Prominent nations like the US, India, Brazil, the UK, and Spain are paving the way for a global boom in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Market, which is expected to record a CAGR of 56.61 percent from 2013-2018, according to a new TechNavio report.
The independent tech-focused global research firm reports that the expansion of the market is due to rising interest in low-cost, high quality education, which enables aspirants to opt for a platform with reduced higher education expenses in contemporary scenario.
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?
Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe. As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology, encouraging its use in teaching and learning.
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
Michael Wesch speaks at PCC. Michael Wesch is associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Wesch's work also includes media ecology and the emerging field of digital ethnography, where he studies the effect of new media on human interaction.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Beautiful talk. Education is about soulmaking; living into the questions.
These five TED talks are right on point when it comes to education, innovation, and global competition.
1. Education innovation in the slums Charles Leadbeater
2. The key to success? Grit Angela Lee Duckworth
3. What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers Faith Jegede
4. The 100,000-student classroom In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ–and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.
5. My daughter, Malala Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity.
A new future is coming to education. Online shopping, searching and social networks came first—education is next. OCLC's newest user perceptions study, At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, explores how empowered consumers, fueled by economic incentives, are using online learning platforms and MOOCs to set new expectations for education—and for libraries. The report explores the behaviors, perceptions and motivations of online learners: how they are evaluating the cost/value trade-offs of higher education, how they are using and succeeding with online education—and their use and perceptions of the library.
It is almost universally agreed that education is hugely important. But we are not particularly sure what we want from it. Our large commitment to there being good schools ironically has not been matched by concern about what they are for.
The aim of education is to prepare students for adult life. So the role of schools should be thought through only after we have identified the challenges of adult life. If school is essentially conceived as a training, we need to explain what it is training for. What are the relevant difficulties and challenges that we need to be equipped to deal with?
Closing school libraries and cutting certified librarian positions does not make sense, says YA author and advocate Sarah Darer Littman, who has backed this assertion with research she cites in an open letter to policy makers.