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MOOCs: Inflated Expectations, Early Disappointments

Massive open online courses–online platforms offering courses and educational materials to very large numbers of people–captured our imagination in the Fall of 2011 when, unexpectedly, a free online course in artificial intelligence given by…

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 2: MOOC business models

In this special all-digital publication, the editors of eCampus News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant higher-education technology stories of 2013.…

Dropout redemption: Online courses can increase college graduation rates

This Saturday, I will graduate from the University of South Dakota, nearly 16 years since I started there. I’d dropped out in 2001 because of a missing calculus class, Forbes…

MOOCs and STEM teaching methods

I’m pleased to announce that the Center for Teaching will be part of a $750,000, three-year, multi-institution National Science Foundation WIDER grant supporting the creation of two massive open online…

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 8: Flipped learning

“Flipped” and adaptive learning programs gained traction on campus. A high-profile internet hoax involving a college athlete propelled the term “catfishing” into the public consciousness. MOOCs hit some key stumbling…

Saudi MOOC startup wants to ‘disrupt’ Arab education

While technology has allowed us to do more things and do them better, a gap still remains between the potential of technology and its actual utilization to improve our lives,…

MOOCs are a total bust according to the hype cycle

If last year was The Year of the MOOC, this one is the year of disenchantment with massively open online courses, Motherboard reports. Haven't you heard? Online courses are a bust.…

Obama advisers: MOOCs will transform education ‘at all levels’

A group of scientists and engineers who advise President Obama on national technology policy wrote in a Dec. 18 report that massive open online courses (MOOCs) could prove revolutionary for…

Opinion
Do you agree with Sebastian Thrun’s anti-MOOC comments?

Sebastian Thrun, founder of the free online learning platform Udacity and visionary of massive open online courses (MOOCs), added to the controversial learning method by declaring that MOOCs have been a…

The intrigue of Coursera

Coursera, the popular massive open online course (MOOC) platform, intrigues, Forbes reports. With over 5 million students served and $85 million raised—both numbers are first among the “MOOC platforms”—it’s the type…

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