MOOCs, Blended Learning, Online Learning & Flipped Classrooms


2 Texas Schools Pursue Competency-Based Liberal Ed Degree

Two Texas institutions are developing a degree program that will use competency-based credits. Texas A&M University-Commerce and South Texas College are creating a bachelor of applied sciences in organizational leadership.

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

Google, EdX Partner on MOOC Platform Development, Research

EdX has partnered with Google to develop the nonprofit massive open online course provider's learning platform, Open edX, and expand availability to institutions and individuals.

Plato Courseware Expands Career Technical Education Offerings

Online learning solutions provider Edmentum has launched eight career technical education courses for its Plato Courseware online learning curriculum, with 24 more CTE courses to be released in 2014.

Stanford Launches Summer Reading Site To Engage Freshmen Ahead of Fall Classes

Stanford has expanded its Three Books summer reading program to include online elements in an effort to engage incoming freshmen in the academic community before they ever step on campus.



WVU Parkersburg Moves Online Degree Programs to OpenClass

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is transitioning its online degree programs to a new platform and is restructuring and enhancing up to 220 of its courses with e-learning content and assessment.

Free Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators Starts Sept. 30

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University have announced a new version of their free Digital Learning Transition massive open online course (MOOC) for educators.

New MOOC Explores Role of Badges for Professional Credentials

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions have joined forces to offer a new MOOC that will delve into the subject of badges for academic and professional credentials.

Creativity MOOC Draws 120,000 Students

More than 120,000 people from around the world have signed up for an upcoming massive online open course (MOOC) designed to help students of all disciplines tap into their innate creative potential.

New Virtual World Woos Business Students with $50,000 Contest

A 3D immersive environment to deliver business education and connect business students from around the world will launch during the month of October in a global business simulation competition for MBA students.