Time for a MOOC-like makeover

Aaron Wolowiec

Massive Open Online Courses. But either way, MOOCs probably aren’t going anywhere, so it’s wise to take some tips from their success. So what’s a MOOC? A MOOC is a social, networked learning experience that blends a subject matter expert (instructor), technology and convenience. In the background, a successful learning management system is key to operating a successful MOOC. There are MOOC-like things associations can do to entice learners.

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Life goes on…and so does learning

Aaron Wolowiec

As a result, certification programs, assessment-based certificate programs, digital badging and competency-based education are likely to be areas of significant growth for continuing education and professional development providers.”. For example, if an association offers online certification, it can easily incorporate a YouTube video or podcast. So now I’m wondering, where do Massive Open Online Courses fit into this equation?

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The State of the MOOC: What Associations Should Know

Associations Now

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been around long enough that some strong takeaways are starting to show themselves. Read on to see what Harvard and MIT have learned about MOOCs—and what your association should keep in mind. The buzz around massive open online courses, or MOOCs, hasn’t dissipated in the years since the trend has picked up. million people that accessed content in a course, just 16.6 percent received a certificate.

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Of those who responded to the survey, 63 percent of working adults have taken a course or engaged in professional development throughout the last year to improve job skills, mostly for career advancement. Perhaps of special interest to associations, 36 percent of the workforce sought education for a license or certification. For example, 61 percent of respondents aren’t aware of distance learning while 80 percent aren’t familiar with massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Of those who responded to the survey, 63 percent of working adults have taken a course or engaged in professional development throughout the last year to improve job skills, mostly for career advancement. Perhaps of special interest to associations, 36 percent of the workforce sought education for a license or certification. For example, 61 percent of respondents aren’t aware of distance learning while 80 percent aren’t familiar with massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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Associations play an important role in higher education

Aaron Wolowiec

But with credentialing programs, MOOCs, conferences and other online offerings, associations can fill the skills gap. Students drive their own pace of completion through a program’s curricular courses or modules by demonstrating competencies through learning exercises, activities and engaging experiences. Because the learning can occur in varied settings and forms, individuals are not restricted by course schedules and access to programs. Try MOOCs or coding camps.

Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of blogs and articles outlining the benefits of taking free online courses for professional development to advance your career, but do these courses actually deliver the value and opportunity they profess to provide to adult learners? Discovery : Ability to find a course that matches the learner’s interests, and to discover new topics to expand their knowledge and skills in related fields or completely new areas of study.

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

Most certification academic standards have limited value – without the ability to apply learning. By targeting millennials in particular with a membership offering including education or certification programs that provide opportunities for professional growth, associations can attract a younger membership to ensure the future stability and growth of the organization. Online learning communities , discussion groups, or courses can provide a shared learning platform.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.7.16

Reid All About it

Class Central has reviewed and compiled a list of The Best Intro to Programming Courses for Data Science. This list is part of their Data Science Career Guide , a six-part series recommending the best online courses and MOOCs for people entering the data science industry. What online courses (including your own) and MOOCs would you recommend to people entering (or thinking about entering) your industry or profession?

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Is your online education ready for Generation Flux?

SocialFish

This article originally appeared on the Avectra blog with the title, Association Learning Communities Offer More than MOOC. ————– Since the announcement by Harvard and MIT about the launch of their joint online education venture, edX , I’ve seen several articles and opinion pieces about MOOC – massive open online courses. The best thing of all: MOOC is free. Lessons from MOOC. MOOC, schmooc.

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2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

When a learner accumulates a sufficient balance of CE credits over a certain span of time, she achieves maintenance of certification. It’s a great attractor for learning experiences at conferences and multi-day live courses. If you are just building your first set of online courses and implementing your first (traditional) LMS, it’s probably not the time to develop a 12-tiered system of subscription packages. All the MOOCs out there.

10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. You’ll hear all sorts of terminology in the eLearning world – MOOCS, Moodles, gamification – don’t be overwhelmed by this! A course or a workshop? If you’re launching a new platform or new online course, choose your “go live” date and work backward from there.

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Finding Radical Value in Core Competencies

Association Subculture

If it is true that a) the education system is undergoing a major disruption, b) we already have solid core competencies around education and certification, and c) an audience that wants and needs it, then what is stopping us from refreshing and renewing our offerings for adult learners both here in the United States and around the world? Reframe Delivery – Massive open online courses or “MOOCs” are effectively disrupting the landscape.

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Mastering Your Craft

Thanks For Playing

Enter MOOCs ( massive open online courses ). Right now, MOOCs are great - take classes from an Ivy for free! - and problematic - sure, but the best you can do is a completion certificate. This past fall, I had the opportunity to participate in a multi-day retreat with a bunch of smart people where we focused on the future of work. Talking about the future of work led us naturally into talking about the future of getting ready to work, aka our education system.

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Social Media Roundup: Why Hiring Is a Lot Like Dating

Associations Now

Plus, associations can’t afford to pretend Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don’t exist. Don’t Fear the MOOCs. Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away: the effect of MOOC madness (via @peachnewmedia ) #assnchat [link]. Back to school: Associations shouldn’t ignore the growing popularity and influence of Massive Open Online Courses, according to a recent blog post at Peach New Media.

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10 Steps from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. You’ll hear all sorts of terminology in the eLearning world – MOOCS, Moodles, gamification – don’t be overwhelmed by this! A course or a workshop? If you’re launching a new platform or new online course, choose your “go live” date and work backward from there.

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Smithsonian Dives Deeper Into Online Learning. What Now for Associations?

Associations Now

As I was reading The Washington Post online earlier this week, I came across this headline: “ Smithsonian Makes Deal to Offer Online Courses.” Of course, it piqued my interest being that it falls under the umbrella of topics I cover in this blog. Here are some more details about the Smithsonian’s courses: At least 12 multimedia lectures will be developed over the next 10 years, all based on a licensing agreement with education group The Great Courses.

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What Will Associations Monetize In The Future?

Velvet Chainsaw

They provide industry research, membership, certification and standards, networking and advocacy. Recently, the delivery of course-specific information from instructors and experts is seeing increased pressure. MOOCs , online courses, video-learning, mobile learning, thought leadership via blogs, webinars and online conferences make traditional education and cutting edge content easily accessible. Associations offer more than education opportunities.

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8 New Ideas for Engaging Online Students

WBT Systems

The course’s curriculum, content and delivery must be designed specifically for online learning. If you don’t have these resources, check out: Coursera’s Learning to Teach Online course. Don’t wait for the end of the course to find out about adjustments you can make along the way. Score bonus points if you can get a course alumni to do this. Stories are a good opportunity to make your course timely too, our next topic. #5: 5: Regularly update course content.

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

Help people put together a career curriculum based upon courses offered by your association and other online learning organizations. They could start with one of your certificate programs. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?

What does the collaborative economy mean for associations?

Mizz Information

I’ve been reading and thinking about the collaborative economy for a while now, and of course can’t help but wonder what it means for the association industry. Continuing education --I am no expert in continuing education, but I know enough to know that some professions require a certain number of CE hours per year or other term to maintain certification or other professional credentials.

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The Many Benefits of Selling Online Education to Corporate Members

WBT Systems

Even MOOCs have caught on. With Coursera for Business, companies can design learning tracks from existing courses or chose a curated “course collection” on topics like digital transformation, data science, diversity & inclusion, and more—what sounds to me like a learning pathway. But not if these employees have attended one of your courses thanks to their company purchasing online education in bulk from your association.

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Help Your Members Across the Digital Readiness Gap

WBT Systems

Familiarity with education technology : How familiar people are with online learning, MOOCs, digital badges, Khan Academy, and other online educational resources. They’re relatively aware of educational technology—60% have used the internet for some type of personal learning but only 23% have taken an online course. Their interest in learning is low, especially online learning— only 1% of them are aware of online educational resources and only 6% have taken an online course.

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How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Don’t overlook competing programs from other associations, higher education institutions, MOOCs, and for-profit companies, like LinkedIn, Udemy, and firms in your industry. Can you find members who haven’t taken your online courses but have taken courses elsewhere? Find out how your courses come up short. Online courses: mini and full-length. Certification programs and digital badges. Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door?

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

Help people put together a career curriculum based upon courses offered by your association and other online learning organizations. They could start with one of your certificate programs. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?