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5 lessons for online teaching from finishing a MOOC

At the end of January 2014, I enrolled in an MOOC on corpus linguistics offered by the U.K.-based Open University’s Future Learn. CorpusMOOC, as it was affectionately known and hashtagged on Twitter, was billed as a “practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities” (See the video introduction here). Tony McEnrey, a leading scholar in the field, aimed to deliver a hefty eight learning objectives in as many weeks.

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New Coursera CEO: out in front, and optimistic, about online education

Besides his name and email address Richard C. Levin’s new black-and-white business cards contain just two short lines of type: “Coursera” and “CEO.” Mr. Levin, the former president of Yale University, was named head of the online education company late last month.

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2014: Where has all the media's MOOC coverage gone?

The news media’s appetite for MOOC stories has been insatiable. So when the University of Pennsylvania sent an email inviting several hundred education reporters to a seminar on massive open online courses, it anticipated a healthy turnout.

But as the catering deadline approached at the National Press Club, in Washington, organizers realized that they had barely enough registered attendees to justify a platter of finger food.

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Meritable MOOCs for the mature crowd

The only thing surprising about the majority of MOOC students already having a college degree is that anyone was surprised by this.

Taking a look at the numbers, there are clearly more people in the post-college age bracket of 23-100+ than there are 18-22 year olds. And given the self-motivation required to succeed in any independent learning experience, it is also no surprise that those who gravitate towards MOOCs already have experience succeeding in a pedantic learning environment.

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Online at community colleges

Online enrollment continued to grow at community colleges in 2013, even as many two-year institutions saw overall enrollment stagnate or drop, according to a report released Sunday by the Instructional Technology Council.

The council released its annual report on online education at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges, with which it is affiliated.

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Toward a common definition of 'flipped learning'

We’ve seen a significant ramping up of interest in – and exposure to – the flipped/inverted classroom over the last few years, and it’s been nice to see an uptick in the amount of research being done into its effectiveness. But one thing that’s been lacking has been a consensus on what the flipped classroom actually is. If a professor assigns readings to do before class and then holds discussions in class, is that “the flipped classroom”? I’ve said in the past that it is not (necessarily), but that’s just me.

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Online education 'not a silver bullet,' says University of California president

BACK TO THE BASICS: Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, is keeping an even keel about the prospects of online education. In an interview last week with the Public Policy Institute's Mark Baldassare, she casts some doubt on whether online learning is really cost-effective:

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Hillary Clinton on online higher ed

Hillary Rodham Clinton, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, outlined here Monday a vision for higher education globally and in the United States that would focus more on the disadvantaged and those who need postsecondary training, but not necessarily a four-year degree.

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Massive open online forces: the rise of online instruction will upend the economics of higher education

Universities have not changed much since students first gathered in Oxford and Bologna in the 11th century. Teaching has been constrained by technology. Until recently a student needed to be in a lecture hall to hear the professor or around a table to debate with fellow students. Innovation is eliminating those constraints, however, and bringing sweeping change to higher education.

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edX adds a second tier of members

edX has been trying to figure out how to build more courses, more quickly, without losing its exclusive atmosphere. Now it’s settled on a plan.

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