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Surprise: California academic leaders oppose outsourcing plan | Inside Higher Ed

n particular, faculty representatives are concerned California lawmakers are preparing to hand over untold thousands of students to for-profit companies that have not proven their courses can pass muster.

 

“It is unclear as to why it would be appropriate to market the courses of third parties to our students,” said Michelle Pilati, president of the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. She participated in Tuesday's meeting.

 

Some of the companies that could benefit from Steinberg’s plan are unaccredited online course providers, including Coursera, StraighterLine and Udacity. 

 

In a letter earlier this month, UC's Academic Senate said the "clear self-interest of for-profit corporations in promoting the privatization of public higher education through this legislation is dismaying."


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No surprise here, UC, Cal State and the California Community Colleges administrators don't want to see education dollars flowing away from them to online and for-profits.

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Watchitoo ClassInteract to Deliver Face-to-Face Classroom Experience Online | University Business Magazine

Watchitoo ClassInteract to Deliver Face-to-Face Classroom Experience Online | University Business Magazine | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Watchitoo ClassInteract is a complete, cost-effective solution for virtual classroom learning and easily integrates into any learning management system for a seamless single-sign-on experience. Watchitoo has partnered with Pearson eCollege to provide an integrated solution directly accessible from the Pearson LearningStudio platform. Customers using this integration include Yale University, Palo Alto University and University of Fairfax.

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This SaaS tool means to enrich the online learning experience by enabling up to 25 webcam students to be in a virtual classroom. Can this be integrated into MOOC offerings for synchornous discussions?

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Rosetta Stone acquires Livemocha for $8.5m to move its language learning platform into the cloud

Rosetta Stone acquires Livemocha for $8.5m to move its language learning platform into the cloud | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Computer-assisted language teaching software Rosetta Stone announced today that it has acquired Livemocha, an online service for language-learning communities, for $8.5 million.

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Beware of the High Cost of 'Free' Online Courses

Beware of the High Cost of 'Free' Online Courses | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Michael Cusumano, a professor at M.I.T., raises doubts about the ultimate cost to the education field of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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Cusumano compares MOOCs to 'free' software and 'free' journalism. Argues that free can't really mean totally free and that someone has to pay somehow for open education to be sustainable.

 

Bottom line: 1. MOOC providers need to find a viable business model 2. Cusumano isn't worried about 'elite' universities, but says society may lose more value wit the destruction of lower tier institutions like community colleges.

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MOOCs are So Back to the Future

MOOCs are So Back to the Future | EdRadar | Scoop.it

 A real-time chronicle of a seasoned professor who is about to give his second massively open online course. Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematics prof at Stanford blogs his MOOC experience.

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A MOOC professor thinks about ways to make his course more like radio or TV, and in the process reconsiders three ways to scale evaluation:

machine-graded, multiple-choice pop quizzesmachine-graded, multiple-choice (substantive) problem setsstudent evaluation/grading of work.

"One-on-one teaching/learning, the kind of learning experience that in the traditional academy is reserved only for doctoral students. For inescapable personnel reasons — sheer numbers — it is not possible to provide one-on-one learning experiences for undergraduates or masters students at a traditional university.

 

But surely, isn’t it even more problematic in an online course with tens of thousands of students? Strange though it may seem, the answer is no.

The reason is that a MOOC is, in many ways, like radio or TV — and not just because MOOCs make use of video-recorded lectures. Of far more educational significance, though TV and radio are both referred to as “mass media,” they are in fact highly individual. The newsreader on radio or TV is not addressing a large audience; she or he is talking to millions of single individuals."

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The Aussie Coursera? A new homegrown MOOC platform arrives

The Aussie Coursera? A new homegrown MOOC platform arrives | EdRadar | Scoop.it
A new free online education platform has been launched in Canberra today, by tertiary education minister Chris Bowen.Open Universities Australia, a private distance and online education organisation…
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+ Open2Study is the experiment 'down under' for MOOCs, and offers 10 courses to start this spring. 

+ There will be a badge system for students

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Online Programs Reject Students to Avoid Costly State Approval, Report Says - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Online Programs Reject Students to Avoid Costly State Approval, Report Says - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education | EdRadar | Scoop.it
A college could spend tens of thousands of dollars if it sought authorization to operate in all 50 states, so many colleges simply avoid enrolling students from certain states.
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What you need to know:

 

+ 205 online education providers responded to a survey by Sloan Consortium, UPCEA, and the WCET

+ 90 percent of e-learning providers surveyed have rejected students from certain states that impose high fees or complicated application process for authorization to operate.

+ 13 percent of online class providers snubbed over 100 students from the pricey states.

+ States with fees include: Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusets, and Minnesota.

+ Means students in these states have less access to online classes.

 

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Gates Foundation supports MOOCs at community colleges

Gates Foundation supports MOOCs at community colleges | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are becoming a popular way to bring free learning to the world, but the impact they can have on postsecondary success—especially for low-income students—is still not known. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded grants to institutions attempting to answer that question.

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By now, these instroductory level MOOCs should be underway -- 

 

+ $550,000 to 12 colleges and universities

+ 3 community colleges: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Ohio, Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) in California and Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech) in North Carolina.

+ Also -- Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse.

+ "The American Council on Education will use an $895,484 grant to explore new business models in higher education and test the viability of MOOCs for college transfer credit."

+ "The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities received a $296,000 grant to personalize students’ learning experience and improve success rates." They'll mash-up universities and community collleges.

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Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity

Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity | EdRadar | Scoop.it
As employers demand more skills, many people are turning to online certificate programs to acquire a specific expertise that can lead them to a job or a promotion.
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How will these certificates compare/compete with Mozilla's Open Badges? The underlying question here is whether there is still added value garnered by the prestige of an academic institution. But in theory, students could pay for earning Open Badges from academia -- will they?

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SXSWedu: A MOOC Love Fest -- InformationWeek

SXSWedu: A MOOC Love Fest -- InformationWeek | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses will change higher education, say Coursera and edX execs, pointing to some free online classes from top universities drawing 100,000 students.
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It's no secret SXSWedu was a MOOC cheer session, but this was a really insightful bit to hear from edX president, Anant Agarwal. He thinks MOOCs will not only sustain current educational constructs, but mostly serve as replacements for textbooks that reinvent universities:

 

"I love Clay Christensen, but he's flat out wrong," Agarwal said. "Of course, there will be disruption. Who knows what the world will be like 10 years from now -- it will be different." Yet the MOOC lecture of today is likely to evolve into "the new textbook" that serves as the basis for reinventing how university education works, rather than replacing it. "This will improve the quality for universities, and I think students will come in larger numbers to universities," he said.

 

The real impact of MOOCs may be in pioneering new instructional techniques that will find their way back on campus, as well as expanding the limits of what's possible with online education. For example, although traditional science labs might be hard to replicate online, one biology instructor is using virtual gaming tools to let students construct gene sequences, Agarwal said. "I think we can actually be better in real life in many areas."

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Why Higher Education is Looking for E-Learning Leaders

Why Higher Education is Looking for E-Learning Leaders | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Universities and community colleges are looking to hire staff who can help institutions adapt successfully to the ever-changing technology landscape.
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The scramble for online education leadership in the sinking ship that is community college and mid-tier state schools is in full effect.

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Academia and the academy: what makes a university open a school?

Academia and the academy: what makes a university open a school? | EdRadar | Scoop.it
The launch of UCL Academy has not been without fire, says Michael Worton, but the chance to shape curriculum and collaborate with educational colleagues was too good to miss
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Meanwhile, in the UK, the University College of London is looking downstream to K-12 to acclimate them to university life.

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Will the Internet replace brick and mortal universities?

Will the Internet replace brick and mortal universities? | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"Several millions of students will enter higher educational institutions in the next one decade. The Human resources development ministry wants to double the gross enrolment ratio in higher education by 2020."


Via EDTC@UTB
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I'm not sure if the "brick and mortal universities" was intentional, but I dig the perhaps serendipitous implication.

 

+ Nevertheless, the article also offers a nice overview of India's nascent online education movement via Delhi University's National Knowledge Network (NKN).

+ Estimated value of India's online education market is $20 billion. 

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Claire Brooks's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:41 PM

love the tag line. explicit about many prejudices about online learning. I'm in the field so often forget.

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Florida and New York look to centralize and expand online education | Inside Higher Ed

Florida and New York look to centralize and expand online education | Inside Higher Ed | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"SUNY began its online efforts in 1994 at Empire State College. Now, there are 150 online degree programs scattered across all its campuses. SUNY's extensive offerings are, as it has said in documents related to its new effort, "fragmented" – the source of "countless unexplored opportunities for collaboration, economies of scale and innovation."

Zimpher ultimately wants to enroll 100,000 new online students in the next several years while also adding new degree programs to train New Yorkers for industries with job openings. To reduce costs to students, she is also trying to speed degree completion times in online degrees to three years."

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Good overview of what's going on at SUNY and at Florida's university system. 

 

Key insights:

 

"SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants to consolidate online course offerings after nearly 20 years of institutional independence." Also, SUNY wonders how to audit MOOCs so they know which ones to accept for credit.

 

"SUNY is eventually likely to adopt Blackboard, which is already used at 19 institutions, across its whole system."

 

Meanwhile in Florida, they hired a business consultancy, the Parthenon Group, to evaluate their options:

- Let individual schools stay automous 

- Make everyone work together

- Create new online-only institution

- Put one school in charge.

 

Lawmakers in Florida are repeatedly leaning towards handing the baton over to University of Florida to lead the charge and also be the institution that grants degrees.

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Udemy has a new iPhone app: Have a look

Udemy has a new iPhone app: Have a look | EdRadar | Scoop.it
The video learning provider's iPad app now has an iOS sibling for smaller screens.
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This is an interesting development for udemy that allows people to navigate their course catalog and make purchases. The big question is whether people will actually use their mobiles to take classes. 

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5 MOOCs Teachers Should Take As Students - Edudemic

5 MOOCs Teachers Should Take As Students - Edudemic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
MOOCs may or may not save higher education, and if they save it they may further widen the gap between elite and lesser-known schools.
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MOOCs and the Myths of Dropout Rates and Certification

MOOCs and the Myths of Dropout Rates and Certification | EdRadar | Scoop.it
With MOOCs, we have a very different entity in our midst. MOOCs are a very different kind of educational package, and they need different metrics -- metrics that we do not yet know how to construct.
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Devlin, a math prof at Stanford and going on his second tour of MOOC duty, points out why drop out rates are the wrong thing to focus on right now.

 

+ People sign up with different outcomes in mind.

+ Most people aren't looking for certification.

+ Explains that MOOCs should not be considered just college online, although it's not totally clear what the end result will be. 

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Introducing the Digital Learning Quadrants

Introducing the Digital Learning Quadrants | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Let us agree, therefore, that regardless of age or situation, the learning process is one in which any learner can utilize formal, informal and social means to actually learn. It has nothing to do with generational divides.

If we were to re-categorize the foolish Prensky and Tapscott terms of Net Generation, Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants into a classification that encompasses all ages and takes into account the realities of access and participation levels, we might use the following:


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Insightful 2x2 that nicely melds level of access x participation. Raises the question about which services meet the needs of each quadrant. 

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:48 AM

Excellent article on Digital Learning and participation!

Luca Brigada's comment, March 27, 2013 4:31 AM
A very interesting classification
Jesse Soininen's comment, March 27, 2013 4:36 AM
I allways felt that the term of digital natives was rather about the older generation not understanding what is happening and being intelligently lazy about learning the new vs. kids beign smart out of the keyboard.

Deep understanding of context is never easy thing to grasp. Fluent use of tools does not produce wisdom alone.
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MOOCs and Higher Education's Non-Consumers

A critical component to Clay Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation is the idea of the "non-consumer." In most of the historical examples of disruption described by Christensen, disruptive innovators build products that served non-consumers, people underserved by the marketplace, and used these populations as a base for reshaping new markets for new products and services.

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Good overview of possible learner groups that MOOCs could serve who have no alternatives for "higher" education:

+ People in developing countries

+ Students with strapped local schools that can't meet demand like community colleges

+ Continuing education learners who must balance a full day's work

 

The real issue here is that currently, with the exception of Eliademy and some other smaller orgs, MOOC providers are not specifically targeting non-consumers.

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What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs | EDUCAUSE.edu

What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs | EDUCAUSE.edu | EdRadar | Scoop.it

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are courses delivered over the web to potentially thousands of students at a time. In a MOOC, lectures are typically “canned,” quizzes and testing are automated, and student participation is voluntary. They attain large scale by reducing instructor contact with individual students, though some models allow student feedback to partly guide discussion. Initial MOOCs have often been from disciplines that lend themselves to quantitative assessment, such as engineering, computer science, and math. However, MOOCs are becoming applicable to all fields as the platforms enable assessment methods such as peer review. MOOCs present an opportunity for institutions to experiment with extending their brand or to diversify their instructional portfolio, and they might also catalyze new approaches to credentialing.

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Oldie but goodie.

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2U Helps Master's Degree Programs Go Online -- InformationWeek

2U Helps Master's Degree Programs Go Online -- InformationWeek | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Unlike the new breed of massive open online course, online master's degree programs stress value of small classes and personal connections.
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Why you should read it: good overview of 2U's unique value proposition for schools.

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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out

The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Online education has been around for a long time. But massive open online courses are finally making it respectable. Maybe even cool. Let’s not forget, though, that they are still experiments.
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Not much of a secret actually, but ok. The Atlantic Quartz's Todd Tauber, of Nomadic Learning (a corporate training consultancy) lists distracted people, crammed schedules and all the usual suspects. Still, Tauber pulls out some good recommendations via Khan Academy's president about personalization.

 

"Everyone has different interests and needs. Which brings us to personalization. As Khan Academy president Shantanu Sinah recently noted: “Students right now are kind of forced into a system where they’re pushed forward in almost an assembly line model.” But, he adds, “you can use technology to personalize the instruction and target what their individual needs are.

 

You can fill those gaps, and when you do that and when you empower students to do that … the learning is so much more productive.” Amazon, Netflix and Pandora do that very effectively for books, TV shows and movies (“if you like this…”). Twitter and LinkedIn have been doing it for professional news and information, too."

 

Also of interest was the reference to the much maligned Unniversity of Phoenix's partnership with IDEO for employee continuing education:

 

"The U of P’s new executive education course, Innovator’s Accelerator, developed with Silicon Valley design firm, IDEO, mixes short videos and frequent assessments with facilitated group projects, asynchronous collaboration and innovative tools designed specifically to drive participation. According to Inside Higher Ed, the results—a narrative, six-week learning experience—“are impressive, and honestly a bit worrying” for makers of traditional online courses. Just a few catches: It reportedly cost the university’s parent company, Apollo Group, millions of dollars to develop; it costs participants $1,999; and six weeks is still an awfully long time for many of today’s adult learners."

 

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Economist on MOOCs: Learning new lessons

Economist on MOOCs: Learning new lessons | EdRadar | Scoop.it
TOP-QUALITY teaching, stringent admissions criteria and impressive qualifications allow the world’s best universities to charge mega-fees: over $50,000 for a year...
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Some big brands like these below will survive, but not all.

 

"Some of Europe’s best schools are determinedly unruffled. Oxford says that MOOCs “will not prompt it to change anything”, adding that it “does not see them as revolutionary in anything other than scale”. Cambridge even says it is “nonsense” to see MOOCs as a rival; it is “not in the business of online education”.

Such universities are likely to continue to attract the best (and richest) applicants who want personal tuition and the whiff of research in the air. They have other benefits too, including sublime architecture, better marriage partners and a huge career boost. For these places, MOOCs are chiefly a marketing opportunity: once customers taste the lectures, they may pay for the rest of the bundle."

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How the Online Education Market Can Save the Economy | Wired.com

How the Online Education Market Can Save the Economy | Wired.com | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"The education industry needs to evolve. Just as other industries upgrade technologies and processes to stay competitive, the potential trillion dollar education industry needs a major overhaul."

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Will teaching kids how to code and how to be able to learn and work anywhere save the economy? No. But it's a start. 

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Do universities hear the critics of journalism education?

Do universities hear the critics of journalism education? | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Remember the scene from the movie Annie Hall, when everyone is in the theater line? An academic blowhard misquotes media ...
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Journalism is broken. Or at least being redefined. Here's what the Knight Foundation thinks is the direction for how journalism gets taught for digital. Let's just say Indiana University's latest move to smush their highly respected journalism program into the College of Arts and Sciences, received a well deserved lashing from Knight.

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