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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
2 MOOCs article tidbit recaps are below:

1.      Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2016, Georgia Tech’s Next Steps, by Carl Straumsheim (Article key Points: most people signing up are from USA and males (unlike FTF program); they are going to expand their number of MOOC related master’s degrees; they are profitable but not growing as fast as expected; they recently had their 10,000th applicant; and the average cost of developing each computer science MOOC is $350,000. Yes, $350,000 for each course. Wow! I now that we did not spend that on the MOOC that I did for Blackboard four years ago on how to teach.

2.       eCampus News, May 2, 2016, Developing county MOOC users not like those in the U.S., by Ronald Bethke (Article Key Points: developing world MOOC participants (a survey of 1,400 MOOC users ages 18-25 and 2,250 non users from South Africa, the Philippines, and Columbia); MOOC users have lower levels of education (less than half completed college) than studies in the developed world; and more are getting certificates (49 percent) and 30 percent are completing at least one MOOC course. Around 70 percent of employed respondents are getting certifications. The biggest problems for those in the development world that they surveyed) were not the lack of access (4 percent) or the lack of tech skills (2 percent, but lack of awareness of MOOCs (79 percent) and lack of time (49 percent).

Given that lack of awareness was the key problem, I would hope that my recent book and special journal issue on MOOCs and Open Education Around the World can help in this regard even if in a minor or modest way.

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Name: Curt Bonk
Home: Bloomington, Indiana, United States
About Me: I am a former accountant and CPA and a former educational psychologist. I am now Professor of IST at Indiana University and also adjunct in the School of Informatics. I founded and later sold SurveyShare. As president of CourseShare, LLC, I run around the world training instructors to teach online and give motivational talks about emerging learning technologies. I also write and edit books related to e-learning and blended learning. See bio and vita.

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