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MOOCWatch April 2016: Udacity’s Growth

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Anuar Andres Lequerica is Class Central’s analyst.

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The MOOC world continues to grow and evolve. Udacity has a new CEO, a new office in China, and a new service in the United States. Coursera now has over 1000 active courses (most of them in the On Demand format) and two master’s degrees. The Learning How to Learn MOOC, taught by Barbara Oakley, has enrolled over 1.2 million students. Harvard Medical School has flipped its first-year classroom with MOOCs. More MOOC for credits initiatives have been announced all over the world, and more MOOC studies have been released. We have all this information, and a lot more, in this month’s MOOCWatch.

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UDACITY’S NEW CEO AND SERVICES IN AMERICA AND CHINA
Udacity’s COO Vishal Makhijani becomes its CEO, and founder Sebastian Thrun (who remains president and chairman) will focus on the company’s ed-tech innovations. Udacity has added a new service to its Nanodegrees (available in three U.S. cities so far) through which students can visit physical locations to learn with peers and mentors. Udacity has also opened an office in China, and it has started offering Chinese versions of its Nanodegrees.

Udacity has a new ___!
Introducing Udacity Connect: Turbocharged Learning
Hello, China! 

Podcast — Sebastian Thrun and George Zachary democratize higher education.

MOOC MASTER’S DEGREE IN DATA SCIENCE via Class Central
New MOOC-based data science master’s degree on Coursera from the University of Illinois.

MOOC SUBSIDY
Singapore gives every citizen over the age of 25 a $500 credit to take MOOCs.

MEDICAL MOOCS via Vice
New MOOCs are being launched to teach medicine, and the Harvard Medical School has now flipped its classroom.

ONLINE PROFESSORS SHOULD THINK LIKE BLOGGERS via Re:Learning podcast
Chronicle’s Jeff Young talks to economics blogger and George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen.

Video Styles in MOOCs.

TEN MOST POPULAR MOOCS via Class Central
The best new courses starting in April 2016.

CS MOOC MASTER’S DEGREE IN INDIA via The Economic Times
Georgia Tech forms partnership to expand its MOOC-based CS master’s degree in India.

TUITION-FREE ONLINE MBA
University of the People (an online, accredited, tuition-free university) has launched an online MBA program.

IT MOOCS FOR CREDIT via The University of Colorado
The University of Colorado will award you six credits if you complete its data warehousing specialization on Coursera.


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KOREAN MOOCS FOR CREDIT via The Korea Times
Korean universities start offering academic credit for taking MOOCs.

MORE MOOCS FOR CREDIT via TU Delft
Eight universities (including Rice University, the University of Edinburgh, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) form an alliance to grant credit for taking MOOCs.

MOOC MICRO-CREDENTIALS via Campus Technology
Six large universities establish a new MOOC portal to offer low-cost micro-credentials.

MOOCs Turn 4: What Have We Learned.

MOOC COURSE REPORT via Class Central
A list of 625+ free online courses starting in April 2016.

NEW ONLINE COURSES AND MOOCs via Class Central
The list of 76 new courses added to Class Central in March 2016.

MOOCS FOR CREDIT via Class Central
Our updated list / guide of all the ways to get academic credit by taking MOOCs.

SUNY ONLINE GRANT
Open SUNY, the online degree system that offers courses from 64 SUNY campuses, has received a $2 million grant to improve online students’ success.

MOOC IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
10,000 kids (ages 10–12) will take a MOOC by the University of Groningen. The MOOC will introduce students to topics like astronomy, law, biology, psychology, medicine, philosophy, and history.

Reimaging Education: MOOCs 2.0 by edX CEO Anant Agrawal.

NEW MOOCS BY NICHOLAS KRISTOF / SHERYL WUDUNN AND NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON via Udemy
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn have a new Udemy course called How to Make a Difference. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has two online courses on Udemy.

RISING COMPLETION RATES via ASU
The Teach English Now! Specialization from Arizona State University has received a Coursera award for having the highest completion rate (20%).

COMPLETION RATE DEBATE via Class Central
Insightful article on why MOOC completion rates can be a misleading measure of quality and learning.

MOOCS FOR TEACHER TRAINING via Class Central
An article summarizing Class Central’s SXSWedu panel discussion on using MOOCs for teacher training.

ONLINE LEARNING REPORT via EdSurge
MIT has released a new report with recommendations on advancing online education.

New models to transform education by Udemy CEO Dennis Yang.

COURSERA 1000 via Coursera
Coursera has reached 1000 active courses and is experimenting with an Honors certificate.

MILLION-STRONG MOOC via Crain’s Detroit Business
Professor Barbara Oakley’s MOOC, entitled Learning How to Learn, has enrolled more than 1.2 million students.

MOOC INFOGRAPHIC via Coursera
Coursera has released an infographic of the learning behaviors and demographics of its 18 million students.

MOOCS IN CORPORATIONS
A new Deloitte survey reports that the percentage of companies that feel comfortable incorporating MOOCs into their learning platforms rose to forty-three percent this year, from thirty percent last year.

OPEN EDX CONFERENCE
The Open edX 2016 conference will take place at Stanford University on June 14–17. It will feature panels, tutorials, lightning talks, workshops, and a hackathon.

About MOOCWatch

MOOCWatch is a monthly digest of information related to MOOCs meant for professors and administrators, or others who are involved in education and want to stay up-to-date in the MOOC space. In addition to broad coverage, MOOCWatch also contains unique data sourced from Class Central (such as course popularity rankings). To subscribe to MOOCWatch visit class-central.com/moocwatch

Anuar Andres Lequerica is Class Central’s analyst. He has a graduate degree in education policy and has taken at least eight online courses across all the different platforms.