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February 2017

MOOC Offers Assistance on Designing Blended Learning Courses — Campus Technology

University of Central Florida (UCF) and Educause have re-launched a no-cost massive open online course (MOOC) that offers facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers who want to develop blended courses.

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The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners (EdSurge News)

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. Between 2014 and 2016 Usman earned 21
verified certificates from Coursera and completed 11 social en

Coursera’s new skill search could do for learning what Netflix did for TV

Coursera has emerged as a formidable competitor in the online education space, racking up 24 million registered learners with access to 1,900 courses. But..

European MOOC Platform Expands to 5 U.S. Universities — Campus Technology

FutureLearn, the largest MOOC provider in Europe, today announced its first United States university partners.

MOOCs: A Postmortem

MOOCs are dead. “How can I possibly argue that MOOCs are dead?,” you may ask. After all, to borrow the stats just from Coursera, they have: 1600 courses, 130+ specializations, 145+ univ…

British MOOC provider FutureLearn expands to the U.S.

FutureLearn, the massive open online course provider owned by the Open University in the U.K., expands to the U.S.

Penn State to offer MOOCs on FutureLearn online learning platform | Penn State University

Penn State will begin offering massive open online courses through FutureLearn, the United Kingdom’s leading MOOC platform, as part of the organization’s launch in the United States.

Guest Commentary: Online Education

There is, however, a serious problem currently keeping online education from reaching its full potential — low retention rates. About 90 percent of enrollees in “MOOCS” — short for “Massive Open Online Courses,” which have unlimited registration and are the most popular online education product — drop out within two weeks. 

The key to solving this problem? Making MOOCs more interactive. While MOOCs can never perfectly replicate the in-person back-and-forth of traditional brick-and-mortar schools, they can capitalize on modern technologies that empower students to more intimately engage with the material, their instructors, and their peers.

St. George’s offers best practices on MOOC design for international audiences

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