Why Twitter Works In Education by TeachThought Staff As the collective family of social media channels grows, each adopts their own personality. LinkedIn is oldest sibling –a go-getter that wore a suit in middle school. Instagram is the playful teen that opened her own restaurant with her family’s money. Facebook is the walking political argument that you know not get started. And twitter? twitter is the wild child of the bunch.
"University education around the world is facing pressures for reform from multiple directions. Student demands for more flexible and cheaper study options, new technologies challenging traditional teaching models and competition from new providers are all shifting the status quo. A wave of game-changing innovations from universities and other providers around the world that are redefining the experience of higher education (HE) for millions of learners. Will the UK university system be able to maintain its reputation for world-class education against these challenges?"
Business as usual in 2030 - I somehow don't think so!
`Experts from educational institutions, multinational companies, MOOC providers and MOOC platforms convened at Aalto University in Helsinki on 17 November for this final conference of the MOOCs for Web Talent Network.
The future of online education must include more social, collaborative contact among students and professors, suggests an Open University report.
Will Stewart's insight:
"This is the third in a series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. The Innovating Pedagogy reports are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years."
Those of us old enough to remember travelling to an out-of-the-way library to track down a potentially crucial roll of microfilm know just how much new technologies have transformed the way academics do research. We now happily rely on Google Books, JSTOR, and a whole parade of resources and databases available at the click of a finger. But what may be less obvious is the way new technologies have made improving our teaching a whole lot easier as well.
AP Biology from Rice is the first MOOC on the site advertised as an AP course for high school students. It is divided into four content segments — the Cell; Genetics; Evolution and Diversity; and Ecology — followed by an exam in April.
It has often struck me that a conflict of interest exists across education systems, state or private, where the awarding bodies of high stakes examinations are also owned by the very same companies who sell the content, that must be learned, to pass the test. Such an end to end business model would make…
Vice-chancellors at British institutions admit that innovation in education is happening overseas, not here
Will Stewart's insight:
"...academic practices and provision have remained largely no-go areas for modernising university leadership teams, which lack the levers or the authority to force changes. As a result we see the persistence of outmoded courses, delivery modes and teaching methods that no one seems able or willing to change."
While acknowledging that the whole concept of self-determination – or ‘Google learning’ as it has been called, pejoratively, in certain circles – is fraught with the potential for missing the point, being distracted into rabbit warrens or just getting bad information, we would like to emphasise that this is only a potential.
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Watch this space for chapter and verse, as we will soon be publishing case studies of several recent programmes that feature high levels of learner self-direction.
Learners are changing, learning is changing – and heutagogy can give important clues about rebalancing the burden of responsibilities and permissions in an always-on, networked, instructorless, post-course world.
Still, by the end of the conference, I feared that the university of tomorrow neglected pedagogy while promoting MOOCs and online forms of education. Moreover, it seemed that elite institutions would be the only ones left standing.
I know that freely available online courses have enriched many people’s lives – both students and academics. They are also provoking real transformations in the way we think about learning and teaching on our campuses.
Will Stewart's insight:
Support for the MOOCs and their transformational impact on T&L in the wider university.
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