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Surveying the MOOC landscape

If massive open online course offerings from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be described as a city, then computer science would be its vibrant downtown core, surrounded by less densely populated but no less characteristic neighborhoods of STEM, humanities and social sciences courses.

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edX, Harvard & MIT's nonprofit partnership offers free online courses from universities for high school students

EdX, the online-education initiative run by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is expanding its curriculum with 26 new classes aimed at high-school students who are hoping to master some advanced-placement subjects before heading off to college.

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GCU researchers work with Harvard University on Gates Foundation study

A new study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian and Harvard Universities has found that massive open online courses (MOOCs) miss the opportunity to exploit the knowledge and expertise of those studying in them.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it is the first study to examine the learning behaviours of professionals in MOOCs – free, online courses with unlimited participation offered by some of the world’s leading universities.

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Passive MOOC students don’t retain new knowledge, study finds

Students in massive open online courses are apt to take a passive approach to learning, avoiding collaboration with others, seeking only passing grades, and therefore not retaining new knowledge, a new study has found.

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University surveyed about 400 students who were taking the Harvard Medical School’s “Fundamentals of Clinical Trials,” a MOOC intended for health professionals and offered through the U.S.-based platform edX.

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Harvard and MIT release visualization tools for trove of MOOC data

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a set of open-source visualization tools for working with a rich trove of data from more than a million people registered for 17 of the two institutions’ massive open online courses, which are offered through their edX platform.

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Harvard U. will offer exclusive MOOCs to alumni

You don’t need to be a Harvard University student to take a massive open online course from Harvard—throwing open the gates to all comers is the idea, after all. But being a Harvard graduate still has its perks, even within the democratized landscape of MOOCs.

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Why professors at San Jose State won't use a Harvard professor's MOOC

Professors in the philosophy department at San Jose State University are refusing to teach a philosophy course developed by edX, saying they do not want to enable what they see as a push to "replace professors, dismantle departments, and provide a diminished education for students in public universities."

The San Jose State professors also called out Michael Sandel, the Harvard government professor who developed the course for edX, suggesting that professors who develop MOOCs are complicit in how public universities might use them.

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MOOCs prompt some faculty members to refresh teaching styles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Amid the various influences that massive open online courses have had on higher education in their short life so far -- the topic of a daylong conference here Monday -- this may be among the more unexpected: The courses may be prompting some faculty to pay more attention to their teaching styles than they ever have before.

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Stanford, Harvard scholars dissect big education data, learning analytics

GOOD DATA, BAD DATA: After blended learning, Big Data, and MOOCs, another edtech term is gaining steam in 2013: learning analytics. The phrase (which refers to finding meaningful data patterns that inform effective learning) is presumably where the Big Data movement in education is placing all bets. The only problem is mining data for meaningful patterns is a bit difficult when there's no strong definition of effective learning.

Just ask Stanford GSE Professor Roy Pea.

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