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Coursera expands into international markets

Coursera recently announced a host of new partnerships that include institutions affiliated with ProctorU and will expand the company’s reach internationally. Twenty nine schools have entered into agreements with Coursera where the universities will offer select courses free of charge through the popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform. Three of those institutions, The University…

MOOCs march across the globe

It seems that ProctorU is not the only education firm with an eye on international students these days. With our upcoming attendance at EDEN 2013 in Oslo, Norway, it is interesting to note that the latest development in the world of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) highlights their expansion into the global market. A recent…

Some universities to offer $10,000 diplomas in response to MOOCs

Free online courses have made an impact on the academic world and now state-funded universities are beginning to respond with more affordable diplomas of their own. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)  companies such as Coursera, and Udacity are being used by millions of students and it seems as though traditional state-funded are responding to the new…

Should we still fear the fiscal cliff?

Legislators in our nation’s Capitol recently spent the New Year holiday hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. Although major education cuts were avoided for now, what are the long-term impacts and what progress was actually made? According to a recent article from Inside Higher Ed (http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/02/fiscal-cliff-deal-averts-across-board-spending-cuts), the agreement gives congress two months to…

MOOCs continue to cause wave in higher education

Is a major disruption brewing in higher learning, or is it a minor annoyance? For those paying attention to news coming out of higher education over the past few months, it may feel somewhat similar to being at a tennis match, watching the ball go back and forth from opposing courts. In this case, the…

CNBC documentary explores the psychology of cheating

CNBC is unveiling a new film next month that will focus on the psychology behind cheating. While the movie will primarily document classroom acts of academic dishonesty, it may provide an interesting look at the mentality of students that choose to cheat. According to a press release from the cable network: “In this new documentary, students, administrators,…

What’s the value of a MOOC credential?

The emergence and implications of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has recently become a hot topic in the distance education field. An article penned by the staff at Reuters brings up several key points in the consideration of MOOCs and their value for online learners. Perhaps one of the most important of these contentions regards…