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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs).

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. While these online courses have seen massive enrollment, perspectives on their impact have been decidedly mixed. And an undercurrent has run just below the surface, questioning how accurate it is to call these courses "open."

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Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course

Andrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5 million people have registered to take one of the many sequences of his free online course about machine learning. That experience spurred him to co-found Coursera. Today Ng announced that this summer he’s launching sequels to that blockbuster, with a series of courses on the AI concept known as deep learning.

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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

In Oct 2011, a few Stanford professors offered three online courses which were completely free. The strong public interest in these courses caught everyone by surprise. More than 100,000 people signed up—for each course.

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On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller

Former Xythos and DataHero CEO Ed Miller knows a thing or two about online collaboration and the business behind education technology, which is why we wanted to get a few words as he embarks on his new role as CEO of NovoEd, an online social learning platform that specializes in free and exclusive courseware. In our latest “New Gig Hotseat,” the Blackboard alum opens up about about education access, kegerators and what it means to put the “Ed” in NovoEd. Here’s what he had to say:

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Facebook Schools MOOCs on Engagement

If MOOCs want to build student engagement, they may want to take a lesson from Facebook.

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Six Ways to Land a Job in the Diverse and Crazy World of Edtech

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve been reading EdSurge for years now. You’ve closely followed the rise of Khan Academy, the MOOCs, and every other hot education technology trend. And now you’re considering getting into edtech yourself.

There’s just one problem: Where do you start?

Seven Lessons About Making Micro-Credentials Work

More than a decade ago, Linda Darling-Hammond and her colleagues revealed that most professional learning experiences in the U.S. are not adequately preparing teachers to make much-needed changes in their classrooms. And yet, the traditional method of professional development has remained largely unchanged and often relies on short, one-size-fits-all workshops without ongoing and job-embedded aspects that support the impact in the classroom.

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Author, Gamer: Why This Taiwanese Professor Is Channeling Abraham Lincoln

Over the past two years, tension between students and government have given rise to the protests of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Anti Black Box Movement. At the same time, another, more gentle development has swept across Taiwan, like a fresh breeze after a devastating hurricane.

How to Choose the Right Tools for Your Online Course

A growing number of schools and nonprofits are building their first online courses. If you’re considering migrating your professional development program, curriculum, or training online, you’ll quickly be asking: “What platform should we use?” With a huge array of choices—CanvasOppia and Udemy, just to name a few—on the market, it can be hard to narrow in on the best fit for your budget and learning goals.

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