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2016-02-08

School of Nursing to offer first MOOC – The GW Hatchet

GW’s nursing school plans to offer a massive open online course to the public in May – with a twist.

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Business courses from top universities are online at low cost

US massive open online course provider Coursera has launched several new suites of business courses, on topics that include entrepreneurship and business modelling (from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania), human resource management (from the University of Minnesota), coaching for managers (from the University of California Davis) and marketing (from IE Business School).

There is no Open in MOOC

Coursera’s announcement to add Specializations to its roster of educational packages comes with a new price in many cases, as noted in Carl Straumsheim’s 1/29 piece at Inside Higher Ed. 

To sign up for Michigan State University’s How to Start Your Own Business, for example, budding entrepreneurs have to pay $79 up front for the first of five courses in the Specialization or prepay $474 for the entire program.

Critics see mismatch between Coursera’s mission, business model

Coursera’s decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front — viewed by some as inevitable — has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access.

IIM Bangalore: launches distance online courses; series of 6 programmes on Fundamentals of Business Management

Course available in Hindi too

To increase the reach of these courses IIM Bangalore will also make these courses available in Hindi.  Highlighting the constant innovation that IIMB and edX are jointly nurturing in Indian and global higher education, edX CEO and MIT Professor Dr. Anant Agarwal said, “Created by one of the world’s leading business schools, IIMB’s new XSeries Program will provide learners around the world an important credential to improve their job and career prospects.”

Through this online programme, IIM Bangalore aims to empower thousands of learners with the competencies to take effective management decisions.

Make in India: Credit raters to be in place for massive open online courses, students will be given credits – The Economic Times

The official platform for massive open online courses or MOOCs, Swayam will take off only once the credit system is in place.

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