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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…

MOOCs provide unprecedented insight into how students learn

Stanford's Sebastian Thrun, one of the founders of the massive open online course (MOOC) movement, shook up the education world with a recent interview in which he suggested that the…

Online education spikes in the UAE

Fears of losing a constant career, income and not fulfilling life responsibilities are prompting some people to undertake postgraduate studies online, Gulf News has learned. “I did not want to sacrifice…

In 5 years, schools, medical systems, stores will know all about you, says IBM

It’s that time of year again. IBM Research has come up with its annual 5 in 5 list of technologies that it expects to go mainstream within five years, Gigaom…

Data mining exposes embarrassing problems for massive open online courses

It wasn’t so long ago that the excitement surrounding online education reached fever pitch, MIT Technology Review reports. Various researchers offering free online versions of their university classes found they…

MOOCs: an opportunity for professors, or grave threat?

In October 2012, some 40,000 students from around the world enrolled in professor Al Filreis’ online course about modern and contemporary American poetry.

A couple of them, who were…

What MOOCs can’t teach

"I like to think of education as giving people superpowers." With this metaphor, Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng summed up the purpose of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, at The…

Online courses: high hopes, trimmed

The idea of a remote course that will “educate” thousands or hundreds of thousands of students is something only a venture capitalist could dream up, The New York Times reports. Every…

What to do with a big idea?

"Watch out for what you wish for," the old Chinese proverb, comes to mind as we sort our way through our plans for our upcoming MOOC, "What's Your Big Idea?" With…

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