The last seven days have seen a flurry of activity in the world of massive open online courses, from companies signing partnership agreements to schools announcing they were entering the business on their own.
Udacity to Create Startup Weekend Next
Udacity Teamed with University of Alberta to Improve Course Delivery Methods
Udacity signed an agreement with the University of Alberta develop the next generation of MOOCs. Researchers will work with the company to incorporate the university’s data-driven research methods for online education into Udacity’s course delivery platform.
Antioch University Partners With Coursera to Offer Credit for MOOCs
Antioch University became one of the first U.S. institutions to offer credit for MOOCs. The partnership will allow students to reduce the cost of a four-year degree by taking classes through MOOC provider Coursera.
Course Management Companies Blackboard and Instructure Launch MOOC Platforms
Two new players entered the MOOC game, course-management system manufacturers Blackboard and Instructure will be providing software to universities and other content providers to create MOOCs. Instructure already has nine universities—including Brown University, Ball State University, and Colorado State University-Global Campus—signed-up to provide classes through its Canvas Network platform.
Three universities—Arizona State University, State University of New York’s Buffalo State College, and University of Illinois at Springfield—have chosen to create and deliver MOOCs through education software company Blackboard’s CourseSites platform.
Udacity Partners with Translation Company Amara
Wallace State Community College Launches MOOC
German University Offers For-Credit MOOC
Leuphana University isoffering a MOOC that comes with “university credit points” that the school says can be accepted by degree programs. The course is an exploration of what it takes to create the ideal city of the 21st century.
HP Launches Entrepreneurship MOOC
Education Developmetn Center and HP have launched a new massive open online course for entrepreneurs. The class, part of the HP LIFE e-Learning program, is designed to provide the 75 million unemployed young people around the world with the tools necessary to create, establish, and grow successful businesses.
MOOCs Get More International with Launch of Australia’s First Course Provider
A new MOOC provider launched in the land down-under. OpenLearning debuted with a 12-week long engineering and computer science course from the University of New South Wales and features a wiki feature and up and down voting in discussion forums.
Santa Clara University to Offer Business Ethics MOOC through Instructure
Santa Clara University will offer a business ethics class through Instructure’s Canvas Network. The class, Santa Clara’s first foray into the world of massive open online education, is designed to explore some of the daily ethical dilemmas facing professionals.
Wake Tech Community College to Offer Developmental Math MOOC
Wake Tech is one of the first community colleges in the nation to jump on the MOOC band wagon. The Raleigh, N. C. community college will begin offering a course in developmental math in the 2013 spring semester.
U.Va.’s Darden School of Business Launches New MOOC
Deakin University in Australia Launching MOOC
Australia’s Deakin University is set to launch a massive open online course. The class, which will cover an as yet undetermined subject, will be open to everyone, but will also form a part of enrolled students’ curriculum, reported The Australian.
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