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In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

Beijing—The Chinese government is pushing online education these days, and like so many things in this country of 1.4 billion people, that means going big. One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?”As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general.

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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

Online degrees are nothing new. Since the late 1990’s, a steady stream of online degree programs have entered the market, including many reputable options from top-tier schools. But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX.

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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Teachers spend hours designing and setting up their classrooms. They arrange cozy reading nooks and construct colorful bulletin boards. They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

There isn’t a New York Times bestseller list for online courses, but perhaps there should be. After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses.

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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. The assumption—especially in the marketing messages from major providers like Coursera and edX—is that the winners of traditional higher education will also end up the winners in the world of online courses. But that isn’t always happening.

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How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

In 1997, when he was in his mid 30s, Dr. Jongbok Byun flipped his entire life upside down to pursue his dream of becoming an educator.. . . he’s been using virtual labs to create more realistic learning opportunities for online students—changes he believes will make quality education more authentic and accessible for all learners.There was no monumental motivator for leaving his 10-year career as a business researcher in South Korea. He says he just knew it was time. “My motivation to be in academia was soaring,” he chuckles.

#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? The conversation was guided by special guest Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central.

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?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s

When free online courses known as MOOCs began to take off in 2012, their pitch to investors often included jargon around “disrupting” the way education is accessed and consumed.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. It’s true they stopped making headlines a while ago, but they have hardly abated. They may, however, need a change of name, just as we rename mature caterpillars “butterflies” or “moths.”

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