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Are MOOCs Bad For B-schools?

Are MOOCs Bad For B-schools? | Free Education | Scoop.it
The MOOC revolution is upon us. Top B-schools such as Wharton, MIT, and Duke are offering classes online for free or deeply discounted rates. But are they cannibalizing their own potential MBA candidates in the process?
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A good analysis of the Wharton report on their experience with MBA-courses delivered by MOOC.  None of the discussion looks at the obvious, which was evidenced in Georgia Tech's IT Masters Degree.  You really don't have to charge much from each of 100,000 students to match the revenue from 200 on-campus students paying $45,000.  In fact, that comes to $90 compared to $45,000.  And it is less expensive to deliver the MOOC to 100,000 than to provide for 200 on-campus students.  Perceived economic advantage has always been the greatest driver of the adoption of innovation. Could you ask for a greater advantage than 500-to-1?  Will MOOCs from the top 10 or 15 MBA programs capture all aspiring MBA students?  Probably not, but they will get enough to make their efforts more than worthwhile even if they charge more than $90 for an entire MBA curriculum. 

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How Competency-Based Education is Changing Mainstream Learning Infographic

How Competency-Based Education is Changing Mainstream Learning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The How Competency-Based Education is Changing Mainstream Learning Infographic presents what competency-based education is, what competence based experience looks like, as well as the benefits of competency-based education learning.
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The challenge is to assure employers of competencies gained.  This is evolving quickly and more and more employers will adopt measures other than college-granted certification and degrees.  Jobs will increasingly be described with needed competencies (skills) which will make career preparation and advancement increasingly visible to the workforce.

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140 Massive Open Online Courses Getting Started in June: Enroll in a MOOC Today

140 Massive Open Online Courses Getting Started in June: Enroll in a MOOC Today | Free Education | Scoop.it
Have some downtime this summer? Would your time be well spent taking a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)? Then you'll want to look through the slew of summer MOOCs getting started this June.
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Here is a resource for free ebooks, courses, talks, and more.  Our problem is that there is so very much learning to consume that the choices are bewildering.  I've clearly learned more in the past two years of MOOCs than in almost 10 years of engineering and business college.  Try as I have, I haven't scratched the surface.  What is really needed is a way to chart a path and to understand in advance which MOOCs (or portions of MOOCs) will be most personally rewarding.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Accentuating the MOOC positives

The corridor of uncertainty: Accentuating the MOOC positives | Free Education | Scoop.it

upliftAfter so much MOOC criticism focusing on the low completion rates (a subject I've written on many times) it was refreshing to read a more positive angle from a teacher. Guy M Rogers (Professor of Classics and History at ...

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uplifting report of a professor that taught, successfully, more students than he had taught in the prior 10 years.  And, he judged the students to be successful.

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What People Love and Hate about eLearning Infographic

What People Love and Hate about eLearning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The What People Love and Hate About eLearning infographic accompanies a new survey by Articulate that offers a deeper view into what people love and hate about online learning.
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For businesses, schools and personal development, the benefits of elearning are too good to pass up. Online courses are an easy way to cut costs, reduce travel time, boost productivity, and deliver high-quality learning. This infographic summarizes important attitudes of a 500-person survey.

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MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning - The Boston Globe

MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning - The Boston Globe | Free Education | Scoop.it
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Just as micro-computers (so called before they became the ubiquitous PC) were viewed as little more than toys by IBM, DEC, Prime, and other mainframe and mini-computer makers.  IBM completely changed its business model to survive and most of the rest didn't survive.  The campuses and administrative costs of universities make it very difficult to change business model.  So, there won't be a continuing debate about eLearning and traditional universities.  The outdated form of higher education will just disappear, except for a few elite schools to do refocus.

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Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning Infographic

Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning Infographic outlines the top benefits of asynchronous eLearning.
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Those of us who have taken MOOCs, both schedule-driven and self-paced have experienced the terrific advantages of asynchronous learning.  They are nicely spelled out in this infographic.  I've not seen the disadvantages similarly summarized, but am confident that it would be a much shorter and weaker prosentation.

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Queen Rania Foundation Launches Edraak, a MOOC Portal for the Arab World (edX blog)

Queen Rania Foundation Launches Edraak, a MOOC Portal for the Arab World (edX blog) | Free Education | Scoop.it
Queen Rania Foundation Launches Edraak, a MOOC Portal for the Arab World Anant Agarwal, edX CEO | 05.19.2014 This past November, we were honored to host Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jorda...
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Great!

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How to Give Feedback in eLearning Assessments Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

How to Give Feedback in eLearning Assessments Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Free Education | Scoop.it
The How to Give Feedback in eLearning Assessments Infographic presents 5 tips to provide effective feedback on your eLearning course assessments.
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The College Recruiting Times They Are a Changin’ - ERE.net

The College Recruiting Times They Are a Changin’ - ERE.net | Free Education | Scoop.it
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More succinctly, schools and universities that only exist to extract money from the student (and indirectly, from the federal government) are, and should be, DONE.  The only question is how long the death throws will last.

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CapitalistImperialistPig: State of the MOOC

CapitalistImperialistPig: State of the MOOC | Free Education | Scoop.it
Traditional educators are horrified by MOOC dropout rates, but the fact remains that a reasonably successful MOOC is completed by more students than many professors face in a lifetime. At least two giant question marks ...
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A Q&A with “Godfather of MOOCs” Sebastian Thrun after he disavowed his godchild

A Q&A with “Godfather of MOOCs” Sebastian Thrun after he disavowed his godchild | Free Education | Scoop.it
Major waves hit the edtech space last November, after Sebastian Thrun, who some call the godfather of the MOOC, disavowed his baby. “We were on the front pages of newspapers and magazines, and at t...
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This Q&A illuminates how far MOOCs (or more broadly eLearning) has come in a year.  There is no question that the evolution is fast and beneficial.  As the distinction between vocational education (including vocations such as Mathematician, Physicist, Nurse, Lawyer, and other professions) is distinguished from Liberal Arts and other less employment-focused learning becomes clearer, eLearning will better serve their target audiences.  But, most of us do pursue higher education to benefit us in employment and career.  When we can prepare for our chosen career inexpensively we are all benefited.  And, the vast opportunities to broaden our knowledge and lives in other areas are equally attractive.  Better employees and better people will result.

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Reading: Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective

Reading: Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Free Education | Scoop.it
Mobile learning is a relatively new phenomenon and the theoretical basis is currently under development.
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Mobile, especially smart phone, is sweeping every area of online activity.  As a 74-year old, I struggle with it.  Tablets are more to my liking.  But, it is clear that I'm in the minority.  Can you imagine the availability of directly relevant educational opportunities everywhere, in waiting rooms, on train rides,  at campgrounds, and anywhere else where you are with your phone -- which is practically everywhere.  Just look up (on www.MOOCtracks.com) what you want to learn and learn from the world's best schools. 

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MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them

MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them | Free Education | Scoop.it
New data from Wharton suggests MOOCs are helping business schools reach new audiences.
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This is an interesting examination of Wharton's experience with business school and MBA-type MOOCs.  Perhaps the experience of the elite MBA (which would certainly include Wharton's) programs will be far different than the hundreds of second-, third-, and worse-rated business offerings.  MOOCs may well swell the interest in the elites' MBAs while decimating the rest by offering opportunities less than Wharton, but better than most.

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Me and My MOOC Habit

Me and My MOOC Habit | Free Education | Scoop.it
These last few weeks, I have been doing some more MOOCs - Massive Open On-line Courses. They are - by and large - free of charge. This seems part of a spirit of openness and generosity of sharing i...
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One person's view of MOOCs, with which I largely agree.  Her focus and assertion that they are mostly science and technology is woefully wrong.  Searching www.MOOCtracks.com reveals subjects from the Classics to leading edge political, educational, art, theater, or virtually any other non-scientific subject matter.  More than 15,ooo eLearning opportunities can be found with a simple search of MOOCtracks.

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Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong (And Michael Porter Is Right)

Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong (And Michael Porter Is Right) | Free Education | Scoop.it
Harvard’s Clay Christensen is a masterful, spell-binding teacher and one of the world’s great thought leaders
A polite squabble has broken out at Harvard Business School over its strategy for online education.
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This, supplemental to the earlier New York Times article is a fascinating MOOC debate.  The simple fact that in two short years it is a critical business model discussion at Harvard Business School, which has billions of dollars, is very telling.  No one needs to worry about HBS since it's entrepreneurial faculty fully understands 'pivot.'  If their first attempt isn't optimal, they will just pivot to one that may be.  In the terms of Venture Capital-backed start-ups, it is only important how many pivots can they afford to find the right model.  $3 Billion will finance lots of pivots.  With the ability to raise billions more, they have plenty of time to come to the business model best for HBS continued success.

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Business School, Disrupted

Business School, Disrupted | Free Education | Scoop.it
In moving into online education, Harvard Business School discovered that it isn’t so easy to practice what it teaches. (“@mkaplanPMP: #Harvard Business School goes MOOC!
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A long and interesting article.  Good for Harvard Business School.  They want to preserve their treasure trove of MBA and Executive Education.  So, they will stand by and watch hundreds of thousands flock to, and benefit from, Stanford, Wharton, Sloan, Babson, Kellogg, and other MBA MOOC offerings.  My money would be on the combined efforts.  Harvard rarely tops the US News MBA rankings anyway.

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Level Up With a MOOC: How Online Courses Can Improve Your Career - CareerMeh

Level Up With a MOOC: How Online Courses Can Improve Your Career - CareerMeh | Free Education | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) are the next wave in professional development. Here’s why you should get on board....
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The Blog is supposedly written for Gen-Y, the Millennials. but with much wider implications.  The young author is explaining important concepts clearly and concisely and I, of the Silent Generation (I'm 74), greatly appreciate what she has to say. Her clear discussion of MOOCs and their career implications is refreshing.

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You've heard of Moocs – now it's 'Welcome to Voocs'

You've heard of Moocs – now it's 'Welcome to Voocs' | Free Education | Scoop.it
Bob Harrison welcomes a new acronym for vocational and adult education – the VOOC
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There are thousands of eLearning training videos, some that would fall under any definition of MOOC (and there is even dispute about the correct definition.)  The key is learning relevancy, purpose, efficiency and efficacy.  Let's just call them all MOOCs, eCourses, eLearning, or other. There is little to gain from a naming game that future developments (and they won't be far in the future) would obviate anyway.  Hooray for all of the great resources that the web and its content providers have given to us.  The world gets better at an ever faster rate. 

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The Learner-Centered eLearning Professional Infographic

The Learner-Centered eLearning Professional Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
Many eLearning courses are designed so that every participant is expected to learn and perform identically.
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Odd that this is presented from the provider perspective.  Shouldn't it be from the learner perspective?

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The Benefits of Online Courses Infographic

The Benefits of Online Courses Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Benefits of Online Courses Infographic outlines the top advantages of online education. In particular, according to the infographic, 45% of students are taking at least one online course.
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Behind Harvard’s explosion of online classes: a flurry of lights, camera, action - The Boston Globe

Behind Harvard’s explosion of online classes: a flurry of lights, camera, action - The Boston Globe | Free Education | Scoop.it
Quietly, Harvard has built what amounts to an in-house production company to create MOOCs, or massive open online courses, high-end online classes that prestigious universities have for the last two years offered for free to anyone in the world,...
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The resources of the elite Universities, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Wharton (U of PA), and other MOOC pioneers will only increase the separation from lesser schools and universities.  They will have the production capabilities, big data analytics (and big data), cutting edge thinking, and great faculty to improve student learning at a pace never before seen.  Clearly the students (both resident and distance-learners) will be far better prepared than others.

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A Policymaker's Guide to MOOCs - Smart Higher Ed

A Policymaker's Guide to MOOCs - Smart Higher Ed | Free Education | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a new form of digital learning that has enthralled some, infuriated others, and changed the conversation about higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Lost in this polarizing debate ...
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Forget college.  Students growing up with KHAN academy will know how to learn anything they need for career or life.  When bricklayers  wouldn't work with reinforced and prestressed concrete, they got left out of the construction process.  Higher education will shift away from the expensive, inefficient model without the complicity of those invested in the current higher education system.

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Clayton Christensen on MOOC Disruption

Clayton Christensen on MOOC Disruption | Free Education | Scoop.it
Clayton Christensen, father of "Disruption Theory" wrote an interesting piece in yesterday's Boston Globe about what MOOCs have wrought (so far).
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Wharton Doubles Down On MOOCs

Wharton Doubles Down On MOOCs | Free Education | Scoop.it
Wharton School of Business
Wharton Doubles Down on MOOCs
It’s never easy being a first adopter. You invest the money, create a methodology and delivery platform, and work out the bugs.
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The Warton MOOCs are good, but getting much better.  The early Gamification course introduced many businesses to the powers of gamification, The Marketing 101 course is clearly better than  that early course.  It is outstanding.  As our company learns to benefit from and best use MOOCs, we are benefitting greatly.  Darden's Grow to Greatness is another fantastic course for executives.  It is hard to imagine how much better they will be, given that they have evolved so much in just two years.

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