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Four Infographics About 2012’s Top Trending Education Technology Topic – MOOCs

by Kelly Walsh on December 19, 2012


MOOCs have really taken off this year, with exploding offerings, millions of enrollments, and lots of media coverage.

Regular EmergingEdTech readers know that MOOCs have been a very hot topic throughout 2012, and the momentum keeps building. A key development in the latter half of the year has been increased effort by many colleges to determine how to offer credit for completed Massive Online Open Courses. All the attention that MOOCs have been getting has also led to the creation of a few infographics that focus on this popular education technology. Below are four of these visual aids (click on the abbreviated images to access to the full infographic).

“The Widening World of Massive Open Course”

MOOC infographic link 1

This infographic provides insights into why MOOCs are becoming so popular, some benefits and some issues, major providers, and more.

“The Evolution of Distance Learning”

MOOC infographic image 3

This is not a traditional infographic, but rather an interactive one. Scroll down through it to reveal the nuggets of information associated with each year in the image, starting with 1892 (when the University of Chicago created the first college-level distance learning program) all the way through to 2035 (where it is predicted that individuals minds will, “converge and communicate through bioengineered technologies …”).

“Tomorrow’s College Will Be Free (or Else)”

MOOC infographic image 2

Unfortunately, this infographic makes the case for MOOCs with a rather negative spin on college in general. While its certainly valid to question the cost of some degrees in comparison to potential earnings they can bring, painting a picture of college as generally not worth the investment in misleading. That being said, there is no doubt that MOOCs are going to put some pressure on higher education to lower costs.

“What’s A MOOC?”

MOOC infographic image 4

This shortened version of an infographic offers quick insights into what a MOOC is and how it works.


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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Justin W, Marquis March 3, 2013 at 1:59 am

“MOOCs are the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. They are the opium of the people. The abolition of MOOCs as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.”

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