Instructional technology / distance education

Top-tier universities band together to offer credit-bearing, fully online courses

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A consortium of top-tier universities announces fully online, non-MOOC, credit-bearing courses.

Tech Officials Weigh in on Big Data, MOOCs, and open source

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New survey from Campus Computing Project suggests that colleges are not taking full advantage of Big Data, and remain apprehensive about open source applications. But many see a role for MOOCs in academic instruction.

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University

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Coursera strikes licensing agreement with Antioch University, bringing business model for massive online courses into sharper focus.

U. of Texas aims to use MOOCs to reduce costs, increase completion

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U. of Texas System wants to use its edX partnership to aid its goals of reducing costs and increasing completion. That will mean awarding credit, under certain conditions, for MOOCs.

Elsevier partners with edX to provide free versions of textbooks to MOOC students

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Academic Publishing
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Elsevier will offer free (but basic) digital versions of one of its textbooks to MOOC students through edX, hoping it will drive traditional sales.

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

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MOOCs
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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.

'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.

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