Twitter back channel during talk by Nolan Bushnell at Big Ideas Fest--in which he spoke about non-traditional approaches to change, while unapologetically demonstrating little understanding about how higher education provides many first generation...
For those who aren't familiar with FoTA - UK focus; generally with a hint of jeremiad [ ; -) ] coupled to a careful unpacking of trends and press release/ policy. This post is a few reflections on likely developments in coming year - worth pondering.
No doubt most of you will have read the (unintentionally hilarious) interview with Udacity founder and the media's poster child for MOOCs, Sebastian Thrun. If you haven't the short version (minus the ego fanning and competitive cycling) is...
Pat talks about short term contracts, project funding, and contingency - far too much of this rings true and close. There's maybe a parallel post about innovation and stability but that's something else for another day.
Last week I was at the MOOC Research Initiative Conference in Texas. The organisers (George Siemens, Amy Collier, Tanya Joosten and others) should stand up and take a bow for a fantastic event. I’m...
Martin's account of his time at the mri13 conference. There's much good but it's his one minor note at the end which I found to be a take away/ challenge / reminder:
"This is perhaps my disappointment from the event. That many are still focused on closed platforms for learning. When will people start realizing that the world isn’t a lab experiment and there’s a rich world of interaction and learning going on outside the LMS?"
"Knowledge and wisdom are two aspects of life development that I am skeptical can happen outside of a residential education."
Though I understand have sympathy with this view I'm not sure if this is intrinsic to online or more a reflection on how we do online (both in terms of comparative maturity of our understanding of online ed ) I also feel that we can judge online by criteria that face to face might also struggle with (though we mostly know how one would fix the problem in f2f).
I also wonder at what point we should prioiritise access over depth (I dislike even thinking about that question but increasingly in my mind refuse to have a debate about quality which doesn't talk about access a a factor - no critique of John's thoughts intended here, it's more that that is where my head is at with this debate).
There is also perhaps a deeper debate about online /offline , degrees of 'real', and dualism which lurks in this conversations.