22 février 2014

Hack Education Weekly News: MOOCs, Money, and the Looming Clown Shortage

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCs
The University of Tokyo has joined edX.
Harvard and MIT have released visualizations (and open sourced the visualization tools) on their MOOC data.
“MOOCs are proving to be a great tool for employee training,” tweeted Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng (a little bit of a different message than “democratizing higher education.” But there ya go.)
And speaking of “democratizing higher education lulz,” Inside Higher Ed looks at what Cornell, Princeton, and Yale think about MOOCs.
“The first British massive open online course to offer students the option to pay for academic credit has ended, with none of its participants opting to fork out for official recognition,” writes the Times Higher Education. Nice lede. Important detail: the class was on Vampire Fictions, which probably isn’t something folks are clamoring for formal recognition of, ya know.
It looks as though there’s growing interest in using MOOCs to teach AP classes. According to Campus Technology, “The University of Houston System is launching its first three massive open online courses (MOOCs), two of them targeted to high school seniors preparing for advanced placements tests and one for K–12 teachers. The classes will be offered free through Coursera.”
Paging physics teachers: join a MOOC to build a MOOC on introductory physics course. This course is being organized by Dave Cormier, so it’s “cMOOC meets xMOOC.” More...

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