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MOOCs on a Plane- Coursera and JetBlue

Recently, the popular and edgy (for an airline anyway) JetBlue Air announced a partnership with Coursera that will make ten Coursera MOOCs part of a set of new inflight “Edutainment” options (alongside other content from organizations like National Geographic). Interestingly, only one of the courses on offer (an Introduction to Marketing MOOC from the Wharton […]

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Reading Assignment

Apologies for the site being so up and down so much this week. This actually has nothing to do with the site update that’s underway (which I hope to have completed by the end of the weekend). Rather, a pair of unrelated server issues caused outages that stretched over a couple of highly frustrating days. […]

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What Kind of Degree Can You “Buy” for $15,000 a Year?

A couple of weeks back, I provided a back-of-the-envelope calculation that said the cost of college (even at the best schools ) should be no more than $15,000 per year or $60,000 for a full four-year degree program if the price of a post-secondary education had risen at the same rate as buying a home. I […]

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Udemy and the Market

Robert McGuire, the man behind MOOC News and Reviews, has a new gig running the blog for SkilledUp, one of the MOOC aggregators trying to bring order to the growing and increasingly chaotic field of online education (free or otherwise). In a recent feature-length story, McGuire takes a look at some of the controversies surrounding […]

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Clayton Christensen on MOOC Disruption

An important article written by Clayton Christensen and Michelle Weise appeared in yesterday’s Boston Globe that relates both to MOOCs (still the primary subject of this blog) and the Monday series I’ve been running lately on how MOOCs and other forms of free learning might provide today’s (or, more likely tomorrow’s) students options other than […]

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What’s the Most College Should Cost?

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Cost of College In last week’s newsletter, I discussed some of the $10,000 BA programs that emerged after Texas Governor Rick Perry challenged the state’s college systems to come up with options that would allow students to graduate with a degree at that price point. […]

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Udacity Certificates – Another Pivot

Udacity sort of fell off the MOOC radar once they announced a change in plans to focus more on professional training than the total transformation of what it means to attend college. Initially, this re-orientation was greeted as an admission by the company that got the current MOOC ball rolling that massive open courses would […]

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So What Actually is a “Degree”?

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Cost of College Returning to that continued Monday discussion of what new free learning tools might mean to students and parents staring down six-figure tuition bills (which allegedly buy a ticket to a better life), I read a story last week that clarifies why conversations […]

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HBX – Harvard Business School Gets Into the Game

During a year spent learning about MOOCs and listening to the people who make them, I noticed a continued curiosity over what those Harvard Business School (HBS) guys were cooking up with regard to their anticipated foray into large-scale online education. The assumption seemed to be that if anyone could figure out a way to […]

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Executive Shuffles at Coursera and edX

The big MOOC news this week involved the leadership changes taking place at the two biggest MOOC providers: Coursera and edX. As most readers probably already know, Coursera just announced that Richard Levin, former President of Yale, will be taking on the CEO role of the Silicon Valley based MOOC provider.  This means new roles […]

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