MOOCs

Leapfrogging in higher ed

For more than 100 years higher education has largely resisted change -- and functioned reasonably well without an intense focus on the complex life needs of adult and part-time learners. But like the

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 and certify via these internet-accessible c

Coursera’s new monthly subscriptions could monetize procrastination

Edtech giant Coursera has launched a monthly subscription payment option in the hope that learners on its platform can be enticed into ongoing educational activity, rather than a more piecemeal pay-pe

Higher education goes Hollywood

As I began my career in higher education in the late 1990s, technology seemed poised to upend the entire academic enterprise. The zeitgeist was that a star system was about to be born, with million-do

Online learning platform iversity gets a lifeline from Holtzbrinck media group

Berlin-based online education platform iversity looks to have pulled back from the brink of bankruptcy after securing new investment from Holtzbrinck Digital, the Internet investment arm of the educat

Databricks Launches Free Community Edition As Companion To Free Online Spark Courses

Databricks, the commercial company created from the open source Apache Spark project, announced the release of a free Community Edition today aimed at teaching people how to use Spark — and as

How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education

In 1984, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom published research on a new method of teaching, commonly called Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem. The term “2 Sigma” comes from the results of the study, wh

How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities

Most GED credential recipients say they take the test to further their education -- not end it. In fact, 65 percent of GED credential holders indicated they wanted a job that requires further educatio

Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

For centuries, the college degree has been the global gold standard for assessing an individual entering the workforce. But after cornering the credentials market for nearly a millennium, the degree's

How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market

Most U.S. consumer Internet companies have a hard time breaking into China. Cultural differences and the Internet firewall are a huge barrier to entry. Even tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitt

Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program

In April, Arizona State University and edX announced a first-of-its-kind program that will have important repercussions for the future of higher education. The Global Freshman Academy (GFA) will allow

Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and unive

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a “revolution in higher education.

Switch Is TripAdvisor For Finding A Tech Bootcamp

Thanks to the predicted tech talent shortage and uncertainty in other industries, the idea of switching careers to jump to the tech industry is an enticing prospect for many in these less-than-stellar

PluralSight Buys Digital-Tutors For $45 Million To Add Media Software Training

PluralSight, a purveyor of online training tools for software professionals, is expected to announce the acquisition of creative software training services company Digital-Tutors in a $45 million deal

European Commission Wants MOOCs Providers To Help Boost Regional Web Skills

The MOOCs movement has generally lagged in Europe compared to the U.S. But regional providers are being established here in the Old World, such as Berlin-based iversity and the U.K.’s Futurelea

Kunerango Is An Edtech SaaS Toolset For Individuals To Sell Online Courses

You might think the MOOCs movement had saturated the edtech space. But Kunerango, an Italian startup that's built a SaaS platform for instructors to create branded online schools where they can sell c

Google Announces An Online Data Interpretation Class For The General Public

Google has launched its own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach the general public how to understand surveys, research, and data. Called "Making Sense of Data" and running from March 18 to Apri

European Online Education Startup, iversity, Gets ~500k Course Sign-Ups In First 4-Months

iversity, a Berlin-based MOOCs platform that's hoping to become the Coursera of Europe, has managed to pull in nearly 500,000 course sign-ups in the four months since its first massively open online c

Teachers From Facebook And Salesforce Fill Udacity’s New Data Science Program

The Internet is full of lucrative data and businesses are eager for statisticians who can mine it for golden digital nuggets. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3021614/fast-feed/whit
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