MOOCs: A myth for the masses? Not so much

Aaron Wolowiec

An infographic by Online-PhD-Programs.org summarizing MOOCs. Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – seem to be all the rage. MOOCs are online classes that are available to anyone with a computer and/or Internet access. Some MOOCs are free, but others aren’t. It’s a bit confusing as MOOCs are still trying to find their place among social media, 24-7 access to news and a society that thrives on convenience. million people participate in MOOCs through Coursera.

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Will MOOC’s Impact Association Educational Offerings?

SCD Group

China, Canada and other countries, enough to fill Ohio Stadium three times over -- have accessed a massive open online course, or MOOC, on environmental science offered by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “I And what will this mean to associations generating non-dues revenue from such educational classes? Should you be pursuing your own version of MOOC courses? What are you doing or considering as the MOOC movement expands?

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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.

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

From a five-mile-high perspective, however, lower prices for education shouldn’t bother us (if you’re currently looking at shrinking CE revenues in your annual report, just try to bear with me for a second). 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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.7.16

Reid All About it

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? Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) and employment taxes are fertile ground for collecting additional tax revenue.

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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! Whether you’re a solo eLearning hero or you’re like the Avengers and you have a whole squad, we are counting down 10 tips that’ll help you put some POW into your program! Tip #10 – Preparation.

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The Association Business Model: It’s Time For A Massive Overhaul.

Association Success

It’s no wonder why over half of all associations are experiencing flat or declining membership and revenue growth. It is this view coupled with the last decade’s digital transformation of industries like transportation (Uber/Lyft), publishing/content/networking (LinkedIn/Facebook/Netflix/HBR), education (MOOCs/online universities), and travel (AirBnB/VRBO), that makes me a firm believer that the association business model needs to experience a massive renovation or even revolution.

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Friday Top 5

Spark Consulting

It’s tempting to take any work you *can* do, particularly early on, just to be busy and get some revenue coming in. ” But it can also be “I want to take a MOOC” or catch up on your reading or write articles or revamp your CRM system or refresh your website or whatever. I had lunch with a dear friend I don’t see often enough earlier this week.

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3 E-learning Myths It’s Time to Put to Bed

Aaron Wolowiec

This one has staged something of a comeback with the rise of MOOCs and other free content, but it doesn’t take much more than observation and common sense to dispel it. billion, was operating profitably on around $150 million dollars a year in revenue at the time of the acquisition. Jeff Cobb, co-founder of Tagoras Inc.

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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! Whether you’re a solo eLearning hero or you’re like the Avengers and you have a whole squad, check out 10 tips that’ll help you put some POW into your program! Tip #1 – Preparation.

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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. Learn the key rules that should guide your mobile solution search; how to find solutions that are as flexible as you need them to be; how to identify mobile solutions that allow you to maximize revenue, engagement, or any other goal; and the common mistakes event managers make when searching for mobile solutions.

Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing

SocialFish

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. percent) of associations that use technology for learning have increased their organization’s net revenue from educational offering. 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!

Tech-Enabled Learning Events: What’s Now and Next?

Associations Now

The findings may help make the case for tweaking your association’s technology-enabled learning strategy, particularly if you can increase your organization’s nondues revenue. The survey asked respondents using technology for learning about five emerging learning formats: massive open online courses (MOOCs), flipped classes, gamified learning, digital badges , and microlearning.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

By providing education and certification programs for employers who do not have the resources to invest in such programs to engage their employees, associations can also generate a new source of non-dues revenue from providing continuing education as a valuable service to corporate organizations. We have come across several interesting articles in the past couple of weeks, which discuss some of the social, political and economic changes that are currently impacting how we work and learn.

What does the collaborative economy mean for associations?

Mizz Information

Events --one of associations’ biggest sources of non-dues revenue is events and tradeshows. Products --this one is a no brainer, at least in my opinion--if people start borrowing instead of buying, there potentially goes another big source of non-dues revenue. 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. Never heard of “collaborative economy”?

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. Focus on value, not revenue potential. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs? With all the disruption going on around us and in your industry, will incremental change bring your vision for professional development closer to realization? Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will.

Tuesday Buzz: When the Gated Online Community Works

Associations Now

The success of this kind of private social network—which, by the way, has yet to raise any revenue despite its size—is a reminder that the Facebooks of the world aren’t everything and that privacy drives intimacy. ” Be sure to check out the rest of the interview, where L’Italien talks about other relevancy issues, as well as up-and-coming technologies such as massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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Tuesday Buzz: Reflections on the Web’s Birthday

Associations Now

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) will become important revenue streams.” Some of the wisest people in technology reflect on the birth of the World Wide Web, which turns 25 this week. Also: Now is the time to harness the power of big data.

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

Associations Now

There’s no pressure, there’s no homework, there’s no exams—unlike a MOOC [Massive Open Online Course] where you have to show up on Tuesdays at 11:00,” said Edward Leon, chief brand officer at The Great Courses. According to the Post, Smithsonian Enterprises, the for-profit arm of the museum complex, has similar deals with Showtime Networks and database provider Cengage Learning to broaden its reach and generate new revenue. “It’s

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The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

If you have an e-learning strategy , you’re more likely to see a net increase in revenue from e-learning programs. 62% of those with an association e-learning strategy said e-learning has increased the net revenue of their educational offerings, compared to 45% of those without a strategy. Don’t forget LinkedIn, colleges and universities , MOOCs, and other for-profit online learning platforms.). The future looks bright for association e-learning.

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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. Emerging technology is shifting our workforce toward intellectual capital and changing the ways we educate both students and adults.

The Many Benefits of Selling Online Education to Corporate Members

WBT Systems

Everyone sees the revenue potential in providing online education to corporate customers. Even MOOCs have caught on. Revenue growth. If you keep your corporate customers happy, you’ll enjoy increased recurring revenue in years to come. The global corporate online training market is expected to grow by nearly 10% annually over the next five years. Who will the companies in your industry choose to educate their employees? Don’t let them align with a competitor.

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Remember the 3 E’s When Marketing Educational Programs

WBT Systems

You don’t often hear about expeditionary marketing but in times of change, this bold approach could take your online educational programs—and non-dues revenue—to new heights. 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. Colleges and universities have also identified the lifelong learning market as a promising source of new revenue.

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How to Get Your Association to Support Staff’s Professional Development

WBT Systems

The bottom line: how will it increase revenue growth or cost savings? Consider all sources: associations, colleges and universities, industry vendors, for-profit organizations, and MOOCs. Expand program capabilities and increase revenue. Pick an association website at random and read their About page. Chances are you’ll see something in their mission or values about education.

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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. The brighter future you promise is full of new market opportunities—and new revenue—but don’t assume decision-makers know that. Spell out all the ways a new LMS can help you bring in new revenue: Conference management and recordings. Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door?

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How to Continue the Conference Learning Experience

WBT Systems

Follow the format of popular MOOCs : Share a discussion guide. Give members a discounted rate and make sure your association gets a commission or affiliate revenue. Conferences consume a great deal of your association’s time and financial resources. Should they take such a primary place in your association’s educational offerings? The truth is: conferences are not the most effective method of transferring knowledge.

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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). And then there’s advertising and sponsorships, which can generate revenue if the association’s audience is large enough or highly desirable. Napster, Udacity, and the Academy.

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. Focus on value, not revenue potential. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs? With all the disruption going on around us and in your industry, will incremental change bring your vision for professional development closer to realization? Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will.