Hollands, F. and Tirthali, D. (2014) MOOCs: Expectations and Reality New York: Columbia University Teachers’ College, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, 211 pp
We are now beginning to see a number of new research publications on MOOCs. The journal Distance Education will be publishing a series of research articles on MOOCs in June, but now Hollands and Tirthali have produced a comprehensive research analysis of MOOCs.
UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest University of Washington professor Matt McGarrity teaches a wildly-popular MOOC, or a free massive open online course open to virtual students...
"In higher education, we are entering a period in which it is the connections between everything and everyone that are of importance. This development is most conspicuous in teaching and learning and is enabled by information technology, social media, and mobile devices. We are witnessing—and contributing to—the advent of connected learning,which is having an impact on all colleges and universities, faculty, and students."
MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses are the next generation of online courses. Completely free, MOOCs are hosted by universities who guide learners through a wide range of different subjects. MOOCs allow you to interact with other individuals to talk about the course, and some universities often give a certificate of participation at the end of the course.
In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of Moocs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a Mooc
"The opportunities Massive Open Online Courses present include the ability for institutions to extend their brand and reach to large international audiences, experiment with innovative pedagogical approaches, an ability to offer niche provision at scale, and a potential reduction of costs, according to this paper."
Today we’re excited to announce Specializations, a new type of program that allows students to develop mastery in a specific subject. Specializations take the learning experience beyond one course,...
MOOC provider Coursera offers 10 new specializations culminating in a Certificate. Some classes are Modern Musician, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Android Development, and Foundations of Teaching. The classes are taught by faculty at Johns Hopkins, Vanderbuilt, Duke, Berkeley College of Music, and other academic institutions.
Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+.
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