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Links of the week • Jan. 14, 2014

MIT ANNOUNCES FIRST FOR-PAY MOOC
MIT will offer its first online professional course, Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, to a global audience beginning March 4, 2014. The four-week online course, aimed at technical professionals and executives, will tackle state-of-the-art topics in big data
MIT Science & Articifial Intelligence Laboratory

‘FOLLOW THE MONEY ‘ IN ONLINE ED, FACULTY WARN
Educators worry about the creeping influence of corporations in online education. Noting the paper by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed, the writer asks, “Could the explosion of interest and money in online education be leading to higher education’s version of the subprime mortgage crisis?” —eCampus News

GATES FOUNDATION ED DEPUTY’S VISION FOR FUTURE OF EDUCATION
At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation we envision a future in which students’ learning experiences will be markedly different than they are today in several ways… —edSurge

STUDENTS AND FACULTY BLINDSIDED BY FOR-PROFIT SCHOOL’S CLOSURE
Hundreds of students and faculty at a financially troubled South Gate trade school were left angry and unsure of their fate Thursday, after the school abruptly closed its doors and federal officials said students would no longer be eligible for financial aid. —Los Angeles Times

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