Time for a MOOC-like makeover

Aaron Wolowiec

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. That’s according to Web Courseworks , a learning technologies and consulting company.

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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 As younger professionals experience this type of online learning, won’t they assume that their associations and professional societies will offer classes and courses with similar technology?

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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. Is Now the Time For Your MOOC?

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Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

Beth Kanter

The MOOC , is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively. Students will also be provided with ongoing, post-MOOC philanthropy education content that will support continued development and execution of their philanthropic goals. Giving 2.0:

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

While technology continues to evolve in the education arena, the Pew study found many learners aren’t aware of digital learning options. For example, 61 percent of respondents aren’t aware of distance learning while 80 percent aren’t familiar with massive open online courses (MOOCs). Associations Learning Professional Development certification conventions lifelong learners MOOC Pew Research Center report study technology

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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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Life goes on…and so does learning

Aaron Wolowiec

That said, associations should capitalize on technology, not shy away from it. At the same time, technology provides incredible tools to measure the effectiveness of your association’s lifelong learning opportunities. “A If you know of an expert on MOOCs, or if your association uses MOOCs, please contact me. As some of you may know, in addition to my role with Event Garde , I work for Michigan State University’s central communications office.

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Moose to MOOCs and 3 other articles for association executives

SCD Group

Universities bolster MOOCs for online learning By Mary Beth Marklein via USA TODAY. Coursera, a Silicon Valley-based company, is announcing today that it will partner with university systems in Colorado, Georgia, New York, Tennessee and Texas to develop and evaluate the potential of technology that is fueling dramatic changes in how higher education is designed and delivered. And technology careens ahead at breakneck speed.

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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. Consider alternative delivery methods and new technologies. Try MOOCs or coding camps. When I graduated college 16 years ago, times were different. I had a job before graduation and I never questioned the value of my degree. While I had an internship, the focus then on skills (vs. education) wasn’t nearly as strong.

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. Consider alternative delivery methods and new technologies. Try MOOCs or coding camps. When I graduated college 16 years ago, times were different. I had a job before graduation and I never questioned the value of my degree. While I had an internship, the focus then on skills (vs. education) wasn’t nearly as strong.

Report: Where Association Learning Technology Is Going

Associations Now

The latest edition of Tagoras’ Association Learning + Technology report finds that emerging learning technology is out there, but the problem is that organizations don’t have an effective strategy to put it into play. “Association Learning + Technology 2017,” a new report from Tagoras sponsored by Community Brands, makes the case that many associations have yet to work emerging kinds of learning into their offerings—though many are looking into it.

Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing


——— How are trade and professional associations using technology to enable or enhance their education programs? How much success are organizations having with technology-enabled and technology-enhanced learning? Those are just a few of the questions we set out to answer with the latest edition of the Association Learning + Technology report. Clearly technology is now an integral part of association education.

Always the Last to Know: Analytics Academy

Spark Consulting

It’s a six unit free MOOC that is designed to provide (and I quote): An overview of today’s digital measurement landscape. cool technology Google Do you use Google Analytics to track your web traffic and use data? Would you like to do it better? Google is launching Analytics Academ y to help you do just that. Guidance on how to build an effective measurement plan. Best practices for collecting actionable data.

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Is your online education ready for Generation Flux?


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. She says MOOC combines “the best of college – exceptional instruction – with the best of technology – online interactive learning.”

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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

As always, we try to use this blog post to speak from our experience as a learning technology partner to organizations that provide continuing education and professional development. In eLearning, we are at the very start of the hype curve with distributed ledgers: we can imagine the technology solving one of our recurring problems. IOT Physical Simulators: The idea here is to build physical training devices that connect to online learning technology. All the MOOCs out there.

Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


At Google X, a project qualifies as a moonshot if it tackles a huge problem, proposes a radical solution, and involves breakthrough science or technology. The American Institute of CPAs along with many of the nation’s largest accounting firms are creating a new auditing process driven by AI and other technology that will transform the role of the auditor. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs.

How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

Reid All About it

Kevin Kelly, from his book, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future ). 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?

Finding Radical Value in Core Competencies

Association Subculture

Rising college tuition costs, shrinking numbers of seats, and new technology based delivery systems are combining to create a perfect storm in the adult education world. Reframe Delivery – Massive open online courses or “MOOCs” are effectively disrupting the landscape. Beyond webinars and other virtual mechanisms, the technology supporting MOOCs are leading instructors to radically re-evaluate how content is chunked absent a “time” requirement.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.21.17

Reid All About it

A near-death experience has enabled him “to envision an alternate ending to the AI story —one that makes the most of this amazing technology while empowering humans not just to survive, but to thrive.” LMS provider WBT Systems writes about instructional design innovations that associations could borrow from “ModPo” and a few other award-winning MOOCs. Learn how to use existing and emerging technologies to create better experiences for your attendees.

Can Associations Corner the Education Market?

Associations Now

In their book A+ Solution: How America’s Professional Societies and Trade Associations Can Solve the Nation’s Workforce Skills Crisis, John Bell, founder and CEO of online-career-center provider Boxwood Technology, Inc., Take massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for example. If MOOC providers such as Coursera turn education into a fundamental right that can be consumed at any time day or night, for example, “How are you going to charge $190 for a 90 minute session and a lunch?”

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

Associations Now

The Association Learning + Technology 2016 report reveals that an overwhelming majority of associations offer technology-enabled learning like webcasts, virtual conferences, and self-paced tutorials. As the adoption and integration of sophisticated technologies increase, so will the demand for savvy, experienced leaders in the continuing education and professional development business.

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Six Issues Associations Are Having Difficulty Responding To

Velvet Chainsaw

Digital transformation is more than a buzzword says technology guru Scott Klososky. What we do know is that technology is impacting every component of our civilization; from the way we communicate, to the way we conduct commerce, and ultimately the way we experience the world around us,” says Klososky. Klososky says digitally mature organizations offer a wealth of advantages including profit amplification, a technology halo, and long term viability.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

Mobile technology changes everything, and makes associations nervous. It is well worth reading for any association that is reviewing its current education offering for members or considering implementing new technologies, such as an association learning management system. Through our blog on association learning and technology, we aim to provide insights that associations will find useful and interesting.

Deaf Advocates Sue Harvard, MIT For Lack of Online Closed Captioning

Associations Now

The National Association of the Deaf alleges that Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to make their online course offerings accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Hey Nonprofits: Here Comes Gen Z Donors

Beth Kanter

” They are also known as “ Qwerty Monsters ” who send hundreds of text messages a day and don’t even like to use their phone for calls (and with two teens in my house, I can attest this is true). But it is more than the technology, it is also their passion to do good in the world. Many nonprofit fundraisers know about and have specific strategies to reach, cultivate, and solicit baby boom donors, Gen X donors, and Gen Y donors.

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Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth Kanter

It is also part of another educational technology trend of MOOCs (massively open online courses) which are seeing more widespread adoption in higher education and have become more popular options for online learning. MOOCs are appealing because they offer the possibility for continued, advanced learning at zero cost, allowing students, adults, and professionals to acquire new knowledge and skills.

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Wake Up to Educating the Future Workforce

Associations Now

Emerging technology is shifting our workforce toward intellectual capital and changing the ways we educate both students and adults. In the Thursday opening general session, an attendee asked futurist Dr. Michio Kaku about the threats of emerging technologies. Technology. In another session, participants discussed the rise of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

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

Beth Kanter

Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field. That sounds like the title of a report that NTEN might produce that surveys the technology landscape and nonprofit usage and provides an overview of what technologies nonprofits should be looking at in the next 1-5 years. Four or five years to adoption: 3D Printing (K-12/Higher Ed), Remote/Virtual Labs (K-12), Wearable Technology (Higher Ed).

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

Velvet Chainsaw

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses. Sources: NMC Horizon Reports, Bottom-Line Performance , Internet Time Alliance , Centre For Learning And Performance , Edutopia , Informal Learning Technologies , MindShift-KQED. 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.

What does the collaborative economy mean for associations?

Mizz Information

The whole point of the collaborative economy is the crowd becoming the company, therefore the need for middlemen like organizations to put on conferences is presumably decreased if the crowd can self-assemble and put on their own conferences or collaborate via Hangouts or other technologies. At a minimum, it will change people’s technology expectations and associations will need to keep up if they want to be able to compete in that space.

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Tuesday Buzz: When the Gated Online Community Works

Associations Now

” 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). Nextdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, succeeds despite being tough to join. Also: how one popular Twitter-based chat has slowly gained relevance. This is the story of a social network that has a high barrier to entry, and it’s all the better for it.

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Tuesday Buzz: Reflections on the Web’s Birthday

Associations Now

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

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The Limits of Being Inside

Jamie Notter

Massively open online classes (MOOCs) are disrupting education (see Clay Shirky’s take on it for some background). The technology gives us tremendous power to solve this stark problem all around us. 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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The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

I learned about this vulnerability while reading the fifth edition of Association Learning + Technology from Tagoras. This recently released report, based on a survey of more than 200 associations, describes how trade and professional associations are using technology to enable and enhance learning. Tagoras learned that 93% of the survey participants use technology to deliver learning. The future looks bright for association e-learning.

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The Importance of an LMS Roadmap When Selecting a Learning Platform

WBT Systems

Technology vendors want their clients’ feedback and constructive criticism, really, we do. Linda Bowers, our chief technology officer, participates in the sales process because she likes to learn directly about the problems associations are trying to solve. The relationship between a technology provider and their client is a partnership. When vetting a technology vendor, find clients not listed in the reference section of the proposal and ask them about support.

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Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

Beth Kanter

Nonetheless, perhaps this is an example of what Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen called for at the recent TechCrunch event – that technology start ups should bake philanthropy into their DNA. ” 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.

SCD Group: 5 Articles on Association Meetings & Education

SCD Group

College may never be the same By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY Massive Open Online Courses --MOOCs, for short. And MOOCs already have attracted the interest of some employers, paving the way for a potential revenue source. It packages the software and technology we used to build our Power Searching with Google online course. Pages. About. Contact. Causeaholic. AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. Sunday, September 16, 2012.

Help Your Members Across the Digital Readiness Gap

WBT Systems

Facility with getting new technology to work : How likely people are to get someone else to set up new devices for them or show them how to use new devices. Use of digital tools for learning : How often and regularly people use technology to purse learning or enrichment activities. Familiarity with education technology : How familiar people are with online learning, MOOCs, digital badges, Khan Academy, and other online educational resources.

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