Educational Technology in Higher Education
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Online learning in 2012: a retrospective

Online learning in 2012: a retrospective | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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Research and development in online learning from the Open University of Catalonia

Research and development in online learning from the Open University of Catalonia | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago I visited two open universities (the UK OU and the Open University of Catalonia) and a research lab of the Institute of Education at the University of London. Full reports of the visits will be appearing later this month on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty and Instructors managed by Contact North. These reports are looked at from the perspective of key ‘game-changers’ in online learning, and provide an overall picture of each institution.

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Emerging business models for MOOCs

Emerging business models for MOOCs | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Indeed, all a company like Desire2Learn or Blackboard needs to do is set up a portal of online courses available for free from existing universities already using their LMS for fully online credit course delivery (with the institution’s agreement of course). Instructure’s Canvas Network already does this and already has ‘open’ courses from several universities (University of Central Florida, Ball State, Brown, Utah State and the University of Utah are just examples)

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Update on the free University of the People

Update on the free University of the People | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Report on the current state of the free University of the People:

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The impact of online learning on the future of higher education: a response to the study from the Pew Research Centre

The impact of online learning on the future of higher education: a response to the study from the Pew Research Centre | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This is a Delphi-style study where over 1,000 ‘experts’ in the USA were asked to choose one of two possible scenarios that describe the likely impact of the Internet on the higher education system, and then provide comments or a rationale for their choice (see the full report for more details on the methodology).

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E-portfolios, Sakai, and ‘new paradigms’

E-portfolios, Sakai, and ‘new paradigms’ | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In this article, Batson argues that Sakai’s OAE (Open Academic Environment – formerly Sakai 3) reflects a new paradigm of online learning, moving from an instructor-led to a learner-led environment based around its e-portfolio capability.

However, surely this will depend on how instructors choose to use it? A true learner-focused environment is likely to include more than one proprietary set of tools. See ‘Designing online learning for the 21st century‘ for an alternative view.

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E-learning in 2011: a retrospective

E-learning in 2011: a retrospective | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

‘That was the year that was, it’s over, let it go…’, as the old song says. But before it does go, let’s look back and see what happened in the world of e-learning in 2011.
First, a disclaimer. I sit here on the edge of the world, in my little office, and although I make the occasional sally into an institution of higher education, I see only a tiny fraction of what is actually going on around the world. No-one is more conscious of the problem of defining ‘reality’ as I am, especially in such a dynamic world as e-learning, where rhetoric is often far distanced from actual practice. So, no, this is not a scientific review of the year, but a personal view of events that seem significant to me looking back. (I will be doing an outlook for 2012 early in the year).

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An archive of alI I know about online learning

An archive of alI I know about online learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

As I said at the end of the conference, I’ve dumped all my knowledge on the table, so if you can stand the irony of nearly two hours lecturing about the need for better management and more interactive learning, you can scrape up my knowledge by going to the COHERE website.

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Is prior learning assessment coming of age?

Is prior learning assessment coming of age? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This excellent article discusses new developments in prior learning assessment: ‘The granting of college credit for learning that occurs outside of the academic setting’
There are several factors that are driving a renewed interest in prior learning assessment, which has been around for many years:

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Are public universities and colleges the ‘sleeping giants’ of online learning?

Are public universities and colleges the ‘sleeping giants’ of online learning? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting report comparing growth of online enrollments between the for-profits (e.g. University of Phoenix) and not-for profit (private and public universities) in the USA.

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My summer paranoia: computers will replace teachers in higher education

My summer paranoia: computers will replace teachers in higher education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

I had a strange dream last night. I was in discussion with an editor from a publishing company about the draft of a new book I was writing. As in all dreams it wasn’t clear what was going on in the discussion but then I realised he wanted me to change what I was writing to make the case that computers can replace teachers in higher education. He told me that his CEO and a number of CEOs from other companies all thought this was the right way to go, and were trying to influence the market to accept this. I was so upset that I woke with a start.

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“What should we do about MOOCs?” – the Board of Governors discusses

“What should we do about MOOCs?” – the Board of Governors discusses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

By accident, a microphone was left switched on at a medium sized state university’s Board of Governors meeting last week. In the best tradition of WikiLeaks, I am pleased to share a transcript with you.

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Another step towards open-ness from Stanford professors – but not the university

Another step towards open-ness from Stanford professors – but not the university | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In my retrospective for e-learning in 2011, I complained that merely making content open to the public did not open access to students wanting qualifications from prestigious institutions. In fairness, I should have mentioned the MOOC on artificial intelligence by Stanford professors Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun. As Kolowich reports:

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