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Are MOOCs the utopia of affordable higher ed, or just the latest fad?

MOOCs were promoted as the disruptive innovation that would make higher education better, cheaper and more widely available. Not only would they be free and disconnected from a university, but instead of enrolling 100 students, like a typical lecture course, they would enroll hundreds of thousands of students.

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Google teams up with edX to build a YouTube for free online courses

Udacity co-founder and CEO Sebastian Thrun and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom have announced the Open Education Alliance, a consortium of online organizations dedicated to closing the skills gap, developing standards for career readiness and providing the content that will help get students ready for the workforce.

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Data mining the MOOCs

The massive enrollment in MOOCs is yielding a treasure-trove of information for everything from marketing to course development

The exploding popularity of MOOCs is beginning to open up a mother lode of data about prospective students that colleges and universities can use for marketing and recruitment purposes.

MOOCs are still in their infancy stages, and the concept of leveraging their reach as a data-rich marketing vehicle for the institution is even newer. But it’s beginning to gain a foothold.

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The evolution of online classes through the lens of one professor

Having taught my first online course to students at Borough of Manhattan Community College in September 2001, the events of 9/11 showed that online classes could have a profound and utterly unanticipated capacity for something transformative that went far beyond traditional teaching and learning. But my concern about MOOCs is that, with all they offer, they don’t address the learning needs of the students who need them most.

MOOCs not the answer for everyone

Online courses can be effective, but “massive” is another ballgame

In the fall semester of 2001, I taught an online course for the first time. Sept. 11, 2001 was traumatic and life changing for millions of people worldwide. But for students, staff, and faculty at Borough of Manhattan Community College, the events of 9/11 were visceral.

Seven students working in the Twin Towers were killed, the newly renovated Fiterman Hall was destroyed when 7 World Trade Center collapsed, and many students and faculty witnessed the destruction from a very close range.

MOOC data dig: What to track

There’s no shortage of options for administrators to consider when looking to make decisions from MOOC enrollment data. Here are some ideas suggested by Sam Burgio and Rick Tomlinson, of Jenzabar; Katie Blot and Jarl Jonas, of Blackboard; and Caitlin Garrett, of Rapid Insight:

MOOC data gathering at Syracuse University

Syracuse data science MOOC was designed principally to showcase the school’s new certificate of advanced study in the field

Syracuse University, which has offered MOOCs in data science and librarianship, has used CourseSites to download user information and export it into Excel.

The Syracuse data science MOOC was designed principally to showcase the school’s new certificate of advanced study in the field, says Peggy M. Brown, director of instructional design and an adjunct professor in the School of Information Studies.

MOOC data analysis for remedial education

A case study of Cuyahoga Community College

Officials at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio have developed a MOOC consistent with its mission as a two-year school that provides developmental education, particularly in math, to get prospective students up to speed.

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New MIT “XSeries” MOOCs cover more content

Students can earn certificates after several courses-worth of instruction in computer science or logistics. Courses could take six months to two years to complete, MIT says.

New MIT “XSeries” MOOCs cover more content

Students will get several courses-worth of instruction in computer science, logistics

Participants in MIT’s about-to-launch “XSeries” MOOCs on computer science will get about three courses-worth of instruction that should give them a strong jump start on future studies or prepare them for a summer internship, senior lecturer Chris Terman says.