MOOCS

  • Why We Want to Go to Monsters University

    Barry Lenson

    Monsters University, the new Disney/Pixar sequel to Monsters Inc., won’t appear in movie theaters until June 21st. We can’t wait.  We want to see the film. Heck, we want to enroll in Monsters University and start going to college there as soon as possible. Why Monsters University is Tons Better than any MOOC If you visit the Monsters University official website, you’ll quickly discover that this virtual university offers a ton of great stuff that cannot be matched by any of the Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) today.  On the Monsters University website, you can . . . Design your own monster avatar and print out your personal student ID card for Monsters University. Try that at a MOOC! Download computer wallpaper that ...

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  • Why You Should Take StraighterLine Courses Instead of Waiting for Your MOOC to Come In

    Barry Lenson

    When will you be able to sign up for a MOOC, earn college credits in it, and then transfer those credits immediately to your college? Well, wouldn’t we all like to know? It’s a question that never seems to get answered. For people who are eager to take MOOCs and earn college credits for their online coursework, the answer always seems to be, “Could be any day now . . . could be any day.” And MOOC-watchers got that same answer only a few days ago, when they learned that they will have to wait “just a little longer” again before they can earn college credits for their Massive Online coursework. You can read the news for yourself in The Los Angeles Times, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, and elsewhere. But here’s a summa ...

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  • New York Times Reporter Takes MOOC courses and Tells All

    Barry Lenson

    A New York Times reporter named A.J. Jacobs recently took a handful of Massive Open Online Courses. He then reported about them in an article that appeared in the Times on April 20, entitled “Two Cheers for Web U!” Jacobs even created this report card for the MOOC courses that he took... Jacobs awarded his professors a grade of B+. He awarded convenience a grade of A. He awarded teacher-student interaction a grade of D. He awarded student-to-student a grade of B-. He awarded assignments a grade of B-. He gave his overall MOOC course experience a B. Jacobs also offers some fun anecdotes about certain classmates who developed crushes on online professors, about his own frustrated efforts to develop relationships with o ...

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  • New York Times: California State Schools Could Accept Online Courses for Credit

    Barry Lenson

    [caption id="attachment_2783" align="alignright" width="254"] Burck Smith, StraighterLine founder and CEO[/caption] Over the last few months, we've been covering the crisis in California's system of higher education. At community colleges, students have been shut out of classes. At the Cal State Universities, students have been unable to get into  oversubscribed classes - sometimes, classes that they need to graduate. It's all due to a larger budgetary crisis in California. Students and graduation rates have suffered. California students have come to StraighterLine to take the courses that they need and then transfer their credits to their schools. We've been proud to offer a solution. But now, there's more news. “California Bil ...

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  • MOOCs - Greatest Online Distractions, Ever?

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Beth Dumbauld What are MOOCs? MOOCs are massive open online courses. MOOCs are free lecture-based courses available online from some of the world’s most well-known colleges and universities. These free college courses are distributed without limit online and are available to any person, anywhere in the world. MOOCs are free and we all know that free is a good thing, right? Well let’s think this concept through. Free educational access is certainly a noble thing; we all deserve access to a college education no matter where we live or our economic circumstance. Yet, free access to online classes doesn’t necessarily translate into the achievement of academic goals, particularly if your goal is earning your college degree. MOOC ...

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