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MOOCS

All the buzz about Massive Open Online Courses and questions about their impact on schools, learners and employers.


University of Michigan Offers MicroMasters Courses on edX
MICRO-MICHIGAN: The University of Michigan has partnered with online learning platform edX to offer three MicroMasters, courses where students can earn a certificate or credits toward a master’s degree. Thirteen other universities are also launching these courses on edX, but Michigan is offering three over other schools mostly offering one class...

Cartoon Network and JAM.com Launch Free "Become an Animator" Course
DRAWING KIDS IN: Cartoon Network and the online course provider JAM.com—a new project by DIY.org—have partnered to create "Become an Animator," a free course for young students to learn the basics of animation. It will be the only free course on JAM.com and the JAM mobile app, both of which offers courses such as "Become a Pop Singer" and "Invent Your Own Machines" for a price...
Microsoft and edX Are Planning Online Courses for School Leaders
CHARTING THE COURSES: Microsoft has partnered with edX on five upcoming courses for school principals, headmasters, superintendents and other leaders, the software giant has announced in a blog post. Rolling out in fall of 2016 and into 2017, the courses will cover as yet undetermined aspects of school leadership...
The U.S. State Department and Coursera Offer Free Online Courses to Refugees
WILL MOOCS SAVE US ALL: Today Coursera announced the launch of Coursera for Refugees in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The initiative lets refugees and nonprofits supporting them apply for financial aid to access Coursera’s library of online courses. Coursera is not the first to offer a MOOC-for-refugees program—edX stepped into this space in February—but it is the first to partner with the State Department, which will provide in-person facilitation at embassies and consulates and help identify partner organizations currently supporting refugee communities...

Coursera's Update Will Migrate Hundreds of Courses to a New Platform
OUT WITH THE OLD: Coursera is planning to terminate access to its old platform on June 30, which will remove access to more than 450 courses hosted there. The majority of the MOOCs will transfer to the new platform, which Coursera began building in 2014 and which accommodates self-paced courses...

Arizona State’s Global Freshman Academy to Use Adaptive Technology in Math MOOC
ASU’S ADAPTIVE ALGEBRA: Arizona State University’s Global Freshman Academy, a partnership with MOOC-provider edX, will begin using ALEKS, McGraw-Hill’s adaptive learning software, for its introductory college algebra course—the first time the product has been used for a MOOC.

Coursera, University of Illinois Launch MOOC-Based Master’s Degree in Data Science
MOOC MASTERS: More than three years ago the Harvard Business Review named data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” And the market for such roles remains white hot: Glassdoor ranked it as the best job in America for 2016.

Recipe for MOOC Completion
TO THE FINISH LINE: Why are MOOC completion rates stubbornly low? New research published in the Journal of Higher Education focuses on understanding student enrollment, engagement, persistence and completion on Coursera’s platform. The researchers report counterintuitive findings that may help address the problem...