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September 2015

Innovative humanities MOOC, “Visualizing Japan,” nominated for the Japan Prize

In a Q&A, course co-founder Professor Shigeru Miyagawa discusses his unique online course and its impact on digital education.

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MOOCs will boost your career, new study in Harvard Business Review finds

Over 70 per cent of people who complete a massive open online course (MOOC) say it has benefited their career and over 60 per cent say it has helped their education according to a new study.

“It appears that MOOCs are tangibly helping people who take the time and effort to complete courses,” the authors of the study said in an article in Harvard Business Review.

Coursera Survey Pins Down MOOC Benefits — Campus Technology

More than seven in 10 learners report career benefits and more than six in 10 report educational benefits from completing massive open online courses (MOOCs). Participants from developing countries and particularly those with lower socioeconomic status and less education appear to be more likely to report benefits from pursuing MOOCs. Those results and others come out of the first major research survey done among Coursera learners and reported in the Harvard Business Review.

Research: Learning Is No Spectator Sport — Campus Technology

MOOCs that rely primarily on people watching lectures may be missing an opportunity to help their students learn even more by adding interactive activities. Recent research into massive open online courses suggests that students do six times better in the course by “extra doing.” On top of that, they’re more likely to persist in the course.

Northwestern offers “Sex 101” program to combat sexual misconduct

The free Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC ,is being launched next Monday in Chicago particularly for Northwestern first-year students to teach them about their sexual and reproductive health. But the information is open to any student, anywhere at any time.

Will MOOCs open or close Russia’s universities to the world?

An innovative new Russian online educational platform known as Open Education hints at the future of Russian higher education

A MOOC on Global Adolescent Health | The Lancet Youth

The University of Melbourne is launching Global Adolescent Health in September 2015, the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on this topic. MOOCs are free online higher education courses available to learners worldwide. Anyone with an interest and internet connection can enrol free of charge.

Google launches IT courses and scholarships in India with Udacity and Tata Trusts

With a view to develop India’s IT potential, Google has announced IT degrees called Android Nanodegrees and scholarships in partnership with online education platform Udacity and Tata Trusts.  The duration of these degrees would be between 6 to 9 months and it will cost $148 per month. Howe

‘Sex 101’ Greets First-Year Students at Northwestern: Northwestern University News

Online MOOC class features 3-D animation, demystifies sex organs, contraception, fertility, STD’s

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