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Making MOOCs Matter: Reimagining the Online Learning Experience

So much of the conversation (and some of the inflated expectations) around MOOCs are focused on completion rates, certifications and whether they matter in the job market.

But these are just a small sample of metrics that are important. This event will look at other data and insights that will help us appreciate the potential of MOOCs from different perspectives.

What have we learned about the demographics of online students? What do online course marketplaces tell us the skills that people want? How can we create a more engaging, compelling learning experience for students?

Presenting at this Meetup will be:

• Chuong Do (Coursera) 

• Shannon Hughes (Udemy)

• Vishal Kapoor (Vocareum)

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  • Ethan O.

    This weekend ... spend quality time working side by side on a team with fellow education experts, and being mentored by some of the the top education and EdTech leaders in the country.

    Startup Weekend Education, Oakland, Nov 6-8
    Starting with dinner served Friday at 6:30pm

    You'll be mentored by leaders (bios on website) from:

    - EdTech companies: Google for Education, BrightBytes, Clever, Junyo, EdSurge, One University Network and Conceptua Math
    - Schools/CMOs/etc: AltSchool, Oakland Unified, Summit Public Schools, Rocketship, Girls Who Code and CCSA
    - Education VCs: Learn Capital and Reach Capital

    These events are a mix of serious creative thinking, inspired work and a lot of fun! They thrive on not just teachers and business people, but also app developers and product designers together on teams!

    Register now as it is selling out fast.

    Ethan O'Rafferty
    Edtech VP Alliances & Channels

    November 4

  • Jeremy

    Hey All, great seeing everyone at the last event, just wanted to let people know that we recently launched an Alpha version of our WiseGuy application that powers university online tutoring and mentoring programs. Looking to bring on another technical co-founder to join our team and take it to the next level. Shoot me an e-mail if you're interested in connecting ([masked]).

    Check out more at

    August 26, 2014

  • John M.

    Is there any summary of what was discussed at this meeting? Very frustrating to have such a huge waitlist.

    August 2, 2014

  • Bree

    Thanks edSurge, for yet another informative, enjoyable Meetup! Being new to education, I have a lot to learn and your meetups are a wonderful place for learning! See you at the next meetup!

    August 1, 2014

  • Dawn C.

    I also really want to attend this event but am unfortunately still on the waitlist! I'm planning to show up and see if there's extra space. If anyone can't attend, please cancel so those of us still waiting know if we might be able to squeeze in. Thanks, guys! Hope to see some of you tonight!

    July 31, 2014

    • Quinn

      Someone claim to be me. It won't let me change my rsvp and I had to stay late at work

      1 · July 31, 2014

  • Ron

    To All Attendees,

    Our college uses advisory committees to help review curriculum. We are in the early stages of increasing our use of online learning. In order to do this I am in need of committee members that have Online or Blended education development or management experience and subject matter expertise in any one of the following areas;
    Animation & Visual Effects
    Digital Filmmaking
    Interactive Audio
    Audio Production
    Graphic Design \
    Video Game Development
    Communications If you are interested in learning more or knwo someone that might be interested please contact me.
    Ron Hansen, Ed. D.
    Dean of Academic Affairs
    Ex'pression College
    [masked]. We have two campuses, Emeryville and San Jose. I need members for both locations. Thank You, Ron Hansen

    July 11, 2014

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