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Apple’s iTunes U surpasses 1 billion downloads as online education takes off

iTunes U growth also showed a spike in recent years, as online education has become more accepted. The company announced that it had surpassed 300 million downloads on the service in August of 2010, a little more than three years after the service launched; less than three years later, it has added 700 million more. Continue reading


Rate my MOOC

The MOOC review sites offer a fascinating glimpse into the population of nontraditional learners enrolled in online courses. Students from Stockholm to Macedonia, posting on Course Talk about a University of Pennsylvania MOOC on modern American poetry, say the class has allowed them to “dwell in possibility.” Continue reading


Mitra’s work is varied and long-running, and it’s not surprising to see him given the prize. But honoring him is also an arguably political move in the ongoing battle over MOOCs or massively open online courses. Continue reading

Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching

Students regularly drop out of massive open online courses before they come to term. For a professor to drop out is less common. Continue reading

Good MOOC’s, Bad MOOC’s

Even though all of the press coverage has gone to the competing Stanford edu-preneurs behind Coursera and Udacity, Siemens and Downes have done much of the most important work, theoretical and practical, distinguishing between good and bad MOOC’s. Continue reading

Online Evolution Accelerates

THE EVOLUTION of technologically enabled teaching and learning—through the Harvard-MIT edX partnership, and for-profit ventures including Coursera and Udacity—accelerated nationwide in late 2012 and in the new year. As public attention focused on free, advanced-level massive open online courses (MOOCs), other discussions emerged in academia about applications to and implications for much more tailored and entry-level instruction. Herewith, some highlights. Continue reading