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On day one of our hybrid program, a group of 20 students filed into a classroom on campus. Their professor was already there. But what made this class different is they were also joined by a group of 20 additional students who were participating online, from various locations around the globe. And I was there […]

MOOC Hype Cycle - Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I talk about how MOOCs have experienced a somewhat circular evolution. It feels like the goal of MOOCs is no longer “more Massive, more Open”, but instead to provide a more targeted, personalized learning experience. While pure MOOCs will continue to exist, many MOOC providers are now offering programs […]


If MOOCs had delivered on the most optimistic of their expectations, small remote villages might be halfway through the development of a self-driving car. Microsoft might be flooded with applicants who didn’t graduate high school but aced their Big Data course. The great ambition for MOOCs was to democratize education, allowing anyone, anywhere, with any […]

Dear Faculty Member, If you haven’t already considered building an online course, you should!  Here are 5 good reasons why. Kindly Yours, Sympathizing Instructional Designer   Publish or Perish The meaning of this old saying is changing. Originally publishing was how you stayed relevant in your field; nowadays staying relevant has taken on a new […]


One of the most critical pieces of technology in online education is a virtual classroom or “video-calling software “ (for those not from the the edtech world). While we continue to develop new and innovative ways to engage students online with recordings, interactive modules & other “self-paced” assets of online classes, there is (and will […]