News and insights on Open and Online Education and innovations in Online Learning. There is a tsunami coming. I can't tell you exactly how its going to break, but my goal is to try to surf it, not to just stand there. [John Hennessy, President of Stanford University]
Thanks to Audrey Watters I just read a new article in Science Magazine ((Note that access requires a subscription or purchase or individual article.)) and publicly posted here by Justin Reich, the lead researcher for HarvardX (Harvard’s implementation of edX and associated research team). Justin … Continue reading →
Colleges and universities across the country are under enormous pressure to transform themselves to meet the needs of today’s student. To find out what this transformation looks like, I traveled with foundation leaders to the forefront of this critical juncture in higher education: Arizona State University, Rio Salado College, and University of Phoenix.
Loyalist College’s virtual border crossing One of the frustrating things about writing a book (Teaching in a Digital World) is that just when you think you’ve finished a chapter, you realise you have missed out something really important.
6 Big Takeaways From the EdX Global Forum Inside Higher Ed (blog) Paradoxically (or ironically), the reasons that the edX meeting is so productive has very little to do with open online learning at scale.
Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.
In November 2011 I was taking one of the first MOOCs from Stanford. At that time, many new MOOCs were being announced and I started Class Central as a way to keep track of them and figure out what I should take next. The website gathers course listings through provider sites, social media, and tips
My next three or so posts will be looking at key characteristics of media and technologies, again as part of Chapter 8 on ‘Understanding Technology in Education’ for my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘.
The Online Learning Lab Report 2014 presents the experiences and results of the Leiden MOOCs and other online initiatives from November 2012 to October 2014. The Online Learning Lab is initiated and managed by the Centre for Innovation of Leiden University, located at Faculty Campus The Hague. Website: http://leidenuniv.onlinelearninglab.org/
Great data & insights. Good to read that TU Delfts partner Leiden will keep investing in experimenting with teaching & learning.
Massive open online courses, first envisioned as a way to democratize higher education, have made their way into high schools, but Washington is powerless to stop the flood of personal data about teenage students from flowing to private companies, thanks to loopholes in federal privacy laws. Universities and private companies this fall unveiled a slew...