Here a selection of interesting blog and news articles about MOOCs af the past month.
- The attack of the MOOCs
An army of new online courses is scaring the wits out of traditional universities. But can they find a viable business model?
- How widely used are MOOC forums? A first look.
Online discussion forums are seen as an important part of the MOOC experience.
- European MOOCs focus on Quality, US MOOCs on Cost
Interview with iversity’s Hannes Klöpper
- 4 ways universities can survive extinction
The traditional, campus-based university model is facing extinction. As we noted earlier this month, the reasons are clear: outsized costs, skyrocketing tuition, poor strategic planning and the advent of more economical, more accessible alternative models, which are driving universities to the brink. So, the question now becomes, what can universities do to survive?
- 12 Reasons Why MOOCs Will Change the World
MOOCs have many potential advantages over current online training solutions
- Why today is my last day teaching online...
“Learning experiences are far more important than learning outcomes”
- Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity
After six months of high-profile experimentation, San Jose State University plans to “pause” its work with Udacity, a company that promises to deliver low-cost, high-quality online education to the masses.
- The Real Problem with MOOCs
There is a great deal of excitement over what some see as the future of higher education, and for good reasons. It is a new yet familiar chapter of the Internet’s crusade against the old, the inefficient, and the undeserved monopolies of the pre-digital economy.
- MOOCs spread quickly, aided by no-bid deals with public universities
The providers of massive open online courses have rapidly expanded in the past year, aided in part by a series of potentially lucrative no-bid deals with public colleges and universities, including for services that may extend beyond the MOOC model.
- What do Librarians Need to Know About MOOCs?
This article examines the MOOC phenomenon, identifying aspects that academic librarians should consider in the coming years, including how these courses interact with scholarly resources and library services. Methods for integrating library services in these courses are evaluated, with recommendations for the best course of action.
- McKinsey: College for all
Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities.
- Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform
The company announced at its annual conference here that it would create a new MOOC platform that colleges could use free if they were existing Blackboard customers.
- MOOC Madness Continues: Coursera Raises $43M
Coursera, which launched just over a year ago to provide massive open online courses, is riding the wave of online education excitement to a significant chunk of funding.
- A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers
It was big news last fall when Colorado State University-Global Campus became the first college in the United States to grant credit to students who passed a MOOC, or massive open online course. Yet almost a year after Global Campus made the announcement, officials are still waiting for their first credit bargain-hunters.
- My MOOC Improves My Classroom
Amidst all the angst within academia generated by the new MOOCs and online education in general, actually working on a MOOC for the last six months has convinced me of one thing: MOOCs will make the classroom better.
- Japanese MOOC startup raises $1.5 million from investors
Schoo is a Tokyo-based MOOC startup providing livestreamed lectures on the internet. The startup announced today that it has raised 152 million yen.
- A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving
Directly comparing MOOCs to traditional classrooms may prevent us from realizing the true potential of global online education.