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Case Western Reserve University's free online courses exceeded expectations

Tens of thousands of people from around the world participated in Case Western Reserve University’s first free online classes, but the two professors involved also learned something from them.

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Coursera hits 4 million students -- and triples funding to $43 million

Coursera founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng don’t think small. Their Palo Alto, Calif., online-education company is less than two years old, yet it already has attracted more than 4 million student signups. Now Coursera has raised $43 million in fresh venture capital, tripling its cash available for growth.

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SPOCs may provide what MOOCs can’t

The acronym may be new, but the SPOC concept isn’t

It’s hard to follow higher education news these days without seeing a reference to MOOCs. The online learning platforms from edX, Coursera, Udacity, and others were launched to great fanfare over the last two years. Proponents praise them for their potential to change education, while critics chalk them up as more hype than hope.

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Online classes fuel a campus debate

The announcement last month that Coursera, which offers free college classes online, had signed agreements with state universities enrolling more than a million students made it plain that such courses, virtually unheard-of two years ago, are now part of the higher education mainstream.

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Schools Saying No Thanks to External Online Course Design Help

Although the in-house work in preparing traditional classes to be taught online can be overwhelming, the vast majority of colleges and universities do not to use third-party vendors for online course development. Ottawa University, based in Kansas but with locations across the country, has its own curriculum design studio, says Brian Messer, vice president of online.

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Universities bolster learning on Web

Public universities and systems in nine states say they’ll join a push to greatly expand and improve online learning through partnering with a MOOCs company.

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What my free online education taught me

Investors are already familiar with the course syllabus: Just like in the music, financial services and corporate IT sectors, it's absolutely, positively possible to get high-quality, first-rate content (in this case, a job-fetching college education) for nothing.

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MOOCs viable for community colleges, officials say

For all the efforts underway to make Massive Open Online Courses a major part of American higher education, only a few initiatives have targeted community colleges as a venue for them to reach and educate students.

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Who Owns Intellectual Property in the Brave New World of MOOCs?

With the disruptive force and explosive growth of MOOCs, online courses could become more like televised sports and applied research, with a serious emphasis on who owns—and who should profit from—the content. Here are four discussion-opening questions about intellectual property rights today.

World Education University: MOOC on Demand

Is it time for MOOC 2.0? Those behind World Education University (WEU) think so. The free online university opened its virtual doors worldwide on February 1.

Scott Hines, WEU’s chief operating officer, doesn’t mind the comparison to MOOC providers such as Coursera, which he sees as great trail blazers. But he sees WEU as the next step in the evolutionary process of online learning.