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How One MOOC is Helping People and Government Connect in New Ways: The Story of U.Lab in Scotland

How does one government work differently with communities to lead change? By using an edX course. The story of how this came about is a story of country in transition; it’s a story about new forms of leadership; and it’s a story about re-imagining education in a rapidly changing world. Scotland in Transition When was the last time you heard a government official say to the public,...

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03 Sep 2015
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MOOC Providers

This post was originally published on the Higher Ed Beta blog. To be sure, enrollment in online learning opportunities (MOOCs and beyond) continues to grow. New courses (from stalwart institutions like the Ivies and unexpected ones like Wired magazine), new forms of degrees (nano- and micro-), and hybrid programs that blend traditional with online learning (where learners end up with the same credential as those who...

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01 Sep 2015
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Why Is Measuring Learning So Difficult? A Video Conversation

This post was originally published on EdTech Researcher. Here is a new video from EDUCAUSE with four experts and me addressing the question, “Why is measuring learning difficult?” Some good reflections on learning analytics, data, MOOCs, testing, pyschometrics, and more. I think the video has a nice balance of humility and optimism. Learning is much more complex than we can ever really pin down, but...

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28 Aug 2015
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Davidson Next: Scaling AP Instruction to the World

Davidson College, in partnership with the College Board and edX, has created a suite of free, instructional modules addressing the most challenging concepts in Advanced Placement (AP) subjects; the initiative – which launched July 22nd on edX.org – is called Davidson Next. These modules are designed to help students master difficult concepts in the AP curriculum (as defined by 2011–13 AP exam data), while also...

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21 Aug 2015
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Back to School: The New Way

As college tuition continues to rise, while the edtech space expands and evolves, many students are seeking out nontraditional ways to learn and earn degrees. At edX, we have been talking about the unbundling of education for some time now. Though vocational schools and associate degree programs have allowed for alternative, affordable or more flexible education pathways, advances in technology and online learning open up...

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19 Aug 2015
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Explore the Psychology of Criminal Justice

In 2014, the award wining podcast ‘Serial’ became a cultural phenomenon through its detailed reexamination of the investigation and conviction of Adnan Syed for the murder of Hae Min Lee. Over 90 million people heard about the twists and turns and possible flaws in the case. It reinvigorated an interest in police work and the intricacies of criminal law. But, how do we know when the criminal justice...

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18 Aug 2015
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New Education Frontiers: Online Learning’s Impact on Higher Ed and the Economy

Education remains at the forefront as the election season heats up in U.S. Hillary Clinton’s education plan, revealed this week, stresses, “Higher education should be a right, not a privilege.” This belief in the right to high-quality education informs all we do here at edX and is central to our founding mission to increase access to education for everyone, everywhere. As candidates, policy makers, educators...

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11 Aug 2015
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Electronic Interfaces, AP* Preparation, and European Paintings on edX This Week!

Whether you are interested in building a robot, preparing for the new school year’s AP courses, or exploring da Vinci’s most inspiring art, edX has just what you are looking for this week. Check out these exciting new offerings and enroll in a course that sparks your curiosity today!*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of,...

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10 Jul 2015
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Propel Your Career: Enhance Your Life With These Languages

Learning a second language can have a huge impact on your career. In fact, it can provide you the edge you need to stand out in today’s competitive job market. The skill to communicate with different people from around the world has become a coveted one both socially and professionally. Rapid globalization has facilitated international relationships in nearly every realm of economy, politics, and culture....

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09 Jul 2015

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