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As the number of students who signed up for at least one MOOC in 2015 crossed the 35 million mark, MOOC providers are continuing to launch new programs: Udacity have announced Nanodegree Plus, which comes with a job guarantee, and Coursera have announced 35 new Specializations.
The move toward offering academic credit is now gaining pace as well. Last year, edX partnered with Arizona State University, the American Council on Education, Charter Oak State College, and MIT to offer MOOCs for credit. This month, it was announced that six universities (Boston University among them) will start a global credit transfer system for their MOOCs. Malaysia has announced that its state universities will grant and transfer MOOC credits. Georgia Tech/Udacity’s online computer science master’s program is approaching a total enrollment of 3,000 students.
UDACITY JOB GUARANTEEvia Class Central
Udacity will refund your tuition if you haven’t found a job within six months of graduating from their Nanodegree Plus program.
MOOCS CREDIT TRANSFERvia Class Central Six universities start a global credit transfer system for their MOOCs.
NEW COURSERA SPECIALIZATIONSvia Coursera
Coursera announced more than 35 new Specializations for 2016. Specializations consist of a series of courses in a field of study, followed by a capstone project.
MALAYSIA MOOCS FOR CREDITvia New Straits Times The country has announced that its state universities will grant and transfer MOOC credits.
GEORGIA TECH OMCS DEGREEvia e-Literate An update on and analysis of the big Georgia Tech/Udacity’s online computer science master’s program. The program graduated its first class of students. All 20 of them..
FRESHMAN YEAR MOOCSvia Inside Higher Ed An update on Arizona State University’s MOOCs-for-credit initiative with edX. Only 323 of 34,086 learners are eligible to take advantage of Arizona State’s MOOCs-for-credit initiative with edX.
MOOC STATS AND TRENDS IN 2015via Class Central The total number of students who signed up for at least one MOOC in 2015 crossed the 35 million mark — up from an estimated 17 million in 2014. We review the top trends of 2015, including MOOCs finding new business models, the death of free certificates, and the rise of self-paced courses.
MOOC RATINGSvia Class Central Here’s the list of the ten best-reviewed MOOCs of 2015.
MOOC COURSE REPORTvia Class Central
A list of 516 free online courses starting in January 2016.
New MOOCsvia Class Central
The list of 196 new courses added to Class Central in December 2015.
THE RISE OF MOOCvia Forbes An analysis of what’s fueling the rapid growth of MOOCs and what to expect in the coming years.
MOOC BLENDED LEARNING MODELSvia eCampus News
A new study reviews the different types of blended learning models using MOOCs in schools and universities.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING IN MOOCSvia eSchool News
New report on incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to increase accessibility for all students when creating online courses.
MOOC DATA USED TO UNDERSTAND LEARNERSvia The Huffington Post
As edX passes six million registered students, CEO Anant Agarwal discusses how MOOCs have improved our understanding of learning patterns and how India is benefitting from them.
DEEP LEARNING MOOCvia Class Central
Udacity will launch a MOOC about learning how to use Google’s open-source software library for machine intelligence. Google will be involved in designing and running the course.
SYNCHRONOUS EVENTS IN MOOCSvia Class Central
A great article full of tips on organizing successful synchronous events in MOOCs from NovoEd’s Aya Jennifer Sakaguchi.
GOOGLE/INDIA MOOCSvia DNA India Google partners with universities in India to offer more than 40 free online courses on all sorts of subjects.
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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.