2019’s Most Popular Online Courses According to Class Central

IBL News | New York

ClassCentral.com issued a list of the 100 most popular free online university courses of 2019. These MOOCs have been developed by 68 universities.

In the past eight years, over 900 universities have launched 13,500 online courses, which have been taken by 110 million learners.

Class Central’s ranking is based on data generated from the users on its website, specifically regarding enrollments and bookmarks.

This is the list:

University of Tasmania
Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
via FutureLearn

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Differential Equations for Engineers
via Coursera

British Council
Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson
via FutureLearn

Princeton University
The Art of Structural Engineering: Vaults
via edX

University of Groningen
Improving Your Study Techniques
via FutureLearn

British Council
Understanding IELTS: Speaking
via FutureLearn

Doon University, Dehradun, UGC
Mathematical Economics
via Swayam

Princeton University
Constitutional Interpretation
via edX

The University of Texas at Austin
Happier Employees and Return-On-Investment Course
via edX

The University of British Columbia
Gender and Sexuality: Applications in Society
via edX

University of Leeds
The IB Extended Essay: Managing your Research Project
via FutureLearn

University System of Maryland
Agile Leadership Principles
via edX

Banaras Hindu University, UGC
ANIMATIONs
via Swayam

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Python and Statistics for Financial Analysis
via Coursera

Tel Aviv University
Unlocking Information Security: Part Ⅰ
via edX

University of Minnesota
Herbal Medicine
via Coursera

Amnesty International
Digital Security and Human Rights
via edX

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fundamentals of Statistics
via edX

British Council
Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking
via FutureLearn

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, NPTEL
Ethical Hacking
via Swayam

University of California, Santa Cruz
C for Everyone: Programming Fundamentals
via Coursera

University of Roehampton
The Tudors
via FutureLearn

Microsoft
Data Analysis: A Practical Introduction for Absolute Beginners
via edX

McMaster University
Hacking Exercise For Health. The surprising new science of fitness.
via Coursera

IBM
Python for Data Science and AI
via Coursera

Tecnológico de Monterrey
Critical thinking: reasoned decision making
via edX

University of Colorado System
Managing ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Concussion in School
via Coursera

University of Colorado Boulder
Cannabis, Mental Health, and Brain Disorders
via Coursera

Yale University
Introduction to Climate Change and Health
via Coursera

EDHEC Business School
Python and Machine Learning for Asset Management
via Coursera

University of Toronto
Introduction to Self-Driving Cars
via Coursera

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Applying Data Analytics in Finance
via Coursera

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
Introduction to Applied Machine Learning
via Coursera

State University of New York
Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World
via Coursera

Macquarie University
Negotiation skills: Negotiate and resolve conflict
via Coursera

University of Virginia
Hypothesis-Driven Development
via Coursera

MathWorks
Exploratory Data Analysis with MATLAB
via Coursera

University of Rochester
Introduction to Self-Determination Theory: An approach to motivation, development and wellness
via Coursera

University of Michigan
Foundational Skills for Communicating About Health
via Coursera

University of Pennsylvania
Exploring Renewable Energy Schemes
via Coursera

Eindhoven University of Technology
Improving Your Statistical Questions
via Coursera

Harvard University
The Health Effects of Climate Change
via edX 3-5

Harvard University
China’s Political and Intellectual Foundations: From Sage Kings to Confucius
via edX

The University of Hong Kong
Blockchain and FinTech: Basics, Applications, and Limitations
via edX

The University of Texas at Austin
Machine Learning
via edX

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
English@Work: Basic Job Interview Skills
via edX

Harvard University
Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice
via edX 1-3

Columbia University
Freedom of Expression and Information in the Time of Globalization: Foundational Course
via edX

Harvard University
CS50 for Lawyers
via edX

Harvard University
Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories
via edX 2-3

Google
Advanced Android with Kotlin
via Udacity

Stanford University
The New World of Arnold Schönberg’s Piano Music
via Stanford OpenEdx

International Monetary Fund
Financial Development and Financial Inclusion
via edX 8-10

Linux Foundation
Exploring GraphQL: A Query Language for APIs
via edX

Harvard University
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking
via edX 2-3

The World Bank
The Future of Work: Preparing for Disruption
via edX

Research and Development in Discrete Industries
via openSAP

Harvard University
Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather
via edX

University of the Witwatersrand
Academic writing for clarity and meaning
via edX 2-3 hours

University of Michigan
Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
via FutureLearn

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, NPTEL
An Introduction to Programming through C++
via Swayam

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, NPTEL
Python for Data Science
via Swayam

Chennai Mathematical Institute, NPTEL
Programming, Data Structures And Algorithms Using Python
via Swayam

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, NPTEL
Programming in Java
via Swayam

University of California, Berkeley
Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work
via edX

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Machine Learning with Python: from Linear Models to Deep Learning
via edX

University of Strathclyde
Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children
via FutureLearn

Queensland University of Technology
Inclusive Education: Essential Knowledge for Success
via FutureLearn

Raspberry Pi Foundation, National Centre for Computing Education
Introduction to Encryption and Cryptography
via FutureLearn

University System of Maryland
Data Analysis for Decision Making
via edX

IBM
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)
via Coursera

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Applying Data Analytics in Marketing
via Coursera

deeplearning.ai
Introduction to TensorFlow for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning
via Coursera

Emory University
Weight Management: Beyond Balancing Calories
via Coursera

IE Business School
Brand Identity and Strategy
via Coursera

University of Colorado Boulder
Developing a Systems Mindset
via Coursera

Amazon Web Services, Amazon
Getting Started with AWS Machine Learning
via Coursera

California Institute of the Arts
The Language of Design: Form and Meaning
via Coursera

Imperial College London
Introduction to Android graphics
via Coursera

Copenhagen Business School
The Neuromarketing Toolbox
via Coursera

Ural Federal University
Personal growth basics (for people with limited health abilities)
via edX 6-7

Macquarie University
GMBA824 Know your customers
via Coursera

Tapei Medical University
Nutrition: Eating to Live Well
via FutureLearn

Seoul National University
Counseling Practice and Research
via edX 1-2

Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, NPTEL
Joy of computing using Python
via Swayam

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, NPTEL
Artificial Intelligence Search Methods For Problem Solving
via Swayam

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, NPTEL
Introduction to Machine Learning (IITM)
via Swayam

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, NPTEL
Developing Soft Skills and Personality
via Swayam

University of Reading
Managing People: Understanding Individual Differences
via FutureLearn

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Digital Transformation in the Classroom
via FutureLearn

Université Côte d’Azur
From database to big data
via France Université Numerique

The Open University
Diplomacy in the 21st Century
via FutureLearn

University of Exeter
Understanding Gender Inequality
via FutureLearn

EIT Food, Università di Torino, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Science Communication and Public Engagement
via FutureLearn

University of Amsterdam
English Pronunciation in a Global World
via FutureLearn

Johns Hopkins University
America’s Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact
via Coursera

King’s College London
Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice
via FutureLearn

Waseda University
Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part1
via edX 3-5

University of Glasgow
End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation
via FutureLearn

Deakin University
Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition
via FutureLearn


Links to the courses at Class Central

 

 

2019 Year Review: MIT’s Epstein Scandal, Sale of Canvas LMS, 2U’s Collapse, and Pearson’s CEO’s Resignation

IBL News | New York

As 2019 comes to an end, it’s time to review the year’s breaking news in online education.

Here’s the IBL editor’s top-10 list, dominated by the Epstein’s scandal at MIT, the sale of Instructure/Canvas, 2U’s collapse, and the push-out of Pearson’s CEO.

1  The MIT Media Lab‘s Scandal: Its Director Resigns After Lying Over His Ties to Epstein

As a result of it, MIT started to examine its engagement practices with gifts and grants. [President Reif, in the picture above]

2  2U Shares Continue to Drop After the Company Announcement of Big Losses

Previous to the collapse, 2U acquired Trilogy Education for $750 million and duplicated its portfolio of universities.

3  An Equity Investment Firm Buys Instructure for $2 Billion, Taking It Private

Earlier in the year, Instructure / Canvas LMS bought the Portfolium digital portfolios company for $43 million.

4  Pearson Pushes Out His CEO After a Dramatic Tenure Full of Sales and Job Cuts

 

Six additional stories caught our attention:

5  The Open Education Conference Falls Apart, Leaving a Community of Passionate OER Supporters

 ISTE Conference Organizer Absorbs EdSurge Media – Investors Won’t Be Rewarded

 Over 1,000 Students Will Graduate from Georgia Tech’s Online Master in Computer Science

8  Harvard Changes Its Caption System to Settle Deaf Association’s Lawsuit

 University of Oxford Will Invest $190 Million on Humanities and Create an Institute for Ethics in AI

10  IBM Launches a Blockchain Credentials Network – A Community College At The Forefront

 

Chatbots and Other Artificial Intelligent Cases Are on the Rise, Despite High Expectations

Mikel Amigot | IBL News

“In education, AI is still a sleeping giant,” researcher Dr. Tony Bates wrote in a must-read article.

Today, one of the most extended cases of AI in teaching and learning lies in chatbots. These intelligent tutoring systems, that guide conversations or “chat” through text or voice interactions, are on the rise.

In a recent interview with IBL News, David Joyner, Associate Director of Senior Experience at the Online Master of Science Computer Science and instructor of the program, commented on the new role of Georgia Tech’s AI-agent –formerly known as Jill, and now named ATA– on how it is connecting students to other learners in the same class.  “It’s a social TA (Teacher Assistant),” he explained.

Chatbots have become a common tool for banks and large finance and marketing companies as a way to reduce costs and response times. Now, a growing number of colleges and universities use this technology.

Two examples:

  • Australia’s University of Adelaide announced that students received responses 13 times faster, and learners’ approval of the quality of service increased by 60 percent, after deploying a chatbot to deal with admissions questions in 2018.
  • Western Governors University, or WGU, in 2018 received a $750,000 award from the National Science Foundation to use machine learning in order to improve interactions with students and help them with the decision-making process, i.e., to find programs.

Among many others, companies like Oracle, AdmitHub, and Ivy.ai, also provide this type of solution.

As AI-based adaptive technology advances, systems will deal with several tasks, as Tony Bates reminds.

At least, they will:

  • Provide teaching content to students and simultaneously provide support by giving adaptive feedback and hints to solve questions related to the content, as well as to detect students’ difficulties/errors with content or exercises.
  • Curate learning materials based on students’ needs, such as providing specific recommendations regarding types of reading materials and exercises, along with personalized courses of action to aid in the students’ learning experience.
  • Facilitate collaboration between learners by providing automated feedback, generating automatic questions for discussion, and an analysis of the process.

It is undeniable that there are inflated expectations for AI –a term that is often incorrectly used to describe any computational activity.

Beyond the extreme hype, there are clear areas of application. AI enables adaptive learning by recommending personalized content, predictive analytics, automated feedback and support in many conversations.

Artificial Intelligence is not a panacea for education. However, by having access to massive amounts of information and analyzing these data sets through algorithms and computational power, innovative software organizations can develop worthwhile applications.

Microsoft Retires Its Professional Program and Opens a Role-Based Certification Site

IBL News | New York

Microsoft will end its Professional Program (MPP) on December 31, 2019, due to its lack of technical certification.

Created in 2016 and hosted at academy.microsoft.com, the program didn’t recognize the importance of certifying learners as a way to enjoy more opportunities for career advancement and succeed in emerging jobs.

“Certified employees earn 15% more and are 20% more productive than those without certification,” stated the software giant.

Enrollments to MPP ended in mid-September, and students will need to save and print certificates by December 31. Some individual courses, such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, will remain on edX.org through June 30, 2020.

Once the Professional Program is retired, learners will be redirected to the new destination Microsoft Learn, located at docs.microsoft.com.

Microsoft Learn will combine short step-by-step tutorials, browser-based interactive coding/scripting environments, and task-based achievements. The new technical training will be based on role-based certifications.

Three examples of courses are Azure AI Engineer Associate, Azure Data Scientist Associate, and Azure Data Engineer Associate.

A Cloud Guru Acquires The Linux Academy and Claims 1.5 M Learners

IBL News | New York

Training company A Cloud Guru announced this month its acquisition of The Linux Academy for an undisclosed amount.

Venture capital firms Bain Capital Tech Opportunities, Elephant, Summit Partners, and AirTree Ventures provided the funding.

“The combined content library will represent the world’s largest catalog of hands-on training for cloud computing (AWS, Azure & Google Cloud), DevOps, containers, security, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence,” Katie Bullard, from A Cloud Guru, said in a press release.

Sam Kroonenburg, CEO at A Cloud Guru CEO, will lead the combined organization, which has claimed a client base of 1.5 million users and ran annual growth in revenues of 100%.

Founded in 2015 by brothers Sam and Ryan KroonenburgA Cloud Guru (or ACG) begun as a single cloud certification course. Later it expanded into a rich content library and hands-on labs covering Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms. Now, ACG helps businesses and individuals rapidly develop cloud skills, prepare for certification exams, and progress through learning paths “to become gurus in specialized disciplines.”

A Cloud Guru, with less than 50 employees, has raised over $40 million in funding over three rounds from four investors.

Linux Academy has been around since 2012, providing over 200 self-paced courses, 1,000 Hands-On Labs, and Learning Paths to guide training.

Learning At Scale | December 2019: MIT, Harvard, Moody’s, Pearson, Instructure, Hugging Face, EdCast…

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DECEMBER 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #29  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Higher Ed

• Only 9% of Faculty Prefers to Teach an Online Class; 73 % Chooses a Face-to-Face Environment

• A New Catholic Polytechnic University Will Focus on the Integration of Science and Faith

• Moody’s Forecasts Moderate Growth Revenue at Public and Private Universities

IMS Releases Its New QTI Interoperability Standard For Online Assessments

• Analysis: Over 30M Adults With College Education But No Degree: Certificate Programs to the Rescue

 

MIT, Harvard

• MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Steps Down, Reif Announces by Surprise

• Harvard Changes Its Caption System to Settle Deaf Association’s Suit

 

Pearson

• Pearson Pushes Out His CEO After a Dramatic Tenure Full of Sales and Job Cuts

• Pearson’s AI-Enabled Calculus App Provides Real-Time Feedback and Suggests Pathways

 

Funding

• Hugging Face Raises $15 Million to Expand its Open Source Software on Conversational AI

• EdCast Raises $35 Million in Funding to Expand Its Platform

• With 30 Million Users and $1.5 Billion Valuation, Doulingo Plans to Go Public in 2021

 

Instructure’s Sale

• Instructure Says to the SEC that Thoma Bravo Is Offering the Highest Price

• A Third Shareholder of Instructure Says the Board Didn’t Act in the Company’s Best Interest

• A Second Shareholder Announces It Will Vote Against Instructure’s Proposed Deal

• A Large Investor Opposes Instructure’s Plan to Sell for $2 Billion

• An Equity Investment Firm Buys Instructure for $2 Billion, Taking It Private

 

2019 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  DECEMBER  | JAN – JUNE 2020

 


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edX & Platforms | December 2019: edX, Open edX, Coursera, Duke U, Andreessen Horowitz, IBM, WordPress, Stanford…

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edX | Open edX

• edX’s View for 2020: MicroBachelors Programs and Stackable Modular Credentials for Full Degrees

• Two Professors from Dartmouth and IMT of France Awarded After their ‘C Programming with Linux’ Course

• Black Friday and Cyber Monday: edX, Pluralsight, Udemy and Skillshare Join the Marketing Season

 

Coursera

• Coursera’s Blockbuster Classes of 2019: Preeminence of AI, with 2M Enrollments

• Coursera for Business Claims 100% Year-Over-Year Customer Growth

• Coursera for Governments: Colombia Will Fund Scholarships for 25,000 Learners

• Novartis Will Grant Employees Free Tuition to Earn Two Master’s Degrees on Coursera

 

Open Source, OER

• Duke University Introduces an Open Source Tool as an Alternative to a Monolithic LMS

• OER, Rental and Subscriptions Push College Textbooks’ Business to a Further Decline

• WordPress: Jetpack Vulnerability and Recurring Payments Button with Stripe

 

New Platforms

• IBM Launches a Blockchain Credentials Network – A Community College At The Forefront

• Andreessen Horowitz’s Crypto Startup School Will Start with a Seven-Week Program

• Khan Academy Launches a Personalized Teaching Tool for Math in K-12

 

MOOCs, Courses

Stanford GSB Launches the Most Sophisticated Online Certificate Program Ever… At a Price!

• Today, MOOCS Are Focused on Online Degrees and Corporate Training, Says Dhawal Shah

• FBI Opens Its Cyber Safety Educational Program for Young Students After Attracting 1M+ Last Year

 

2019 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  DECEMBER  |  JAN – JUNE 2020

 


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Instructure Says to the SEC that Thoma Bravo Is Offering the Highest Price

IBL News | New York

Responding to criticism from three top shareholders – Praesidium Investment Management (7.5%), Rivulet Capital (5%) and Obendorf Enterprises (6%) –, Instructure Inc (NYSE: INST) said on Monday that equity firm Thoma Bravo offered the highest price, $2 billion on a $47.60 per share deal.

In a new regulatory filing, Instructure ensured that it met with dozens of potential buyers over months before agreeing on a sale with Thoma Bravo, dismissing they rushed on a transaction.

Additionally, Instructure revealed it didn’t receive any rival bids during its “go-shop” period, which is due to expire on January 8.

In its statement to SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), Instructure provided details about meetings, discussions and deal attempts regarding the merger (or sale) to Thoma Bravo.

Since the “go-shop” period started, J.P. Morgan contacted nine of the parties regarding a potential strategic transaction, and five of those parties declined to continue discussions. In addition, representatives of J.P. Morgan communicated with fifteen additional parties to gauge their interest, and it executed a confidentiality agreement with one party. To date, no party has made an alternative acquisition proposal.

The lengthy background of the merger section shows that Instructure’s Board of Directors “evaluated carefully, with the assistance of financial advisors, the risks and potential benefits associated with other strategic or financial alternatives and the potential for stockholder value creation associated with those alternatives.”

“The Board undertook a methodical, thoughtful and deliberate process in reaching an agreement with Thoma Bravo,” Instructure said to IBL News.

•  More news about Instructure and the sale of Canvas LMS

Hugging Face Raises $15 million to Expand its Open Source Software on Conversational AI

IBL News | New York

New York-based Hugging Face, a startup known by an app launched in 2017 that allows you to chat with an artificial digital friend, recently open-sourced its library for natural language processing (NLP) framework, called Transformers. It had massive success as there are over a million downloads and 1,000 companies using it, including Microsoft’s Bing.

Transformers can be leveraged for text classification, information extraction, summarization, text generation, and conversational artificial intelligence.

On Tuesday, Hugging Face, with just 15 employees, announced the close of a $15 million series, a funding round that adds to a previous amount of $5 million.

The round, intended to triple Hugging Face’s headcount in New York and Paris and the release of new software libraries, was led by Lux Capital, with participation from Salesforce chief scientist, Richard Socher, and OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman, as well as Betaworks and A.Capital.

“Tech giants are not taking a truly open-source approach on NLP, and their research and engineering teams are totally disconnected,” Hugging Face CEO, Clément Delangue, said on VentureBeat.

“On one hand, they provide black-box NLP APIs — like Amazon Comprehend or Google APIs — that are neither state-of-the-art nor flexible enough. On the other hand, they release science open source repositories that are extremely hard to use and not maintained (BERT’s last release is from May and only counts 27 contributors).” 

Coursera for Governments: Colombia Will Fund Scholarships for 25,000 Learners

IBL News | New York

The Coursera for Governments division is getting a good record on convincing countries to provide funded-scholarships to train their officers and country populations on Coursera.org.

A clear example is the Colombian Government, which will soon offer free access to the Coursera platform for 25,000 employees, encouraging them to acquire in-demand technical skills.

Learners will begin, in early 2020, with five mandatory courses related to AI or digital transformation, including the popular AI for Everyone course from Andrew Ng, which also available in Spanish.

Students who complete these courses will gain unlimited access to Coursera’s course catalog, featuring 3,800 courses from 200 of the world’s top university and industry partners.

“The Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MinTIC) is modeling the institutional investment needed for workforce reskilling and upskilling, and Coursera is the best partner,” said Mario Chamorro, Head of Latin America, Enterprise at Coursera.

Coursera currently offers more than 400 courses in Spanish. Earlier this year, Coursera announced its first fully-Spanish degree in software engineering in partnership with Universidad de los Andes.

Coursera already has more than 1.1 million learners in Colombia.

Launched in 2017, Coursera for Governments and Organizations trains government employees and citizens across the United States, Singapore, the Philippines, India, Australia, France, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, and others.