More than seven in 10 learners report career benefits and more than six in 10 report educational benefits from completing massive open online courses (MOOCs). Participants from developing countries and particularly those with lower socioeconomic status and less education appear to be more likely to report benefits from pursuing MOOCs. Those results and others come out of the first major research survey done among Coursera learners and reported in the Harvard Business Review.
Ed tech company Versal has added mobile functionality to its online course authoring tool, allowing users of Android and iOS devices to access courses and via a new mobile player.
Cengage Learning has bought out ed tech company Learning Objects, which provides a learning platform and instructional design services for colleges and education.
Colorado State University is adding awards of completion to its academic programs to keep people motivated as they work towards undergraduate and master's degrees.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will use the cloud-based platform to allow more teachers to customize content and to distribute it to more students.
MOOCs that rely primarily on people watching lectures may be missing an opportunity to help their students learn even more by adding interactive activities. Recent research into massive open online courses suggests that students do six times better in the course by "extra doing."
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering created an online pre-registration tutorial that uses gamification to motivate students to participate, keep them engaged and help them understand course requirements and curricula.
University of California, Irvine Extension has launched five new online specializations in partnership with the open online education platform, Coursera.
Students who receive the HBX Certificate of Readiness will earn eight undergraduate credits from the Harvard Extension School.
Edmentum has expanded its elective and career course offerings by extending its partnership with eDynamic Learning.