Berto Jongman: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) — Useful Failures

Never mind the 4% completion rate, still a useful starting point. Take college and university courses online completely free In recent years massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a trend in online education. The term was coined in 2008 by David Cormier, manager of web communications and innovations at the University of Prince Edward …

SmartPlanet: 4% Completion Rate for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Only four percent complete massive open online courses: setback or growing pains? Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have relatively few active users, and  user engagement falls off dramatically, especially after the first one to two weeks weeks of a course. Ultimately, only a handful of users persist to the course end. That’s the gist of …

SmartPlanet: Reinventing Education via edX and MOOC [Massive Open Online Courses]

     Q&A: Anant Agarwal, edX’s president and first professor In May, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced their joint plan to “explore the frontiers of digital education” by offering free online courses to learners around the world. As a result, their new online learning platform edX entered the burgeoning world of MOOCs …

Steven Aftergood: Pentagon Audit Underway, “There Will Be Unpleasant Surprises”

PENTAGON AUDIT: “THERE WILL BE UNPLEASANT SURPRISES” For the first time in its history, the Department of Defense is now undergoing a financial audit. The audit, announced last December, is itself a major undertaking that is expected to cost $367 million and to involve some 1200 auditors. The results are to be reported in November …