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Georgia Tech to Offer a MOOC-Like Online Master’s Degree, at Low Cost

The program is expected to take most students three years to complete, and cost less than $7,000. Continue reading


MOOC Keynote Conversation – SXSWedu 2013 from SXSWedu

In a special keynote conversation moderated by award-winning writer with The New York Times Laura Pappano, Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng and edX President Anant Agarwal will focus on massive open online courses (MOOCs), a rapidly growing interest in the education space, designed to offer large-scale participation through the web. Continue reading

SXSWedu: A MOOC Love Fest

Although MOOCs won’t replace universities, they are “causing universities to rethink what’s possible with education,” Continue reading

Peer Grading Can’t Work

… The implicit assumption of any peer grading arrangement is that students with minimal direction can do what humanities professors get paid to do and I think that’s the fatal flaw of these arrangements. This assumption not only undermines the authority of professors everywhere; it suggests that the only important part of college instruction is … Continue reading

Measuring the MOOC Dropout Rate

Researchers are trying to understand why the vast majority of students fail to finish free online classes and who is signing up for the classes to begin with. Continue reading

Google Will Fund Cornell MOOC

Google will support — both financially and technologically — the MOOC version of Six Pretty Good Books. Continue reading

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


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