard for the hard won and deeply researched lessons learned since the days when online learning was considered the Devil's stepchild.


Bate knows online learning as well as anyone on the planet. With the entrepreneur-tech-ed pundits listen?  Obviously not. 8-(

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ERBRAINS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS's curator insight, August 10, 2015 12:46 AM

It's more complex that 'nerds vs. educators' but sometimes it does feel like the MOOC revolution is driven by the hardware & software with little regard for the hard won and deeply researched lessons learned since the days when online learning was considered the Devil's stepchild.

 

Bate knows online learning as well as anyone on the planet. With the entrepreneur-tech-ed pundits listen?  Obviously not. 8-(

denobisipsis's curator insight, August 10, 2015 3:01 AM

It's more complex that 'nerds vs. educators' but sometimes it does feel like the MOOC revolution is driven by the hardware & software with little regard for the hard won and deeply researched lessons learned since the days when online learning was considered the Devil's stepchild.

 

Bate knows online learning as well as anyone on the planet. With the entrepreneur-tech-ed pundits listen?  Obviously not. 8-(

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, August 10, 2015 4:43 AM

It's more complex that 'nerds vs. educators' but sometimes it does feel like the MOOC revolution is driven by the hardware & software with little regard for the hard won and deeply researched lessons learned since the days when online learning was considered the Devil's stepchild.

 

Bate knows online learning as well as anyone on the planet. With the entrepreneur-tech-ed pundits listen?  Obviously not. 8-(

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What Disruption? Online Education and the Status Quo - PC Mag

What Disruption? Online Education and the Status Quo - PC Mag | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"William Fenton: Despite grandiloquent claims about changing education—or the world—today's most popular online courses largely reinforce the status quo of higher education. This isn't to say that online courses aren't useful for many learners. As I have stressed in my reviews of edX, Coursera, Khan Academy, Udemy, and Udacity, online courses provide the tools with which adult learners, particularly tech-savvy self-starters, can pursue continuing education at little or no cost. "

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Here is a brief, lucid and experience based review of MOOCs as they are today.

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EdX Settles With Department of Justice | News | The Harvard Crimson

EdX Settles With Department of Justice | News | The Harvard Crimson | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
EdX, an online learning platform that Harvard co-founded with MIT in 2012, entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice on Thursday and will address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That settlement could come to bear on a separate but similar lawsuit against Harvard that revolves around issues of accessibility online.

Namely, the edX settlement will require the platform to become accessible for people with disabilities—including those who are deaf or visually impaired.

In particular, edX is required to “provide accurate captioning for the deaf, oral navigation signals for the blind, and programming changes so those with dexterity disabilities can navigate content without struggling with a hand-operated mouse,” among other stipulations, according to a Department of Justice press release. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that public accommodations not deny disabled people its services.
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Key take away:  It takes a lawsuit from a well organized advocacy group to change accessibility policies in higher education. 

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How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of Mooc Videos

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Research paper based on edX Mooc video study.  Important insights for online teachers and instructional designers. 

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Columbia University, Teachers College, and Ryan Baker Launch Big Data in Education MOOC on edX ^ CCNMTL

Columbia University, Teachers College, and Ryan Baker Launch Big Data in Education MOOC on edX ^ CCNMTL | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In this course, Baker discusses how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics. Participants will learn about methods being developed by researchers in educational data mining, learning analytics, learning at scale, student modeling, and artificial intelligence in education. Baker will discuss how to use each method to answer education research questions and to drive intervention and improvement in educational software and systems.

 

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Free...starts July 1


Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Data Analytics, adaptive AI, Education in the 21st Century.  Some squirm other dream.  Why not find out more about the near future?

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 16, 2015 7:26 PM

Big data is for educators too!

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Instructional Design for Mobile Learning - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs Starts May 4, 2015

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs Starts May 4, 2015 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This course introduces participants to instructional design principles for teaching with mobile technology. Mobile technology is a growing and powerful trend; what opportunities does this trend present to those who design online learning? How can we leverage the affordances of mobile technology in ways that make sense for our teaching methods and student learning?
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Great topic taught within the Canvas MOOC Network.

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becool's curator insight, May 4, 2015 5:14 AM

Vraag me af of hier veel verschil op zit in vergelijking met instructional design voor een laptop. Iemand?

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Accessibility Showdown? Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses - NYTimes.com

Accessibility Showdown? Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses - NYTimes.com | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

 By Tamar Lewin, 2/12/15:


"Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed a federal class action against Harvard and M.I.T., saying both universities violate antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.

“Much of Harvard’s online content is either not captioned or is inaccurately or unintelligibly captioned, making it inaccessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,” the complaint said, echoing language used in the M.I.T. complaint. “Just as buildings without ramps bar people who use wheelchairs, online content without captions excludes individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

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This could be a landmark case.  Harvard and MIT have no excuse other than inertia for ignoring well established accessibility requirements for their online content.


Unlike the majority of Universities, these schools have the financial power to do anything they want. They have the resources to hire accessibility experts and instructional designers to do the job.  Close Captioning all video in an efficient and timely manner is a huge job.  But it can be done.  


This statement from Harvard is ingenuous.  The rules are well known: 


"Jeff Neal, a spokesman for Harvard, said that while he could not comment on the litigation, Harvard expects the United States Department of Justice to issue proposed rules later this year “to provide much-needed guidance in this area,” and that the university will follow whatever rules are adopted."


Harvard, MIT & EdX may end up causing an unexpected disruption in education: serious national attention on the rights of the disabled. 


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Sande Woodson's curator insight, February 12, 2015 6:59 PM

This is why we are working hard at Jessup Online to provide closed captioning for all of our video lectures and other video materials.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, February 16, 2015 8:21 PM

Accessibility shouldn't be a concern these days - it should be a core part of every online development.

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MOOC Research Hub

MOOC Research Hub | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Research Initiative

MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a set of investments intended to explore the potential of MOOCs to extend access to postsecondary credentials through more personalized, more affordable pathways.
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The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The purpose of the initiative is to fill the 'research gap' regarding MOOCs. 

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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.