Why not MOOCs in K–12 education, too—for the kids, not just their teachers? Why is this not another form of on-line or blended learning with huge potential to foster equity, acceleration, individualization, choice, and much else that we prize in the elementary-secondary sector?
Even more MOOCs will be offered in 2013, as 12 UK universities are getting together to form a new company that will offer the online courses — under the brand name of FutureLearn Ltd. The universities are: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick, along with UK distance-learning organization The Open University (OU).
I’ve been to more than my share of employer advisory boards over the last dozen years, at three different colleges. They’re remarkably consistent; every time, the feedback is that we’re doing well with the specific technical skills, but that many students arrive with serious gaps in communication, presentation, and general employee conduct.
John Sperling, who founded the Apollo Group and its University of Phoenix in 1972, will retire as executive chairman of the company's board of directors at the end of this month, Apollo announced today.
It's no secret that U.S. college tuition costs are rising dramatically, and the high cost of a college education burdens young people and their families. How can we make college more affordable? Many suggest that the best way to keep tuition affordable is by increasing government assistance through student loans, grants, and tax credits for education. Professor Daniel Lin shows in this video that doing so will actually lead to higher college costs, because loans/grants/tax credits are directly related to the increasing cost of education.
Higher education seems to finally be realizing that a much bigger change is needed. Paying serious attention to change and looking outward are good starts, but the prevailing consumer culture has shifted over time. New audiences in new markets invited to college are pragmatic and hugely practical, and arrive with an underappreciation of classical academic values. And the words "liberal arts" probably create confusion, assuming they receive attention at all.
Why do we need a university to look at our CV and say, yup, you have 18 credit hours! when students or parents or some other body can do it just as well, not to mention cut out the massive layer of administration? Of course, the problem is that the massive layer of administration would never allow itself to become obsolete, thus even if individual instructors were accredited, there’s no reason for a university to accept the credits.
In less than a week, two more institutions of higher education—Wellesley College and Georgetown University—have partnered with edX, the rapidly growing online educational venture started by Harvard and MIT last May. But six months after the launch, Harvard faculty continue to express a spectrum of opinions on whether HarvardX—the subset of edX courses offered by Harvard—will enhance or detract from on-campus instruction.
Although no college explicitly offer a major in fun, students may informally major in fun at college by taking an untaxing class schedule or by changing majors in order to prolong a leisurely stay at college.
Together with the traditional credits involving the academic side paired with the non-traditional grades of particular soft skills, the Asheville-Buncombe Technical College can develop an excellent reputation of cultivating more well-rounded students that will demonstrate soft skills in the workplace. Olesiuk told Fain that the program comes with inherent risks, though, as the institution is guaranteeing that graduates and certificate holders will be model employees, and the success or failure of that claim will have an impact on the reputation of the institution.
Twelve top British universities have signed up to Futurelearn, a new programme offering free degree-style online courses to the public in direct competition with US-led rivals Coursera and edX.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
Note that The Telegraph´s article by Andrew Marszal stresses that this new company, Futurelearn, is being launched by the Open University and that it will operate "in direct rivalry with established American course platforms such as Coursera and Harvard-based edX".
After the announcement of Open University, we can say again that higher education is facing a changed landscape. Even if MOOCs disappear from the landscape in the next few years, the change drivers that gave birth to them will continue to exert pressure and render slow plodding systems obsolete (or, perhaps more accurately, less relevant). If MOOCs are eventually revealed to be a fad, the universities that experiment with them today will have acquired experience and insight into the role of technology in teaching and learning that their conservative peers won’t have. It’s not only about being right, it’s about experimenting and playing in the front line of knowledge. Researchers do this in their labs regularly. Unfortunately, the logic of being leading edge experimenters doesn’t seem to translate into the university system / model itself.
The U.S. Treasury Department has released a report prepared in conjunction with the Education Department. It shows that investing in education expands job opportunities, boosts America’s competitiveness, and supports the kind of income mobility that is fundamental to a growing economy.
MOOCs will morph into MOCCs (Mid-Sized Online Closed Courses). We believe that universities and companies will begin to create and license online courses and use them in a smaller, contained/closed environment. MOOCs won’t go away, but the real traction will be the use of teaching technologies brought down to smaller groups of people that will more closely mimic the current classroom environment.
The platform suggests that the marks are “calculated based on a combination of the grade you received from your peers and the grade you gave yourself”, but fairness should dictate that my own assessment has little influence on these marks.
The most promising solution would be to replace the anachronistic credit hour with common standards for what college students actually need to know and to be able to do. There are many routes to doing this. In the arts and sciences, scholarly associations could define and update what it means to be proficient in a field. So could professional organizations and employers in vocational and technical fields.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
Another great article by Kevin Carey and an important and necessary call for standardized testing.
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