The MOOCs consolidation within prestigious universities follows years during which the open-courseware and online education movements were low-key, collegial affairs promoted as altruistic means of making higher education free and available to all. Now they are increasingly about figuring out how to make (or at least not lose) money.
Khan Academy turned a major corner in its evolution and development this month as it launches a computer science training program that could rival CodeAcademy and others. Here's a roundup of how the tech media covered the announcement.
WEU includes a competency-based model requiring students demonstrate industry competencies in their respective subject areas before the graduate. Educational design revolves around industry needs and the needs of each student.
UNIVERSITIES should be reimagined to allow students to come and go, taking short packages of learning that add up to flexible qualifications, says the chairman of the prestigious Fulbright foreign scholarship board.
One of the most popular questions we get is, “how does a certificate program compare to a Master’s Degree?” Most Master’s Degree programs take about 2 years to complete, while the Empowered UCLA Extension certificate programs are designed to be completed in-full within one year (sometimes less). Our certificate programs are also significantly less expensive than a Master’s Degree, and as our survey shows, they are widely accepted in the workplace.
An online-learning group is creating a new kind of free class, known as a mechanical MOOC (for “massive open online course”), that will patch together existing resources from open-learning sites. There's a new kind of massive open online course (MOOC), and it lacks an instructor, The New York Times reported. The course will combine existing materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCoureware project, quizzes from Codeacademy, study groups from Open Study, and will be coordianted by Peer 2 Peer University. With those services, organizers said, an instructor (while central to other MOOC offerings) won't be necessary. The first offering will be on a computer programming language and is called "A Gentle Introduction to Python."
Is disruptive technology playing as the strange attractor here? Are the sort of investments based on disruptive technology giving more choices for the learners? Or will education become a commodity managed under a entrepreneurial business setting?
Here are the facts: the sticker price of a college degree is steep and getting steeper. An innovative education that employs multiple learning techniques has a much better chance of graduating student innovators -- a group that seems to be in short supply.
You have heard about MOOCs over the past 2 months. MOOCs are the latest and hottest things in the world of higher education. While the word is that MOOCs are the future of learning or even online learning, a new modality called SOOCs are for some a better response to the professional development needs of higher ed professionals.
Founded in 2008 by a unique team of education veterans with unparalleled experience, 2tor Inc. partners with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online to students globally.
Empowered is a for-profit company, which has developed technology and services to enable the delivery of UCLA Extension certificate programs on an iPad app to those seeking a career change or enhancement.
Blackboard is embarking on a fairly radical, high-risk/high-reward strategy of re-architecting both their platform and their business model. The implications of what they are attempting are much larger than you might infer from the press releases.
Under pressure to expand, media companies are capitalizing on the changes that technology is bringing to classrooms. Education is emerging as an answer, largely because executives see a way to capitalize on the changes that technology is bringing to classrooms — turnabout as fair play, given the way that the Web has upended major media’s own business models."
Udacity, a start-up company offering free online courses, last week canceled a course, “Logic and Discrete Mathematics,” that was due to begin this summer, saying the lectures and materials it had prepared on the topic did not live up to its quality standards.
Universities as we know them are in a death spiral, but entrepreneurs will reclaim higher education. A portfolio that takes badges and scores and transforms them into a meaningful, deeply personal narrative that has been verified as true by others has the promise of becoming a powerful draw for millions to more deeply embrace the difficult journey of life, as lifelong learners. If educational entrepreneurs do this, and convince millions of volunteer teacher-guides, accountability partners, and students to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, we will change the world.
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