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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. They’ve rolled out bundles of courses called ‘Specializations’ or ‘Nanodegrees.’ And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

What’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a professor to become a freelance educator, making video courses and podcasts for a living?

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Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

Applications are surging for New York University’s School of Medicine after the university announced last year that its medical program would be tuition-free for all students.

Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities.

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What’s an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its Online Offerings.

Harvard University’s famed business school has an announcement to make: Forget HBX. From now on the school will instead refer to its online offerings under a more straightforward banner, Harvard Business School Online.

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The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.

Year of MOOC-based Degrees: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2018

In the seven years since colleges and companies first started experimenting with large-scale online courses known as MOOCs, more than 100 million people have given them a try—though how they are used keeps changing.Two big trends dominated the MOOC landscape this year.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

As students and faculty alike take some well-deserved rest and reflect over the holidays, we’re taking a look back at what stories you read and shared the most over the last year.While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning.

In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

Beijing—The Chinese government is pushing online education these days, and like so many things in this country of 1.4 billion people, that means going big. One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?”As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general.

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