In its second semester, edX expands its online courses to a variety of subjects ranging from the ancient Greek hero to the riddle of world poverty, all taught by experts at some of the world’s leading universities. EdX is also bringing back several courses from its popular offerings in the fall semester.
there’s assessment. This is harder to scale. It’s only a little harder if you’re content with multiple choice questions, moderately harder if you want to see students actually solve problems that have cut-and-dry right answers, and a lot harder if you’re trying to assess the student’s thought process and writing skills. xMOOCs are definitely doing assessment. There’s an open question about how well they are doing assessment—I think it varies from subject to subject and class to class—but they are doing it.
Given the abundance of open education initiatives that aim to make educational assets freely available online, the time seems ripe to explore the potential of open education to transform the economics and ecology of education.
A highly recommended read for those interested in assessing OERs. While OER and Open Courseware have become useful supplementary materials for IHEs students and informal learners, up until now, the vast majority of course materials published as OER online has specifically excluded the option of recognizing such learning. The needs of learners who wish to have formal, quality controlled, transferable recognition of their knowledge and skills for a use within formal education or the employment market has not much been addressed. This book by Anthony F. Camilleri, Anne-Christin Tannhäuser, published by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning addresses interesting points.
After two years of growth in both English and foreign language faculty positions, English jobs are harder to find this year while foreign language jobs continue to grow, according to Modern Language Association data released Thursday.
Three-year bachelor’s degree programs are gaining popularity as many students look for ways to enter the workforce faster. Though these programs are common in Europe and Canada, condensed programs are now attracting greater interest in the United States as students and education providers realize the unique benefits.
While MOOCs have captured the media attention, it’s the other, less-glamorous stories–things like accreditation and remediation–that will really make the difference. As Dawson predicts, “Online higher education 10 years from now (or even two), may have leapt past MOOCs and could look very different from what we conceive of today.”
A bubble is inflating, one that experts predict will be worse than the housing bubble. Those who can’t afford to contribute thousands to the trillion dollar student deficit are starting their own businesses instead. As costs rise, people are questioning the value of school. Is it the right place to get an education? Not likely.
Hybrid Pedagogy, an online journal of teaching and technology, has announced it will host its second MOOC MOOC on the Canvas Network by Instructure, starting January 6, 2013. The course is open to the public and is currently accepting enrollments at MOOC MOOC course page. “Our goal with this second MOOC MOOC is to work even deeper into the ideas behind MOOCs. We’re not yet satisfied that MOOCs are a solution to the current educational crisis, but they may point the way to something very interesting indeed,” said Sean Morris, director of educational outreach at Hybrid Pedagogy. “We’re hosting the course on the Canvas Network because it allows us the flexibility to design the learning experience in a way that is meaningful to us.”
In his signature visual style, Sal Khan sketches a plan for how digital learning tools can make room for teachers and students to embrace more real-life creative learning experiences, and how Khan Academy and the Discovery Lab summer camp fit into...
In the ninth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker predict how blended learning programs will evolve in 2013.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
"In the year ahead we will see more public schools adopt blended learning, meaning online learning in physical schools. Blended learning is no longer entirely new or untried, and school leaders are hungry for a way to do more with less. Below are 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013."
This was an extraordinary year in the education sector providing bloggers and journalists with much content to write about: ed-tech start-ups, big data, open courses attracting thousands of students and even some institutional drama in the mix.