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September 2016

Virtual Classrooms Can Be as Unequal as Real Ones

But researchers have found that it takes more than just access to an internet connection to benefit from online resources: It also takes basic technology skills, the ability to draw on social networks for help and guidance when needed, and a willingness to look to the internet for information and resources.

SABC News – MOOCs can give access to higher education for all:Thursday 22 September 2016

One avenue that is slowly gaining traction in South Africa is the use of massive online open courses, which can give access to higher learning to everyone.

EdSurge HigherEd Welcomes Jeff Young (EdSurge News)

Some weeks on our calendar earn themselves a gold star—and this was one. We’re delighted to share this week news that Jeffrey R. Young, long-time writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, is joining the EdSurge team as a senior writer and strategic thought-partner in building out our coverage

LinkedIn doubles down on education with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world that now has some 450 million members and is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, today took the wraps off its newest efforts to expand its site beyond job hunting and recruitment, LinkedIn’s two big business mainstays. The company has launched a new site called LinkedIn Learning, an ambitious e-learning portal tailored to individuals, but also catering to businesses looking to keep training their employees, and beyond that even educational institutions exploring e-learning courses.

Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave

By Ignatia / Inge de Waard, Aras BOZKURT, and Nilgun Özdamar Keskin in Education and Online and Distance Education. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of attention by higher education and private enterprises. MOOCs have

INVESTIGATING THE CONSTRUCTION OF MOOCS (Proceedings)

By Tony Cripps and Sean O’Connell in Teaching and Learning and Education. This paper examines one cohort’s experiences of researching and taking Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for the first time. The students (n=14) were third-year

In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching

When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing Is Better Than Watching for Learning From a MOOC,” looked at a generally available course, offered through the Georgia Institute of Technology, called “Introduction to Psychology as a Science.” Some students chose to take it as a traditional MOOC, spending most of their time watching video lectures. Others opted for a version that combined the MOOC and interactive materials produced by Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative.

MOOC-based master’s degree initiative expands globally

MOOC-based master’s degree initiative expands to more than a dozen universities. Will learners opt to enroll or settle for a certificate?

edX MOOC-Based Micro-Masters Expand to Multiple Universities — Campus Technology

An experiment by MIT to test out a credential program delivered as a MOOC has blossomed into 19 different “micro-masters” offered by nearly as many members of the edX consortium.

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