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After setbacks, online courses are rethought

Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in…

Putting a human face into MOOCs space

The head of global research connections for Microsoft is "deeply sceptical" that MOOCs will establish a sustainable business model and does not see them as a threat to the campus-based…

A MOOC thought experiment

A number of years ago, I wrote occasional pieces for a now-defunct online publication that focused on the intersection of economics, politics and culture. And while my writing centered on…

Flipped classroom boosts exam grades, flips perceptions

With faculty in half of college lecture halls and classrooms now using flipped learning models, it's safe to say the method is no longer just a fad. But does it…

After the MOOC: analyzing data, telling stories

The final assignments arrived in early November. The grades went out a week later (and in theory 1,196 people started celebrating the fact that they passed). So what have I…

The problem with the MOOC movement

Sebastian Thrun’s recent statement that Udacity’s MOOCs are “a lousy product” not providing the educational results expected has attracted much attention within higher education media. Some have seized on his words…

Meet the online learners who fit study around their lives

"Studying online means I can fit my studies to my life, rather than fitting my life around my studies," says Anna Enos, who studied online for an MSc in information…

Museums, MOOCs and MoMA: the future of digital education realised?

When pressed on what the main issues confronting educators in the 21st century are, Deborah Howes is unequivocal in her response. “The biggest challenge in looking ahead is letting go…

NIU’s first ‘MOOC’ enjoys successful conclusion

Northern Illinois University’s first-ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Perspectives on Disability – came to a successful close Nov. 17. Led by Presidential Teaching Professor Greg Long of the School…

MOOCs: only for the rich?

Is a MOOC more like an ATM or an American Express Centurian card? The former provides a service to everyone with a bank account. The latter serves a smaller niche…

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