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April 2016

21,900 per cent growth in ten years? Yes, the government is serious

The federal government has a plan for Australia to use online technology to grab 10 per cent of the world market for education by 2025. That’s 110 million students!

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Social media interaction tools might make MOOCs stickier | Science Codex

Developers of massive open online courses — or MOOCs — may want to take a page from Facebook to keep more students engaged and enrolled, according to researchers. In a study that compared MOOC student use of the course’s Facebook groups to use of the

Udacity Connect Offers Face-to-Face Sessions — Campus Technology

Nanodegree students can now visit physical learning centers for in-person instruction.

Sebastian Thrun, Modi and the Forgotten Promise of MOOCs

Even as the celebrated Udacity CEO steps down, the pivoting of his company over the last few years offers lessons to skilling and re-skilling India’s youth.

Udacity Debuts In China, Launches In-Person Group Tutoring – Forbes

After launching in India last year, Udacity has made its way to China.

Udacity Debuts In China, Launches In-Person Group Tutoring – Forbes

After launching in India last year, Udacity has made its way to China.

Employees moving to digital education platforms like edX, Coursera to gain new skills – The Economic Times

MOOCs like Coursera were under scanner for low conversion rates, but have now come up with cohort groups and messaging platforms to connect students.

Udacity’s new CEO is Vish Makhijani, Sebastian Thrun becomes president and chairman

Massively open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity today announced that cofounder Sebastian Thrun is stepping down from the chief executive position and is being replaced by Vish Makhijani, who has been the company’s president and chief operating officer. Thrun will now be the company’s president and chairman.

Penn Dental to Present Introduction to Dental Medicine MOOC

The mouth is the window into human health and through Penn Dental Medicine’s upcoming MOOC (massive open online course), Introduction to Dental Medicine, participants will be able to understand more fully the ways in which the oral cavity functions and what affect that has on the rest of the body. The course is scheduled to run May 2 – June 26 through Penn’s Online Learning Initiative and its partner, Coursera. The widely popular course debuted last June, attracting 8,656 enrollments and 5,742 active learners worldwide and putting it among the top performers among Penn’s Coursera courses for engaging active learners.

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