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My Reflections on MOOC at Halfway Point Of Course

By Lillian Williams The captivating video above features global health expert Hans Rosling. We’ll get to his relevance for this posting in a moment. If you follow this blog, you know that I’m taking a 10-week public speaking MOOC taught … Continue reading

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AP-Level Computer Science MOOC for High Schoolers

By Lillian Williams Are you a high school student interested in computer programming? Does your school offer computer science courses? A new computer science MOOC (massive open online course) is available, free of charge, during the 2013-2014 school year. Anyone … Continue reading

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I’m Taking a MOOC This Summer! Are you?

By Lillian Williams So, I’m enrolled in a MOOC this summer.  It’s a public speaking course taught by Matt McGarrity, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington. MOOCs, of course, are those massive open online courses which are free of charge, … Continue reading

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Computer Programming E-learning for High School Students

By Lillian Williams Chicago high school students (and others) can get an introduction to computer programming this summer, free of charge, through a MOOC developed by MIT and edX. Importantly, this online course is also open to anyone across the … Continue reading

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Guide to Fair Use Principles in the Digital Publishing Age

By Lillian Williams OK, so we know that advanced digital technology makes it easy for everyone to publish these days, whether on a networking site, blog, YouTube, or some other venue. But here are some key questions, if you’re in … Continue reading

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“Online Education Changing the World”–World Economic Forum Discussion

By Lillian Williams Still on the fence about MOOCS—those massive open online courses? Why should MOOCs  matter, you ask?  How effective are mega online classes anyway? “I am traditionalist about classroom issues,” you insist. “I prefer face-to-face classroom discussions in … Continue reading

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PBS NewsHour: The New Wave of Online Courses

By Lillian Williams Imagine this: An online class with students from around the world. Among other features, the class offers short video lessons with pop-up quizzes. Students chat online with each other, anytime, day or night. And, yes, there is … Continue reading

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Backpack TV: New Education Video Library

This is a guest post by Nate  Heagney, a freshman at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.  Nate is a graduate of St. Louis University High School.  He had the pleasure of helping to launch Backpack TV, a new online platform offering free educational videos. By Nate … Continue reading

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Online Education Craze: A Different Vantage Point

By Lillian Williams From Time Ideas: Are those popular, free courses from elite schools such as Princeton and Harvard actually widening the learning gap? Put another way, the question posed by Noliwe M. Rooks in Time Ideas is this: Are we leaving behind a substantial … Continue reading

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U. of I.: 14,000 Students (on first day) Enroll In Free MOOCs

By Lillian Williams Free online courses offered by the University of Illinois are a big hit worldwide. How big? The Chicago Tribune reports that 14,000 students signed up for University of Illinois’ free, Web-based courses on the first day of registration. … Continue reading

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