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MOOCs in 2015

Now that we’re a good three years past “The Year of the MOOC,” I decided to see how far we’ve come since the New York Times named 2012 after the massive open online course by looking at what it would take to put together a new One Year BA curriculum using free-learning resources available two […]

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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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Making Money Off MOOCs

Having talked about how a sales approach (or at least sales metaphors) might help us improve MOOC effectiveness, it’s probably appropriate to talk about how a sales attitude might answer another nagging question surrounding massive online classes: how to make money off of them. I’d like to kick off such a discussion with a confession.  […]

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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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Procrastination – MOOCs and Timing

During a month which requires juggling 6-7 classes, I seem to be doing the same thing I did last time the timing of courses reached this level of concentration: blowing off my Udacity class. Previously, it was Udacity’s Intro to Statistics that I stretched out for weeks and months until I finally made it a […]

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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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When is a MOOC Not a MOOC?

Coincidentally, the last three courses I reviewed in the weekly Degree of Freedom News (to which you can subscribe by punching in your e-mail over there to the right) all elicited similar commentary regarding whether a course felt like a college class vs. something else. Canvas.net’s Cheating in Online Courses, for example, seemed more like […]

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Independent Learners

One of the missions of this site is to help determine the nature of an independent learner, someone who can conceivably take advantage of MOOCs and other free-learning resources to do more than just take a course now and then. Not that informal continuing education isn’t an important aspect of free learning (in my interview […]

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Doin’ MOOC Time – Learning from Mistakes

It dawned on me while taking the quiz associated with one of the latest lessons in Udacity’s Statistics class that I didn’t have the foggiest idea of what I was doing. This concern actually began last week when I got through a similar quiz by plugging as many numbers into as many equations as I […]

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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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