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50% of Universities Will Be Bankrupt in 10-15 Years

"50% of the 4,000 colleges and universities in the US will be bankrupt in 10-15 years". Strong words yet those are just some of the gems that HBS professor Clayton Christensen gives in this talk on disruption in higher education in which he makes this bold predication. Then a panel of 6 presidents of small liberal arts colleges discusses the topic generally followed by Q&A and finally Professor Karen Harpp at Colgate …

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MOOC Video Production Tips From 1944

Dr. Guo and others have done research on MOOC video teaching elements in an effort to better understand student engagement with the end goal of creating best practices to drive improvements in future MOOC courses. The videos that Dr. Guo and others have been looking at are the ones …

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edX Turns 2 Years Old

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Why MOOCs Need Better LxD

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Mobile Learning

The continuing wane in desktop computer sales and meteoric growth of mobile adoption rates points to an inevitable future in which the vast majority of users will be computing through mobile interfaces—be it smartphone or tablet. Learning experience designers must anticipate a shift in design methodologies towards mobile design principles in building effective learning environments. And because there are special considerations in designing for mobile, understanding and adapting to this new paradigm is crucial for building tools to address the needs of mobile learners.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Business School Student Portal

ExtensionEngine recently analyzed the user experience (UX) of student portals for over half of the country’s top business schools and the results were not great. While I won’t get into the names, you’ve heard of most, if not all, of them. We visually reviewed the portal interfaces and surveyed a small number of students and alumni.

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The First MOOC for Surgical Education

As far as I can tell, Ethicon, which is an 80-year old division of Johnson and Johnson, is the first company to offer a MOOC for surgeons and others involved in obesity management. The MOOC is the brain child of Tim Mauri, Marketing Manager at Ethicon who is a self described "online learning enthusiast".

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Overview of edX Studio

The edX platform consists of two primary user interfaces: the LMS and Studio. The LMS is what students use to interact with the course material, the instructor and each other. It is the part of the edX platform that most people are familiar with.

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What is an XBlock?

XBlock is the SDK for the edX MOOC platform. It's a framework that allows the open source software development community to extend and enhance edX to meet future needs and is written in Python2 and is a little of one year old. XBlock is one of the aspects of edX that makes it such a powerful tool.

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Building Effective LXD User Interfaces

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