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Massive Open Online Courses

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.

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.

As MOOCs Move Mainstream Universities Must Pay to Play

Buck Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Buck Goldstein

Like it or not, virtually every university is now considering whether to get serious about MOOCs and I can say from firsthand experience the cost of admission is higher than you might think.

Is DIY Neuroscience the Future of Education?

Maude Standish | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maude Standish

Though online courses have existed for some time, recently they have become more broadly accepted by students as a reputable way to learn.

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.

Whom Do You Trust

Victor Dorff | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Victor Dorff

As the day approaches when degrees can be earned through massive open online courses (MOOCs), internet technology offers an increasing opportunity to get a diploma dishonestly.

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?

'3D Challenges' for Higher Education

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 11.05.2013 | College
Mary Ellen Jukoski

As I scan today's landscape of challenges and opportunities for higher education, I find it helpful to think in a "3D" way as well, though the dimensions I focus on are: Demographics, Debt, and Digital Learning.

The Truth About MOOCs

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

Our students need both a good liberal arts education and the foundation to develop core competencies in liberal arts graduates. Moreover, we as educators need a way to measure core competencies in the liberal arts field.

You Can Actually Take A College Class About 'The Walking Dead'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.04.2013 | College

The University of California, Irvine is offering an online course based on AMC's popular TV show "The Walking Dead." The massive open online course...

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?

Engineering an Expansion of the College Pipeline

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 09.17.2013 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

Only 42 percent of the U.S. population between 25 and 64 years of age hold an associate degree or higher. It is crucial to find more ways to help the millions of adults who lack a degree.

From Hype to Nuanced Promise: American Higher Education and the MOOC 3.0 Era

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 09.17.2013 | College
Cathy Sandeen

It's only been a year since MOOC-mania took hold, but already it's been a wild ride, a fast-changing evolution...

Why MOOCs Miss the Point With Online Learning

Jayson Boyers | Posted 09.03.2013 | College
Jayson Boyers

A MOOC serves a purpose -- no one can argue that. But it does not yet serve the purpose of high-quality online education, and until it does, conflating the two only serves to highlight a deeply flawed premise, which gets us nowhere.

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).

Study: Millennials Prefer Traditional Classrooms Over Online Ones

Mashable | Posted 06.12.2013 | College

Students are warming up to virtual education, but according to a new study, they still believe it's easier to learn in a traditional classroom. Mil...

Cloud Universities and the Democratization of Higher Ed

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Victor M. Feraru

I spent little time thinking of secondary education. I was too busy trying to survive. I was later adopted, as an adult, and my new mother helped me to go back to school. My story is rare. Most who walked a minute in my shoes will never see the inside of a college classroom.

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.

Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses [Worldwide Survey]

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Given the rise of tuitions, can technology like massively open online courses (MOOCs) reduce tuition costs and make education more affordable? Many argue the answer is yes.

New Yorker Takes On Massive Online Courses | Posted 05.13.2013 | College

Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking ...