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Learner experiences with MOOCs and open online learning

Posted on October 25, 2013

The open access journal Hybrid Pedagogy recently published an e-book of graduate student essays focused on student experiences in MOOCs.

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Going (further) online

Posted on October 25, 2013

The Berklee College of Music will offer two 120-credit fully online accredited bachelor’s degree programs at a costs of 60 percent less than the equivalent residential degree.

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Optimal video length for student engagement

Posted on October 25, 2013

Philip Guo, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester and visiting research scientist at edX, shares preliminary results from an analyses of edX math and science courses that shows students engaged more with shorter videos.

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Don’t call it a course

Posted on October 25, 2013

Inside HigherEd reports on the trend of educational technology companies and universities moving away from using the word "course" to describe online learning experiences not anchored to a specific place or time.

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Free online courses shake up the world of post-secondary education

Posted on October 25, 2013

The Vancouver Sun profiles the University of British Columbia's (UBC) MOOC efforts and explores why universities are developing the open courses.

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FutureLearn is go, but it is not quite the finished article

Posted on October 18, 2013

The first courses on FutureLearn, a MOOC platform from the United Kingdom (UK) that formed just 10 months ago, launched earlier this month.

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Elsevier ups edX MOOC support

Posted on October 18, 2013

Elsevier is expanding its support for courses offered by edX by allowing five new courses to use Elsevier textbook content in their courses.

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A triple milestone: 107 partners, 532 courses, 5.2 million students

Posted on October 18, 2013

Coursera recently announced that they have over 100 institutional partners offering 500 plus courses to over 5 million students on their platform.

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George Mason University announces free online curriculum hub

Posted on October 18, 2013

George Mason University’s Institute for Humane Studies has launched EDvantage, a free online curriculum hub for educators.

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Texting in class

Posted on October 18, 2013

According to a survey of 777 students at six universities in the United States, 90 percent of students admit to using their digital devices for non-class activities during class times.

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