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Who Performs the Best in Online Classes?

Who Performs the Best in Online Classes? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Which types of student characteristics lead to the best performance in online classes? That depends on how you define
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Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership.

Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership. | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, the president of the new Harvard-M.I.T. partnership called edX, talks about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning

Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Universities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all.

Led by world renowned American institutions like MIT and Harvard, this push to democratise learning is being taken up in Australia too.

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The Decline and Fall of a Public University: How Status Anxiety Doomed the University of Virginia

The Decline and Fall of a Public University: How Status Anxiety Doomed the University of Virginia | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many public universities are suffering these days, wracked by budget cuts and struggling to bring enough students through the door. The University of Virginia isn’t one of them.
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What MIT Should Have Done

Ten thousand students have just taken the final exam in MITx's course "6.002x Circuits and Electronics." The sheer size of this course (120,000 first registered back in March), the high-wattage backing of MIT for a certificate of completion to all those who make it through to the end, and the free, open access nature of this MOOC (a "massive open online course") seemingly ushers in a fundamentally new paradigm in higher education. When coupled with the recent headlines about similar ventures such as Coursera, Udacity, and MIT's own new partnership with Harvard to form edX, the policy world has been positively aglow: David Brooks calls it a "campus tsunami"; John Chubb proclaims it an "historic transformation"; Thomas Friedman writes, simply, "welcome to the college education revolution."

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MITx, Khan Academy, and Online Education Are No Substitute for In-School Learning

MITx, Khan Academy, and Online Education Are No Substitute for In-School Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With the MITx launch, excitement is building around the promise of online DIY education. But its benefits may have been oversold.
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Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education”

Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education” | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Lectures are often the least educational aspect of college; I know, I've taught college seniors and witnessed how little students learn during their four years in higher education.
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MIT and Harvard announce edX web education platform, make online learning cheap and easy

MIT and Harvard announce edX web education platform, make online learning cheap and easy | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
We'll forgive you if you failed to take MIT up on its offer take its courses for free when it rolled out its...
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First MITx Course Attracts 90,000 Students, Proving the Popularity of Online Education

First MITx Course Attracts 90,000 Students, Proving the Popularity of Online Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

When MIT first introduced MITx in December, we knew the courses would be popular. Not only are they free, but they allow anyone to receive an MIT-sanctioned certificate. With the first course launching today, however, we’re seeing just how popular the program is — 90,000 people popular. Coined “6.002x (Circuits and Electronics),” the class first opened in February, already garnering that immense amount of traffic.

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MITx Opens for Enrollment (and Certification - For Now - Is Free)

MITx Opens for Enrollment (and Certification - For Now - Is Free) | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MIT opens registration today for the first of its online courses offered as part of its new MITx initiative. The university announced MITx late last year as the next step not just in informal online learning but in alternative certification. Registration for MITx is free and open to anyone, and for this first "prototype" class, there is no additional charge to receive the certification upon successful completion of the class.

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MITx: Can Higher Learning Be Made Habit Forming? - Forbes

MITx: Can Higher Learning Be Made Habit Forming? - Forbes | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A story on NPR Morning Edition yesterday about What Vietnam Taught Us About Breaking Bad Habits raised an interesting thought in relation to the MITx initiative.
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MITx MOOC brings MIT-level challenge to study of foundational mechanical engineering topic

MITx MOOC brings MIT-level challenge to study of foundational mechanical engineering topic | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
2.03x Dynamics MOOC tracks very closely to experience of the residential version An MITx course announced today will give students a chance to learn a foundational mechanical engineering subject at...
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Online Learning: Where is the Money?

Online Learning: Where is the Money? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MIT offers their MITx online courses and certificates for a price, Stanford offers some online courses free, and Utah State University professor Wiley provides successful students with letters confirming course completion. But offering online learning has failed many using these business models. Cambridge, Chicago, Cornell, Michigan, New York and Oxford, Stanford, Temple and Yale Universities, University of Maryland University College and the London School of Economics all terminated their online courses for financial reasons. They were all started assuming student tuition and fees would pay for both the cost of operation and for developing very effective, high quality course materials.

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Higher Education Is a Lifestyle

This week, I'm taking a powered-down vacation with my wife and daughter, so I've invited two students from my education class at MIT to share their thoughts on the future of education. First up, Sebastian Begg discusses EdX, its potential, and the reaction from MIT. On Thursday, Ryan Normandin discusses his vision of effective technology integration.

With the recent unveiling of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard's digital learning platform, EdX, the exclusivity of the MIT and Harvard undergraduate education is allegedly crumbling.

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Top US universities put their reputations online

Top US universities put their reputations online | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A million students are going to begin online courses as major universities promise a "revolution".
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Bigger Than Facebook

Bigger Than Facebook | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

With the less-than-spectacular launch of the Facebook IPO, I've heard a number of people speculating that the social networking boom is played out and that innovation will now turn elsewhere. I think they're missing out on a big area that is still left to conquer, an Internet breakthrough that will be way bigger than Facebook.

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What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education

What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
My 11 year old son just took a course at Stanford. That has a nice ring to it but it is actually meaningless because these days anyone can take a course at Stanford. You don’t even have to pay.
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MITx + Harvard = edX

MITx + Harvard = edX | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This is big news: Harvard and MIT form a partnership called edX that'll build on the MITx platform. Harvard plans to start offering courses online for free (with certificates available upon completion -- for a fee). And the two universities launch a research initiative to examine how these sorts of efforts support teaching and learning online and on-campus.

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MIT to develop new Open Learning Enterprise unit for online learning

MIT to develop new Open Learning Enterprise unit for online learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The main instructor who developed the first MITx course, Professor Anant Agarwal, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed by the Provost to set up a new unit:

‘an Open Learning Enterprise (working title) at MIT, which is charged with developing a robust, open-source technology platform for interactive, pedagogically effective online learning, and working with MIT faculty to create content to be hosted on the platform.

Dr. Agarwal’s initial goals are the rapid organization of the enterprise, the rapid development of a technology platform for online courses and the development of high-quality MITx subjects.

MIT will make the open-learning software available free of cost, so that others… can leverage the same software for their online education offerings.

MITx will be coupled with an Institute-wide research initiative into online learning that will study how students, whether on campus or part of a virtual community, learn most effectively.’

 

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More reflections on MOOCs and MITx

More reflections on MOOCs and MITx | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In the above post, Stephen Downes sets out very clearly his views on what MOOCs are and what they do, mainly in response to an earlier post by Clark Quinn, in which Clark argued that there should be some way to integrate both cognitive and social learning theory within the design of MOOCs.

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MIT's New Free Courses May Threaten (and Improve) the Traditional Model, Program's Leader Says

MIT's New Free Courses May Threaten (and Improve) the Traditional Model, Program's Leader Says | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The recent announcement that Massachusetts Institute of Technology would give certificates around free online course materials has fueled further debate about whether employers may soon welcome new kinds of low-cost credentials. Questions remain about how MIT’s new service will work, and what it means for traditional college programs.

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