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I kind of breezily mentioned, the new partnership between edX and Google, in a recent posting without addressing the significance of the coming together of the open-source course management system of one of the world’s premiere MOOC providers with, well… Google. Google has made forays into the educational s space over the years, notably by packaging […]

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MOOC, Learn, Repeat?

I recently received an invitation to relive the experiences of taking one of my favorite MOOC classes, HarvardX’s Ancient Greek Hero, for a second time. During this interview, the team behind the course talked about their hope that people who had completed Greek Hero might want to participate for a second time, highlighting the fact […]

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Education by Podcast?

Given that some of the best material in that curated course I mentioned last time comes from podcasts, this opens up the question of whether something other than a formal or informal course (be it delivered via a traditional classroom, as a MOOC, or through a recorded lecture series) can be used as the basis […]

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MOOCs and Engineering

I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that the world of MOOCs seems so bound up with the world of engineering and technology, especially computer science. After all, the first online classes that went massive to the tune of 100,000+ participants were computer science courses from Stanford, with the teachers of those courses going on to found […]

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Canvas and Udemy

When I did my initial lineup of course providers earlier this year, I only included ones I was familiar with from having enrolled in classes on their platforms (including the big MOOC names of Coursera, edX and Udacity).  But now that I’m enrolled in classes on two additional platforms ( and Udemy), it’s time to […]

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Barriers to Entry

I recently listed the components of a MOOC course to a friend working in edTech who wanted to figure out which pieces he already had in place.  The things I told him he needed included: Video lectures Static document management (for syllabi and other course-related materials) Quizzing Discussion forum management A learning management system to […]

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Updates – HuffPo and Coursera Blogs

First off, my latest Huffington Post piece is up, highlighting some of the “Sources for Courses” discussion that’s been going on here on the blog all week. Secondly, the folks at Coursera have been kind enough to let me post to their blog on a semi-regular basis.  Since Degree of Freedom is looking at MOOCs […]

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Sources for More Courses

Before leaving the topic of sources for free learning, I wanted to highlight some other options you can look into if you’re trying to put together your own college education (or are just interested in exploring more ways to educate yourself a no cost). is another organization offering access to free classes on a […]

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Sources for Courses – iTunes U

As I mentioned previously, I am including classes from iTunes U in my Degree of Freedom lineup, despite the fact that they are often not listed when people talk about Massive Online Courses. While not everyone might agree with this choice, Apple’s iTunes U service brings some serious game to the field of free college-level […]

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MOOC Providers – Udacity

Whenever MOOCs get mentioned in the media, the “Big Three” names always invoked are Coursera (reviewed on Monday), edX (which we explored yesterday) and Udacity, the third big player in this space which I’d like to take a look at today. Like Coursera, Udacity was founded by players in the original Stanford experiment in massive […]

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