Category Archives: MOOC

Harvard/MIT summit on online learning & the future of residential education

Source: Harvard.edu reading, Mar 2013 Anant Agarwal, president of edX and a faculty member at MIT, relayed two admissions success stories that began with clicks made halfway around the world. A student from Mongolia (who had to travel a great distance to find the nearest, lone Internet access point) and another in China who were taking …

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Idaho Integrates Khan Academy with Classroom Instruction

Source: Information Week, Feb 2013 As Khan Academy’s online reputation has grown, one of its major initiatives has become seeking better ways of integrating online instruction with the classroom experience.  The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Northwest Nazarene University will support implementation of the Khan Academy program and will conduct research focused …

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EdX adds 6 universities

Source: MIT News Office, Feb 2013 EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by MIT and Harvard University, announced today the addition of six new global higher-education institutions. The Australian National University (ANU), Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto …

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Using MOOC content to meet OCPS requirements

Source: Orlando Sentinel blog, Feb 2013 A bill filed today in the Florida Legislature aims to give students (in both the K-12 and college arenas) the ability to pick courses — and needed tests — from a host of providers outside traditional schools. “I want Florida’s children to have access to the best courses the world has to …

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Earn College Credit Through Coursera (MOOC)

Source:: Coursera website, Feb 2013 The five courses approved for college credit recommendation include four undergraduate credit courses: Pre-Calculus from the University of California, Irvine Introduction to Genetics and Evolution from Duke University Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach from Duke University Calculus: Single Variable from the University of Pennsylvania You can earn an ACE CREDIT college credit recommendation by signing …

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12 Year-old Pakistani Girl Learns via MOOCs

Source: NYTimes, Jan 2013 DAVOS, Switzerland — She may not have been the youngest speaker ever at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Khadija Niazi, 12, was certainly captivating. Hundreds of the conference’s well-heeled attendees listened intently as Ms. Niazi, of Lahore, Pakistan, described her experience with massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, that are …

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Universities Go Online

Source: NYTimes, Jan 2013 One member of the Coursera team who recently took a Coursera course on sustainability told me that it was so much more interesting than a similar course he had taken as an undergrad. The online course included students from all over the world, from different climates, incomes levels and geographies, and, …

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Beyond Blended Learning: Summit Public Schools

Source: Dell Foundation, Sep 2012 As an organization, Summit Public Schools is focused on preparing all students not only to attend but to succeed in four-year colleges and beyond. To better meet that goal, we began, in the summer of 2011, to explore ways to accelerate our students’ learning. We were especially interested in addressing academic gaps that …

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Breakthrough Models for College Readiness: An Introduction to Next Generation Blended Schools

Source: EduCause website, Nov 2012 This compilation of Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grantee profiles illustrates the innovative approaches of 20 new blended learning school models awarded grants under NGLC’s third wave of funding, which focused on “Breakthrough Models for College Readiness.” It provides practical details particularly of interest to those designing and planning innovative secondary …

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Udacity Helps At-Risk Students Accelerate Learning Physics/Statistics

Source: Texas Promise website, Dec 2012 For the pilot, 22 Winfree students enrolled in Udacity courses. All of them had indicators as being at-risk for dropping out of school by state and national standards, and 78 percent were from economically disadvantaged households. They had the choice to enroll in either introduction to statistics or introduction …

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