New approach in planning personal education path with MOOCs

pathfinder1Our users – students of MOOCs and online courses can plan their education path with different ways:

  • Plan your education “manually” with the tool “My Education Path” where you search best courses for you and add to your scheduler.
  • Get one of prepared paths from the Paths directory. This is the directory where our users share curriculum created by them with all other users of the site. Just find the degree you need and apply the path to your scheduler.

And now we are ready to announce new way to plan your personal education path – the “Dynamic education path builder”. This tools is under testing at the moment. It runs in the beta mode. We offer our users to try it before the final launch.

How does it work

The idea of the tool is to help a student to create personal curriculum to achieve selected degree.

We did a lot of work to organize and categorize the list of online courses and MOOCs from different providers. Main tasks were to find alternative courses, prerequisites, similar courses, assign field of study and other relationships between courses. Having all this information it is possible now to build a curriculum to achieve a degree you need.

The tool allows to include only specified subject courses ( majors ) in a curriculum or add also some common subjects courses (minors).

Building a curriculum is done in 6 simple steps:

  • Choose a subject and degree;
  • Decide if you would like to study minors as well;
  • Choose minors subjects;
  • Build your curriculum. Decide if you will study all offered courses or only some of them;
  • Choose course providers. Most of courses are grouped in alternatives groups. You will choose what provider you prefer from offered alternatives;
  • Save the path to your personal plan and start your education!

Try the tool – Personal Curriculum Builder

Remember, this works in beta mode. And we wait on your feedback! Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Education Provider. Quick Start to MyEducationPath.com

Short instructions for Education Providers about how to start using MyEducationPath.com for your organization.

1. Register your Education Provider account. Registration form.

2. Complete your profile. Login to your account, go to the Profile page. Save the company description and logo.

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MyEducationPath launches integration with iTunes

It is known that majority of MOOC students are interested to extend their knowledge on a subject after a course is completed. We try to create useful tools for such students. Recently we launched books suggestion for courses in the directory. Today we announce new tool – suggestion of iTunes materials relevant to a MOOC course subject.

On a course details page we display the list of iTunes audiobooks and podcasts related to a course subject. This is done automatically and some suggestions can have a bit different subject.

iTunes audio materials are not suggested for all courses. Sometimes automatic program can not determine a course keywords correctly. But, we continue to improve the tool to have podcasts and audiobooks suggested for any course in the directory.

See example of the course with iTunes materials suggested – Pre-Calculus

Books suggestion for MOOC and online courses

Many students of MOOC and online courses require additional learning materials for their study. Some students want to know more on a subject, other students need to fill some gaps in their knowledge to complete a course.

This is why we launched new feature – book suggestion for courses in the directory.

On a course page we display list of related books for a subject. This is done automatically and some books can have a bit different subject.

Books are not suggested for all courses. Sometimes automatic program can not determine a course keywords correctly. However, we continue to improve the tool to have books suggested for any course in the directory.

See example of the course with books suggested – Pre-Calculus

 

 

MOOC Aggregator stats for 2013

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MyEducationPath.com online courses and MOOC directory contains  11810 courses from 38 providers. Upcoming courses – 438 , Free online courses and MOOC – 5964, Always open (without a start date specified) – 8903

Coursera is still the leader between MOOC providers. However, for the last year dozens of new MOOC providers were started and got their students. Coursera is not absolute leader any more. We can see this when analyse MyEducationPath.com usage. From new providers our users were most interested in IversityNovoEDFutureLearn.

Most popular search queries were historyBusinessmathcomputerhealth,
 programmingjavaexcelphysicsfinancealgebra,
 Algorithmsstatisticsaccountingweb developmentlinear, algebraSpanishphppythoncs50 .

Among education paths most popular were programming education paths (software development, PHP programming, Java programming etc.)

Moodle Plugin for MyEducationPath

The plugin “MyEducationPath” for LMS Moodle (moodle.org) was extended and new version released.

The plugin now can be used to generate certificates of course completion in the LMS Moodle.

After the upgrade there are 3 main functions:

  1. Publish a course created with Moodle in the online courses and MOOC directory;
  2. Issue certificates of course completion for students in a Moodle site;
  3. Getting a feedback from students about a course in form of comment and rating.

The plugin can be downloaded on the special page – MyEducationPath Moodle plugin .

Issuing certificate of course completion with this plugin has following benefits:

  • a certificate can be printed
  • a certificate is hosted on MyEducationPath.com and can be shared with social networks;
  • a student can create an account on MyEducationPath.com and show his certificates in an Education passport (personal education history);

This software is built with using the API.

Read more about Certificate generating with MyEducationPath.com.

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Certificates of course completion – new feature for education providers and their students

New feature has just been released – Certificates of a course completion generating. Registered education providers can issue certificate for their students. Then a student can view his certificate, print it and share with social networks. Also a student can put a certificate on his Certificates Wall and share the link to the wall to show all his certificates in one place.

And, of course, a certificate can be displayed in personal Education Passport.

Education Providers can use this feature right now. Just login to your Education provider account. You will be able to design your certificate templates and then issue certificates to your students.

Also, there is the API to integrate this feature in education provider eLearning system to issue certificate automatically. Next week we will release a Moodle plugin to issue certificates. The plugin will be based on the Certificates Wall plugin but will have more features and will be upgraded to work with latest versions of Moodle.

More information about Certificates of course completion. Some screenshots.

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Online Course recommending system. The first result.

Now we are focused on creation the intelligence system of courses management. We aim to generate relationships between courses automatically. Every course from the directory can be mapped to other courses as an alternative or a  prerequisite or s similar subject course etc.

Such type of relationships between courses will be used to generate personal education path automatically and individually for every online student.

For now we release one piece of this work. It is “See also” listing for a course.

On a course description page we will display the list of most relevant courses related to the courses. But not exact alternatives as we have different listing for a course alternatives.

To see how it works just open courses in the directory. Now this function will work for more then half of courses in the directory.

 

Show your MOOC courses certificates in a Personal Education Passport

We improved the Education Passport tool. Now it is possible to attach a certificate information to your passport records.

Many MOOC providers issue a certificate of course completion to students. Usually this is PDF file with an image of certificate. Sometime printed certificate can be received.

It can be very useful to share your certificates with the education passport tool. A certificate is a proof of your education. Many MOOC providers have certificate validation system. There is unique number on a certificate and this can be used to check if it is really your certificate or not.

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Learning Hubs from Coursera and Places to Study on MyEducationPath.com

Coursera announced new interesting project – Learning Hubs.

At Coursera, we envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We strive to create and deliver experiences that break down daily barriers that stand in the way of successful learning. Today, in support of our goals, we’re delighted to announce a new initiative- Coursera Learning Hubs – that will offer people around the world physical spaces where they can access the Internet to take a Coursera course, while learning alongside peers in an interactive, facilitated setting. All for free.

Original post on Coursera blog.

This looks like just one more blog post same as thousandths every day. But it is not mediate post. On our opinion this is new signal of big changes in higher education system.

This event opens new page in history of education revolution. Like 2 years ago MOOCs changed our view on higher education, open physical places to study MOOCs will strengthen our confidence in coming changes.

In MyEducationPath.com we were happy when this blog post was published. We predicted and expected this happens. This is why 5 months ago we started the Places to Study tool on our web site. Since that time there is only one place – MOOC Campus. But now we will add 25 places from Coursera. And we are sure new places will appear not quickly. Different MOOC providers will also be interested in such local places for their students.

There is prediction of MyEducationpath.com founder Roman Gelembjuk Business opportunities around MOOC. One of forecasts recently confirmed. What will be confirmed next?