Chronicle: Harvard U. Will Offer Exclusive MOOCs to Alumni

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Harvard is to start offering exclusive access to its grads to seven of its MOOCs.

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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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Chronicle: What if You Blended Adaptive Learning With MOOCs?

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The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look of two of the most cited “game-changing” technologies: MOOCs and Adaptive Learning software.  In a recent letter to Obama from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology it was suggested MOOCs could reduce higher ed costs and improve access.  If so, adaptive learning software could play a role.  One of those quoted in the article is Michael Feldstein of MindWires, and formerly a member of Cengage Learning’s team to build tools to personalizing the company’s digital content that supported their textbooks.  Feldstein sees a “natural marriage” between MOOCs and adaptive software.  He believes it could fill a role in compensating for the absence of hand-holding in MOOCs.

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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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