The differences between MOOC-based degrees and online degrees

Study International Staff | February 20, 2020

More students are taking up online degrees or MOOC-based degrees – which stand for massive open online course – particularly for postgraduate studies. According to a release for the report Online Program Management Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025: “Graduate students are more likely to pursue virtual courses for higher studies. Distance learning for MBA programmes is gaining popularity as there has been a steady growth in online MBA courses year-on-year.” “The growing need for life-long learning and career-related skills development is likely to play an essential role in driving the growth of online programmes.” Some may wonder – what’s the difference between online degrees and MOOCs? Both are taken online, and provide an academic qualification without requiring students to step foot in a lecture hall – but there are clear differences between the two.

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Afficient Academy’s AI-Powered Learning Technology Disrupts K-12 Education

Afficient Academy | March 31, 2022

A perfect storm is brewing at the country’s K-12 schools as teachers and parents struggle to support children who have fallen behind. Facing resource-strapped educational systems exacerbated by the pandemic “learning loss,” parents are seeking alternatives. In response to increasing demand and queries, Afficient Academy, provider of AI-based K-12 learning programs, today released data proving that students learn 2-5 times faster with Afficient than with traditional school. By harnessing AI, Afficient’s patented Afficient Methodology helps identify gaps in children’s learning and provides intelligent and self-paced learning paths to not only close the gaps, but also help children dramatically improve learning effectiveness to reach A/A+. Research data (https://www.afficienta.com/timetocomplete/) from Afficient students verified that it has enabled 90% of its students to ace one grade level of content in just two to four months. 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So his parents enrolled him in Afficient Math in October 2021, where he began his journey in 3rd Grade math. In only five months, he has finished Grade 4 math. His parents report that Andy now gets straight As on his math school tests—and he likes math more than before. And best of all, his confidence level has gone up too. How the Afficient Methodology Works After a complimentary diagnostic test, each child gets an individualized AI-based program that adapts to their academic level. Intelligent algorithms guide the child through learning paths optimized to help them reach A/A+. Rather than having to wait for worksheets to be graded manually, students receive instant feedback. And while each child works independently, live teachers can help them get “unstuck” when they encounter learning difficulties. Because the learning is interactive, fun, and rewarding, students are motivated to make persistent progress and advance to excellent academic levels. 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Kelly Education | August 10, 2020

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CenterPoint | August 20, 2020

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This White Papers aims to give insights for Mobile solutions in the Education Industry.The education industry finds itself on the tip of a revolution as conventional methods of learning and teaching are rapidly replaced by high-tech learning & training. Today, teachers and students are dynamic and technology savvy and they love to access learning resources from anywhere,anytime.This trend has redefined the entire training and learning process and the way universities, colleges and educational organizations deliver learning solutions.

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