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Massive open online courses promise to change the face of higher education, one giant classroom at a time. Here's what they're doing well—and how they can do better.
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Advocates say higher education would be better served by resources that are truly open -- not just free.
Habits of Effective Connected Learners by Stephen DownesWorking and learning in an online environment is fundamentally different from working and learning
Modern-day life has helped turn most of the processes behind natural selection on its head, so what are the consequences asks James May.
The technology, science, environment and health site from the BBC. Exploring the ideas and innovations that are shaping our lives and the world around us.
Udacity's first partnership with an institution of higher learning might not have turned out as well as it hoped, but a setback at San Jose State
As technology transforms education, what will classrooms and learning look like 10, 20 years from now? Teachers and researchers weigh in on the future of education.
What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology
A new interdisciplinary research center at MIT, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims at nothing less than unraveling the mystery of intelligence.
Patients are collaborating for better health — and, just maybe, radically reduced health-care costs.
From smartwatches to mobile heart monitors, wearable technology is changing our world as we know it. According to the latest projections from ABI Research,
MOOCs in Higher Education Today 2013 74% of schools currently offer some type of online course. 16% plan to offer one within 3 years. 13% of schools
They may be a little late to the MOOC party, but two newly-launched European open course platforms might still be able to carve out a niche.
Original vision lost in scramble for profit and repackaging of old ideas, say pair
Stephen Downes, senior research officer at Canada’s National Research Council, fears that modern Moocs are placing less emphasis on providing an “interactive and dynamic” approach to learning (such as he championed with his 2008 course) and more on “static and passive” education.
“Moocs as they were originally conceived…were the locus of learning activities and interaction, but as deployed by commercial providers they resemble television shows or digital textbooks with – at best – an online quiz component,” he argues.
This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. (The David Rumsey Map Collection hosts a fully zoomable version here.)
From Personal Digital Curator to Curiosity Tutor, I can't wait to see where these types of jobs go and what even cooler positions they lead to in the future!
The future looks bright ...
When New York City hosted The World's Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence -- assuming the world...
Last month President Obama laid out an ambitious plan to transform the federal government’s relationship with higher education. The president
Lexie Komisar is the strategic adviser of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, a program of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea ...