Moocs most help those without a degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“The biggest beneficiaries of online education programmes are those least likely to use them, according to data collected by one of the world’s largest providers of such course …” (more)

[Jonathan Moules,, 22 September]

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As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2015 by steve

USA“Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. There was overheated hype, as pundits speculated that it could be a magic bullet to bring down college costs …” (more)

[Jeffrey Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 August]

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Coursera under fire in MOOCs licensing row

Posted in Teaching on June 28th, 2013 by steve

“A prominent member of the open education movement, former Open University Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel, has criticised online education provider Coursera for not making its materials available under creative commons licensing …” (more)

[Megan Clement, The Conversation, 28 June]

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Should Public Universities Partner With Coursera or Go It Alone?

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2013 by steve

“Along with increasing acceptance of online courses as part of a changing higher education landscape comes controversy over their value, The New York Times’ Tamar Lewin reports. On the heels of last month’s announcement that Coursera, one of the biggest online education platforms in the world, will partner with state universities …” (more)

[Julia Lawrence, Education News, 24 June]

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Can Venture Capital Deliver on the Promise of the Public University?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 18th, 2013 by steve

“An open letter to Daphne Koller, co-founder and co-president of Coursera and professor of computer science at Stanford. Dear Professor Koller: …” (more)

[Bob Meister, n+1, 17 May]

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Yale University Joins Coursera

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2013 by steve

“Today we are proud to welcome Yale University to Coursera’s network, bringing the total number of educational partners offering courses on our platform up to 70 …” (more)

[Coursera Blog, 15 May]

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Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions

Posted in Teaching on May 8th, 2013 by steve

“Coursera, a provider of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, from dozens of universities, announced Wednesday a partnership with several publishers to provide portions of certain textbooks free for students to use while they take the courses …” (more)

[Nick Anderson, Washington Post, 8 May]

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Online universities launching courses for teachers

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2013 by steve

“A major global online university network is to enter the teacher-training market for the first time. Coursera, based in the United States, has announced partnerships with schools of education to provide content for free online training materials …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 1 May]

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How was it? The UK’s first Coursera Moocs assessed

Posted in Teaching on April 18th, 2013 by steve

“In January, the University of Edinburgh became the first UK university to offer massive open online courses on one of the big US Mooc platforms, Coursera …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 18 April]

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Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2013 by steve

“Massive open online courses have gained renown among academics for their impressive enrollment figures and, conversely, their unimpressive completion rates. What accounts for the high attrition in MOOCs, and what does it mean? …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 April]

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Coursera commits to admitting only elite universities

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

“If you wonder why your university hasn’t linked up with Coursera, the massively popular provider of free online classes, it may help to know the company is contractually obliged to turn away the vast majority of American universities …” (more)

[Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed, 22 March]

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Are Full College Degrees the Next Step for Coursera?

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“It’s hard to believe that Coursera has been in business for only a year, as very few companies can match it for the amount of news and hype its product has received …” (more)

[Julia Lawrence, Education News, 8 March]

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Meet the New European Universities Joining Coursera

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

EU“Yesterday, we welcomed 29 new universities to the Coursera community. The incredible faculty at these universities bring with them many years of experience providing top quality education to students from around the world …” (more)

[Coursera Blog, 21 February]

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Online university giant gets bigger

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

International“One of the emerging giants among online universities has announced that it is signing up a further 29 universities, including institutions in the US, Europe and Asia …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 21 February]

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Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Students regularly drop out of massive open online courses before they come to term. For a professor to drop out is less common. But that is what happened on Saturday …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 February]

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Moving Pieces in a Coursera Initiative

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Since Vanderbilt announced its partnership with Coursera back in September, I’ve been fielding calls and emails from colleagues at other teaching centers interested in learning about our process for launching this digital learning project …” (more)

[Agile Learning, 6 February]

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Maybe it was inevitable that one of the new massive open online courses would crash. After all, MOOCs are being launched with considerable speed, not to mention hype …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 4 February]

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Edinburgh’s Coursera-based Moocs attract 300,000

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“More than 300,000 people have signed up to the University of Edinburgh’s free massive open online courses (Moocs) since they were first announced in July 2012, it has been revealed …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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Online Ed Gets An Honesty Test, Via New Coursera Initiative

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“One of the biggest developers of college-level online courses, Silicon Valley’s Coursera, thinks it has figured out an online honesty test to help ensure that enrolled students are really doing coursework themselves …” (more)

[George Anders, Forbes, 9 January]

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Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“In August, four months after Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng started the online education company Coursera, its free college courses had drawn in a million users, a faster launching than either Facebook or Twitter …” (more)

[Tamar Lewin, New York Times, 6 January]

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