Month: May 2014

MOOCs and their potential for Education in Emergencies (EiE)

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Wars and natural disasters disrupt the provision of education, as chronic crises and early reconstruction focus primarily on core humanitarian objectives such as water, sanitation, health, food and shelter. And yet, Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education, which should contribute to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among nations, and contribute to maintaining peace. Written by Barbara Moser-Mercer, Director InZone (more…)

MOOCs – The End to Traditional Universities? (part 2) – insights from swissnex San Francisco

Take a cumulated student loan debt in America of about $1 trillion (surpassing credit card debt), new developments in artificial intelligence, more affordable tools for video capturing, editing and sharing, widespread availability of broadband Internet, innovative interactions enabled by social media, and visionary professors turned entrepreneurs. The result is MOOCs – Massively Open Online Courses – and possibly a major threat to traditional universities. Written by Christian Simm, swissnex San Francisco

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MOOCs development, challenges and future prospects- insights from STO in Beijing

China is the world’s largest education market, with more than 400 million students – nearly 30 million of whom are currently enrolled in higher education institutions. China is making a big effort in improving its education quality. Expanding digital education is part of the program. Its budget for 2013 had an increase of 22% compared to 2012. Digital education is seen as a solution and the future of Chinese education. It can provide everybody an access to education regardless the geographical location or social status. As all over the world, MOOCs are revolutionizing the world of digital education. In China it is a quite new, but fast developing phenomenon.

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MOOCs – The End to Traditional Universities? (part 1) – insights from swissnex San Francisco

Take a cumulated student loan dept in America of about $1 trillion (surpassing credit card debt), new developments in artificial intelligence, more affordable tools for video capturing, editing and sharing, widespread availability of broadband Internet, innovative interactions enabled by social media, and visionary professors turned entrepreneurs. The result is MOOCs – Massively Open Online Courses – and possibly a major threat to traditional universities. Written by Christian Simm, swissnex San Francisco

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Results of a study conducted by Pennsylvania University

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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States

Babson Survey Research Group performed a study on online learning in U.S,  based on responses from more than 2,800 colleges and universities. Since ten years Babson is monitoring online learning. Academics were asked some questions and interesting data came out of the report, that we would like to share with you. (more…)