If employers agree that the contents of MOOCs look attractive, the alternate credential represented by MOOCs will generate employability benefits as well. ‘Graduates’ could entice employers with half a dozen prestige MOOCs on their CVs, in place of a three-year degree in business or computing. Then the revolution will have really been unleashed.
Competency-based and competency-focused education is a growing model that directly takes aim at affordable access to education, and the changes from this model will go far beyond the new institutions. I suspect that the default assumptions about online education pricing are changing rapidly.
Right now, MOOC vendors such as Coursera and Udacity aren’t offering traditional course credit. But in non-U.S. markets — where completing a course offered by a big-name U.S. professor carries some cachet — the MOOC companies will need to clarify how much or how little they are doing to gauge whether students really did their own work to complete the class. Otherwise, MOOCs’ hopes of positioning themselves as an important part of the long-term future of higher education will be in doubt.
Moonshot thinking is great, but where does it come from? Academia and entrepreneurship are both fields it can come from, but quite often does not. What would it take to create a moonshot factory? A place that was dedicated not to publications or patents or profits but directly to the idea of radical thinking, radical problem solving, and driving radical levels of positive impact. Now try to imagine taking one of the world's largest universities and turning it into such a place. Michael Crow is president of Arizona State University. He is designing the transformation of ASU into a new highly innovative, high speed adaptive knowledge enterprise which combines academic excellence, inclusiveness, and societal impact - a model he terms the "New American University."
Mass Open Online Courseware (MOOCs) is less than a year old but it is already clear this will be the game changer in higher education worldwide. Can universities make money out of MOOCs? As with Google, the free service creates a global public, which can become the platform for advertising, and for commercial services such as advanced assessment and grading, employment placement, individualised counselling and publishing. edX and others might also place a low cost pay-wall in front of their advanced programs. It would be risky, but still far cheaper than conventional higher education
The University of Central Florida (UCF) announces the second offering of its popular MOOC (massive open online course) for blended learning faculty and designers: BlendKit2012. Based around the open-licensed BlendKit Course instructional materials, BlendKit2012 will run as a five-week cohort (from Monday, September 24 to Monday, October 29, 2012) facilitated by UCF’s Dr. Kelvin Thompson and Dr. Linda Futch. Course components include regular communications from facilitators, weekly readings, hands-on tasks, a variety of real time and asynchronous interaction opportunities, and weekly webinars with experienced blended learning instructors.
In a podcast interview, Anthony Carnevale and the Lumina Foundation's Jamie Merisotis assess the value of a college degree, the emergence of new credentials, and whether rebounding male enrollments will last, among other topics.
Academia.edu, a social network for scholars, is unveiling a new feature today that its founder Richard Price hopes will help address part of the “credit gap” for research. Academia.edu allows users to upload and share their research papers, and the site is launching today its Analytics Dashboard for Scientists that Price says will let scholars see the “real-time impact” of their work.
Bookshare has just created a Special Collection that now has 110 titles for K-12 and postsecondary courses on a wide range of subjects, including the topic of OERs, from band, to business, biology, calculus, chemistry, and more. Because these titles are published under an open, creative commons license, anyone can download them for any student, regardless of membership and/or qualifications.
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce carried out in June a report on the college advantage. Weathering the recession with a college degree can be tough. Weathering it without one is much tougher. That’s the main finding of this new study. According to a report on the findings, the vast majority of jobs lost during and after the recession were held by workers with no more than a high-school diploma.
While Silicon Valley elites gravitate toward university-level education startups, one company is focused on practical training for the jobless. Ringwald and co-founder Kenny Ma decided to focus LearnUp on what Ringwald calls “very basic entry-level positions” in retail, financial services, and customer service. With venture backing from New Enterprise Associates and a initial product LearnUp has signed up some high-profile pilot partners, including Staples, Gap, Safeway, Whole Foods, and KPMG.
Mis-selling of higher education is one of the least remarked upon scandals of our time. If a degree is no guarantee of success in modern Britain, then the lack of one is no guarantee of failure. For those whose A-level results have precluded university, there is still all to play for.
As mayor of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Scott Hines is in charge of a town of about 17,000 people in the Coachella Valley. As the chief operating officer of World Education University, a new company that says it “will forever alter the landscape of post-secondary education” by offering free courses online, Hines is now in charge of the personal information of about 50,000 prospective students and more than $1 million in seed funding.
State colleges are state agencies. And just as we don’t allow other state agencies to do and spend whatever they want without any accountability, so we shouldn’t allow state colleges almost total license to operate in any way they see fit. As long as these are in effect state agencies, they should be governed accordingly.
Coursera has received a lot of buzz lately because several institutions of signed on to offer courses in it and they’re trying to expand beyond the geeky computer science topics with a high barrier to entry.
Students taking free online courses offered by the startup company Coursera have reported dozens of incidents of plagiarism, even though the courses bear no academic credit. This week a professor leading one of the so-called Massive Open Online Courses posted a plea to his 39,000 students to stop plagiarizing, and Coursera's leaders say they will review the issue and consider adding plagiarism-detection software in the future.
There are several big movements underway that are worthy of debate and possible consideration as we look to help education become the 21st century, user-centered, on-demand, engaging, technology-centric activity that it has not been for much of its existence. Game-based learning (GBL), or gamification, is one of the models that commonly gets touted as a cure-all for the problems with education because of the popularity of gaming in our society (New Media Institute). While there are problems with the gamification movement as it currently stands, the model has several areas in which it differs sufficiently from traditional education to make it an intriguing possibility. Here is a look at several of those differences.
The Saylor Foundation has nearly finished creating a full suite of free, online courses in a dozen popular undergraduate majors. And the foundation is now offering a path to college credit for its offerings by partnering with two nontraditional players in higher education – Excelsior College and StraighterLine.
The UK's most popular university degree courses are: Business and Management studies, Law, Sociology and Social Studies, Art and Design, IT and Computer Sciences, Psychology, Education, Nursing, Biosciences, and History.
Supriyo Chaudhuri writes about Pearson's move. He belives this is just the start, and more will happen in the coming months, with new players, exciting offerings and greater innovation (some of which will fail). The British government is effectively bailing itself out from Higher Education, by moving to a system where money follows the students, and giving out strong signals to the universities not to depend on public purse anymore.
Where job-seekers build and share their skills, and employers come to hire them. Here’s how LearnUp works: A prospective job applicant can look at an employer’s open jobs, each of which has a set of recommended “trainings,” which can include videos, written tutorials, magazine articles, and links to classes and certifications offered outside of LearnUp. Staples’ trainings for its manager position include a YouTube tutorial on QuickBooks, a Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge” article on “Making the Move to General Manager,” a Buzzle.com article on “Retail Store Management Tips,” and a TED talk on the “Eight Secrets of Success.”