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January 2017

Varsities should tap into Carnegie Mellon model

I support this move to empower High Education Council (HEC) to take on the student loans programme; thanks to the minister to spearhead more streamlining initiatives in the education sector.

Established education providers v new contenders

Alternative providers of education must solve the problems of cost and credentials

HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses — Fall 2012 – Summer 2016 by Isaac Chuang, Andrew Dean Ho :: SSRN

In 2014 and 2015, a joint research team from Harvard University and MIT released summary reports describing the first two years of Harvard and MIT open online c

Harvard U, MIT Release Updated MOOC Report

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday released the latest version of an ongoing study to analyze the learners in massive open online courses on edX, which the two institutions founded. The study was first released in 2014. The 2017 version contains information about the 4.5 million learners who have participated in edX MOOCs since 2012. Findings include:

Study of MOOCs offers insights into online learner engagement and behavior

A new study of MOOCs from MIT and Harvard offers insights into online learner engagement and behavior. The report, based on four years of data from edX offerings on MITx and HarvardX, represents one of the largest surveys of massive open online courses to date.

MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear

An internal study of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard and MIT shows a serious decline in the number of students choosing to enroll..

Moving forward with online courses

How to make a MOOC

“What we’ve learned is that there’s no canned formula for a MOOC,” said David Hik, an ecologist who is one of the professors for Mountains 101. (The other is Zac Robinson, a historian and professor in the university’s faculty of physical education and recreation.)

The professors, who had already taught a more traditional version of the course, collaborated with many partners to produce a MOOC version. These partners included Parks Canada, the Alpine Club of Canada, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Onlea, a not-for-profit digital learning production company in Edmonton.

Making the MOOC was a challenging process. Instead of moving around a classroom in an animated way, the professors had to stand in front of a green screen and train themselves to stay still and speak in a more conversational tone.

In addition to filming, they spent two years interviewing experts (inside and outside the university) and working with the production company to mix video, animation, interviews, and interactive elements together.

MathThink rides again

It’s been two years since I last wrote a post to this blog. Originally, that hiatus came about because other issues took most of my time, and besides, my Coursera MOOC Introduction to Mathematical Thinking had reached a steady state, and the only input required of me was to show up on the class discussion forum…

How Online Education Can Fix Its Student Retention Problem – The recent growth of online education has been astounding. Last year 35 million people signed up for at least one online class. That’s m…

The recent growth of online education has been astounding. Last year, 35 million people signed up for at least one online class. That’s more than double the previous year’s enrollment. The popularity of online learning is easy to understand. Today, students have access to well over 4,000 courses in a wide array of subjects, from chemistry to philosophy to graphic design. They participate at a time and place that suits their schedule. Many courses are free. There is, however, a seriou

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