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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…

edX job placement experiment reveals MOOC resistance

Massive open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity announced In November that it would turn its focus away from traditional colleges and universities and toward more vocational training.

This “pivot”…

Online colleges make progress in fight against cheating

Colleges and universities have evidence showing that online programs are adopting academic integrity policies and authenticating web-based test takers in large numbers. Cheating in online college classes, long a point of…

Next-generation MOOCs tackle budget-cuts at state universities

A new generation of online course providers is marrying the lofty goals of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with a tangible benefit to students, the North Dallas Gazette reports. MOOCs were…

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