2015 has started with a continuing steady pace of MOOC activities. We are seeing some interesting trends start to take shape:
- MOOC providers are pursuing their credential programs, which are gaining substantial levels of participation (and revenue via certificate fees).
- Universities and professors have more nuanced plans for MOOCs, for example to boost alumni engagement or create digital textbooks.
- The talk about the future of MOOCs and online education is more tempered, but people do still see possibilities for significant changes.
Some of these developments may work out, some may not. 2015 promises to be a good year for MOOC innovations, keep an eye out!
THE HYPE IS DEAD, BUT MOOCs ARE MARCHING ON
Don Heusman of Knowledge@Wharton talks with Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, asking about learner trends, demographics, and Coursera’s plans for the future. READ MORE
FRESHMAN YEAR FOR FREE
Nonprofit Modern States Education Alliance is partnering with edX to develop 20 AP high-school subject MOOCs. The nonprofit’s founder, Steven Klinsky, wants to give high school students the chance to gain college credit via AP exams, and reduce the number of college courses that they will have to take, perhaps even by a year. READ MORE
3000 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN UDACITY NANODEGREES
In an interview with Bloomberg West, Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, is asked about a number of topics being discussed in Silicon Valley. At the outset, he mentions that in a nine-week period, 3,000 students have signed up for Udacity nanodegrees in Front end web development and data science. READ MORE
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