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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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Coursera’s online insight: Short classes are education’s future

Posted on October 4, 2013

Internal Coursera data shows that longer classes suffer from higher dropout rates.

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Recent reports and papers on MOOCs and online education

Posted on October 4, 2013

The International Council for Open and Distance Education provides an overview of nine key documents published over the past year is provided to support the ongoing debate on MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and online education, and to support the change processes in this time of openness.

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Faculty pushback on online deal

Posted on October 4, 2013

Faculty members at Rutgers University Graduate School recently voted to block a partnership with Pearson to offer more graduate degree programs online.

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