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Google Expands Role In Digital Education, Teams Up With edX To Build A YouTube For Free Online Courses | TechCrunch

Google Expands Role In Digital Education, Teams Up With edX To Build A YouTube For Free Online Courses | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Today, Google took another big step into the open courseware game, announcing a new partnership with edX — the Harvard and MIT-backed, non-profit organization that currently stands as one of the Big Three MOOC Providers, along with Udacity and Coursera. Together, the two companies plan to launch MOOC.org, a site that will allow teachers, businesses — and really anyone — to create their own digital course and share it with the world. As of now, the site is slated for launch in the first half of 2014....


"Certainly, Udacity, edX and Google seem hellbent on recalibrating the focus of higher education and learning content, focusing on content that will help students learn how to become part of a modern, and increasingly more technical, global workforce. Whether the increasing role of Google and other tech companies in the educational landscape will be welcomed by academia is one thing, however, at the very least, these two experiments could serve to boost the profile of MOOC-style education, particularly of edX itself. It also seems to indicate the increasing likelihood that, whoever should win the battle to become the world’s largest open course platform, Google will be there to lend a hand — and share a piece of the pie."



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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:19 AM

The MOOC space is filled with constant activity.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:59 PM

This ia a good article on the educational trends with a MOOC teaching approach for 21st century learners.

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3 new ideas on the future of news from MIT Media Lab students | That Eric Alper

3 new ideas on the future of news from MIT Media Lab students | That Eric Alper | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Some great idea to help with improving news and decreasing information overlad while improving search.  Can they get the rest of the web to buy in?


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MOOCs by the numbers: How do EdX, Coursera and Udacity stack up?

MOOCs by the numbers: How do EdX, Coursera and Udacity stack up? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Daniel Shumski

 

"They're not the only players in the MOOC market, but whether because of high-profile founders, big funding or broad reach, they're the three biggest. So how do EdX, Coursera and Udacity stack up against each other? 

 

"None of the companies is public, so hard numbers can be difficult to come by. But here’s a snapshot of each, including a short summary of each player and where each stands by the numbers in terms of funding and course enrollment, along with key partnerships and big news (good and bad) this year. "

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