The MOOC to End All MOOCs, and Other MOOC News

Our panel at last night's event

Our panel at last night’s event

We’re pleased to share that last night’s MOOC Madness panel on online education was a big hit! Our stellar panelists each brought their own interesting insights and unique perspectives to the discussion, and we want to thank all of our readers who were able to attend.

If you couldn’t make it to the mixer and panel last night, or had so much fun “getting MOOC’ed,” (as Dr. Lisker so lovingly put it) that you’re dying to relive the experience, have we ever got news for you! We’ll be posting video highlights to Technapex throughout the week, and will be posting a full-length video recap of the event at the end of the week, so check the site for updates.

In other MOOC news this week, we find a UC Santa Cruz professor who dislikes MOOCs so much he made a MOOC about it, insights students taking MOOCs have derived from them, how MOOCs are affecting enrollment in private schools, and MOOC provider edX’s expansion throughout the U.S. and Asia. Check out our roundup of this week’s MOOC news from around the web below.

MOOC Skeptic Proposes an Anti-MOOC MOOC

Here’s a course topic not currently offered by any of the providers of massive open online courses: “The Implications of Coursera’s For-Profit Business Model for Global Public Education.” The course was proposed last week by Robert Meister, professor of political and social thought in the department of the history of consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz and president of the Council of UC Faculty Associations. -Inside Higher Ed

What Professors Can Learn from ‘Hard Core’ MOOC Students

One reason Mr. Lepin takes so many MOOCs at once is that he’s afraid they might not last—or might not remain free—a concern shared by other students as well. “It boils down to what feels

like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he says. “I’m just afraid this thing might end sometime soon.” -The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why Private Schools Are Dying Out

“Massive open online courses” (MOOCs) are booming, too, and online degree and certificate options proliferating. Public-sector college and university enrollments remain strong and now educate three students out of four. The “proprietary” (i.e. for-profit) sector of postsecondary education is doing okay, despite its tortured relationship with federal financial aid. -The Atlantic

EdX Adds 15 Schools, Several from Asia

The race to enlist the world’s universities in the movement for free online education accelerated Tuesday as the Web site edX announced that it has added 15 new schools, more than doubling the size of the venture, with new partners from Asia, Europe and Australia. EdX, a nonprofit organization in Cambridge, Mass., founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, competes with for-profit Coursera and other providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. -Washington Post

Readers, what do you think of all this MOOC madness? Sound off in the comments below, or tweet your thoughts to us at @Technapex or @ce_doyle. Don’t forget to check our site this week for video highlights of last night’s event.

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.