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The University of Michigan announced a partnership Monday with global nonprofit online learning destination edX, further expanding the university's experimentation with digital learning and learning analytics.
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by institutions around the world have served millions of people of all ages in the three years since they have risen in prominence. But who are these online learners, what attracts them to a course, and what makes them engage with the material and stay with it to the end — or not?
"A world of opportunities."
That's how James Hilton, vice provost for digital education and innovation, describes the possibilities of a consortium of universities, joined together by a desire to create and share digital tools and data, in effort to enhance the learning experience for students today.
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"I will not try to teach anything that can't be Googled."
"I look forward to seeing where it's going to go."
The Digital Innovation Advisory Group's Digital Ecosystem Subcommittee, a faculty advisory committee, will help plan the transition from CTools to a new learning-management system called Canvas.
The Office of the Provost announced a new Office of Digital Education and Innovation at the beginning of the academic year, saying it was created to "bolster personalized, engaged and lifelong learning by helping faculty explore creative ways to use technology and digital programs."
As the digital age has changed the way students learn and interact with the world, U-M has encouraged faculty to explore creative ways to enhance the student experience through personalized, engaged and lifelong learning.
The University of Michigan and three other major U.S. research universities have formed a technology consortium to improve the way in which educational content is shared across universities and ultimately delivered to students.