Distance education

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model

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As the first humanities MOOCs hit the ground, professors and students contemplate the limitations of Coursera's peer-grading system.

World Education University looks to ride the MOOC wave despite skeptics

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World Education University, a company that wants to underwrite "free" degree programs by selling access to student information, exemplifies new wave of higher ed entrepreneurship.

Saylor Foundation's Free Courses Offer Path to Credit

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Saylor Foundation's 240 free online courses now offer a pathway to college credit, thanks to new partnerships with Excelsior College and StraighterLine. But will students follow that path?

'Conventional' online universities consider strategic response to MOOCs

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How will MOOCs change the financial models of universities that have built revenue streams with credit courses online?

Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs

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Despite rumors that U. of Washington would be first to award credit for success in free online courses, universities remain at impasse over meaningful recognition of MOOC success.

U.Va. and 11 others become latest to plan MOOCs

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Coursera signs up a dozen more top universities for massively open online courses -- including the U. of Virginia, whose online strategy was a touchstone for the recent administrative rift.

Accreditor will require colleges to stop ignoring adult student retention

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Colleges fail to track adult student retention and graduation rates, survey finds. But one accreditor will now require those data. Will others follow suit?

For-profit Ashford University loses accreditation bid

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WASC nixes Ashford University's accreditation bid, dealing blow to for-profit Bridgepoint Inc. and signaling that accreditors may take a more aggressive stance with for-profit sector.

Earning college credit for MOOCs through prior learning assessment

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Students can earn college credit by combining MOOCs and prior learning assessment -- two potential higher education "disruptions." And experts predict many students soon will.

Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers

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Coursera, edX and Udacity are making a name for themselves by giving away "elite" courses free. But eventually their investors will want them to be self-sustaining and profitable. How might they do that?

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