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.
The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is offering a set of courses through Coursera focused on using big data to make real business decisions.
The School of Engineering at the University of Kansas has introduced several new active learning classrooms this fall, the largest of which can accommodate up to 160 students.
A doctoral program at Michigan State University has begun experimenting with the use of robots to pull on-campus and off-campus students closer together in class.
A new partnership between the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) allows high school students to experience college-level courses and earn college credits.
McGill University is partnering with edX to launch what they institutions are calling a "GROOC," or a massive open online course (MOOC) for groups.