From tablets to Google Glasses, education technology has a colorful history. Take a look back and a peek forward.
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The first massive open online course (MOOC) is believed to have been the 2008 course "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge," created by George Siemens, then an associate director of research and development with the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba, and Stephen Downes, an online learning and new media designer and commentator.
The attention focused on MOOCs intensified in 2011 and 2012, thanks to a handful of commercial offerings such as Coursera, Udacity, Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online (ALISON) and others sealing alliances with traditional academic institutions, accompanied by a surge of venture capital investment into the sector. Harvard and MIT also made a splash with edX, a not-for-profit MOOC that currently offers courses from 12 universities.