"The MOOC Moment" is a collection of articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The articles aren't today's breaking news, but reflect long-term trends and some of the forward-looking thinking of experts on how MOOCs may change higher education. The goal is to provide these materials (both news articles and opinion essays) in one easy-to-read place. Download the booklet here.
Daphne Koller (Coursera, USA) addressed "The Online Revolution: Learning without Limits" where a major transformation in higher education has seen the advent of MOOCs - massively open online classes (MOOCs) - top-quality courses from the best universities offered for free.
A new report, Open Access, Megajournals, and MOOCs: On the Political Economy of Academic Unbundling, in Sage Open compares the disruptive potential of open access for academic articles and massive open online courses and finds that MOOCs are more...
A coalition of faculty groups has declared war against online learning, particularly massive open online courses (MOOCs), because it said it believes that the fast expansion of this form of education is being promulgated by corporations —...
tim Johnson: "Roosemberth Palacios sports braces on his teeth and a curly mop of hair. At 16, he finds high school boring. So after school, he logs onto his computer and hunts for challenges. He’s found them in difficult online courses offered by professors at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology..."
Making the grade in Massive Open Online Courses CNET As professors at top universities put more of their course materials online, everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to teens at Ghana Internet cafes are taking advantage of Massive Open...
Wall Street Journal Online Class Aims to Earn Millions Wall Street Journal The professors have dubbed the class a SMOC—Synchronous Massive Online Class—and their effort falls somewhere between a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, a late-night...
On January 8, 2014, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman led a lively discussion of online education issues in a free webinar. View the video below and click here to download the accompanying slide deck.
Click here to download our free booklet, Online Education: More Than MOOCs, a compilation of articles and opinion essays from Inside Higher Ed offering a range of ideas and perspectives.
"ARLINGTON, Texas -- The story so far: Massive open online courses have yet to live up to their potential. But unlocking that potential could already be a pilot at a community college, state university or private institution."
Anant Agarwal (edX & MIT, USA): "Reinventing Education" overviewed MOOCs and edX, and shared student stories that revealed how they are increasing access to education worldwide, including some recent research results that will allow us to improve education online and on campus, and discussed how MOOCs might evolve in the future.
"An increasing number of colleges and universities are offering MOOCs, but few have crunched the numbers to determine whether these online courses can succeed as a business proposition. Where return-on-investment conversations are happening, they generally aren't leading to comprehensive analysis. Some institutions, however, are paving the way in their attempts to analyze the potential of MOOCs as a business model..." --Ed Finkel
Steve Kolowich: "In a new magazine profile of Sebastian Thrun, the Udacity founder calls his company’s massive open online courses a “lousy product” to use for educating underprepared college students. That assertion has prompted a chorus of I-told-you-sos from his critics in academe..."
Carl Straumsheim writes: "Can 50 face-to-face courses, one massive open online course and more than 50,000 students working together change higher education? That’s what Duke University professor Cathy N. Davidson hopes, even as she embraces the technological issues of guiding an effort the size of a small city.
The initiative, called “The History and Future of Higher Education,” is being coordinated by Davidson, co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, or HASTAC. The sprawling collaborative includes dozens of universities across the world, international conferences, webinars, an open online discussion forum and -- of course -- a MOOC.
Carl Straumsheim: Supporters of open-access journals and massive open online courses have been quick to label their initiatives disruptive, but a recent analysis by a York University professor suggests only one of them has the potential to spark considerable change, while the other is likely to remain an alternative alongside traditional offerings..."
Informing the Public about Education through Quality Journalism
CTL - Regent Univ.'s insight:
Jon Marcus: "After barely more than a year in business, opposite-coast rivalsedX and Coursera have become two of the biggest higher-education organizations in the world, with a combined six million registered users drawn to the online teaching they provide...But the honeymoon may be coming to an end..."
Amin Saberi, NovoEd: "A lot of the courses coming online are focused on the most boring parts of education: the talking head and multiple-choice questions.."
"After the hype is over, e-learning will be the norm...The supernova effects of massive open online courses include a warping of time. Academics running Moocs report working 100-hour weeks. FutureLearn invites applause for its burn rate: 10 months from zero to a full clutch of courses. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills insisted on a one-month turnaround for The Maturing of the Mooc, our complete literature and policy review. Taking a (very) short pause, I start to suspect that the power of the Mooc is an optical illusion caused by extreme acceleration..." --Wtephen Haggard, author of "The Maturing of the MOOC"
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette UI is undecided about its online course strategy Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette URBANA — A little more than a year after joining forces with the Silicon Valley education startup Coursera, the University of Illinois has...
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