EdX just announced the launch of its Professional Certificate programs, which they see as expanding their offerings in the area of access to global learners. The offerings are by industry leaders and top universities. These offerings are designed to be shorter than their MicroMasters programs. Currently, there are 15 Certificate Programs from 13 providers.
Here are the current offerings:
- Inclusive Leadership (CatalystX)
- Date Science for Executives (ColumbiaX0
- Retail and Omnichannel Management (DartmouthX)
- Java and Android Foundation (HKUSTx)
- Public Management for Development (IDBx)
- Microsoft Professional Program In Data Science
- Merger and Acquisitions (NYIF)
- Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships NYIF)
- Risk Management (NYIF)
- Six Sigma and Learn: Quantitative Tools for Productivity and Quality (TUMx)
- Agile Development Using Ruby On Rails (US BerkleyX)
- Virtual Reality (VR) App Development (UC San DiegoX)
- Computer Science Essentials of rSoftware Development (PennX)
- Digital Marketing (Wharton)
- Front-End Web Developer (W3Cx)
The EdX announcement is here.
Harvard Medical School has announced it will launch a 4 course certificate program called “HMX Fundamentals.” These courses will be open to the public through a brief application, although they will differ from their edX and HarvardX platform courses in that they will cost money. One course will cost $800, two courses will cost $1,000, and all four courses will cost $1,800.
The courses will be in physiology, immunology, biochemistry, and genetics. Upon completion, the students will receive a PDF certificate, but the courses will not count for academic credit at Harvard.
George Veletsianos resent published a blog post about the use of Twitter in MOOCs. The post was based on a republished article on that subject. The study employed data mining to aggregate data from 116 MOOS “with course-dedicated hashtag” on Twitter. His conclusion is thus:
This research used a large-scale data set to investigate participation on course-dedicated hashtags. It examined the participation patterns of hashtag participants, the types of users posting to those hashtags, the types of tweets that were posted, and the variation in types of posted tweets across users. While popular narratives suggest that social media provide a space for enhancing learner participation, this study provides
little evidence to support these claims in the context of Twitter as an adjunct to MOOCs, finding that an active minority of users contributed the preponderance of messages posted to Twitter hashtags and that learners make up only about 45% of users. Nor do these findings reveal substantive evidence of learners contributing to multiple hashtags, which may suggest that learners did not find Twitter to be a useful space that provided added value or responded to their needs. Ultimately, these results demonstrate the need for greater intentionality in integrating social media into MOOCs.
The pre-published version of this article is available here: http://www.veletsianos.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/veletsianos_twitter_in_MOOCs.pdf
Europe’s largest MOOC provider, FutureLearn, recently announced it first partners in the United States. FutureLearn is owned by Open University. It announced that five universities will be offering MOOCs on their learning platform. Those universities are:
These schools will be offering a number of courses throughout 2017.
FutureLearn’s CEO said:
FutureLearn is proud to be at the forefront of transforming higher education, combining our social learning pedagogy with next generation technology, to deliver market-leading course engagement rates. We work with around a quarter of the top universities in the world and are honoured to be welcoming such a stellar group of US universities to join the FutureLearn partnership. It is also incredibly exciting to be tackling the key challenge being faced across the US and the rest of the world – upskilling the workforce; something we will achieve not only with our university partners but also through partnerships with other major US National organisations, who are focused on enhancing skills in key professions.
U.S. News and World Report has a post a bout trends for 2017 of which online students should be aware. The fire trends they list are:
- Greater emphasis on nontraditional credentials (i.e., microcredentials and certificates rather than degrees).
- Increased use of bid data to measure student performance. (To help make sure students are on track.)
- Greater incorporation of artificial intelligence into classes. (For student support and assistance.)
- Growth of nonprofit online programs.
- Online degrees in surprising and specialized disciplines. (For disciplines that might not a first seem suited for online.)
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, was interviewed on Public Radios Here & Now. The text of the interview is available here.