Ninth-grader Charles Raben has seen first-hand that by connecting the many spheres of his life -- peers, interests and academic pursuits -- new learning experiences can and will present themselves in both organized and unstructured ways.
The provosts of Big 10 universities and the University of Chicago are in high-level talks to create an online education network across their campuses, which collectively enroll more than 500,000 students a year.
"As has been widely discussed, most MOOCs reiterate the ancient form of the lecture, and do not signal much of a leap in pedagogy....the adoption of (new pedagogical models) hinges on accessibility, flexibility, and cost—not quality."
What if some universities, or university consortia, can successfully market their own MOOCs? And what if, eventually, all universities will be able to do so? Coursera will try to convince you that no one can beat their marketing reach, but any university can develop one, between existing students and alumni.
DIY MOOCs would (a) allow universities to recover more of the tuition revenue associated with MOOCs, and (b) avoid the copyright problems that are arising with third-party hosts like Coursera and Udacity (Porter, 2013a; Porter, 2013b).
"Education is a vital human function about which not enough is known. Few would expect to get taken seriously in the health technology space, for example, with a founding team that included no MDs. Does it make sense to settle for the equivalent in the ed-tech space?"
And yet, getting educators and technologists in the same room is the holy grail of ed-tech...something that many of us are trying to promote and enable, but with little success so far.
Infographic to accompany the first NYC Education Technology Innovation Summit (ETIS) that took place on July 25 at India House, 1 Hanover Square, NYC.
Domitilla Enders's insight:
Nice infographic on conference home page re. the history and evolution of Education Technology in the classroom from paper and pencil (1890) to Google Glass (2013). BTW i attended and participated as a panelist at the conference and it was atypically illuminating and vibrant, presenting many perspectives on what is innovation in ed tech--and what is not. Sponsored by @Mindgrub, thx