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A Call to Clarify the Intention of MOOCs




On Monday, Cornell launched its first Massive Open Online Course — ASTRO2290x: Relativity and Astrophysics — for several hundred viewers. Cornell initially announced MOOC offerings with the intention of providing everyone with the chance to learn from an Ivy League institution for free. However, Cornell has never articulated a set plan to attract, retain and […]



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Are Moocs the best chance we have to satisfy a global thirst for education?




Money is being pumped into Moocs – massive open online courses – but students may not have the stamina to make the experience worthwhile “There are certainly Mooc junkies, who take them for no other reason than they’re free and they like hanging out,” grins Dr Ben Brabon of Edgehill university, whose massive open online […]



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Try, Try Again




Third time isn’t necessarily the charm for massive open online course instructors, but through a process of trial and error, some faculty members at Stanford University say their MOOCs are living up to (some of) the potential promised two years ago. As many instructors are finding out, teaching a MOOC is not that different from […]



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For The Largest Not-For-Profit MOOC, edX, Experimentation Is The Path To Innovation




MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Anant Agarwal has personified the educator-entrepreneur, as he has had a foot in academe and a foot in new ventures for more than a decade. He has led CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, just as he was a founder of Tilera Corporation, which created the […]



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My Year of MOOCs




Lessons learned from earning the equivalent of a B.A. in 12 months, online. I walked into the evening cocktail hour at the recent American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division Meeting even more self-conscious than the job-hunting graduate students nervously prowling the halls. For they at least had Ph.D.s, while my philosophical training consisted of just […]



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A Year In MOOC: Results Of The First 17 edX Courses Released




From the fall of 2012 to the summer of 2013, HarvardX and MITx launched 17 courses on edX, a jointly founded platform for delivering online courses. Participation statistics and tentative conclusions from these courses were released today in a series of reports. Here are the highlights: Two-thirds of registrants only deep their toes: There were […]



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Who Takes MOOCs?




For online higher education, the devil is in the data Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, represent one of the most momentous—and contentious—changes to higher education in decades. But the debate over the free Internet classes has been a conspicuously fact-free zone. While techno-utopians tout MOOCs’ potential to topple barriers to college educations for disadvantaged […]



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Lessons From The CEO Of The First Ever MOOC




There has been much press for the massive open online courses or MOOCs, including in my series of interviews to date with Sebastian Thrun and Daphne Koller, CEOs of Udacity and Coursera respectively. If one is new to these companies, one might be under the impression that the MOOC phenomenon is less than two years […]



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