MOOCs are Growing faster than Facebook

MOOCs are Growing faster than Facebook …..and even the new work making its way into Oxford English Dictionary.


Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

The update of participants in MOOCs is highlighting a critical tension for Australian  universities in allocating resources when some are experiencing tension between determining what is valued and rewarded most  – research or teaching. Universities need to heed why MOOCs have taken off so spectacularly. One reason might be that “rock stars’ are  running people like Stephen  Downes since 2008.

Udacity courses are designed and produced in house in collaboration with Microsoft and Google. Google have even offered developers the platform they used for their MOOC ( not truly a MOOC) too teacher directed but never the less with the open platform and use of Google handouts.

The paint is barely dry, yet edX, the nonprofit start-up from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has 370,000 students this fall in its first official  courses. That’s nothing. Coursera, founded just last January, has reached more than 1.7 million — growing “faster than Facebook,” boasts Andrew Ng, on leave from Stanford to run his for-profit MOOC provider.


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