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Massive Open Online Courses

A Look at Coursera, The Shaw Academy and Lynda.com: Which One Stands Out?

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Jonha Revesencio

Schools all over the world have recognized the importance of integrating an online platform into their curriculum. However, choosing the right online course provider is just as important as choosing which subject area to study.

Solutions to the High 'Freaking' Cost of College

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I was saying before my house and entire family was frozen into a block of ice for two months, there are solutions to the problems I've been describing over the last several months regarding why college costs so freaking much.

The MOOC Experiment

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 03.18.2015 | College
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

New York Times declared 2012 as the year of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). It was the year when Udacity, Coursera and edX, the three leading MOOC companies, took the education world by storm and promised a lot.

Why College Might Cost So Freaking Much

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Can the rise in this average price be pinned on general economic principles (the "cost-disease" argument) alone, or might there still be room to blame inflation in higher ed partially, or entirely, on Bennett's "greedy schools?"

Cost Disease

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

If higher education (like dentistry) are craft services where the efficiencies we've seen in factory production over the last century are not easily applied, what can explain the rapid rise in costs of these boutique industries since the 1980s?

Tuition Discounting

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Given the nature of averages, if some people are paying full retail then a lower average can only mean that others are paying much less. And the difference between sticker price and what people actually pay is referred to as "tuition discounting."

Why Does College Cost So Freaking Much?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I began to look into this question a bit more deeply, the answers and arguments I discovered seemed as uninformed or contradictory as those surrounding massive open learning.

What's The Value Of A College Degree?

William Eger | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
William Eger

For MOOCs to seriously challenge traditional universities (not just the online lecture circuit) they need to offer an enticing reward to push students through the drudgery.

Proving Grounds for a New Model for Higher Education

Zvi Galil | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Zvi Galil

Having the MOOC coursework constitute a Georgia Tech master's degree is the only way we could have credibly put the Institute's reputation behind the rigor and quality of our online courses.

The Unmoved MOOCer

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

From the vantage point of someone who never budged from my cautious optimism over what MOOCs might eventually become, I'd like to point out that even if massive open courses have not made free learning for all available yesterday, they have raised the bar in online education.

Can iTunes U Unseat the MOOCs?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Given the roller coaster MOOCs been on over the last 18 months, it's probably time to stop thinking about them as some sort of gold standard for indep...

MOOC Learners: Who They Are, What Motivates Them

Anant Agarwal | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Anant Agarwal

Lately, I've noticed that much of the discussion around massive open online courses (MOOCs) has focused almost exclusively on one point: Completion ra...

Confessions of a MOOC Addict

John Cook | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
John Cook

We live in an age of binge watching television. I confess, I'm no different. But rather than binge watching a whole season of Game of Thrones or Break...

The MOOCs Are Coming! The MOOCS Are Coming?

John F. Schwaller | Posted 04.27.2014 | College
John F. Schwaller

Every few years or decades, some new idea threatens to revolutionize higher education and right now that is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) just about the hottest idea around.

Exploding MOOC Myths -- What We've Learned Half Way Through

Buck Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Buck Goldstein

How do you answer the questions of 34,000 students? Well you don't, but we've learned that the community that has formed around our MOOC creates a supportive and interactive learning experience for those students who want to raise their hand and get involved.

MOOCs: More Data, More Answers, More Questions

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

It is actually quite valuable to at least think about each course as a separate entity, rather than lump them (and every other massive online class) together under the label "MOOC," since (as the researchers themselves highlight), no two MOOCs are quite the same.

Online Higher Ed's Profit Potential Aids in Driving Push Toward 'Innovation'

Susan Meisenhelder | Posted 03.19.2014 | College
Susan Meisenhelder

Before falling for glittery corporate discourse about the glory of online higher education, more analysis of profit potential and the true motivation behind this sector is not just needed but critical. The future of higher education, and taxpayer dollars, depend on it.

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.

The Long View: A New Way to Invite Change

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Dr. Mika Nash

When we approach change with the faith that dialogue will shift culture toward reflection, we are more likely to make changes that will organically work their way into the experience we offer faculty and students.

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?

Unbundled: Reimagining Higher Education

Anant Agarwal | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Anant Agarwal

Even today -- with dozens of global institutions and millions of learners participating -- we as an industry have so much more to learn as we puzzle out online education.

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.