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MOOC monster Udemy gets $32M

MOOC monster Udemy gets $32M | Free Education | Scoop.it
New funding could reinvigorate Udemy in its quest to teach people new subjects around the globe.
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The best news about competing MOOC platforms being well-funded is the diversity of participants that will be forcing the evolution of eLearning.  They each will have rich 'big data' to guide their development.  Richness of educational opportunity will increase, and the world will benefit from a more educated populace with a life-long-learning ethic.  Hooray for Udemy and their funding sources.

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Articles about the evolution, availability, and popularity of MOOCs and other movements to contain the costs of college and make education more career-relevant. iHire.com
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Coursera

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Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company partnering with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We believe in connecting people to a great education so that anyone around the world can learn without limits.
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Moocs are moving to supplant the traditional college degree.  While there are some excellent degree programs using MOOCs such as Georgia Tech's IT Masters and U of MD Masters of Entrepreneurship, they are still relatively expensive (compared to free) and a great deal when compared to traditional universities.  The MOOC sequences, which are free, clearly prepare one for employment, an industrious student or career-changer can complete them expeditiously, and employers will value them at least as much as other educational credentials. 

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How Remote Working Helps You Survive College

How Remote Working Helps You Survive College | Free Education | Scoop.it

If you are a student in college, most of your problems probably come from how you will finance your studies.

 

Commonly, college students take part time jobs to earn money. But juggling their work, and their classes can be taxing.

 

Sometimes they neglect their studies over work, resulting to poor grades or dropping out of school.

 

 

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The benefits are great.  A key problem, not addressed. is how to determine what kind of remote work is appropriate for you, and how you market yourself to get that work.

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The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education

The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education | Free Education | Scoop.it
Higher education is a mature industry that is on the cusp of major transformations in the next two decades, and every college and university will need to prepare to maintain their quality, efficiency and relevancy in this climate....
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Now, the problems are recognized.  Unfortunately, they are primarily problems no more relevant to the future of higher education than better printing presses are to the newspaper industry.  Unless existing universities recognize that better education at lower cost is the mandate, they won't be around to evolve further.  Missed in this interesting article (by one with a vested interest in the current model of higher education) is the whole issue of non-traditional delivery of higher education is actually proving to be better.  And, MOOCs and other eLearning are in their infancy, or at least adolescence. The forces of continual improvement will propel them to excel.  Universities will be hard pressed to match their excellence.

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Future of the executive education: Unbundled MBA

Future of the executive education: Unbundled MBA | Free Education | Scoop.it
We're already witnessing the very beginning of what will be revolutionary change to the most popular credential in all of business: the MBA degree.
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Lots can be written about the disruption of the current college/university/graduate school complex by eLearning.  The evolution will be to a far more diverse model. Public and private K-12 is becoming more individualized with myriad of approaches.  As these ever better prepared students move beyond, ever increasing options will evolve.  College, University, Law, Business (MBA), won't even resemble what not exists.  Medical, Education, and other licensed professions will change but more slowly because of regulatory and other vested interests,  None of the commenters has recognized the rate at which these changes will occur.  MOOCs have the most powerful determinant of rate of adoption -- perceived economic advantage.  And few innovations come with greater economic incentive.

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Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges

Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges | Free Education | Scoop.it
“It is like a university, built by industry.” So said the maverick entrepreneur,  engineer, and would-be education disruptor Sebastien Thrun, describing his company Udacity’s partnership with AT&T this past June.
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While the author has all of the credentials to defend some elements of higher education, he may be unaware of innovation, rates of adoption, and educational concepts beyond the traditional and the variants on the traditional that are emerging.  Perhaps there is a 'hierarchy of education" (to steal from Maslow's hierarchy of needs) where career-relevant educational needs are met first, then higher order needs are met through further education and finally, if the author's love of liberal arts is appropriate, self actualization can be achieved through learning in the humanities.  In any case, the fundamental expectation that life-long-learning, individualized learning, and very diverse learning experiences will be the norm exacerbates the challenge of traditional higher education.

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The Skills Gap Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Skills Gap Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Skills Gap Infographic: The Bridging the Gap in Today’s Skill Lacking Economy focuses on the extreme skill gap in today’s economy. Is it a skill gap or education gap?
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contained here is well researched and clearly presented information about the skills gap that limits individual income, career growth, and job satisfaction of many in the US.  MOOCs clearly can lower company training costs, enhance careers, and contribute greatly to lowering unemployment.

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B-Schools Miss The Mark On Entrepreneurship – Again

B-Schools Miss The Mark On Entrepreneurship – Again | Free Education | Scoop.it
Steve Blank teaches entrepreneurship at Berkeley, Stanford, NYU, and Columbia
Steve Blank has a big idea. In fact, he’s had quite a few.
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The remarkable entrepreneur/thinker/teacher that taught start-up to the teachers and authors discusses why lean start-up methodologies don't necessarily fit well with existing businesses.  Established revenue streams, mature product lines, fixed assets, management and staff competencies all get in the way.,  We look forward to Steve Blanks books and/or MOOCs to assist corporate America.

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30 Facts About Gamification in eLearning Infographic

30 Facts About Gamification in eLearning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
Gamification in eLearning Infographic
Over 75% people are gamers (50% casually and 27% moderately to fairly often).
Learners recall just 10% of what they read and 20% of what they hear.
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Corportions can save 70% by replacing traditional training with eLearning.

eLearning is a $56.2 Billion industry. By 2015 this will grow into a $107 Billion market.

The Deloitte Leadership Academy platform was implemented by a company specializing in gamification.

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8 Facts About Learning in the Modern Workplace Infographic

8 Facts About Learning in the Modern Workplace Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
8 Facts About Learning in the Modern Workplace Infographic
Technology has drastically transformed the way today’s employees and companies operate.
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Drives home the growth and importance of eLearning in the workplace.

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Are Universities Going the Way of Record Labels?

Are Universities Going the Way of Record Labels? | Free Education | Scoop.it
If you spent the 1990s plucking songs from a stack of cassettes to make the perfect mixtape, you probably welcomed innovations of the next decade that served your favorite albums up as individual songs, often for free. The internet’s power to...
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This last decade of the music industry presages the coming decade of education. Choice is expanding at every level, from pre-k to graduate school.

Students are the big winners here. Decreased cost of content combined with increased competition among professors, and lower average ROI for universities per professor, will lead to lower tuition costs and greater choice.

Second tier institutions that cannot invest in talent or great content will find it harder to cover operating costs given downward pressure on tuition pricing. Those without endowments must change dramatically or go out of business.

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Making E-learning Courses More Tablet-friendly Infographic

Making E-learning Courses More Tablet-friendly Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Making E-learning Courses More Tablet-friendly Infographic presents tips that can help you make your online courses compatible with the emerging devices.
Design screen compatible images
You may not use the original image, or the raw file.
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It had to happen.  Thanks for the helpful framework.

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Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change

Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change | Free Education | Scoop.it

Mulukan Ayalu, who may be the busiest man in Dalifagi (Paul Salopek, 2013) http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/01/Paul-Salopek-Oasis3-1024x683.jpg


Combine inexpensive mobile technology with the archived course content available right now, add translation software and satellite bandwidth and the possibility of reaching across the globe into the most remote spots on the planet becomes real.  


Via Dennis T OConnor
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Just a hint in this link, but the imbedded link on a remote African town is mind blowing. MOOCs make lives better for those with the self-guided learning skills needed to learn independently.

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How do you see the disruptive power of open education, moocs and mobile tech?

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Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?

Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on? | Free Education | Scoop.it
The University of the People can now hand out degrees to its online students – but will employers take them seriously? (Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?
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It will depend on whether the information about skills gained are presented in a way that prospective employers can understand the fit to job requirements.  It can't possibly be less valuable than the degrees degrees now granted by for-profit, on-line universities.  The MOOC, and UoP mission is to educate you.  The mission of the for-profits (and most other private universities) is to get as much of your money as possible.

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Hybrid MBAs To Cause Major Disruption

Hybrid MBAs To Cause Major Disruption | Free Education | Scoop.it
Dean Richard Lyons of UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business High-quality hybrid online MBA programs will soon be poaching students and their tuition money from part-time and executive MBA programs, UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business Dean Richard...
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An important theme, repeated here is that online education can and increasingly does have better learning outcomes.  The role of businesses in stimulating online learning of there employees is generally under appreciated.  Businesses that train 10% to 20% if the normal work week can easily get higher production.  By substituting online education for other available form, the employee benefits through full time employment and the employer benefits through more productive employees.  The cost advantage is so tremendous that the trend will be fast and unstoppable.

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Online classes really do work, according to study

Online classes really do work, according to study | Free Education | Scoop.it
It's been two years since a New York Times article declared the 'year of the MOOC' —short for 'massive open online courses.' Now, for the first time, researchers have carried out a detailed study that shows that these classes really can teach at least as effectively as traditional classroom courses—and ...
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Pretty impressive that MOOCs are being recognized as superior to traditional education in achieving learning results.

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Kyle Bowen on Four Big Ideas of What’s Next in Higher Education!

Kyle Bowen on Four Big Ideas of What’s Next in Higher Education! | Free Education | Scoop.it
Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next
Kyle Bowen of the TLT (and a COIL Co-Director) at Penn State does a great job of outlining four emerging trends in higher education for a recent EDUCAUSE interview.
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A tiny slice of what's to come.  But, there is no question that he's right about 4 concepts that will help shape the future of education.

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Donald Clark Plan B: Jeff Haywood: stunning analysis of the future of online in HE (MOOCs etc)

Donald Clark Plan B: Jeff Haywood: stunning analysis of the future of online in HE (MOOCs etc) | Free Education | Scoop.it
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The focus on economics of higher education is sound.  While lots of attention has been paid to the evolution of MOOCs and their initially identified weaknesses, less attention has been paid to the cost-effectiveness.  As the discussion shifts to the major benefits and lower-costs, existing institutions must pay attention.  There has been some discussion of adoption rates, and a sound analysis (yet to be done) will show that the parameters that determine the rate of adoption of MOOCs mostly favor more rapid adoption than is currently predicted.  Importantly, it will not be a one-to-one substitution of eLearning for traditional higher-education, but rather a very different, much less costly, and ultimately better in all aspects process.

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What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic

What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Future of Education Infographic
50% of all Americans now own either a tablet or an eReader today.
79% of American households have a computer today.
75% of American households have Internet access at home today.
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Current higher-education students are and will increasingly rely on eLearning of all kinds to enhance their education.  But, the rate of change of higher education will accelerate even faster as the education technology literate grade schoolers and high schoolers move on to post-secondary education. Employers, Internet companies, and elegant learning platforms will lead the change.  Sadly, most traditional colleges and universities will suffer -- all the way to extinction -- while a few elite universities and professors benefit handsomely.

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The MOOC Has Arrived and Education Will Never be the Same Again

The MOOC Has Arrived and Education Will Never be the Same Again | Free Education | Scoop.it
In 2012 Battushig Myanganbayar became one of 340 students to earn a perfect score in the sophomore-level MIT course Circuits and Electronics, reported the New York Times[i]. What is remarkable about
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MOOCs are moving into the popular press.  Higher education is moving predictably from expensive to high-quality.  It will be increasingly difficult to keep up with improvements and for students and life-ling-learners to make good decisions.

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Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education? | Free Education | Scoop.it
Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.
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Good publicity for MOOCs.  The Atlantic takes an overview of HarvardX and notes the familiar pros and cons  The explosion of education resides not just at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Khan Academy, but throughout the entire eLearning movement, from a nugget ("how can I know if an egg is rotten?") to the series of online courses that prepares one for an occupation (“Supply Chain and Logistics Management.” is such a series from MIT.)

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The Modern College Student Infographic

The Modern College Student Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
6 Facts About The Modern College Student Infographic
With Technology, the landscape of college education has done a complete turnaround. Gone are the days of notebooks, printed syllabi, and textbooks.
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Data are impressive for college students, but would probably be even more impressive for MOOC students.

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The Ultimate List of Online Learning Infographic

The Ultimate List of Online Learning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
Ultimate List of Online Learning Infographic
If you’re on a quest for information you tend to start with Google right?
Imagine you’re looking to learn something new, but still not too sure what exactly.
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This is a very useful categorization/resource of online learning resources.  Interestingly, it does not focus on MOOCs.  Ted Talks, RSA and others provide brief, powerful, and though-provoking material.  MOOCs, or course, go much more in-depth.

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5 Things People Want from Higher Education Infographic

5 Things People Want from Higher Education Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
5 Things People Want from Higher Education According to a national survey conducted for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, although the majority of Americans think higher education is critical to success, 83% believe the country’s current system must...
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It's mostly about jobs and career.

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3 Key Concepts To Understand Learning in the Digital Age Infographic

3 Key Concepts To Understand Learning in the Digital Age Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
3 Key Concepts To Understand Learning in the Digital Age
Learning is evolving—in large part due to the Internet. There are three particular forces that affect the way we all learn online.
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  1. Heutagogy
  2. Peeragogy or Paragogy, and
  3. Cybergogy
Are words that I don't know, but are defined in this link.  The truly exciting information is in the embedded link, a truly hopeful story of a remote African village. 
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8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Free Education | Scoop.it
76% of #MOOC participants are male. In college classrooms, 57% of students are female. http://t.co/rPSznSohTl http://t.co/nqfOgxs9wl
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interesting statistics.  Takeaway is that people that take lots of MOOCs are more engaged.  Dah!

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