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A scoop it magazine focusing on educational technology in higher education.
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The Average Online Student: A 33-Year-Old Female Hoping to Advance Her Career

The Average Online Student: A 33-Year-Old Female Hoping to Advance Her Career | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

We can say six million students are now taking at least one online course, but do we know what those students look like? According to a new survey, the average student is a white, 33-year-old female with a full-time job that pays around $65,000 per year. She’s likely studying business — the most popular field of study — in hopes of advancing in her current career.

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Universities on the Defensive: What is it we do

Universities on the Defensive: What is it we do | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Ian Bogost’s piece (linked below) on Georgia Tech’s involvement in Coursera is biting and to-the-point.  ”The fundamental problem isn’t one of cost containment, it’s o...
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Teaching and learning in the Cloud

Teaching and learning in the Cloud | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Around 60 instructors from across the district spent three days learning more about the county’s new learning management system...
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UC Berkeley’s Online Education Strategy: A Model for Change

UC Berkeley’s Online Education Strategy: A Model for Change | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Jim Shimabukuro Editor In response to the explosive trend in higher ed toward open online courses (OOCs), Berkeley’s executive committee for online education published* the university&#821...
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Casting the NET Over Global MOOCs

Casting the NET Over Global MOOCs | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Global MOOCs, Enhanced Media and The Media Psychology Effect...
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Berkeley to Offer Free Online Classes on EdX

Berkeley to Offer Free Online Classes on EdX | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of California, Berkeley, will be offering two edX courses, contributing new open-source technology and heading a soon-to-be-formed consortium of universities joining edX.
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The Ed Techie: Innovating Pedagogy report

Here at IET in the OU, a bunch of us, led by Mike Sharples, were asked to produce an annual report on how changes in teaching and learning (related to technology) were changing the current landscape. The initial idea was...

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Fifty of the best ed-tech products for colleges and schools

Fifty of the best ed-tech products for colleges and schools | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are the results of our 2012-13 Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the educational technology products and services that have had the greatest impact in our readers' schools.
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Constructivism and Online Learning

Constructivism and Online Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
My notes from: Huang, H. (2002). Toward constructivism for adult learners in online learning environments. British Journal of Educational Technology. Vol 33. No 1. 27-37. Online learning requires a...
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Are Universities Too Big To Fail?

Are Universities Too Big To Fail? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I have been following a rather interesting train of thought this week about the so called Higher Education bubble and wanted to share my conclusions. When I consider problems like this I like to br...
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MOOCs from Here | Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs from Here | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The normally sober Tim Burke had a bit of a meltdown on his blog about MOOCs and their attendant hype. (MOOCs are Massively Open Online Courses, such as the ones offered through Coursera.) He rightly called out the techno-utopians for their eager willingness to believe that the latest techno-toy will Change Everything, and offered helpful reminders of previous techno-toys that were supposed to Change Everything, and didn’t. (Sunrise Semester, anyone?)

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/moocs-here#ixzz21Phu3PvQ
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Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership.

Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership. | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, the president of the new Harvard-M.I.T. partnership called edX, talks about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses

Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online courses are experiencing sky-high dropout rates, and that's probably a good thing.
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MOOCs are Marketing

MOOCs are Marketing | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The question is, can they be more? - Earlier this week, Georgia Tech and eleven other higher education institutions announced their participation in Coursera, a company that hosts online courses.
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Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model

Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Given the hype of national media coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), it is refreshing to see more recent analysis looking at important attributes such as revenue models, dropout rates, and instructional design. Steve Kolowich at Inside Higher Ed wrote a revealing and important article looking at early demographic data. Jeff Young at the Chronicle wrote an excellent article about Coursera’s contract with the University of Michigan, along with key insights into Coursera’s and the university’s motivations. Audrey Watters, in response to an article in the Atlantic, asks the tough question of whether we should care about the high dropout rates of current courses offered in this new model.

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Khan Academy: The hype and the reality

Khan Academy: The hype and the reality | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Khan Academy boasts almost 3,300 videos that have been viewed over 160 million times. That’s a heroic achievement.
But, a mathematician says, there’s a problem: the videos aren’t very good.
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Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay With That?

Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay With That? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

I’m starting to get more than a little grumpy about MOOCs, what with all the hype about the revolutionary disruptions and game-changing tsunamis. I’m tired of the mainstream media punditry and their predictions that Stanford University’s experiments with online education (and by extension now Coursera and Udacity) will change everything; I’m tired of Silicon Valley’s exuberance that this could mark the end-of-the-(academic)-world-as-we-know-it – a future that its press, its investors, and its entrepreneurs are all invested (sometimes literally) in being both high tech and highly lucrative.

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The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses

The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MOOCs are a red herring. The MOOC didn’t appear last week, out of a void, vacuum-packed. The MOOC has been around for years, biding its time. Still, the recent furor about MOOCs, which some have called “hysteria,” opens important questions about higher education, digital pedagogy, and online learning.

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No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC

No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In his recent JISC blog, David Kernohan asks: ‘Why bother paying inflated fees to attend university? …What if you could get it all for free, online?’ Of course, it is tongue in cheek, because as my title above suggests, you don’t get something for nothing.

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How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning

How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Being able to ascertain the quality of a learning module helps to ensure the highest return-on-investment and perpetuates a positive perception of the value of online learning.
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Technology is the Answer to Educational Reform

There may be potential to keep some aspects of the education system intact and make the transition to technology-based learning gradually and mostly painlessly. The first step in doing this will be to move technology to the center of education rather than keeping it as the peripheral piece that it currently is. The time has come to add technology to our curriculum as a core subject. This would represent the first step in patching the foundation of the education system and strengthening its structure so that it could support the rapid growth and change that is characteristic of institutional change in the information age. Strengthening our foundation through technology would stabilize the system and prepare it to move forward. From that point the natural course of technological innovation will take over and lead education in directions we can’t currently even imagine.


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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012 | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An opinion piece about the state of e-learning in Australia from the perspective of Australian organisations and the e-learning industry.
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MOOCS: Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads

I hereby volunteer: the next pundit who talks about how MOOCs are going to save higher education some big bucks needs to meet me for drinks at the establishment of his or her choosing, I’ll foot the bill, and in return I just ask for the chance to politely and rationally CHEW THEIR FUCKING EARS OFF. And then if they really want they can write an op-ed the next week and pretend they thought of everything I said by themselves and I’ll never let on otherwise.

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“What should we do about MOOCs?” – the Board of Governors discusses

“What should we do about MOOCs?” – the Board of Governors discusses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

By accident, a microphone was left switched on at a medium sized state university’s Board of Governors meeting last week. In the best tradition of WikiLeaks, I am pleased to share a transcript with you.

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Online Education is Real Education » Cyborgology

Online Education is Real Education » Cyborgology | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Discussing the relative strengths and weaknesses of education as it occurs on and offline, in and outside of a classroom, is important. Best pedagogical practices have not yet emerged for courses primarily taught online. What opportunities and pitfalls await both on and offline learning environments? Under ideal circumstances, how might we best integrate face-to-face as well as online tools? In non-ideal teaching situations, how can we make the best of the on/offline arrangement handed to us? All of us teaching, and taking, college courses welcome this discussion. What isn’t helpful is condemning a medium of learning, be it face-to-face or via digital technologies, as less real. Some have begun this conversation by disqualifying interaction mediated by digitality (all interaction is, by the way) as less human, less true and less worthy, obscuring the path forward for the vast majority of future students.

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