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Harvard And MIT Try To Play Down Low Completion Rates

| Jon Marcus | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

Long-anticipated research into massive open online courses taught by MIT and Harvard finds that, while very few participants complete these classes, m...

How Harvard Is Getting 22,000 Students To Discuss The Bible

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

Harvard professor Laura Nasrallah's edX online course "Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul," has been called the largest and most concentrated sch...

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

A MOOC BA? No Way!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

The reason a One Year MOOC BA could work while a One Year residential BA would not is because -- on average -- MOOC classes make fewer demands on students than do their residential equivalents.

Hacking Homework

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

For students today have access to the world's greatest library -- the Internet -- on their hip at any given moment, meaning everything from guidance to "the answers" are always just a Google search away.

MOOCs and Lifelong Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

An argument asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating MOOCs that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and by implication well-off, middle-class) lifelong learners who already have so much.

A MOOC Thought Experiment

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

If reading had evolved so that it only ever took place on a computer screen, would we look at the book as some primitive artifact, or as a marvelous and superior technology to be celebrated for its high-resolution user interface, portability and convenience?

Define 'MOOC'

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

While it's tempting to just fall back on the acronym and say that if a course is massive, open and delivered online then it must be a MOOC, once you dig into the details, it turns out that each one of these words is either ambiguous or open to challenge.

The MOOC Backlash -- Udacity's Pivot

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Rather than cannibalizing the applicant pool, MOOCs are likely to end up just one of many alternatives for students looking to shorten their time in school or (more likely) place out of entry level courses.

MOOC Attrition Rates -- Running the Numbers

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Basing our denominator on enrollments assumes that everyone who hits the enroll button on a MOOC web page should be considered the equivalent of a college student who signs up to take a course at their university. But is that an appropriate assumption?

The MOOC Backlash -- A Response

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As a cautious enthusiast, I'm thrilled that people like Professor Meisenhelder are around to reinforce the important lesson that just because Tom Friedman says something (including the MOOC) is the unstoppable wave of the future does not necessarily make it so.

MOOCs: Can They Produce the Next Einstein?

Svetlana Dotsenko | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Svetlana Dotsenko

Growing proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is having a profound (if not fully understood) effect on education. MOOCs, compared to tr...

Disrupting College 2.0

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world.

The One Year MOOC BA -- Senior Year

Jonathan Haber | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

As this project winds to a conclusion, I plan to share what I've learned regarding how close or far MOOCs and other free learning tools are to "delivering the goods" in comparison to traditional forms of higher education.

Traditional Liberal Arts Colleges: It's Time to Join The MOOC Conversation

Kevin Burke | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Kevin Burke

Last December, Wellesley College announced its first course offerings with edX, making it the first liberal arts college to offer MOOCs. Will other small institutions join the conversation?

No MOOC Takers for Cheap College Credit

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

During the last few months, I've discussed the often loud, sometimes angry debate over whether students should receive real college credit for finishing a MOOC. But what if such credit were offered, but no one decided to take it?

My Junior Year Lineup

Jonathan Haber | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

The choice of courses for junior year is being driven by the need to focus on my major (which means finding and taking more advanced philosophy courses).

Can We Move Beyond the MOOC to Reclaim Open Learning?

Anya Kamenetz | Posted 08.16.2013 | College
Anya Kamenetz

What are independent learners and innovative teachers doing now that deserves support, recognition, and scaling up?

Signaling Your Learning

Jonathan Haber | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

There is precedent for new types of credentials to supplement or even supplant traditional signals in the eyes of those looking to hire.

Independent Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

While I wish I had studied more about finance, management and marketing before I started my own business many years ago, I don't regret having dedicated my college years to "less practical" subjects such as chemistry, history and literature.

A MOOC Backlash?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

Unlike a scientific experiment that can keep controls and treated samples isolated in separate test tubes, the MOOC experiment is playing out in one of the messier corners of the already messy real world: academia.

What's a MOOC Worth?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.04.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

If people are willing to pay $2,000 or more per credit when a course is taken within a degree-granting institution, but less than 5 percent of that for the same course stands alone, that's a pretty strong indication of where the value in the college course truly lies.

My Sophomore Year Lineup

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.26.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

I'm now close to a month into the sophomore year of my Degree of Freedom One Year BA project (which will run from April through June), and wanted to give readers a peek at what's on the docket for the next few months.

Credit for MOOCs

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

One of the hot topics regarding MOOCs and other forms of online learning (massive or small, free or otherwise) is whether or not taking such courses should count for actual high school or college credit.

Doin' MOOC Time

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

There is no reward for taking a MOOC beyond the learning you achieve. Which means that arranging your time to not learn everything you can from them would be the most ridiculous time waster of all.