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"Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States"


Via Dennis T OConnor
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I love data: clean, meaningful, speaks for itself. The survey showed that the learning outcome of online courses vs. face-to-face is mostly the same.  12% of institutions already have or planning MOOCs, 55% have not decided. There is also data on online learning growth and # of online students, but it's till 2011, so excludes MOOCs that started 2012. Also, while most of academic leaders remain unconvinced that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses,  they do believe that they provide an important means for institutions to learn about online pedagogy.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 22, 2013 12:31 AM

The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.  Based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders, the complete survey report, "Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States" can be  downloaded here.

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edX Opens Up Membership Structure, Adds 12 Organizations -- Campus Technology

edX Opens Up Membership Structure, Adds 12 Organizations -- Campus Technology | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
edX is opening up its membership beyond its initial 32 charter institutions. With its new membership structure, the online course provider will bring colleges, universities and other organizations into the fold as regular members, including 12 new institutions announced today.
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The 12 new members  include:

Colgate University;Hamilton College;Inter-American Development Bank;International Monetary Fund;Learning by Giving Foundation;The Linux Foundation;OpenCourseWare Consortium;Osaka University;The Smithsonian Institution;Television Educativa, Secretaria de Educacion Publica, MexicoUniversidad Autonoma de Madrid; andUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid.
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MOOC Short Course

MOOC Short Course | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Reporting on part of day 1 at the American Political Science Association's Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) -- the Friday morning short course on MOOCs, for which I acted as the master of cer...
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While it can be argued that MOOCs are not yet a substitute for in-class learning, they already represent an important opportunity to engage the public in a variety of ways.

--MOOCs can serve as an objective introduction to controversial topics, make people more intelligent consumers of news and infotainment

--They allow us to examine how we might approach citizenship and democracy differently than we do currently.

--MOOCs also are a global learning environment and thus can function as a training ground for how to better internationalize colleges and universities

--One interesting application of MOOCs is using them to help students learn how to learn.  In a MOOC people can begin to explore a subject that interests them and in the process start acquiring knowledge and skills that they can build on elsewhere.

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UNM offering MOOC

UNM offering MOOC | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
University launching its first massive open online course
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University of New Mexico is developing a new MOOC Web Application Architectures that will be launched on coursera.

UNM sees MOOCs as “the next step in distant education,”

UNM also shares the  vision of using "MOOCs as textbooks".  "Once a university course is offered through Coursera or Udacity, the content can be used by another school, which would pay a licensing fee to the company. A small portion of that fee would trickle down to the original university;"

UNM also awards 3 credits for the students who complete Udacity's CS101 with Dave Evans.

While  course completion rate is still an issue, 

it's an opportunity to reach as many students as it would have taken one to teach the normal class for 250 years. 

 

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Why massive open online courses (still) matter

2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.
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New technologies, flexibility, use of visualization, quick feedback from the best minds from around the world, easy to use, and share!

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State Dept. blocks access to MOOCs in countries with economic sanctions | Inside Higher Ed

State Dept. blocks access to MOOCs in countries with economic sanctions | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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"Massive Closed Online Courses'? Really? How does one come up with such title that doesn't mean what it says? 


What happened is that coursera's services won't be available for a while  in Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria because United States export control regulations prohibit U.S. businesses in these countries. Coursera is currently working  closely with the U.S. Department of State and Office of Foreign Asset Control to secure the necessary permissions to reinstate site access for users in sanctioned countries. http://help.coursera.org/customer/portal/articles/1425714-why-is-my-country-blocked-


EdX is not blocking any courses since it received all necessary licenses


Udacity has not received official word about enrolling students in countries subject to economic sanctions, but has other limitations since  it posts lectures to YouTube, which is already blocked in several countries.



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MIT and Harvard release working papers on open online courses - MIT News Office

MIT and Harvard release working papers on open online courses - MIT News Office | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Research findings challenge common misconceptions, offer surprising insights about how students engage with MOOCs.
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Key takeaways from  17 online MITx and Harvardx courses offered on the edX platform. Run in 2012 and 2013.

 

1. Large numbers of registrants who may not have completed a course, but who still accessed substantial amounts of course content. 43,196 registrants earned certificates of completion. Additionally, another 35,937 registrants explored half or more of the units in a course without achieving certification.

 

2. Most MOOC attrition happened in the first two weeks of the course (50%)

 

3. Given the “massive” scale of MOOCs, small percentages are often still large numbers of students. While typical MOOC registrants have a college degree already and 26+, 234,463 registrants (33 percent) reported a high-school education or less.

Many of edx MOOC registrants are from the United States, but 72 percent are from abroad including 20,745 students from "Least Developed Countries."

 

 

This isn’t just about MOOCs,” Ho says. “This is about the democratization of learning: Learners are in control. We are at the beginning of an exciting effort to understand how people learn and how to educate well and effectively at scale.”

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Udacity Blog: Sebastian Thrun: World's First Massive Online Degree Program Starts Today

Udacity Blog: Sebastian Thrun: World's First Massive Online Degree Program Starts Today | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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Jan. 15th 2014 "marks the first day in class for Georgia Tech's new online Master’s degree in Computer Science program, which Georgia Tech, Udacity, and AT&T have jointly developed. 2,360 students applied within the 3-week application period. This is about 75% more than normally apply for the on-campus degree over the duration of an entire year. Of this pool, 375 have been accepted . 

The five courses launched in this first round are Advanced Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Machine Learning, Software Development Process, and AI for Robotics, created with Georgia Tech professors. They build on our goal of partnering with academia and industry to create courses to fill the job skills gap.

While today, these courses are only available to students admitted into the program,  the same courses will be open up for everyone in the world on the Udacity platform this Spring."

THANK YOU, UDACITY!!!

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An MBA for less than $1,000 - Fortune Management

An MBA for less than $1,000 - Fortune Management | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Laurie Pickard stands to be the first person to cobble together an entire business program's worth of classes from massive open online course platforms.
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Laurie Pickard developed her program by reviewing B-school curricula at Wharton, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. Her first semester tackles three topics generally found in a standard MBA core curriculum: management, business ethics and leadership, as well as finance and accounting. The courses range from An Introduction to Operations taught by Wharton's Christian Terwiesch, to International Organizations Management, led by a group of professors from the University of Geneva. Pickard selects her classes from a variety of MOOC platforms, including Coursera, Open Yale, iTunesU, and Udacity. "There are so many course offerings out there, that it's like a choose-your-own-adventure story,"Although the courses vary in terms of quality and difficulty, Pickard points out that the same problem affects bricks-and-mortar programs. The real elephant in the virtual classroom is how employers will perceive a business education that doesn't come with a bona fide degree.  For Pickard, the knowledge is more important than the formal credential, anyway. She has no plans to enter finance or consulting, where an MBA is often a prerequisite for top jobs. Rather, building on her experience as an agriculture and food security volunteer in Nicaragua, she plans to work in sustainable supply chain development, with a focus on coffee.
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23andMe and Udacity Launch ‘Massive Online Open Course’ in Human Genetics | Dark Daily

23andMe and Udacity Launch ‘Massive Online Open Course’ in Human Genetics | Dark Daily | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
In the final months of 2013, the regulatory fight between gene testing company 23andMe.com and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generated national headlines.
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More companies  are trying to reach broad audience trhough MOOCs. 23andMe.com, a major player in genetic testing and genetic medicine, is offering “Tales from the Genome,”  course on udacity   The two-fold aim is to give students a better understanding of: 1) the science of genetics; and, 2) the various ways genetics can inform personal health. For pathologists and clinical laboratory managers, the 23andMe.com–Udacity collaboration is an example of how innovative companies and institutions are using the Internet and information technology to expand educational opportunities in ways that drive core business. In this case, it is to educate people about the human genome and, in the process, develop new customers for 23andMe.com’s various genetic testing services.
https://www.udacity.com/course/bio110

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'More' Not 'Or': Fear And Loathing The World Of MOOCs

'More' Not 'Or': Fear And Loathing The World Of MOOCs | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
I recently completed teaching the second session of my Foundations of Business Strategy massively open online course (MOOC) through the Coursera platform and I continue to be amazed by the reach and impact of MOOCs.
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Schools are experimenting with ways to enhance their residential offerings with online delivery. This makes sense. Residential education should be superior and value adding versus pure online education. For these schools, MOOCs represent an opportunity to enhance their education offerings and to broaden their educational mandate. So do not fear nor loathe, MOOCs can be “more” not just “or”.

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The Walking Dead Online Course at UC Irvine Was Such a Global Hit Expect More to Come

The Walking Dead Online Course at UC Irvine Was Such a Global Hit Expect More to Come | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Given the popularity of AMC's The Walking Dead (as well as the graphic novel series that preceded it), you didn't...
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"This initiative was an experiment to determine whether a pop-culture MOOC in a multidisciplinary format would create a compelling academic experience. The answer--an unequivocal 'yes,'" says Instructure's co-founder Brian Whitmer. "This different audience provided us with new insights that will shape the way we approach designing and developing MOOCs going forward. By acting as a springboard for exploring academic ideas in contemporary media, this course illustrates the potential for pop culture to serve as a modern-day literature review."

Results of the couse survey are also provided

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THE COURSERA CAFE PRESENTS

This project uses thirty-six voices from all around the world, each recorded at a different time and place. The recordings were then mixed in The Netherlands, video…
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And just like at any university there is a cafe :)

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180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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In January 200+ MOOCs start on coursera, edx, Stanford Online on openEdx, udacity, canvas.net, open2study, iversity, futurelearn, NovoEd

http://blog.topfreeclasses.com/2013/12/list-of-january-2014-moocs.html

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, January 7, 10:49 AM

Very little of this do I find this surprising.

MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 10:44 PM

The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.

 

I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, January 8, 7:43 PM

Food for thought.

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Get Your MOOC On!

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Get Your MOOC On! | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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About upcoming courses in series of Professional Development MOOCs for educators.

The full list of courses can be found here http://www.mooc-ed.org/

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MOOCs in secondary school: an incredible project! - PierreAntoine Ullmo

MOOCs in secondary school: an incredible project! - PierreAntoine Ullmo | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
An incredible project is changing the way MOOCs will be used to support innovation in the classroom. This is happening right now in Israel in secondary schools.
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500  students  of  Israel in secondary schools are taking two MOOCs - one from   Georgia tech on robotics, and the other from Rochester University on astronomy. Both courses are well above the theoretical level of knowledge of the students, and even teachers! However, they have decided to take the course and more importantly, to complete it. Teachers work with their students in the classroom: they learn together  from the same videos, the same on-line materials and all take the exams individually.

The main fear was that most of the students would fail after the first week’s exam because the level of the course is very high, and students need to have a strong background knowledge in both algebra and calculus. It didn’t happen like this. The collective effort in each class enabled them to pass the first week: students worked together and enhanced their learning together.

The incentives for the students to complete the course are also very interesting to look at: if they finish the course, not only do they receive a certificate from Coursera, but also a grade that will count towards their national high school degree.


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Distance learning: who's doing it now?

Distance learning: who's doing it now? | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Datablog: Moocs appear to be revolutionising the world of education. We study the numbers to find out whether it's all just a lot of hype
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The opportunities to democratise education are enormous. But given that providers do not have a business model through which they can make money from free courses, it may not be the death of distance learning just yet. Around one in 10 postgraduate courses in the UK were taken by distance learners in 2008, a number that remained the same in 2012. Similarly, the fraction of undergraduate courses that are distance learning has remained at around 16%.

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MOOR: The Newest Player in the MOOC Game - MOOCs - Think Massively

MOOR: The Newest Player in the MOOC Game - MOOCs - Think Massively | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
The MOOR (massive open online research) is the newest MOOC-like format on the scene.
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Coursera's  Bioinformatics Algorithms from  the University of California–San Diego is the first major online course that prominently features massive open online research, or MOOR, rather than just regular coursework. All students who sign up for the course are given an opportunity to work on specific research projects under the leadership of prominent bioinformatics scientists from different countries, who have agreed to interact and mentor their respective teams.

 

 https://www.coursera.org/course/bioinformatics

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Government is considering using MOOCs in classrooms, says Gove (Wired UK)

Government is considering using MOOCs in classrooms, says Gove (Wired UK) | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, could soon be used to augment the depth and variety of the curriculum taught in British schools, said education secretary Michael Gove speaking at the BETT conference in London today...
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British  government is currently looking at responses to aconsultation on the new accountability arrangements designed for 16- to 19-year olds, in which it has asked about the possibility of using MOOCs to support the education of students within this age bracket.

A partnership between exam board OCR, Cambridge University Press and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has already resulted in the creation of a MOOC specifically designed to build upon OCR's GCSE Computing curriculum.

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Coursera Specializations: Focused Programs in Popular Fields

Coursera Specializations: Focused Programs in Popular Fields | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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,...
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Coursera launches Specializations -- multi-course series in specific subject:

-- Data Science

-- Mobile Cloud Computing with Android

-- Reasoning, Data Analysis, and Writing

-- Foundations for Teaching

-- Global Affairs

-- Modern Musician

-- System Biology

-- Cyber Security

-- Fundamentals of Computing

-- Vitrual Teacher

Students completing the series will receive a Specialization Certificate verifying their completion of a top-notch academic program.

Specialization Certificate = $49/per course * number of courses in series. For Data Science it's $490. 

All courses are still  FREE  and open for anybody who's not up to certificate.

https://www.coursera.org/specializations

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gradechange.pdf

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Sloan Consortium & Babson Survey Research Group 2013 Survey results on trends in online learning including MOOCs:

--The pattern of MOOC adoption is not a complete mirror of that for the  adoption of online learning. The first-movers for online learning were largely the  two-year associates schools – for MOOCs, they are the Doctoral/Research institutions. One area of similarity is that Baccalaureate institutions were the least likely to offer online courses, and are now also the least likely to have or be
planning for a MOOC.

-- % of institutions offering MOOCs  grew  from 2.6 to 5% in the past year, 9.3% are in the MOOC planning phase.

--Main  reasons for institutions to offer MOOCs are to “increase institution visibility” , desire to, “experiment with innovative 

pedagogy” or “provide more flexible learning opportunities.” 

--64% of academic leaders agree that 

credentials for MOOC completion will cause confusion about higher education degree.

 

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A British MOOC Start Up With A 44 Year Old Parent

A British MOOC Start Up With A 44 Year Old Parent | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Much time and attention has been given to the MOOCs started in the US, but as I have mentioned in my interview with Mike Feerick of ALISON, the phenomenon actually first emerged in Europe.
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Interview with  FutureLearn CEO Simon Nelson.

FutureLearn is based on the experience of Open University. FutureLearn is much younger than coursera/udacity/edx and on the stage of gathering data, learning from customers, an pivoting.

The goal is to "attract large numbers of people, give them a delightful experience and get them repeatedly coming back, then there are myriad commercial touch points."

https://www.futurelearn.com/

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Higher Education’s Internet Revolution

Higher Education’s Internet Revolution

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With systematic feedback from students of different backgrounds, I’m sure that MOOCs can improve their yields both by modifying content and by better specifying background knowledge

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 5, 6:25 AM
Higher Education’s Internet Revolution
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Redefining value in international higher education - University World News

Redefining value in international higher education - University World News | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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Here are three trends setting the future direction of higher education:

--Towards efficient funding

--Towards technology-enabled learning innovations

--Towards new paradigms of quality and teaching

--Towards redefining value


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MOOC: Changing Paradigms of Education | StudentLive

MOOC: Changing Paradigms of Education | StudentLive | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
When I first heard of MOOC’s or Massive Online Open Courses, I severely underestimated their potential and credibility. Now, being a few MOOCs old, I have an entirely different story to narrate.
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If you want to push your limits while expanding your horizons, online education is the answer. It helps equip you with the skills and tools required to thrive in an ever-demanding industry. Indeed, what Bill Gates said resonates perfectly with what we’re witnessing today. The web has truly proved to better than any single university. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time you stepped into this dynamic world of online education. It could take as little as a devoted ten hours a week to steer your life in a new direction.

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, January 14, 3:57 PM

Some of us were initially impressed, and many, many MOOCs later, even more impressed.

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Just Who Takes MOOCs, Anyway?

Just Who Takes MOOCs, Anyway? | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Surprising new data on what's supposed to be the future of higher ed
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 The  data was collected from the few Penn coursera MOOCs  and this article statements are inaccurate.  It  looks like  high %  of MOOC students are interested in Finance&Economics -- 42%. But this is just because  the majority of Penn MOOCs in 2013 were business courses, including MBA online courses from Wharton School. No wonder, that students in such classes are already well educated and 30+ . Look at the "Recommended Background" for An Introduction to Corporate Finance: "The core material for these courses consist of recorded lectures held for MBA students at Wharton.  As a result, the course is most appropriate for a graduate level business school student preparing for upper-level course work." 

https://www.coursera.org/course/finance

https://www.coursera.org/penn

It's great that such courses exist, but it has nothing to do with inability of MOOCs to educate poor or youth.

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