MOOCs were once again thrust into the education news spotlight this week as a Coursera study revealed who really uses them (Hint: It's not the audience originally pitched) and Sebastian Thrun speculated the model might be better used for vocational training. In other news, the University of Michigan revealed its plan to downsize without any layoffs and author David Thornburg made his case for why the traditional model of teaching needs an update.
Be sure to check out our feature on 5 education startups that didn't make it and more in this week's most read Education Dive posts!
- 5 failed education startups you should study: Education startups are booming, but the road to success is paved with many a cautionary tale.
- Coursera study reveals typical MOOC user: MOOCs may not be leveling access to higher education the way their creators intended.
- Thrun sees Udacity turning from academic classes to vocational learning: Udacity's future also includes plans to monetize its courses.
- U. of Michigan to downsize without layoffs: School plans to save money by centralizing administrative services.
- Author tells why traditional teaching models don't work : David Thornburg can't figure out why one way of teaching hasn't changed for hundreds of years.
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