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My HarvardX “Embed”

As some of you already know, I’ve recently started a six-month engagement as the inaugural Visiting Fellow at HarvardX. During that time, I’ll be focusing on how to improve assessment within HarvardX’s growing catalog of online learning experiences (which I’ve already learned should not all be described under the term “courses”). And my mandate (and […]

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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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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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MOOC Platforms

I recently received a note from American Online congratulating me for having been a user of their mail service for twenty years. Unsurprisingly, my kids greeted the news with a sneer followed by an eye roll.  For they, after all, are far more hip than either I or their mom (another AOL user) having revolted […]

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My Visit to Coursera

I’m on a West Coast swing this week that will finish with a talk at Fullerton College for their 100th Anniversary Futures Conference (seats are still available for anyone in the area). The trip got off to the right start with a cup of coffee with one of the founders of Accredible (the folks behind […]

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Udacity’s Pivot

While I wanted to first deal with some of the excess backlash that latched itself onto recent changes in direction from the MOOC pioneer Udacity, I also don’t want to pretend that their recent “pivot” means nothing with regard to both the reality and perception of online learning (massive, open or otherwise). First off, it […]

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Saylor Foundation Presentation

A schedule conflict has pushed this week’s podcast off until next Friday.  But for those hungry for a multimedia fix, here is a recording of a presentation I gave at the Saylor Foundation earlier this week in which I talk about the origins of the Degree of Freedom project as well as going over discoveries […]

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Coursera Learning Hubs

We interrupt this week’s Obviousity Experiment to talk about today’s announcement by Coursera of their new Global Learning Hub program. As they describe in this press release, these new Learning Hubs “will offer people around the world physical spaces where they can access the Internet to take a Coursera course, while learning alongside peers in […]

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Welcome iversity

Just a short piece today (after such long ones the last couple of days), this one welcoming yet another new player into the MOOC game: Germany’s iversity. European MOOC activity has generated a fair amount of news lately with FutureLearn and now iversity starting to provide alternatives for European universities looking to work with MOOC […]

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Welcome FutureLearn

I had mentioned that MOOC news would be coming quickly during the first few months of this academic year.  And while the kickoff of the new UK MOOC provider FutureLearn has been anticipated for quite some time, the announcement of their first set of courses means the US-centric nature of MOOCs is likely to give […]

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