Coming at you, live from Austin's SXSWedu. Some 5,000 educators and entrepreneurs have been buzzing around the Texas state capitol, talking technology and education.We're learning a lot--and still asking a lot of questions.
Public higher education is about to cross a historic threshold, in which students pay a higher percentage than do states of the operating costs of colleges.Net tuition revenue made up 47 percent of public colleges' educational costs in 2012, an increase of more than six percentage points from the previous year, according to an annual report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers.
The Education Industry Faces A Multi-Decade Peak Yahoo! Finance (blog) Higher education is perceived as extremely important, and for most people a college education has become the necessary admission ticket to good jobs and a middle-class lifestyle.
The discussion on the Business+MOOC: the Hangout video recording with its expert panel is a must see for individuals within organizations considering implementing a MOOC and/or wondering how it might fit in with the orgnization’s strategy.
The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is hosting a roundtable entitled "What's The Matter With MOOCs? A Critical Conversation." MOOCs (or Massively Open Online Courses) are large-scale online learning communities that charge no fee for classes, often have some form of assessment and certification, but do not offer college credit. The aim of this conversation is to raise questions and concerns that may have been ignored or swept aside in the current rush to MOOCs, both nationally and locally.
ED MAP, a provider of course materials management services, and AcademicPub have announced a partnership that will help faculty and institutions adopt, manage, and deliver high-quality, cost effective custom content.
Yet for all the buzz about MOOCs, it is likely that a fair number of presidents, provosts, board members, and others in and around higher education who retain some memory of the dot.com/dot.edu era also have a sense of what Yogi Berra once described as “déjà vu all over again”: We’ve been here before, and not all that long ago.
Creativity and innovation are driving significant growth in SXSWedu’s passionate audience of education stakeholders and practitioners. We look forward to seeing you at SXSWedu 2013, March 4-7 in Austin, Texas.
House Speaker Will Weatherford banged the opening gavel in the Florida House this morning, introducing the 60-day session with a speech heavily focused on education. He promised the continued “pursuit of a world-class, student-centered K-12 education system in Florida.” But he said attention must be paid to higher education as well, because “education solves problems that government cannot.” Weatherford encouraged lawmakers to break free from a “narrow vision that has encouraged a culture of mediocrity.”
The Lumina Foundation has unveiled the Next Generation Hub, a portal for the non-profit to share its efforts to improve access to information regarding college-going and access. The site aims to offer transparency for its ongoing and upcoming grants, initiatives, and partnerships to drive this mission. Findings from these projects will be shared on the site. From Sheri Ranis, Lumina's Program Director: "Much of what we’ve put together is basic information about conceptualizing and designing student supports with an eye to leveraging technology and attending to both customization and scale of services."
A number of higher education institutions across the United States have begun offering free courses online to capitalize on the growing popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). One institution, however, is taking a stand.
MOOCs are showing us something significant but unless we understand what it is they are showing us, attempts to replicate MOOCs will falter. Creating a MOOC is not easy. Nor is it easy to understand the general idea of “open learning,” the hallmark of MOOCs. In fact, the only way to understand MOOCs and much of what is going on in the general learning landscape today is by first understanding “open learning.”
For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in the MIT Media Lab Learning Creative Learning “MOOC.” All the session videos are available online, including a great discussion of Making & Constructionism.