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One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education - Forbes

One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education - Forbes | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
One man. One computer. Ten million students. Our $1.3 trillion school system is ripe for revolution.

 

“The numbers get really crazy when you look at the impact per dollar,” says Khan. “We have a $7 million operating budget, and we are reaching, over the course of a year, about 10 million students in a meaningful way. If you put any reasonable value on it, say $10 a year–and keep in mind we serve most students better than tutoring–and you are looking at, what, a 1,000% return?”

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012: Arizona State, Buffalo State, and U. of Illinois Springfield Select CourseSites for Open Courses and MOOCs | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012: Arizona State, Buffalo State, and U. of Illinois Springfield Select CourseSites for Open Courses and MOOCs | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

/PRNewswire/ -- Arizona State University (ASU), Buffalo State, a State University of New York campus and the University of Illinois Springfield have selected CourseSites TM , the free, fully hosted and supported cloud-based system as their platform of choice for open courses, Blackboard Inc. announced today.

 

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People flock online for free university education

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THE NUMBER of people enrolled in free online subjects at Melbourne University has overtaken enrolments at its campuses in less than two months.

 

The university became the first Australian institute to join online education provider Coursera in September.

 

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MOOCs will drive students away from degrees

MOOCs will drive students away from degrees | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, could take students away from "long haul" degree programs as increasing numbers build skills-focused credentials from different providers, according to a leading higher education expert.

 

"The big change in the long run will be some sections of the community moving away from long-haul, costly credentials," Richard James, pro vice-chancellor (engagement and participation) at Melbourne University told a student engagement conference this week.

 

"Some [students] will assemble MOOC badges, with studies undertaken at various places, into a plausible CV that is skill orientated rather than study orientated. That is the change that is taking place at the moment," Professor James said.

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Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Two software companies that sell course-management systems, Blackboard and Instructure, have entered the race to provide free online courses for the masses.

 

On Thursday both companies plan to announce partnerships with universities that will use their software to teach massive open online courses, or MOOC’s. The companies hope to pull in their own college clients to compete with online-education players like Udacity and Coursera.

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German University Offers MOOC with Credit -- Campus Technology

German University Offers MOOC with Credit -- Campus Technology | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
A public university in Germany is joining the MOOC movement with a course that will come with "university credit points" that it said could be accepted by degree programs.
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Currency of information loses its value

Currency of information loses its value | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
OUR university funding model is broken. You can see it in the crumbling infrastructure, the terror when fee-paying international students don't arrive and in the nation's chronic inability to figure out how to fund the full cost of research.
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The Corporate Educators are Coming... | Contact North

The Corporate Educators are Coming... | Contact North | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Will They be the Real “Game Changers” in Online Learning and Post-Secondary Education?

 

What a month October 2012 has been in the world of corporate educators!

 

In October, Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced that it would acquire EmbanetCompass, a company which partners with post-secondary institutions to provide fully online learning solutions for more than 100 university programs, for a whopping $650 million – in cash. Its stated reason: great opportunities for growth and impact in online education and educational services.

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Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Coursera, the largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), has entered into a contract to license several of the courses it has built with its university partners to Antioch University, which would offer versions of the MOOCs for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree program.

 

The deal represents one of the first instances of a third-party institution buying permission to incorporate a MOOC into its curriculum -- and awarding credit for the MOOC -- in an effort to lower the full cost of a degree for students. It is also a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses.

 

Antioch will pay Coursera an undisclosed amount for permission to use several courses, including ones from Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania. The company will share that revenue with the universities, which own intellectual property rights for their courses as part of their contracts with Coursera.

 

 

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The 1-minute guide to MOOCs

The 1-minute guide to MOOCs | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

If you’re wondering what MOOCs are about, here’s a brief overview. All in 1 minute. For fast readers.


Via Leonardo Ornellas, Dennis T OConnor
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Call: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Special issue of Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)

Call: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Special issue of Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 15, 2012
Full Paper Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

 

Guest Editors:
George Siemens, Athabasca University, Canada
Valerie Irvine, University of Victoria, Canada
Jillianne Code, University of Victoria, Canada

 

Online learning is one of the fastest-growing segments of the education system. One of the recent innovations is the massive open online course (MOOC). Since 2008, numerous MOOCs have been run by public and elite universities. Most recently, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and other universities have embraced the MOOC format through significant resource allocation. MOOCs are not solely confined to elite US universities, as the format is now offered by institutions and education systems around the world.

 

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The ethics of MOOC research | Rough Type

The ethics of MOOC research | Rough Type | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

In their excitement to join forces with MOOC providers, university administrators and professors may not be giving enough thought to all the data that’s going to be collected and all the research activities that are going to be pursued. It’s an oversight they may come to regret.

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Future Higher Education: responding to the revolution of online learning

The Conversation's authors present their ideas on the online revolution facing higher education to Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans at a Canberra symp...
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Open Online Education and the Canvas Network | Inside Higher Ed

Open Online Education and the Canvas Network | Inside Higher Ed | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

By Joshua Kim

 

Instructure announced today that it’s launching a new service called Canvas Network. The service is being positioned as an alternative to existing MOOC vendors or platforms (such as Coursera or EdX) to allow colleges to teach open online courses on the Canvas platform.

 

The following is an e-mail interview that I conducted with Devin Knighton, Instructure's director of public relations....

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Free Courses and Low Cost Degrees Featuring MOOCs from Australia Coming to North America.

Free Courses and Low Cost Degrees Featuring MOOCs from Australia Coming to North America. | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Distance Education Pioneer Pursues North American Marketplace with Free Course Offerings.

 

Armidale, Australia – November 1, 2012 – The University of New England (UNE) in Australia, a leader in online learning and distance education, announced that it will begin researching and pursuing North American partnerships for the deployment of free courses and highly scalable MOOCs. To accelerate the effort, UNE will send representatives to Educause 2012 in Denver, Colorado next week to conduct discussions with interested organizations.


UNE has already developed three significant offerings:

Open pathways programs for underserved and struggling students,Free courses designed to attract students to degree and certificate programs,Low cost MOOCs that remove barriers for students to pursue a master’s degree.

 

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Canvas Network

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Introducing Canvas Network

Open online learning, as defined by you.

Connecting students, teachers and institutions, through an open, online course network.

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Will MOOC-hers Overwhelm the System? - CT

Will MOOC-hers Overwhelm the System? - CT | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
In the wake of a dramatic power struggle at the University of Virginia, the potential for online learning to rescue higher education is receiving even greater scrutiny.
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Will MOOC-hers Overwhelm the System? -- Campus Technology

Will MOOC-hers Overwhelm the System? -- Campus Technology | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
In the wake of a dramatic power struggle at the University of Virginia, the potential for online learning to rescue higher education is receiving even greater scrutiny.

With the launch of comprehensive online course offerings from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, there was a vague sense among the board that UVA must follow suit, even if the business model isn't really clear. It reminds me of that classic line from The Man With the Golden Gun: "I don't know what it is, but I want my picture taken with it."
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The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson

Learn more at http://www.ericsson.com/networkedsociety

 

Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society?

 

Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression.

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There are a lot of videos on the internet that lead us into a state of treasured anticipation and then fall flat because the voices are not as knowledgable as they might be, or the ideas are not really on the forward edge of whatever it is that interests us. I had one of those flat moments recently with the PBS piece on MOOCs, terms mis-used, ideas mis-understood, not so useful.

 

But The Networked Society is one of those sublime moments when that treasured anticipation is rewarded with more and more. Watch this! It's a bit of peak into a wonderful future.

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Antioch to offer free online classes taught by Ivy League professors | eSchool News

Antioch to offer free online classes taught by Ivy League professors | eSchool News | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Students soon will be able to take online courses taught by Ivy League professors and—through a unique new partnership forged by Antioch University—earn college credit for their work at a fraction of the normal cost.

 

Antioch reportedly is the first institution in the country to sign an agreement to offer select massive open online courses for credit through Coursera, a new company that has allowed more than a million people around the world to participate in classes for free. Antioch Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is expected to begin participating this spring.

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MOOC Manifest Destiny | xED Book

MOOC Manifest Destiny | xED Book | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

So. This morning, Inside Higher Ed announced that Coursera has contracted with Antioch University to license MOOC courses for credit, as part of Antioch’s bachelor’s degree programs.

 

This is, as Steve Kolowich pointed out in the article, a step towards lowering the cost of a degree for students.

It is also, he noted, “a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses.”

 

It’s revenue time in MOOCland. It’s where we start to see how some of the “disruption or bust” rhetoric that’s seized higher ed since last spring plays out in reality.

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Latent Pattern Transmission: Credit for MOOC's - just what is Antioch up to?

Latent Pattern Transmission: Credit for MOOC's - just what is Antioch up to? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

 

"I feel that I am witnessing the first true example of an innovation ecosystem in higher education. I say this because I am pretty sure that it is innovations like those at Antioch that are catalyzing the remarkable evolution of MOOCs, and innovations like Coursera that are catalyzing the acceptability growth of MOOCs, and innovations like MOOCs that are enabling innovations like those at Antioch. I am not sure how long this phase of it will last, I am not sure if the outcomes will be "good," but I do think that it will be interesting for a while. I hope that hangover is not so bad."

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The end of universities? Don't count on it

The end of universities? Don't count on it | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Ernst & Young’s report on the future of universities made a big splash this week, fuelled by apocalyptic headlines heralding the end of the university world as we know it.

 

No one who has any feel for or interest in the world of higher education would deny that we are living in challenging times. Nor would they deny where the changes are coming from – funding pressures, demographic shifts, changing student bodies, economic globalisation and technological advances are all having very real effects on universities around the world.

 

We’ve been researching, writing and reading and their effects on the university business model about them for at least a decade. They are the “global warming” phenomena of higher education – we may not necessarily like them, but we can’t avoid them.

 

But does that mean that collectively universities are about to go belly up? I don’t think so.

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MOOCs and Online Learning at Cornell

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Cornell must decide whether or not to join other leading universities in offering free online courses to vast numbers of students.

 

Nice 32 minute video discussion.

 

Thanks to Mark Smithers for originally finding this and sharing it on Twitter. :-)

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German University Offers MOOC with Credit

German University Offers MOOC with Credit | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
A public university in Germany is joining the MOOC movement with a course that will come with "university credit points" that it said could be accepted by degree programs.
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