Now, one by one, the disciplines that were once the basis of a liberal education are eliminated as not worth the trouble. Literature, foreign languages, real history as opposed to current ideology, and the arts and sciences in general give way to simulacra with the telling label Studies after their name.
If professors really want to address the deteriorating material conditions of their fields, they better learn to ask, if only tentatively, the reflexive question: "Did we do something wrong when we invested so much in race, class, sexuality . . .?" Unless they take seriously the complaints of critics about the substance of their work, they will find themselves helpless to do anything about the decline of their own vocations.
McGill will be joining several other universities around the world as a member of the not-for-profit edX consortium and plans to begin offering “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) in 2014. MOOCs represent a fast-growing ...
Since the very beginning, open education has been about enabling and empowering. Including empowering faculty – not replacing them. Free and legal access for faculty, their students, and everyone around the world to high quality educational materials that can be legally adapted and customized specifically for your particular circumstances, and then shared broadly, openly, and freely. Ultimate flexibility. Zero cost. Increased dependance on faculty as curators, customizers, and contextualizers – real people who have relationships with students and understand what they need. Unlocking the potential of faculty and unlocking access for students. Allowing for any and all uses of educational materials a learner sees as valuable. That’s the vision of open education the wider world apparently has not yet seen. Unfortunately, much of the world seems to have seen the more limited xMOOC vision and accepted it as the state of the art regarding what is possible.
MOOCs have taken the traditional correspondence course and brought them to a whole new level. If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you likely remember those TV dinner nights when your parents were out or when there was nothing else in the fridge.
Thomas Edison State College and the Saylor Foundation have announced an agreement to enhance access for adults to earn college credit through Saylor's high-quality, free, open courses and the college's nationally renowned expertise in assessment.
by Lyle Sylvander, edLab Professors and researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s e-learning department see Coursera as a unique opportunity to experiment with the MOOC format while utilizing their own theories and insights into e-learning.
In a recent post that focused on the business model for higher education, I discussed how I believe that the greatest pressure on the "Resources" component of that model comes from the new course-rich world in which we live.
While higher education is becoming an increasingly expensive proposition for prospective students, there are a growing number of ways for non-traditional and adult learners to fund their educational pursuits.
MORE MOOCs: Count UW-Madison among the schools jumping on the MOOC express: UW-Madison announced this week it would offer four courses through Coursera. UW-Madison was just one of 29 schools added by Coursera.
Karen Head, a guest blogger for Wired Campus, is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the institute’s Communication Center.
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