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Coursera partners with The World Bank

Posted on October 11, 2013

Coursera has partnered with The World Bank to offer a selection of courses on development and poverty alleviation.

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MOOC creators criticise courses’ lack of creativity

Posted on October 11, 2013

Times Higher Education explores the Canadian origin of MOOCs and interviews Stephen Downes and George Siemens who are credited with creating the first MOOC.

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Five myths about MOOCS

Posted on October 11, 2013

James Mazoué, the director of online programs at Wayne State University, provides a defence of MOOCs against some of the most often repeated criticisms including, MOOCs are all about money, MOOCs create a two-tier educational system, MOOCs are inherently inferior, and MOOCs are mechanistic.

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Massive open online courses and online distance learning: A review

Posted on October 11, 2013

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills in the United Kingdom have released a 123-page report that "updates our knowledge on the development and impact of massive open online courses on learners and institutions at further education and higher education level.

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Americans’ views of online courses

Posted on October 11, 2013

According to a new Gallup survey of 1,000 adults, the majority of Americans believe online instruction is at least as good as classroom-based courses in terms of providing good value, a format most students can succeed in, and instruction tailored to each individual.

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Before the fact

Posted on October 11, 2013

Inside Higher Ed reports that some institutions at this week's Educause conference are seeing the benefits of "prescriptive" learning analytics by being able to identify at-risk students before they drop or fail a course.

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“Greater flexibility” as the new mantra

Posted on October 11, 2013

Contact North defines five approaches to flexible learning, which include: flexibility in course design and delivery options, flexibility in program completion, flexibility in terms of learning recognition and credit granting, flexibility in assessment, and flexibility with respect to transition from apprenticeship through diploma to degrees to graduate work.

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MOOC offerings, events, and development opportunity this fall

Posted on October 11, 2013

UBC has two MOOCs currently underway and two more slated to start over the next month.

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Vive la révolution MOOC?

Posted on October 4, 2013

France is encouraging its universities to build massive open online courses on the edX platform.

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The MOOC juggernaut: Year 2

Posted on October 4, 2013

Class Central, a MOOC aggregation site, has posted a brief analysis on the growth of MOOCs over the last two years.

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