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Exclusive Interview with MOOC Leader Kevin Werbach


Dean Tsouvalas sits down with MOOC professor Kevin Werbach to discuss MOOCs, gamification, state of education and more.

MOOCs: Turning Students into Teachers

MOOCs: Turning Students Into Teachers

MOOC innovator and instructor Dr. Charles Severence, discusses the elements of a successful MOOC and shares insights from his own experience.

Going Global with MOOCs

Going Global with MOOCs

The MOOC movement has seen extraordinary growth over the past two years, expanding into a global movement with exceptional potential to bring free education the masses.

MOOCs For Baby-Boomers: 6 Courses You Never Took In College!

MOOCs For Baby-Boomers: 6 Courses You Never Took In College!

Here’s a list of MOOCs, or free online courses, that teach subjects that were not available in college to the baby-boomer

Stanford offers free MOOC on Retirement and Pension Financing

Fin out how to join Professsor Joshua Raul from Stamford University when he teaches a free online version of his graduate level course in retirement and finance planning.

The Future of MOOCs: An Interview with “Dr. Chuck” Severance

The Future of MOOCs: An Interview with "Dr. Chuck" Severance

Join thought leader Dr. Charles Severence, an innovator in the MOOC movement, as he shares his insights on MOOCs as a disruptive force in education and how they fir into the larger picture of technology and education.

6 Questions about MOOCs You May Be Afraid to Ask

Starting your first MOOC can be a daunting task. It's easy to scroll through and explore the different available free courses, but actually beginning is a whole different story. Some of the most frequent questions before starting a MOOC include: What is a MOOC? A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course at the college or graduate level available to anyone who has access to the Internet. Age participation ranges from the 9 to 87 (but could be even larger). Don’t worry about the 9 year olds; you would never know it unless they tell you. Typically, there is no charge for a MOOC, except if you elect to take a Signature Track (see question 2). [READ: Virtual College Makes it Easier for Mom to Stay on Top of Her Game] What is the signature track? The Signature Track is available with some courses, and if you pass the class you will receive a Certificate of Merit. This can be used on resumes, within online profiles, or to sure up you skill set. These typically run between $30 and $60. You can “audit” the class for free, but may not get a certificate, even if you pass. Currently there are less than 10 “publishers” who offer these courses worldwide. Each varies on pricing and certificates. How much work is there? The amount of work varies depending on the length of the course, the subject, and requirements of the professor. The description will tell you approximately how much time you will need to put into the class. However, I have found this varies from class to class, your background in the subject, and how much you want to get out of the course. I have seen time requirements from 4 to 14 hours a week. If you really want to get the most from the course double this time commitment. [What MOOC should you take? Check out our advice for choosing a MOOC.] How should I use the forums? The Forums are a place where students and teachers meet to discuss all types of subjects from the lesson on a given week, agreements, disagreements, theories, extra articles and videos, etc. You can find almost anything on the Forums around the course. Don’t get discourage by some “outrageous” posts. Just ignore them and move on. You know it is the 15 minutes (or I should say seconds) of fame. According to, “In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community” What are the quizzes and written assignments like? Each course can offer short form quizzes that are embedded in the lectures (doesn’t count toward your grade) and formal quizzes from 15 to 30 multiple choice questions. Some professors let you take the quizzes a few times with no grade penalty, while others will knock 20% off that particular score. The written assignments are intellectually engagingand most people really enjoy them. However, they are graded by 5 of your peers (and you also get to grade 5 of your peers). Thereis a lot of arguing about these grades, but typically the lowest grade is thrown out, you can have a TA review the grades, or you can choose to look at what folks are trying to tell you by the score and comments (difficult to take, but very educational). How do I get started? Check out MOOCAdvisor for MOOC reviews, news, and advice to learn if MOOCs are right for you.

MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are one of the newest trends in distance education. Ellen Rich answers some of the most frequently asked questions among people who wonder if MOOCs are good learning opportunities for them.

Top 10 Reasons to Advance Your Career with a MOOC

advance your career with a mooc

StudentAdvisor Editor-in-Chief Dean Tsouvalas introduces us to the world of free online learning and shares his top ten reasons for using MOOCs to enhance any professional development strategy.

UCLA Offers Limited-Time Free Online Courses

UCLA offers online courses

New classes from UCLAs online course offerings include engineering and project management. Be sure to bookmark our link to UCLAs current online offerings and check back often!

How to Earn College Credit for Life Experience

How to Earn College Credit for Life Experience

Documenting Your Experiences for College Credit is a free online course from Kaplan Open Learning that walks the student through the process of claiming college credit for learning that has taken place outside the classroom. Dr. Wade Dyke discusses the benefits of this kind of online learning in helping today’s students keep down the cost of their college education.

Science Students on MOOCs: Try them; you’ll like them!

science students and MOOCs

A recent survey by Nature and Scientific American of nearly 6000 undergraduate and graduate students in math and sciences from around the world reveals that have discovered the value of MOOCs.

The Wonders of Online Learning

The Wonders of Online Learning

Blogger Kaitlin Crean shares her personal story about the educational resources she found helpful to her through MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses.