Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education Wired Enabling students to meet other students who are learning the same material as they are allows students to leverage their classmates to increase their understanding of...
But the high cost of higher education hasn’t gone away, it is still far from clear that MOOCs are much, if any, worse than big lecture classes routinely taught at universities, and MOOCs can still offer advantages, including scheduling flexibility, self-paced learning, and instant feedback, that brick and mortar colleges are not in a good position to offer. Udacity has rivals, including EdX and Coursera, who have no intention of abandoning the field. I do not think that MOOCs are as transformative as Thrun once did, but there is no good reason to dismiss them either.
Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that private colleges are seeing precipitous declines in enrollment. From 2010 to 2012, more than a quarter of all private colleges saw their incoming classes shrink by 10 percent.
When boxers get knocked down, referees give them an eight second break from the bout to regain their composure. Black Irish Books' Standing 8 Count is our occasional breather from inside the publishing ring.
Keith Hampson PhD's insight:
The Lunch Pail Manifesto
We must find the work that brings our lives meaning.
We must strive to make our work purposeful, truthful, and authentic, a pure offering to our Muse and fellow human beings.
We must wage a lifelong war with Resistance and accept that instant gratification is an oxymoron.
We must not speak of our work with false modesty or braggadocio.
We must not debase our work for short term gain nor elevate it above its rightful station to inflate our ego.
We must not covet the fruits of our work, or the fruits of others’ work.
We must respect others’ work and offer aid to fellow professional laborers.We must accept that our work will never be perfect.
We must accept that our work will never be without merit.
There is growing interest from members of both parties in Congress to make it easier for alternative models of higher education -- such as competency-based education -- to gain access to federal funding.
A conversation with David Thornburg about designing a better classroom
Keith Hampson PhD's insight:
“Of all the places I remember from my childhood,” David Thornburg writes, “school was the most depressing.” The now award-winning educational futurist and creator of the “educational holodeck,” Thornburg’s early experience in the classroom prompted him to help others rethink traditional classroom design. In his latest book, From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments, Thornburg outlines four learning models: the traditional “campfire,” or lecture-based design; the “watering hole,” or social learning; the “cave,” a place to quietly reflect; and “life”—where ideas are tested."