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The Next Generation of MOOCs
Stephen Downes, May 20, 2022, Iranian Conference of Health Professions Education (ICHPE), Tehran, Iran, by Zoom

In this presentation I outline the development of MOOCs, discuss the impact of the pandemic, and suggest several ways MOOCs will grow and develop in the future, including through the use of web3 technologies, live linked data, artificial intelligence, and the metaverse.

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Students, higher ed leaders diverge on post-COVID priorities
Laura Spitalniak, Higher Ed Dive, 2022/05/20


The storyline: "one in four college leaders said their institutions don't plan to offer remote or virtual class options by 2025. But 63% of students said they preferred fully online classes or classes that blend in-person and remote learning." Now note that this means 75% of colleges will continue with online learning, so the two sides don't really "diverge" in their views. I don't know why the author chooses to spin it into a story about conflict with quotes like "A fully online model doesn't make sense for a brick-and-mortar university." The full survey is available from Anthology (recently merged with Blackboard) but it's behind a spamwall.

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The Market Fall of EdTech Will Have Non-Financial Impacts
Phil Hill, Phil on Ed Tech, 2022/05/20


Michael Feldstein writes, " Derek Newton expanded on this thread at Forbes with yesterday's It's Been A 'Brutal' Year for Public Education Companies." He suggests "your favorite EdTech vendor is much more likely to acquire (or be acquired) in the next few years than they had been." And notes "Byju's, an India online education startup, is in discussions to acquire a US target and likely to bid for either Chegg Inc. or 2U Inc., according to people familiar with the matter." None of this means anything, except that the people who work in these places will get hurt. It's all just the churn.

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