Postsecondary Learning

MOOCS

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


Coursera's Colorful Map Shows Online Learning Trends in the US
BIO BELT OR ART ANNEX? Red state, blue state, green state, yellow state. Coursera, a massive open online course platform, has mapped out the learning trends and interests among its 5 million U.S. users. The result is a colorful, interactive map of the states grouped into 12 distinct regions defined by online course popularity...
Study Shows More Teachers Are Among Increasing Number of MOOC Users
WHO ARE THE MOOC-ERS? MOOCs—where students are also teachers. That’s among the findings from a new report from Harvard and MIT, examining 280 courses offered by the two schools through edX since 2012. Researchers say that 32 percent of respondents self-identified as “being” or “having been” a teacher...
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...