UDACITY’S NEW CEO AND SERVICES IN AMERICA AND CHINA Udacity’s COO Vishal Makhijani becomes its CEO, and founder Sebastian Thrun (who remains president and chairman) will focus on the company’s ed-tech innovations. Udacity has added a new service to its Nanodegrees (available in three U.S. cities so far) through which students can visit physical locations to learn with peers and mentors. Udacity has also opened an office in China, and it has started offering Chinese versions of its Nanodegrees.
MORE MOOCS FOR CREDIT via TU Delft Eight universities (including Rice University, the University of Edinburgh, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) form an alliance to grant credit for taking MOOCs.
MOOC MICRO-CREDENTIALS via Campus Technology Six large universities establish a new MOOC portal to offer low-cost micro-credentials.
MOOCs Turn 4: What Have We Learned.
MOOC COURSE REPORTvia Class Central
A list of 625+ free online courses starting in April 2016.
SUNY ONLINE GRANT Open SUNY, the online degree system that offers courses from 64 SUNY campuses, has received a $2 million grant to improve online students’ success.
MOOC IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 10,000 kids (ages 10–12) will take a MOOC by the University of Groningen. The MOOC will introduce students to topics like astronomy, law, biology, psychology, medicine, philosophy, and history.
Reimaging Education: MOOCs 2.0 by edX CEO Anant Agrawal.
RISING COMPLETION RATES via ASU The Teach English Now! Specialization from Arizona State University has received a Coursera award for having the highest completion rate (20%).
COMPLETION RATE DEBATE via Class Central Insightful article on why MOOC completion rates can be a misleading measure of quality and learning.
MOOCS FOR TEACHER TRAINING via Class Central An article summarizing Class Central’s SXSWedu panel discussion on using MOOCs for teacher training.
ONLINE LEARNING REPORT via EdSurge MIT has released a new report with recommendations on advancing online education.
New models to transform education by Udemy CEO Dennis Yang.
COURSERA 1000via Coursera Coursera has reached 1000 active courses and is experimenting with an Honors certificate.
MILLION-STRONG MOOCvia Crain’s Detroit Business Professor Barbara Oakley’s MOOC, entitled Learning How to Learn, has enrolled more than 1.2 million students.
MOOC INFOGRAPHIC via Coursera Coursera has released an infographic of the learning behaviors and demographics of its 18 million students.
MOOCS IN CORPORATIONS A new Deloitte survey reports that the percentage of companies that feel comfortable incorporating MOOCs into their learning platforms rose to forty-three percent this year, from thirty percent last year.
OPEN EDX CONFERENCE The Open edX 2016 conference will take place at Stanford University on June 14–17. It will feature panels, tutorials, lightning talks, workshops, and a hackathon.
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Anuar Andres Lequerica is Class Central’s analyst. He has a graduate degree in education policy and has taken at least eight online courses across all the different platforms.