What edX is intending to do is to thus expand higher education and not destroy universities. It aims to provide traditional university models with the tools, research, and pedagogy to succeed in a growing digital culture and face the other challenges with respect to learning and recruitment in higher education.
MOOCs, competency-based education and other forms of reform are based on worthy ideas, writes Dan Greenstein. But in the chase for the next big thing, some have forgotten the goal of improving higher education, not just making it more efficient.
There are many similarities between higher education in the United States and Australia, but the government support of tuition levels mean Australian higher education institutions must compete on factors other than price.
There is now a higher distribution of career-focused college majors, but these degrees may be going to students who would not have gone to college at all in prior generations. The more important moral and policy question is what academic requirements should be in place, whether in English composition or probability and statistics, among students across all majors – including those who go to college with a specific career in mind.
Educational technology company Pearson has launched its OpenClass Exchange for instructors. Out of the gate, the new open education resource (OER) catalog will include links to 680,000 instructional and learning items.
The MOOC Minefield. Higher education should tread carefully. That is one of the main findings in the first public opinion survey in the United States comparing five key audiences affected by massive open online courses or MOOCs. The survey, commissioned by Brodeur Partners, was also the first to test messages in support and opposition to adopting a MOOC program.
The excitement about MOOCs is simply a reflection of the fact that we are at a tipping point of unsustainability in the current world order. MOOCs will be one of a range of events that will bring about change to an industry that has so far resisted the transformations happening to all other industries around it.
This week, News Corp.’s education arm Amplify announced a high school MOOC for AP Computer Science. The course, which kicks off in August, is intended to give students two semesters of academic instruction in preparation for the College Board’s exam. The online program, taught by an experienced high school teacher, is free to students. And an added option, called MOOC Local, which provides schools with students in the CS MOOC additional resources, will cost $200 per student but is free to schools for the first year.
A new Gallup Poll has found that the factor adult Americans are most likely to say is most important in selecting a college is the percentage of graduates who are able to find a good job. That factor was picked by 41 percent of those polled, followed by the price of the college (37 percent) and graduation rates (16 percent). The wealthier that respondents were, the more likely they were to say that the job success of graduates was the most important factor.
A prominent member of the open education movement, former Open University Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel, has criticised online education provider Coursera for not making its materials available under creative commons licensing.
Innovation is just beginning within the terrestrial college campus and I think the next opportunity lies in introductory courses. 101 courses are the building blocks upon which college students learn a new subject, discover interests, and set a course of study.
The MOOA idea was, of course, satire. However, I must report that two educational consultants contacted me to offer their services in bringing my MOOA to the market. Additionally, three separate reporters called to discuss the MOOA concept. When I explained that MOOA was a satire, one asked, "Are you sure?"
The latest edition of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s "Education at a Glance" report highlights the relationship between educational attainment and employment, finding that the gap in employment rates between those with high and low levels of education widened during the recession.