Course topic is the biggest motivating factor for participants in massive open online courses and quality of the learning experience is the main reason they complete the courses or quit early, according to a new survey performed by Qualtrics.
Steven Mintz, executive director of the Institute for Transformational Learning at the University of Texas System, writes that instead of arguing about whether MOOCs will stratify education or threaten tenure and job security for instructors, educators should see them as an opportunity to rethink pedagogy and instructional design for a new century and a new generation of students.
At a time when many universities are still trying to determine where they fit in the MOOC landscape, San Jose State University (CA) had the vision to become the first university to combine MOOC content with college credit.
San Jose State University (SJSU) is taking "a short breather" from its ground-breaking experiment with for-credit massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, the school disclosed this week. But university representatives insisted that this break is part of the plan and not a reaction to preliminary findings indicating that some students didn't do as well in the unsupervised online courses as they might have done in traditional courses.
A distance learning network program is providing busy professionals the opportunity to earn dual executive MBAs from Cornell University's Johnson School of Business in Ithaca, NY and Queen's University's School of Business in Kingston, Ontario.
Bank Street College of Education will launch a fully online fieldwork and advisement pilot for its graduate math education program.
Temple University's Fox School of Business will launch the institution's first massive open online course this September.
Blackboard's CourseSites is wooing additional institutions to its free learning management offering to run their massive open online courses.
A San Francisco, CA-based startup has unveiled a beta version of its free Web-based course-creation publishing platform.
The launch of an accredited MOOC degree by a major university may be risky, but it almost certainly changes the landscape of higher education for good.