10 Secrets of Online Course Design from Award-Winning MOOCs

WBT Systems

An online Coursera course, Modern American Poetry , aka ModPo, is one of the 50 most popular MOOCs of all time. Typically, a MOOC features a course syllabus, in this case, a ten-week lesson plan with assigned reading (poems), instructor-created video content, discussion forum, peer-reviewed writing assignments, and quizzes. But Filreis and his merry band of teaching assistants (TAs) turbo-charged the usual MOOC formula.

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How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

Reid All About it

Thanks to MOOCs , many people around the world are patching together a college-level education by taking classes from Brown, Penn, UVA, Harvard and other respected universities. What if organizations, like associations, help people put together a curriculum from various online sources such as MOOCs and associations? Tagged: Association , Education , Future , Innovation , Professional Development. Right now, today, in 2016 is the best time to start up.


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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! - innovation trends leadershipThis 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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A Big Course From a Small Association

Associations Now

One executive at a state association has taken the lead on educating healthcare workers on a pressing national issue via a MOOC. So last fall she started thinking about a MOOC —short for massive open online course, which is designed to deliver education to students with various interests and learning styles, at a flexible pace. Grimes says a MOOC can help spread the word about important issues in the field, and bring the messages of multiple organizations under one umbrella.

Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. Join us at.OrgCommunity’s Solutions Day 2019 , where you can meet the disruptors, innovators, and cultural shape-shifters who are fearlessly reinventing the association world. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

Innovation Trigger. The concept of distributed ledgers has usefulness outside of its thriving use in financial transactions and currency speculation, and it is actively triggering innovation in healthcare IT. MOOCs: We will go against the grain a bit here and argue that MOOCs AREN’T DEAD. All the MOOCs out there. And all the quasi-MOOCs in higher education and CE: the cheap online master’s degrees that seemingly every big-name university is now offering.

Finding Radical Value in Core Competencies

Association Subculture

Regardless, the major innovations associations are seeking may not always be in completely new territory, but in having the courage and fortitude to effectively meet the challenges we have been presented with in our areas of core competency that have compelling possibilities in these new markets that are presenting themselves. Core competencies are “traditional,” but can still be incredibly innovative if we carefully rethink and refresh them for a new audience.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.21.17

Reid All About it

LMS provider WBT Systems writes about instructional design innovations that associations could borrow from “ModPo” and a few other award-winning MOOCs. Find out how to identify whether your board favors planning or preparation (and which is necessary for strategy), define integrated reasoning and how your board needs to apply it regularly for organizational success, and identify three critical steps to enhance strategic thinking, innovation, and insight.

Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing


When it comes to more sophisticated and innovative forms of technology-driven learning, associations still have a ways to go. Less than 10 percent of respondents indicated that have experimented with trendy new options like massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital badges, flipped classrooms, or gamification. I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. Download!

Six Issues Associations Are Having Difficulty Responding To

Velvet Chainsaw

We all want the ability to survey business landscapes, identify trends, adopt and adapt innovations, stay abreast of new endeavors, and create new products and services. MOOCS, elearning, digital events, blended learning, curated feeds, are brazen to association offerings. Many associations are slow to change. Often association leadership views change as something that disrupts the peace. They want to maintain the status quo.

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What Happens When Digital Education Reaches Your Profession/Industry?

SCD Group

Startup MOOCs who see education as more than for 18to 25-year-olds? An innovative chapter’s programs that could be picked up throughout the world? Sharing knowledge represents a core mission for many associations. Knowledge transferred via conferences, webinars, websites, blogs, etc. The digitally-driven rapid changes in higher education could be a precursor for associations and our role in knowledge transfer.

17 Education And Learning Trends That Will Affect Your Organization This Year!

Velvet Chainsaw

More focus on participation, interactivity, gamification and innovative formats. MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses. Today, if organizations don’t take the time, spend the money and learn how to build world-class learning programs both for their customers and their employees, they will not be able to compete or lead their stakeholders into the future. Learning investments are more important now than ever. Learning Trends That Will Be Adopted This Year.

Wake Up to Educating the Future Workforce

Associations Now

In another session, participants discussed the rise of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In a sign of their gaining traction, as one attendee pointed out, a bill in California would require the state’s colleges and universities to grant credit for outsourced online education courses such as MOOCs. Innovation. Emerging technology is shifting our workforce toward intellectual capital and changing the ways we educate both students and adults.

The Limits of Being Inside

Jamie Notter

And really the topic does apply to my work, because it is about disruption and innovation. Massively open online classes (MOOCs) are disrupting education (see Clay Shirky’s take on it for some background). I was reading an HBR blog post from Eric Hellweg about a panel he attended at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It was focused on the future of education.

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How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

Beth Kanter

What I have always appreciated about GivingTuesday since the beginning is how they innovate and anticipate new trends in giving and incorporate into the campaign – either as toolkits or techniques for nonprofits to test and adopt. I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.

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Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

Beth Kanter

The site features innovative and high impact nonprofits with responsible track records in six key areas: Education, Health, Economic Development, Arts & Culture, Environment, and Human Rights, selected using this criteria. ” Laura Arrigllaga-Andreesen will be launching a MOOC on Giving 2.0 Perry Chen is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the social fundraising website Kickstarter.

Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

Last week, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Google offers the free MOOC called “ Google Analytics Academy.” The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact. The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping.

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Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

Beth Kanter

The specific technologies highlighted in the reports are place along a continuum of near-term, mid-term, and far-term field adoption: One year or less to adoption: Cloud Computing (K-12), Mobile Learning (K-12), MOOC (Higher Ed), Tablet Computing (Higher Ed). Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field.

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Remember the 3 E’s When Marketing Educational Programs

WBT Systems

Besides other associations, you now have online professional platforms like LinkedIn (now owned by Microsoft) and Udacity to worry about, plus all the MOOCs like Coursera and EdX. Search for innovative product concepts. An effective online learning marketing plan has three phases. First, create awareness in your target audiences—their awareness of the need for pursuing professional development and their awareness of the educational programs your association offers.

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The Big 3 (Costs, changing demographics and mobile) impacting association meetings

SCD Group

Earlier in the week, I read a similar Clay Shirky post on Napster, Udacity, and the Academy He talks about the creative destruction of MP3 and the likelihood that MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are likely to radically change higher education. More engagement, more thought-provoking discussions that lead to new innovations in their field, a feeling of being more connected created by program timing that allows for this to happen.

Napster, New Yorker, Freeloaders & 4 Other Articles for Association Executives

SCD Group

By Clay Shirky Using what MP3 and Napster did to the music industry as an example, Shirky talks about the upcoming evolution/revolution within education in the form of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Member-driven innovations, tools or content made available for free on the Internet? Napster, Udacity, and the Academy.

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The Evolution Of Onsite Conferences: 26 Trends Coming To An Event Near You

Velvet Chainsaw

People today are looking for unusual, new, innovative conference experiences. Innovative Spaces. Design innovative spaces with attitude and behaviors in mind. The standard lecture model for conference education is facing disruption from FLIP-models, Ignite, MOOCs, Pecha Kucha, “Station Rotation Experiences,” Unhangouts and more. The traditional conference meeting experience is out! They don’t want to attend last year’s annual meeting that just changed the filler.

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. Join us at.OrgCommunity’s Solutions Day 2019 , where you can meet the disruptors, innovators, and cultural shape-shifters who are fearlessly reinventing the association world. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?