Instructional technology / distance education

California educational factions eye plan to offer MOOC credit at public colleges

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As details emerge for plan to outsource some courses, idea attracts considerable interest and considerable faculty scrutiny.

Coursera and edX add universities and hope to expand global reach

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Coursera and edX both double in size and look for larger international audiences.

ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit

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American Council on Education puts stamp of approval on Coursera courses from Duke, Penn and UC-Irvine -- none of which would grant credits themselves.

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course

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Amid student confusion and frustration, Coursera calls off a course one week in. The subject? "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."

Arizona St. and Knewton's grand experiment with adaptive learning

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Knewton says its data-rich system can read students' minds. The company has landed Arizona State and Pearson as partners -- will the rest of higher education follow?

Public universities move to offer MOOCs for credit

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Georgia State will evaluate courses much like it reviews other work done by students before they enroll. Academic Partnerships, which helps universities put degree programs online, will work with institutions to make first course in each degree a MOOC.

Academe reacts to Aaron Swartz's suicide

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In academe, many advocates for open access mourn loss of a leading thinker and activist for the movement. Many also criticize MIT, which says it will study its role in his legal struggles.

Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow

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Annual survey finds that enrollments in online courses and programs grew at 9.3 percent rate, lowest level in a decade -- and that campus officials don't know what to make of MOOCs.

Wellesley and Wesleyan hope MOOCs will inform campus-based teaching

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Wellesley's move to join edX and Wesleyan's entry into Coursera offer a chance to apply liberal arts college ideals to MOOCs, and potentially vice versa.
 

Coursera looks to harness the free labor of its devotees

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As MOOC "power users" emerge, Coursera looks to deputize its most devoted students to improve its courses.

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