Campus Technology: The Rise of MOOCs

Campus Technology MOOC CoverCampus Technology has released the August edition of its digital publication.  The issue  focuses on MOOCs.  Massively Open Online Courses (or MOOCs as they are affectionately known) have been one of the hottest topics in higher edition for a couple of years now.  As the major players in the field–Coursera, edX, and Udacity–jockey for partnerships with major universities and for a viable business model, academia is taking time to re-evaluate MOOCs.

Recently one university has placed a hold on its partnership, a MOOC was cancelled soon after launch, and much has been made of the low completion rate for most of these courses.  On the other had, Georgia Tech has launched an accredited massively open online Masters of Science degree in computer science and there is movement forward on awarding competency based credits, both of which could blow open the whole business model debate.  This special edition looks at many of these issues.

Included in the issue are the following articles:

  • MOOCs: Good or Bad
  • The MOOC Business Plan
  • Blended MOOCs: The Best of Both Worlds
  • Assessment Tools for MOOCs
  • How to Convert a Class Into a MOOC
  • Building a Sense of Community in MOOCs
  • CMOOCs: Putting Collaboration First

The full post and and ebook are available here.

Online version available here.

PDF version available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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CT MOOCs Facebook Page – Campus Technology

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Campus Technology has announced a new Facebook page for “sharing ideas about massive open online courses.”  The page is an open forum for discussion.  The page is available here: www.facebook.com/CampusTechMOOCs

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Coursera Adds 10 State Universities and 1.25 Million Students

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Coursera has announced it has added 1.25 million new users to its massive online online course platform through the addition of 10 state universities.  Faculty at these state universities will be able create new courses or make use of existing courses from faculty at other schools for online or blended classes.  There might also be an expansion to include dual-enrollment high school students.

The 10 universities added to the platform are:

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edX Adds 15 American and International Universities to Its Roster

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Massive open online course provider (MOOC) edX has expanded its base by 15 additional universities.  They now have a roster of 27 institutions in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia.  The platform just launched last May as a joint venture between Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  As of today, they have over 900,000 individuals using its platform.

The newly added universities are:

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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