MOOCs in the news

As Duke experiments with online learning, including several MOOCs in the Coursera platform, Massive Online Open Courses continue to be highlighted in the news. The CIT staff post articles of interest on our website on MOOCs and other topics related to instructional technology trends in the “What We’re Reading” section on our home page.

In case you missed some of the articles there, here are highlights of what people have been saying about MOOCs in recent weeks.

MOOCs at universities and faculty views

The making of a MOOC at the University of Amsterdam (GlobalHigherEd blog, 2/5/2013)
A faculty member discusses work on the University of Amsterdam’s first MOOC.

U Va using MOOC to connect students with entrepreneurs, non-profits (Campus Technology, 2/7/2013)
The course, offered by the Darden School of Business, allows opportunities for students to analyze data from real entrepreneurial and non-profit ventures.

MOOCs, MOCCs, and Harvard X (Inside Higher Ed, 2/14/2013)
Blog post on a HarvardX Town Hall meeting for Harvard faculty.

The Most Thoroguh description (to date) of university experience with a MOOC (e-Literate, 2/12/2013)
Blog post praising Duke’s report on Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach.

Expanding pathways to MOOC credit (Inside Higher Ed, 2/7/2013)
ACE deems five MOOC courses worthy of credit, including two offered by Duke.

MOOC trends and news

Online courses put college-level learning just a click away (Bergen County Record, 3/2/2013)
Overview of trends in MOOCs and questions being asked about them by faculty and universities.

Twice as many MOOCs (Inside HigherEd, 2/21/2013)
Article on Coursera and edX adding universities and courses to expand their global reach.

MOOC Completion rates: The Data
An online data visualization based on information from Coursera, EdX, Udacity and MITx.

Opinion pieces

Three higher education trends to watch for in 2013 (University World News, 1/19/2013)
MOOCs are among the three major trends discussed by the author.

Beyond the buzz, where are MOOCs really going?  (Wired, 2/20/2013)
Wired opinion piece by Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn

Your massively open offline college is broken (The Awl, 2/7/2013)
Clay Shirky on alternatives to a traditional higher education degree.

Revolution hits the universities (NY Times, 1/26/2013)
Op-ed by Thomas L. Friedman on MOOCs.

Learning from MOOCs (Inside Higher Ed, 1/24/2013)
Andrew Ng on what faculty can learn from MOOCs.

 

Randy Riddle

Author: Randy Riddle

Randy A. Riddle consults with faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences on integrating technology into teaching. He has been a CIT consultant since 2000. His professional interests include e-learning, social networking, online productivity tools, video and multimedia, and visualization. Randy's current work includes management of the CIT's Faculty Fellows program, consulting on Coursera course design and exploring areas such as e-textbook authoring. His other interests outside of work include restoration of vintage recording formats and broadcasting and film history. He volunteers for the Old Time Radio Researchers Group and maintains an ongoing blog on radio history research.