Students seek MOOCs as course add-ons

A study entitled Fulfilling the promise: do MOOCs reach the educationally underserved? found that Duke’s 13 MOOCs on the Coursera platform provide students with access to content they might not encounter on their formal course of study, thus complementing existing courses. The study analysed qualitative data from pre-course surveys issued to all of the MOOCs’ 9,000 enrolees in the autumn ... Read More »

UK: Online school adds schedule to cross time zones

The school is also currently expanding its course offering, particularly at A Level – the final qualification taken at school or a further education college in the UK – adding French, Spanish and Latin A Level courses, as well as Film Studies and Business Studies at the lower GCSE level. “It’s so that students aren’t having to study late in ... Read More »

Canada: app launched to help first-time students

The app targets first-time international students, offering pre-departure support and information once on campus including how to set up a bank account and grocery shopping. The app was launched in May and Sheridan promoted it during pre-departure orientation in China and India in July. To date it has been downloaded over 1,100 times for both Android and Apple operating systems. ... Read More »

HEIs press ‘start’ on gamification in recruitment

Gaming interfaces are making their way to the international student recruitment sphere and marketers say they enhance the user experience and increase institutions’ profiles. Gamification strategies can be as simple as adding a completion bar at the top of an application form or interactive campus tours, according to experts speaking at the European Association of International Education (#EAIE2015) conference in Glasgow this ... Read More »

Career and academic benefit significant to MOOC graduates

Nearly three-quarters of participants who have completed a Massive Open Online Course say that the course had a positive impact on their career, according to a recent study. In addition, 61% of MOOC users have reported educational benefits as a result of taking the course. And the career or educational benefits are slightly higher for those considered to be of lower socio-economic status. ... Read More »

Canada: Edvisor named best BC tech startup

Edvisor, an online management system for education agencies, has been named the best technology startup in British Columbia for 2015, winning CAN$100,000. The annual prize is awarded by venture capital firm New Ventures BC, supported by the BC Innovation Council, to “the idea most likely to be commercially viable with the greatest value”. “The sole reason we exist as a ... Read More »

Open University to invest £13m in FutureLearn

The Open University has announced it will invest £13m in MOOC providerFutureLearn over the next three years in order to develop the platform further and enhance its position globally. The investment will be put towards internationalising the platform, improving accessibility and developing its social learning approach. FutureLearn, which is wholly owned by the Open University, has seen over two and ... Read More »

Reimagine Education awards salute innovation

Innovation in digital education was celebrated this week at the second annual Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education awards, presented this week at a gala dinner held in downtown Philadelphia. The top prize was scooped by e-learning project, Osmosis, from Johns Hopkins University, which provides resources for students studying medicine around the world. “It’s a real honour to be in this environment in ... Read More »

OEB: edtech can reduce learning divide in TVET, experts charge

In order to reduce skills gaps in countries around the world, education technology needs to be integrated into classroom learning, experts said at the 21st OEB conference in Berlin last week. Discussions at the event centered on the learning divide in vocational education specifically and whether educational institutions are equipping students with 21st century skills. “We have to count technology ... Read More »

Education innovators endorse knowledge sharing in classroom

The same collaborative spirit seen in the emerging sharing economy of Uber and AirBnB should be extended to classrooms around the globe, education thought leaders urged at the Reimagine Education awards and conference held last week in Philadelphia. Delegates and stakeholders discussed the need for more collaboration among students both inside the classroom and in cross-border collaboration. “Why are we teaching our ... Read More »