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Professors in deal to design online lessons for A.P. classes

Posted on November 30, 2013

Professors at Davidson College in North Carolina will design modules for high school students in Advanced Placement courses and make them available through the College Board and edX.

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Competency-based education: An (updated) primer for today’s online market

Posted on November 30, 2013

Phil Hill updates his primer on competency-based education (CBE), which he describes as a subset of outcomes based education, where the outcomes "are more closely tied to job skills or employment needs, and the methods are typically self-paced."

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Study measures benefits of a ‘flipped’ pharmacy course

Posted on November 30, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a study comparing traditional and flipped versions of a pharmacy course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which found that students preferred the flipped course and got better grades on the final examination.

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Learning analytics: Definition, facts, opportunity, examples

Posted on November 30, 2013

As part of their "Key Concepts of Online Learning" series, Contact North explores learning analytics, which is defined as "the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”

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New digital learning blog launches on flexible learning site

Posted on November 30, 2013

The Digital Learning Blog is a conversation about digitization of the channel between educators and learners, and what that means for university education.

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On course to become a credit worthy qualification

Posted on November 21, 2013

Hannes Klöpper, co-founder of the Germany-based iversity MOOC provider, recently argued that the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) presents an opportunity to transform MOOCs.

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Mapping Coursera’s global footprint

Posted on November 21, 2013

Kris Olds recently coordinated a mapping exercise with "anonymized and aggregate (i.e. non-course specific) data regarding the location of students taking courses via Coursera."

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Coursera receives $20 million in funding to create and deliver better learning experiences

Posted on November 21, 2013

Coursera recently reported that they have received "$20 million in additional funding from three university partners as well as current investors GSV Capital and Learn Capital."

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Top ed-tech trends of 2013: MOOCs and anti-MOOCs

Posted on November 21, 2013

As part of her Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 Series, Audrey Watters provides an abbreviated history and on-going summary of MOOC-related news and trends.

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The (off-campus) future of MIT

Posted on November 21, 2013

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently released a preliminary report on the future of the institution, naming edX a key component of its strategy.

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