Duke Learning Innovation: MOOC Enrollment Trends. “Duke has produced 63 Coursera MOOCs since about 4.5 years ago. Over that time we have recorded the number of new public users signing up for our courses each week. The graph above shows data from all those courses for the first three years after each one launches on the platform (see below for more details on the methods used). Duke has one of the largest sets of course offerings on the platform, and also one that has a diverse array of topics. Regardless of the subject matter or the timing of the course start date, we see a remarkably strong trend of declining enrollment. No course exhibits a ‘viral’ upswing in enrollment or benefits long from a major marketing push or course revision.”
Knight Center: Learn how to identify and verify what you see on the web: Sign up for free online course ‘Navigating Misinformation’. “Learning how to verify content from online sources is more important each day, especially as the amount of false content on the internet grows. The new massive open online course (MOOC) from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and First Draft’s Claire Wardle will arm you with the tools and skills necessary to verify online content and use it ethically in professional, published reports.”
Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best MOOC Platforms for Online Learning and Getting a Degree. “Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have become massively popular since they started taking off in 2012. The explosion in the number of courses, platforms, certificates, and degrees is great for people who love to learn, but they can get a bit overwhelming. They’re mostly free to audit with options to upgrade to some kind of certification, but each platform varies in its format, focus, and pricing, so it can be helpful to get an idea of what each one has to offer.”
Quartz: Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now. “The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national university rankings. These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.”
Irish Genealogy News: Three free online courses from FutureLearn start soon. “Starting soon via FutureLearn, The Open University’s digital education platform, are three free online courses which may be of interest to researchers of Irish heritage. In each case, the courses are open to all and are presented using videos, online discussions (active engagement is optional) and, sometimes, the preparation of written assignments. There are no formal qualification criteria for joining, just an interest in the subject to be studied.”
Knight Center: Join the revolution in conversational journalism: Register now for ‘Building Bots for Journalism,’ a free online course. “Bots have been a buzzword for journalists in recent years because of their abilities to reach readers on platforms consumers are already using on a daily basis: SMS text, Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Facebook Messenger. In the next MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, John Keefe from news site Quartz — a pioneer and promoter of conversational journalism — will teach you the basics of writing a bot that will respond to readers like a human through text or speech.”
One unexpected benefit of my Google Alerts: academic papers randomly pop up. Like this one: A Twitter-based Recommendation System for MOOCs based on Spatiotemporal Event Detection. “Nowadays, students utilize MOOCs (e.g., Coursera, edX) and SNS services (e.g., LINE, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr) in courses for learning. This paper presents a Twitter-based recommendation system to search and communication, and it is associated with a web page by detecting spatiotemporal events such as opinions, questions, or impressions about courses on Twitter. Through it, users can grasp popular courses or avoid crowded courses referring to time periods while they browse any web pages. Moreover, the system also enables users to communicate with others browsing the similar pages or users’ locations about the similar pages. For this, the system extracts relevance between different pages by detecting tweets of each page in each time period with machine learning algorithms and the number of unique Twitter users. Thus, the system presents a ranking of recommended pages, a tag cloud of tweets and a list of tweets which are related to recommended pages to help users obtain the latest information about recommended pages.” This is a short read for an academic paper (4 pages), but it’s got plenty of interesting ideas.