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January 2017

UK MOOC platform FutureLearn to offer 15,000 free certificates

FutureLearn, has partnered with the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign to offer 15,000 free certificates to learners in 36 countries.

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New Coursera education project targets governments and nonprofits – Silicon Valley Business Journal

The Mountain View-based edtech startup launched a new offering this week to help “close current and emerging skills gaps in the global workforce.”

Can MOOCs Cure the Tuition Epidemic?

New MOOC-based master’s degrees from Georgia Tech, MIT, and Illinois are significantly cheaper than on-campus degrees

The future is online – FE News

Opinion piece by Pierre Dubuc on the future of online education and alternative routes to degree-level qualifications.

“Stanford in Pakistan”

At present the PM Youth Skills Development Program is being handled by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission of Pakistan (NAVTTC). Youth who apply, and are accepted into the skills development program, are placed in NAVTTC institutes around Pakistan. PM Youth Program pays 30,000 – 35,000 PKR per every 6 month course to NAVTTC for every student enrolled through the Skills Development Program. This is great and many of the students learn and benefit greatly from taking coursework from local technical institutes. Wouldn’t it be great if the Skills Development Program also provide the same tuition reimbursement for students to take certificates from Institutions like Stanford and Wharton? The costs would remain the same as for local courses but students across Pakistan can benefit from learning technology and engineering skills as well as earning a prestigious certificate from some of the best educational institutes around the world.

Indians love philosophy, football: online courses draw them to top university

Of the 2.2 million participants in Edinburgh MOOCs, an average of 7% of overall participants have come from India

The State of the MOOC: What Associations Should Know

The massive open online course, or MOOC, has been around long enough that some strong takeaways are starting to show themselves.

Udacity launches deep learning nanodegree foundation program

Greater compute power and power efficiency has made deep learning algorithms ubiquitous in our world. Deep learning has found its way into self driving..

How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong

By replicating the lecture format, MOOCs ignore the truly innovative developments in online learning

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