Are MOOCs the Future of Online Education?

MOOC, short for Massive Open Online Courses, seems to be the buzz word du jour these days, but what is all the buzz about?

Did you know that $400 billion a year is spent on U.S. universities?
That’s more than the annual revenues of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter combined! All educational institutions want a piece of that pie and MOOCs could jeopardize that. Check out some more stats:

  • 43.4% of MOOC students are undergraduate university and 40.2% are postgraduates
  • 10 million is the estimated number of students who have taken at least one MOOC
  • 28% of MOOCs come from the U.S., and at a distant second, 11% from the U.K., and there are some surprising countries in the top 10 including: Brazil, Greece and Russia!

For more check out the infographic below from our friends at Best Colleges Online: Continue reading

Online Education Around the World

This great infographic on the origins of online education and its development was sent to us from our friends at cheaponlinedegrees.org. It starts with a timeline: from the first computer-assisted instruction system, PLATO, which was developed at the University of Illinois in 1960, to the European consortium beginning to offer free online courses (MOOCs) in 2013. For more on the history of elearning read this post.

On Sept. 25, 2013 the European Commission launched an open education resource website http://openeducationeuropa.eu/ –  this infographic goes on to list institutions affiliated with openeducationeuropa, foreign universities offering online coursework, and ends with top rated world universities with global reputations. Check it out: Continue reading

Infographic: wasted time in the workplace

Recently the people at TimeDoctor got in touch with us about a great infographic they put together regarding wasted time in the workplace – a massive problem that costs businesses millions (or more) in lost productivity every year. This infographic shows how much time is wasted at work, the ways in which time is wasted, and how businesses attempt to deal with the issue (for example by implemeneting a social media policy).
One thing not covered by the infographic is how much time is wasted in the workplace with disorganized or ineffective methods of communication and collaboration. We’ll be looking into that next time! Continue reading

The Evolution of Online Schooling Infographic

What humble beginnings begot the massive explosion of online schooling?

How did online schooling evolve into what it is today? Recently we wrote about the history of elearning on our blog (evidence suggests that early forms of elearning existed as far back as the 19th century!) and in this post we explore the evolution of online schooling with a cool infographic.

Did you know that in the 1930s radio education was tried but was unsuccessful or that the military successfully used TV education in the 1940s during WWII? Henry Ford in fact began long-term support of distance learning starting with televised programs – and that was way back in the 50s! Online schooling started to look like what we know it as today with remote lectures at the University of Illinois in the 60s, and even more so after the internet was founded. Check out this infographic for more: Continue reading