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Most Popular Business MOOCs Of All Time

Two years ago, academics painted a gloomy future where empty campuses would outnumber shuttered Blockbuster stores. Back then, MOOCs had raced into the mainstream. From Sydney to Seville, students could log in and take the same classes as Wharton MBAs – for free, no less. The doomsayers prophesized a world where big schools would swallow the small ones or credentials would replace degrees. Of course, professors would teach a watered-down curriculum in front of green screens.

US to reach out to students with information

“We will redouble our EducationUSA efforts. We will make sure such situations are minimised,” Verma said after launching Passport to India MOOC (massive open online course), which is aimed at encouraging young Americans to study and intern in India.


Global MOOCs Market Growth of 46% CAGR by 2019

The market research analysts predict the global MOOC market to grow at a CAGR of over 46% from 2015 to 2019. This research report considers revenues generated through platform licensing, course certifications, examinations, tutoring, and other personalized student services.


Among the various e-learning methodologies, learning through MOOCs is gaining momentum across the globe because of its ability to offer education irrespective of geographical boundaries and different time frames. Continuous innovation in e-learning tools, flexible delivery methods, and the availability of a variety of online courses offered by the various vendors in the market have significantly increased the dependency of individuals as well as corporates on MOOC tools.

Mapping a MOOC Reveals Global Patterns in Student Engagement

By looking at who comes from where, geographers can explore gender imbalance, achievement, and even motivation in open online courses.

Instructional quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.

Engaged learning in MOOCs: a study using the UK Engagement Survey

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a considerable amount of interest within higher education, not least because of the unprecedented number of learners who take them, free of charge. Yet below these headline features lie important and challenging questions. Are MOOCs being designed in such a way that learners will benefit from studying through them? What principles of learning and teaching are emerging as indicators of quality? How can we know what learning is taking place, and from there identify MOOCs’ potential for future use in HE?

10 reasons why 2015 is the year of the MOOC

2012 was heralded, largely by people who had never taken any, as the year of the MOOC. 2013 was heralded, largely by people who hadn’t taken any, as the year MOOCs died, 2014 saw realism emerge with a swing towards real demand (vocational) demand and 2015 finished as what Stuart Sutherland called “the actual Year of the MOOC”. Here are his reasons for this last statement:

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