The Rising Power of MOOCs: Now, Everyone Can Learn at Harvard

MOOCs Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org The Rising Power of MOOCs: Now, everyone can learn at Harvard (or Yale, or…) 3 years ago, MOOCs were an idea. Now…. 5 million: number of students signed on to MOOCs, around the world 33,000: the average number of students that sign up for a MOOC The Dream: MOOCs Can: • Offer Ivy League Courses at non-Ivy League prices (free), thus…. • Lifting people out of poverty • Unlock billions of brains to solve the world’s biggest problems And yet 1 in 4: Americans don’t even know what a MOOC is. They are: Massive Open Online Courses. Who Takes MOOCs: • 37% have a B.S. degree • 28% have a Master’s degree or profession • 27% high school Majority of those taking MOOCs tend to be young, male and employed, from highly developed countries. • Over 40% of students are under 30 years old • Less than 10% over 60 • 88 % of MOOC students are male • 62 % are employed • 13% are unemployed…or retired Comparison of geographic location of students, by self identification and IP address • U.S. 34% of MOOC students • India: 7.28 % • Brazil: 4.37 % • Great Britain: 3.89% • Canada: 3.4% • Spain: 2.7 % • Russia: 2.5% • China: 2% • Australia: 2% • Germany: 1.7% Employment: • Student: 17.4% • Part time employed: 6.9% • Full time employed: 50% • Self employed: 12.4% • Unemployed: 6.6% • Retired: 6.8% Why do students Participate in MOOCs? • Gain knowledge to get degree: 13.2% • Gain specific skills to do job better: 43.9% • Gain specific skills to get a new job: 17% • Curiosity: 50% [Those surveyed could pick more than one answer] Requirements for successful online learning: • Quality of material covered in the course • Engagement of the teacher • Interaction among students Accredited Online (only) Schools offer MOOCs edX: Courses from: • Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Harvard • University of California Berkeley Coursera: Courses from: • California Institute of Technology, • University of Washington, • Stanford University, • Princeton University, • Duke University • John Hopkins University, and many others. Udacity: Partner companies include: • Google • Facebook • Bank of America Udemy Free courses from: • Dartmouth, • the University of Virginia • Northwestern and others…. iTunes Free Courses • Apple’s free app. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. Top Universities offer MOOCs: • Stanford Free Courses - from Quantum Mechanics to The Future of the Internet. • Stanford’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: 160,000 students from 190 countries signed up to Stanford’s Introduction to AI” course, with 23,000 reportedly completing. • UC Berkeley Free Courses. Check out Berkeley Webcasts and Berkeley RSS feeds. • MIT Free Courses: MIT’s RSS MOOC feed, and MIT’s Open Courseware. • Duke Free Courses – Duke offers a variety of courses on ITunesU. • Harvard Free Courses: Get a free Harvard education. No application required. • UCLA Free Courses • Yale Free Courses – Check out Open Yale • Carnegie Mellon Free Courses – “No instructors, no credits, no charge” Pros and Cons of MOOCs: Pros: By design, MOOCs are…. Incredibly flexible Diverse in their range of subjects Open to anyone Free. And Downs: No credit for completion Lack of hands on learning 100,000 or more to 1, student to teacher ratio High dropout rates of up to 90%
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