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Growth of MOOCs

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have increased in popularity among institutions over the years. It started off small at Stanford University when there were only 10 in 2011. However, in four years, the cumulative number of MOOCs reached to about 4,000. Below is a report that shows the growth MOOCs over the years. A […]

Enhancing online learning through MOOCs

Universities are looking for opportunities to experiment with new programs. Many colleges have “double-dipped” by joining both Coursera and edX, two major platforms MOOC provides. When MOOC released their new platform at least 10 of the institutions that first partnered with Coursera joined edX. Not a single edX institution has gone the other way. After […]

MOOCs: Been There, Done That

Thomas M. Rollins, founder of The Teaching Company, has recently written an article on the Chronicle for Higher Education discussing how the MOOC model has been done before. Rollins points out that he isn’t referring to mail correspondence, radio lectures, or “educational television. Instead he refers to the period from 1998 to 2006 when a […]

MOOCs Have the Potential to Change How Instructors Handle Classrooms

According to an article by the Chronicle of Higher Education, MOOCs have the potential to transform the way instructors’ handle their classroom by turning a traditional lecture based classroom into a ‘flipped classroom.’ Lectures oftentimes “masks a lot of disinterests” amongst students, causing only those interested in the subject to succeed. In a flipped classroom, […]

Why MOOC Professors Shouldn’t Be Called “Rock Stars”

Having been around for some time now, MOOCs have generated a considerable amount of hype, especially with its professors being perceived as “rock stars”. Kevin Werbach, an associate professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, recently wrote an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education detailing his opinion […]