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Maryland college offering credit for massive open online courses

The University of Maryland University College expects to be among the first wave of schools this academic year awarding transfer credit to those who have taken — and can prove they learned from — certain "massive open online courses," known as MOOCs.

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'MOOC' makes Oxford online dictionary

The acronym MOOC has made the Oxford Dictionaries Online – a web-based lexicon of current English by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Colleges and universities begin to assess the benefits of MOOCs

Officials at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland had a pedagogical objective in mind when they created a MOOC on pre-algebra, the lowest level of developmental math at the college.

At-Large: Staff development presentation essentials

Effective recommendations for getting your staff up to speed on online technologies

While digital technologies have become central to our society and our lives in higher education, the continuing development of the internet, mobile phone applications, and social media brings the need for up-to-date professional development. Indeed, standing still with digital technology means we are falling behind, and your staff needs continuing opportunities to evaluate and implement new online options.

Former Barnard president stresses importance of liberal arts

A Q&A with Judith Shapiro.

Judith Shapiro, former president and professor of anthropology at Barnard College in New York City from 1994 to 2008, had been “happily retired” before assuming the leadership role at the Teagle Foundation in July. The New York-based foundation’s grant-making is focused on improving undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences.

Networking supports MOOC success

Where to turn for ideas and inspiration in launching and managing MOOCs

Michigan State University’s first massive open online course—Metropolitan Agriculture Value Creation—attracted 400 people from around the globe interested in learning about new ways to produce food in urban areas. Launched in March 2012, the course was built on a WordPress website and students communicated with one another via Facebook and Twitter.

Colleges and universities begin to assess the benefits of MOOCs

Higher educatioin finds that a primary benefit of MOOCs is data that can be used to improve teaching methods

When Cornell University joined the edX consortium last May, the impetus came not only from professors who wanted to offer MOOCs but also from prospective students who were asking admissions officers about whether the university provided these courses.

“They were hearing from high school students that if you are going to be a modern university, you have to participate in this,” says Joe Burns, Cornell’s dean of faculty and member of a committee that considered whether the university should affiliate with a consortium.

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Who’s going to pay for MOOCs? Anyone?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have undeniable appeal: they can support hundreds of thousands of students, are accessible to all, are taught by top faculty at prestigious universities, and, of course, are free…at least for now. But MOOCs still have operating costs and providers hope one day to turn a profit. How much will these courses be worth?

Who’s going to pay for MOOCs? Anyone?

Free MOOC platforms still have operating costs and providers will one day hope to turn a profit. How much will these courses be worth?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have undeniable appeal: they can support hundreds of thousands of students, are accessible to all, are taught by top faculty at prestigious universities, and, of course, are free…at least for now.

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The MOOC that roared

How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education.

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