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Back to school is in the air, as many teachers and students prepare for a new school year. Today, we hear from Mary Liu who teaches biology, anatomy and physiology at a high school in a Boston suburb. Mary is both an edX student and course creator and shares her insights into how online education is impacting and enhancing high school learning. How high schools...

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Your typical small liberal arts college does not possess a wealth of resources focused on online course development that can be leveraged to produce a MOOC. But what we lack in resources we more than make up for in collaboration and creativity. Partly out of necessity and partly by design, the DavidsonX team jumped into our MOOC course development process feet first. We are figuring...

Read More about The Lean MOOC

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I came to MOOCs by way of copyright. I am not a lawyer (a phrase many around me are probably tired of hearing), but I do have some expertise in the use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes, which is why I joined the DavidsonX team. It was clear from the beginning that we would need to tackle many intellectual property (IP) issues as we...

Read More about Copyright Cop on the MOOC Beat

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I am a Korean marine geophysicist who became quadriplegic (spinal cord injury with complete injury on cervical bone number four) as a result of a van rollover accident during a geological field trip in California almost 9 years ago (July 2, 2006). I am completely paralyzed from the neck down. However, with twist of luck and turn of fate, I have become quite influential in...

Read More about Rethinking Accessibility for Online Learning

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How can technology be used to transform teaching and learning in Higher Education? This is a subject of much discussion and debate, not only in the educational community, but among students, the business community and policy-makers concerned about global competitiveness. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), mass higher education has become a worldwide priority, with enrollments growing from 100 million...

Read More about Vital Source and edX: Bringing Education Opportunity to the Masses

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First, a story about how “The LEGO Movie” took me by surprise Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed last month to take my three daughters to “The LEGO® Movie.” I had seen the trailer, and I was deeply skeptical about a film that appeared to be little more than a thinly veiled commercial. I have good kids, but I had visions of them relentlessly pestering me until...

Read More about How Our Medical Device Company Is Using Open EdX To Engage Customers

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The brief given to me early last year by my boss, Professor Phil Long, here at the University of Queensland, was not one I’d heard before. “We’re making four edX courses. We need to produce a large number of short educational videos across a wide range of topics. All the videos have to be engaging but also easy to make, with tools that are familiar...

Read More about Guest Post: µStudio — Speed & Quality for under $10k

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Students Take College Writing 2x: Principles of Written English Massive Open Online Course in Madagascar International students connect the United States with the world. We want international students to be successful in their fields of study and to gain a rich understanding of America. Learning the intricacies of written English increases students’ chances of success in science, business, technology and much of higher education —...

Read More about Massive Open Online Course Helps English Language Learners Improve Writing Skills

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MOOCs are a potential game-changer in the rapidly evolving landscape of higher education. They can affordably expand access to rigorous, effective curricula otherwise available only to a few. They can enable analytics that will offer insight into how humans learn. They may even strengthen global community and commitment to a shared future. Even leaving aside the work force demands of a technology-driven economy, all those...

Read More about MOOCs and a Liberal Arts College

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The enrollment of all HarvardX courses in early November 2013 exceeded 770,000 students. At registration, every student had to answer a simple question: “why are you taking a class?” In the open text format, students could write anything and make it as long or as short as they wanted. The illustration above shows, a word cloud, their learning goals. At HarvardX, Harvard University’s online and...

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