FREE ONLINE COURSES via Class Central 190 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.
RESHAPING HIGHER EDUCATION via Class Central According to Delft’s Willem van Valkenburg, MOOCs are already changing higher education in at least four important ways.
MASSIVE REVENUES via Class Central According to Forbes, Coursera’s estimated revenue for 2018 is $140 million. Forbes also published a feature on Coursera.
NEW CEO via Class Central
Udacity’s CEO Vishal Makhijani has “has decided to move on to new challenges,” according to co-founder Sebastian Thrun.
MOOC-BASED DEGREES via Class Central With the major MOOC platforms continuing to launch more new degree programs, I decided to compare these new programs with older online offerings. Turns out MOOC-based degrees are different in five key ways.
OPEN EDX 2019 The Open edX 2019 conference takes place in March 26–29 at UC San Diego. Proposals are due by November 21, 2018.
The Future of Learning Conference (FoL) aims to foster a dialog between academics, entrepreneurs, regulators, and technologists. The event will be held at IIM Bangalore on Jan 4th and 5th. The deadline to submit abstracts is November 20th.
MOOC PAYWALLS via Class Central In May, edX announced that they will start testing a support fee. Class Central came across a few different experiments.
UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM via Class Central Prolific MOOC-taker Ronny De Winter puts forward a credit system that could be applied to online as well as on-campus education.
MOOC MONETIZATION via Class Central We explore five different sources of revenue for France Université Numerique (FUN) MOOC platform.
TAKE BETTER NOTES via Class Central Serial MOOC-taker Pat Bowden shares her tips on how to take better notes.
ACQUISITION via EdSurge
Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd. NovoEd, originally started as MOOC provider but pivoted to corporate training. More about how NovoEd started here:
CO-CREATED DEGREES via Times Higher Education
Australia’s Deakin University and Coventry University in the UK are offering a postgraduate course in entrepreneurship on the FutureLearn platform. Fees for the course, which will take a minimum of one year to complete on a part-time basis, will be A$8,800 (£4,900).
MORE MONEY via Class Central FutureLearn, which made £8.2M in the last financial year, is now looking to raise £40m to invest in its online degrees.
SECOND WIND via The Economic Times Article in ET India on how MOOCs are faring in the country.
UDACITY LAYOFFS via Techcrunch
According to TC, Udacity has laid off 5% (atleast 25 employees) since August. According to Udacity, this was done for strategic reasons.
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YIDAN PRIZE via MIT News
EdX CEO Anant Agarwal has been awarded the Yidan Prize. According to the official website, “Yidan Prize Laureate receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million) including a cash prize of HK$15 million (around US$1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million.”
LINKEDIN LEARNING via Techcrunch
LinkedIn Learning will now offer videos, tutorials and courses from third-parties such as Treehouse and the publishing division of Harvard Business School
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Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.