More than 1 million people from scores of countries have already enrolled in the free classes, which some believe could transform the mission and model of higher education. Anant Agarwal, president of edX, calls it “the single biggest change in education since the printing press.”
If we’re really trying to help learners “win,” an OER provider hasn’t finished their job when they’ve published content. They’re succeeding when someone benefits from what they’ve done – and only then. We need to think harder about how to make this happen, and how to do it sustainably.
"Making Civics Count" offers research-based insights into what diverse students and teachers know and do as civic actors, and proposes a blueprint for civic education for a new generation that is both practical and visionary.
Pinterest use is booming among people age 25-34 with annual salaries of $100,000 or more. The site has shown remarkable growth with unique users growing from 11.7 million in January, 2012 to 17.8 million in February making it the third most popular social networking site behind Facebook and Tumblr. While the primary demographic may not be college students, there is certainly potential for using the medium in the higher education classroom.
The emphasis on credentialing in MOOCs is proving to be a boon for Pearson, which is one of the few companies with a physical testing infrastructure that can match the scope and scale of massive, open education.
There is a developing trend right now where companies are doing more to advance their employees’ skills and abilities. While investing in further education may be costly, many companies look at it as an investment in their future. Business school is a top choice because it “provides help with consulting assignments that require creative problem-solving.” Many view an MBA as a way to move up the ranks.
LOOCs, MOOCs' little brother. Amid all this MOOC mania, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is attempting a different kind of free online offering — one that would swap the scale of a MOOC for the high-touch experience of a conventional online course. Michael Sonntag, the provost, calls it a “LOOC”: a little open online course.
Burck Smith is so far making good on his vision for revamping the way people pay for and complete college courses. His startup company, Straighterline, enables students to pay $99 a month for introductory college courses — and potentially save tens of thousands of dollars in the process. In November, Smith will embark on another disruptive tack in online higher education. His Baltimore company will allow college professors to pitch their own courses through Straighterline, and even set their own prices above a minimum threshold.
Community Colleges have awakened to the realities that we cannot continue to deliver higher education in the same way we always have in this country and expect better student outcomes. And, community college outcomes need to improve. The national full-time graduation rate of 28 percent is unacceptably low, and student success rates remain under 40 percent even if you count students who transfer to a four-year college without ever completing community college. And, as has been widely reported, graduation rates are even lower for the large number students who enter community college needing remedial education.
In Silicon Valley, more than perhaps any other place in the entire world, people have been trained and acculturated to believe that if a huge system doesn’t make sense, it should be swept away and replaced by something better—and that they, themselves, could make that happen, and reap untold riches in the doing, by combining virtually unlimited access to capital with the greatest software engineers in the world, people who are increasingly able to reach out to the entire planet through the Web of telecommunication to give them what they want, when they want, in an instant, for free. How and when those people reach higher education will be one of the fascinating dramas of our time.
Announcements from major university systems this week could signal the start of a trend that brings sophisticated online learning programs into the traditional campus setting on a larger scale. The California State University and Indiana University systems plan to strategically invest in online education in their respective states.
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to the purchase of expensive commercial textbooks and learning materials. Leading scholars around the world are already participating in the OER movement even without support from most higher education institutions, including community colleges. Higher education governance officials, particularly boards of trustees and senior academic governance leaders, have a tremendous opportunity to harness the advantages of OER for their institutions.
If you're not quite sure what PISA is or does, and you've got about 12 minutes to spare, grab a comfortable chair. This video will help you to understand why the OECD's number-crunchers trigger such intense debate about the state of education around the world every time they release the results of the latest PISA survey.
A visual representation of the differences between Right-Brain and Left-Brain marketers. In B2B marketing, the type of thinker you are guides the campaigns you design. So what type of marketer are you? How would this apply to Higher Ed?
The prospect of British universities spending more than 20 percent of their revenues on marketing as some U.S. for-profit colleges do, while competing for students in a more marketized system, was debated at a session in London organized by Times Higher Education and the Parthenon Group, which advises universities on private investment.
The Penn community is weighing the benefits and drawbacks of a future invested in online education.Since the University announced its partnership with Coursera last spring, it has launched five courses on the online learning system. It is planning to launch two additional courses — “Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” along with “Networked Life” — on Sept. 10.
The nonprofit online-learning venture, founded by MIT and Harvard, will let students take on-site exams administered by the Pearson VUE service, which has more than 450 testing centers in more than 110 countries. Students who pass the tests will receive certificates noting that they completed a proctored exam. Another MOOC platform, Udacity, has also announced an arrangement to provide secure exams proctored by Pearson.
Watch out Blackboard. There’s a new big fish in the pond. Desire2Learn, a Canadian education technology company founded in 1999, has just announced that it’s secured $80 million in funding. That’s huge for the edtech world.
A Colorado university is announcing on Thursday that it will give full transfer credit to students who complete a free introductory computer-science course offered by the online-education start-up company Udacity.
The following interview is with Amertah Perman, the Associate Director of Program Development for Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Southern Maine. Perman works collaboratively on the development of professional and continuing education to businesses and community members in Southern Maine. In this interview, she discusses some of the strategies she implements to win training contracts and what colleges and universities need to do to set themselves apart as training and development providers.
Kevin Carey's article offers an excellent overview of the technology and private sector forces driving a great deal of innovation in technology-based applications and services for higher education. His comment about online higher education having been “the province of downmarket for-profit colleges” until the recent rise of the MOOCs, though, betrays a lack of understanding about the extent to which traditional colleges and universities have led the development and evolution of online learning, as well as of the extent to which they have evolved as a result themselves.