With one of our newest recruits being based in China, we are now able to share an insider’s perspective on the development of MOOCs in one of the world’s most influential nations.
And it seems that MOOCs are as big in China as they are in the rest of the world combined. According to China’s Ministry of Education, there are around 270 million MOOC learners in China (this number is hard to verify…) and about 20 MOOC providers offering 15,000 courses.
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Class Central Turns 8 Our website was launched 8 years ago. And 2019 has been quite hectic for Class Central. Read all about it in our new article describing, among others, how our platform, team, and course catalog have developed over the past year.
Georgia Tech’s online enrollments reach an all-time high via Georgia Tech More than 9,000 students are currently enrolled in Georgia Tech’s online master’s degree in computer science (OMSCS). In addition, the Institute’s other two online programs have attracted more than 3,300 students. Overall, Georgia Tech’s online degrees account for one third of the Institute’s 36,000 enrollments in Fall. With an OMSCS professor now at the helm of the Institute’s College of Computing, Georgia Tech’s online programs are expected to continue to grow.
2019 Nobel Prize in Economics via edX MIT Professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, who created an edX MicroMasters program, and Harvard Professor Michael Kremer, were jointly awarded the prize for their research in development economics. Their work has “changed how governments and agencies around the world intervene to help people in poverty”.
Siraj Raval is cancelled? via Twitter and The Register Popular AI/ML YouTuber, course maker, and ex-Udacity instructor Siraj Raval was recently caught plagiarizing an entire paper just weeks after the news came out that he had sold a shoddily made $199 10 week course to over 1000 people (although he promoted it as limited to only 500 people). In Class Central’s 2017 year in review for Udacity, we noticed that Siraj’s name was taken off Udacity’s Deep Learning Foundation Nanodegree, even though he was one of the original instructors. It turns out that multiple Udacity Directors had an intervention meeting with Siraj explaining to him how bad his habit of non-attribution was.
Udacity’s CEO talks about the future via EdSurge Meanwhile, Udacity, which partnered with Georgia Tech to produce the OMSCS, has expressed interest in partnering with other universities as well, plus some other possible future actions.
Touching lives, changing careers via NPTEL NPTEL surveyed alumni to discover their reasons for enrolling and found that taking NPTEL courses provides multiple advantages for anyone with a desire to learn.
Not all MOOCS start off as MOOCs via Center of Academic Innovation U-M Sometimes they don’t finish as MOOCs either. Here is the story of some University of Michigan offerings that have followed different paths to find the right audience.
The next Open edX conference will be in Lisbon, Portugal on May 19-22. Registrations open in January.
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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.