ExtensionEngine Blog

Tremendous Turnout for First Open edX Conference

We recently attended the first Open edX Conference, hosted by edX, and are thrilled to say that it was a tremendous success. The conference took place November 18-19th 2014 in Cambridge MA at the Radcliffe Gymnasium. Over 200 people joined the event, from all over the world, including higher education leaders, corporate executives, …

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How MOOCs Can Attract and Retain The Millennial Workforce

We recently came across a survey that took a peek into the mind of the Millennial workforce with regard to training, professional development, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It yielded some noteworthy results.

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Anytime, Anywhere: The Future of Online and Hybrid Learning

In honor of National Education Week, the Lumina Foundation sponsored an event at Washington DC’s 1776, a startup incubator on 15th Street. The event, “Online and Hybrid: The Future of Learning Anytime, Anywhere,” included a panel of experts in education technologies, including John J. DeGioia, …

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Improve your College Ranking with MOOCs

The 2015 U.S. News and World Report college rankings were recently released, an annual event anticipated not only by administrators and faculty but also by students and alumni. Student interest is a no brainer: attending a top school can lead to a more desirable first job and greases the skids for long-term career success.

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Improving Learner Engagement with MOOC Analytics

Since the creation of edX in 2012, and then Open edX in 2013, thousands of MOOCs have been created, subsequently creating billions of datapoints. We feel attracting new learners to MOOCs is no longer the main focus.

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Can MOOCs Accelerate Your Corporate Onboarding Program?

There isn’t a business with a training department that isn’t constantly looking for a quicker, more effective way to onboard. Essentially, businesses want a new employee to become a net-positive contributor as fast as possible.

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Going MOOC: Getting Faculty Buy In

So your institution is thinking of offering some MOOCs. Great idea! There are a number of benefits to “going MOOC,” not the least of which is what Massive Open Online Courses can do for an institution’s branding. It doesn’t hurt your reputation one bit to have your courses listed alongside those of Harvard, Stanford and MIT.

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The Evolution Of Learning Technology And Education In The Information Age

For the last hundred years, many technologies have promised to revolutionize education. Historically, these technologies increased the reach of courses, at the expense of quality. However, MOOCs could perhaps be the first platform …

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50% of Universities will be Bankrupt in 10-15 years, a Second Look

One of our most popular posts this summer was “50% of Universities Will Be Bankrupt in 10-15 years”. This article was a summary of one of Clayton Christensen’s talks on Disruptive Innovation. As a follow-up, we wanted to take a deeper look into one of the famous charts.

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An Inside Look At HarvardX: The Building Of A MOOC

Recently, several of us attended the HarvardX open-house. It was a great experience to get a first hand look at their operation. Specifically, we were inspired to learn how they are able to combine leading edge talent and resources to craft a MOOC creation machine.

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