Archive for November, 2012

Master MLA Formatting and Style

Master MLA Formatting and Style

Beyond learning how to write quality content, students need to learn how to structure their writing based on the conventions used in different disciplines. The Modern Language Association (MLA) format is helpful for students of any major because of its easy process for organizing and documenting sources. There are several different documentation style guides across […]

Your Parents Were Wrong: How to Do Almost Anything With Your Anthropology Degree

Your Parents Were Wrong: How to Do Almost Anything With Your Anthropology Degree

These days, finding a great job with your college degree can be a challenge. This is especially true for those of us who have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining a degree in the social sciences. As a result, it is of the utmost importance that recent and potential college graduates take some […]

University of Miami Launches Mini-MOOC for High School Students

University of Miami Launches Mini-MOOC for High School Students

The University of Miami has launched the first massive open online course (MOOC) specifically for high school students. The course, a three-week long prep class for the SAT subject test in biology, is being offered through the college's University of Miami Global Academy and began enrolling students Nov. 26. The class is designed to address […]

Arizona State and Scottsdale Community College Decide What MOOCs to Offer

Arizona State and Scottsdale Community College Decide What MOOCs to Offer

While two of Arizona's public universities are considering how to adapt to the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs), two schools have already decided how they are going to proceed. Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College will each be offering a new MOOC in 2013. Scottsdale Community College, a member of the Maricopa […]

Knight Center For Journalism on Track to Launch Second Installment of MOOC

Knight Center For Journalism on Track to Launch Second Installment of MOOC

After a larger-than-expected interest in its first massive open online course (MOOC) forced the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin to suspend enrollment in the class, the center decided to offer a second installment. The six-week class, an introduction to infographics and data visualization, already has more […]

Berklee College of Music Gives MOOCs a Soundtrack, draws 80,000 students

Berklee College of Music Gives MOOCs a Soundtrack, draws 80,000 students

When Berklee College of Music's massive open online courses (MOOCs) launch in January they will be the first attempts to bring music education to the world of MOOCs. The courses, which are being offered through MOOC provider Coursera, will include an introductory improvisation class taught by six-time Grammy winner Gary Burton and an introduction to […]

Small Business Administration Launches Free Classes for Entrepreneurs

Small Business Administration Launches Free Classes for Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently unveiled a new online learning portal for small business and entrepreneurs The Small Business Learning Center provides small business owners with a searchable catalog of educational resources, including videos, chat sessions, and self-paced courses in entrepreneurship. The available courses cover topics that range from the basics, like writing a […]

Indiana University Invests $8 million in MOOCs

Indiana University Invests $8 million in MOOCs

Indiana University has decided to invest $8 million in massive open online courses (MOOCs). The investment is part of a major push to expand its online presence. In addition to creating MOOCs, Indiana University plans to increase its for-credit online programs by offering undergraduate certificates and degrees in business, technology, and sciences. To reduce the […]

Macalester College Joins the Online Revolution

Macalester College Joins the Online Revolution

Macalester College, a private, liberal arts school in St. Paul, Minn., has decided to offer its first for-credit online course. The class, "Calculus: a Modeling Approach," will be open to all students attending an Associate College of the Midwest school. A Macalester faculty task force will spend the remainder of the year working out the […]

MOOCs as Management Training: Jack Welch Institute Partners with Udemy

MOOCs as Management Training: Jack Welch Institute Partners with Udemy

The MOOC bandwagon has gone corporate. Strayer University's Jack Welch management training institute has partnered with Udemy to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in leadership development. The courses—which will include leadership, people management, strategy, and operational excellence—are being developed in both instructor-led and self-paced versions. Unlike other MOOCs, courses from the Jack Welch institute […]

Arizona Universities Looking to Increase MOOC Offerings

Arizona Universities Looking to Increase MOOC Offerings

As they look at ways to expand their online degrees and course offerings Arizona's three public universities are considering massive open online courses (MOOCs). While Arizona State University is currently the only school in the Grand Canyon State in the process of developing MOOCs, both Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are exploring […]

A Tasty Obsession: The Year in Pizza

A Tasty Obsession: The Year in Pizza

For most of us, from the time we were children, the answer to the question, “what do you want for dinner?” has always been met with a resounding, wholehearted cry of, “PIZZA!” Whether you’re into some of today’s trendiest specialty pies, or your style is more plain cheese, nothing beats the joy of biting into […]

Gates Foundation Awards $550,000 for Development of Remedial MOOCs

Gates Foundation Awards $550,000 for Development of Remedial MOOCs

Just because someone goes to college doesn’t mean they are ready for higher education. A recent study from Complete College America“”a Washington-based nonprofit working to increase college completion””found that over the last decade, the amount of incoming college freshmen requiring remedial courses has only increased. Remedial College Students: The Numbers In 2001, less than one-third […]

MOOC Provider edX Partners with Massachusetts Community Colleges

MOOC Provider edX Partners with Massachusetts Community Colleges

Massive open online course provider (MOOC) edX has partnered with Bunker Hill and MassBay community college to bring MOOCs to the classroom. The partnership is funded by a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership will start bearing fruit in spring 2013 when the community colleges will offer an adapted […]

Cornell Considering MOOCs

Cornell Considering MOOCs

A Cornell University faculty committee is considering whether or not to embrace massive open online courses (MOOCs). According to an article in the Cornell campus newspaper, the Ivy League school is weighing whether or not to adopt a go-it-alone strategy or petition to join one of the already existing MOOC providers. While the university has […]

Here’s What Justice Looks Like the World Over

Here’s What Justice Looks Like the World Over

The July 2011 killing spree of Norwegian Anders Breivik, which took the lives of 77 individuals, outraged people around the world. When the Norwegian criminal justice system sentenced Breivik to just 21 years in a three-room cell with a television and an exercise room, many people were stunned by what seemed to be a light […]

Coursera Credit Evaluation Prompts Some to Re-Examine Its Business Model

Coursera Credit Evaluation Prompts Some to Re-Examine Its Business Model

The announcement that a handful of Coursera’s classes were being evaluated for transfer credit recommendation sparked some education watchers to reexamine Coursera’s business model, and there examination has been aided by some newly released information about exactly how much it costs to develop a course and how much schools receive from the course. According to […]

College of St. Scholastica Offering Prior Learning Assessment Credit for MOOcs

College of St. Scholastica Offering Prior Learning Assessment Credit for MOOcs

The College of St. Scholastica has decided to accept massive open online courses for prior learning assessment credit. The decision is part of the Duluth, Minn.-based Catholic college's new degree completion program. Targeted at the 40 million Americans who already have some college credit but have failed to earn a degree, the school's new program—called […]

Access Five of the Most Important Documents in American History

Access Five of the Most Important Documents in American History

Today, there is no shortage of resources available online and elsewhere to help students appreciate the essentials of an education in American History. No longer are textbooks and in-class lectures the only means a person has to learn about the history of our great country. In fact, students and American history buffs alike now have […]

Deakin University Partners with University of Catalonia to Develop MOOC Platform

Deakin University Partners with University of Catalonia to Develop MOOC Platform

To help facilitate the launch of its upcoming massive open online course, Deakin University in Australia has partnered with the University of Catalonia in Spain to develop a content delivery platform. When the University of Catalonia was established in 1994 it was the first entirely online university in the world. The commercial agreement, which is […]

Academic Partnership Launches Mini-MOOC for Educators

Academic Partnership Launches Mini-MOOC for Educators

Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based education technology company, launched a three-week-long Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for educators on Nov. 8. Described as a mini-MOOC, the course will focus on engaging technology and online pedagogy. The class will use Academic Partnership's Faculty eCommons platform. Guest lecturer Brian Mull will help class participants explore effective, and ineffective, […]

Udacity Offering New Entrepreneur Startup Course

Udacity Offering New Entrepreneur Startup Course

No two paths are ever alike. Nothing could be more true than for entrepreneurs and when beginning a startup company, entrepreneurs take all the sound advice and guidance they can get. Udacity, the online education platform, has created a new, free course called How to Build a Startup, which offers nine lecture courses taught by […]

MOOC-like Udemy Launches iPad App

MOOC-like Udemy Launches iPad App

Education content provider Udemy has launched an idevice app that will allow students to interact with course content on their mobile device. The design for Udemy’s 4,900 classes is very similar to a massive open online course (MOOC), although the amount of students in the class is generally less than the tens of thousands that […]

Excelsior College and Three California Community Colleges Offer Credit for Professor-less MOOC

Excelsior College and Three California Community Colleges Offer Credit for Professor-less MOOC

Excelsior College has partnered with three California colleges “” San Diego City College, San Diego Miramar College, and Santa Rosa Junior College ”” to offer credit for a professor-less, or mechanical, massive open online course (MOOC). The course, an introduction to statistics class, is being developed by the 20 Million Minds Foundation and the online learning community […]

Northwestern Exploring MOOCs

Northwestern Exploring MOOCs

While many of its peer institutions have partnered with, or helped start, massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Coursera or edX, Northwestern University has remained on the sidelines. That may be changing though. In an e-mail to Northwestern's campus newspaper, a university spokesman said that the school is exploring MOOCs. The e-mail did not […]

VMware Offers edX Computer Science Students Free Virtualization Software

VMware Offers edX Computer Science Students Free Virtualization Software

Software company VMware and massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX have partnered to provide students enrolled in a computer science class offered through the platform with free virtualization software. Students taking CS50x: introduction to computer science, which is a HarvardX class, will receive copies of VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation 9 for free for […]

University of Western Australia to Offer Courses Through Class2Go

University of Western Australia to Offer Courses Through Class2Go

When Stanford launched its open-source Class2Go platform in September it mostly sailed under the radar, but it caught the attention of the University of Western Australia's (UWA) Centre for Software Practice. UWA was already looking to increase its digital presence and was considering approaching massive open online course (MOOC) provider Coursera when faculty became aware […]

New Foreign Language MOOC Set to Launch in January

New Foreign Language MOOC Set to Launch in January

Since bursting onto the scene one-year-ago massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been plagued with an inability to offer students meaningful feedback””it’s fundamentally impossible for one instructor to grade or interact with the tens of thousands of students who sign up for MOOC. The inability to scale assessment to match class size is one of […]

Sink Your Teeth Into the Free Web Library

Sink Your Teeth Into the Free Web Library

It’s a shame more people are not aware of the wide array of free online libraries. Databases, books, videos, audio recordings and e-books are available, just waiting to be viewed and used. This guide will help avid readers, serious researchers and casual surfers alike get the most out of free web libraries. Best Online Libraries […]

Knight Center for Journalism Launches MOOC

Knight Center for Journalism Launches MOOC

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin launched its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Oct. 28. Enrollment in the course exceeded expectations so quickly that the center had to cap enrollment because of concerns about server capacity. More than 2,000 people from 109 countries registered […]

Wallace State Considers Expanding MOOCs

Wallace State Considers Expanding MOOCs

The amount of positive feedback Wallace State Community College's Hanceville, Ala. campus has received since announcing the creation of its first conversational Spanish massive open online course has prompted the school to consider expanding the program. "We've been getting calls from people wanting to make sure they didn't miss the deadline to enroll and the […]

South Africa Business School Offers free MBA Education

South Africa Business School Offers free MBA Education

It's no secret that higher education institutions throughout the world are trying to find new business models to adapt to the Internet. South Africa's Regenesys Business School has decided to emulate one of the more successful models on the internet and provide a mix of free and premium content, reported South African website Skills Portal The […]

University of North Carolina Considering Partnership with Coursera

University of North Carolina Considering Partnership with Coursera

The University of North Carolina is considering a partnership with massive open online course provider Coursera, reported the Daily Tar Heel If pursued, the partnership would signify a drastic increase in the size of UNC's online education program. The school's Friday Center for Continuing Education currently offers 138 classes online and reaches about 4,000 students […]

Deakin University in Australia Launching MOOC

Deakin University in Australia Launching MOOC

Australia's Deakin University is set to launch a massive open online course. The class, which will cover an as yet undetermined subject, will be open to everyone but will also form a part of enrolled students' curriculum, reported The Australian. The class will use pre-existing content available online, which will allow professors to focus on […]

U.Va.’s Darden School of Business Launches New MOOC

U.Va.’s Darden School of Business Launches New MOOC

University of Virginia's Darden School of Business will offer its second massive open online course, foundation of business strategy. The class will be offered through MOOC provider Coursera. The class, which debuts on March 4 and runs for six weeks, gives participants the tools to think strategically and determine how a business can best create […]

Australia Launches Its First MOOC Provider

Australia Launches Its First MOOC Provider

A new Massive Open Online Course provider has launched in the land down-under. OpenLearning, which was started by two graduates from the University of New South Wales, is designed to consciously emulate the interactive nature of pre-existing social media sites by building on the familiar forum framework. Students are expected to participate in discussion threads […]

Wake Tech Community College to Offer Developmental Math MOOC

Wake Tech Community College to Offer Developmental Math MOOC

Wake Tech is one of the first community colleges in the nation to jump on the massive open online course (MOOC) band wagon. The Raleigh, N. C. community college will begin offering a course in developmental math in the 2013 spring semester. The content will be developed in-house by a team of Wake Tech instructors, […]

HP Launches Entrepreneurship MOOC

HP Launches Entrepreneurship MOOC

Education Development Center and HP have launched a new massive open online course for entrepreneurs. The class, part of the HP LIFE e-Learning program, is designed to provide the 75 million unemployed young people around the world with the tools necessary to create, establish, and grow successful businesses. The class uses a modular curriculum which […]

Santa Clara University Offers Business Ethics MOOC

Santa Clara University Offers Business Ethics MOOC

Santa Clara University is offering a business ethics class through learning management company Instructure's new massive open online course (MOOC) platform, Canvas.net. The class marks Santa Clara University's first foray into the world of open online education. Since their explosion into the world of online education about one-year-ago MOOCs have typically focused on science, technology, […]

The Undergrad’s Introduction to the Basics Behind Major World Religions

The Undergrad’s Introduction to the Basics Behind Major World Religions

Religious beliefs are among the most important parts of daily life for millions of people around the globe. World religions are made distinct by their unique beliefs and practices, many of which run counter to religious views of another faith. Developing an understanding of religious beliefs is an important way to promote tolerance and peace […]

Wallace State Community College Launches MOOC

Wallace State Community College Launches MOOC

Wallace State Community College's Hanceville, Ala. campus is now offering a Massive Open Online Course to teach conversational Spanish. The new class is the first MOOC to be offered by Wallace State. The school will be offering the course as a pass/fail class, which means that students taking the class will be ineligible to receive […]

German University Offers For-Credit MOOC

German University Offers For-Credit MOOC

A German university is offering a Massive Open Online Course that comes with “university credit points” that the school says can be accepted by degree programs. On Jan. 9, Northern Germany-based Leuphana University will begin offering its first MOOC, the course is an exploration of what it takes to create the ideal city of the […]

Udacity Partners with Translation Company Amara

Udacity Partners with Translation Company Amara

While the reach of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) is already global the content has been limited to English speaking countries, however that might change. Udacity has partnered with crowd-sourced translation service Amara to provide subtitles for more than 5,500 of the company's education videos, reported Forbes. While Amara isn't the first group or organization […]

Course Management Companies Enter MOOC Fray

Course Management Companies Enter MOOC Fray

Two new players have entered the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) game, course-management system manufacturers Blackboard and Instructure will be providing software to universities and other content providers to create MOOCs. Instructure's new platform, called Canvas Network, is designed to allow schools already using their learning management system to increase the scale of their courses […]

Foothill College Exploring Online Education Partnerships

Foothill College Exploring Online Education Partnerships

Cuts to state financial aid coupled with the rapid spread of free online classes have led many in academe to wonder what college will look like in the future.Foothill College has one possible solution. The two-year community college in Los Altos Hills, Calif. has begun discussions with Khan Academy and massive open online course (MOOC) provider […]

Udacity Teams with University of Alberta to Improve Course Delivery Methods

Udacity Teams with University of Alberta to Improve Course Delivery Methods

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Udacity signed an agreement with the University of Alberta develop the next generation of MOOCs. Researchers from the university's Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning, as well as professors from the schools of education and science, will work with Udacity. The partnership agreement will allow Udacity to build on […]