Two providers of massive open online courses are expanding their course catalogs to try to find a larger global audience. Coursera and edX both announced this week they are doubling the number of universities offering classes through their sites, which already reach a few million people across the world.
Many campuses in the UNC system have a hunger for additional students. Administrators want their schools to grow, and, historically, specific state appropriations geared to growth have helped them do it.
For a host of political reasons, change in the education sector comes slowly. Despite breathtaking technological inventiveness in other sectors in the past century, the traditional factory-based classroom system has retained its form.
The Stanford Daily Stanford Venture Lab's MOOCs reach global audience The Stanford Daily Launched last March, the Stanford-developed platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) has attracted over 170,000 students from over 150 countries.
Everyone’s going MOOC-crazy these days. The question is not just whether MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are going to disrupt traditional education, but how.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen on MOOCs: "But over time, an approach where users exchange information from each other similar to Facebook or telecommunications (a “facilitated network model”) will come to dominate online learning. This evolution is especially likely to happen if the traditional degree becomes irrelevant and, as many predict, learning becomes a continuous, on-the-job learning process. Then the need for customization will drive us toward just-in-time mini-courses."
MOOCs have taken the traditional correspondence course and brought them to a whole new level. If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you likely remember those TV dinner nights when your parents were out or when there was nothing else in the fridge.
Thomas Edison State College and the Saylor Foundation have announced an agreement to enhance access for adults to earn college credit through Saylor's high-quality, free, open courses and the college's nationally renowned expertise in assessment.
Six new universities have been announced as new members of the edX consortium, including prominent members of the OCW community, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and Rice University in Houston, Texas.
It raises the question – just how much thought is given to instructional design issues when MOOCs are drawn up? And a related question – how much peer review is given to MOOCs, and their professors, before they go public ...
Nearly one-third of public high-school students who graduated in the Class of 2012 took at least one Advanced Placement examination, continuing years of increases in the number of students who have taken the tests and also scored well on them.
Pearson Catalyst is a new incubator program aimed at EdTech startups that are nearly product-ready and might be good fits to partner with Pearson brands for pilot programs. Diana Stepner, head of future technologies at Pearson, tells TechCrunch that there are no limits on what kind of areas the startups can cover — as long as they fall into the general category of edtech.
“Pearson is broad and there are a lot of opportunities and challenges,” she said. “We have analytics, K-12, higher education, infrastructure, and more. So we are open to any idea.”
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