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Cost Disease

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.26.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

If higher education (like dentistry) are craft services where the efficiencies we've seen in factory production over the last century are not easily applied, what can explain the rapid rise in costs of these boutique industries since the 1980s?

Tuition Discounting

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Given the nature of averages, if some people are paying full retail then a lower average can only mean that others are paying much less. And the difference between sticker price and what people actually pay is referred to as "tuition discounting."

Blame the Schools!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

If you read enough books and articles, or watch enough news segments about why colleges cost so freaking much (and supposedly deliver little for the price), a consensus emerges that tends to include the following premises.

Why Does College Cost So Freaking Much?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I began to look into this question a bit more deeply, the answers and arguments I discovered seemed as uninformed or contradictory as those surrounding massive open learning.

EdTech abstraction: How a teacher becomes a venture capital investor

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

We frequently hear about teachers who are driven to start their own edtech companies after struggling to implement top-down technology initiatives in their classrooms. It is less common, however, for educators to graduate into the realm of venture capital investing.

Give Away $100k!

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

How would you like to help give away $100,000? It's not often that an opportunity like this comes your way. But thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Learning By Giving Foundation, we have one.

The Unmoved MOOCer

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

From the vantage point of someone who never budged from my cautious optimism over what MOOCs might eventually become, I'd like to point out that even if massive open courses have not made free learning for all available yesterday, they have raised the bar in online education.

Can iTunes U Unseat the MOOCs?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Given the roller coaster MOOCs been on over the last 18 months, it's probably time to stop thinking about them as some sort of gold standard for indep...

Confessions of a MOOC Addict

John Cook | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
John Cook

We live in an age of binge watching television. I confess, I'm no different. But rather than binge watching a whole season of Game of Thrones or Break...

Exploding MOOC Myths -- What We've Learned Half Way Through

Buck Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Buck Goldstein

How do you answer the questions of 34,000 students? Well you don't, but we've learned that the community that has formed around our MOOC creates a supportive and interactive learning experience for those students who want to raise their hand and get involved.

Higher Education Gets Another Online Challenger, as WEF Launches Its Own Web Courses

Pro Journo | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Pro Journo

While apprenticeships are one alternative to traditional schooling, online courses are potentially transformative for the higher education industry. In fact, the arrival of free online courses has already forced universities to re-evaluate their own models.

MOOCs: More Data, More Answers, More Questions

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

It is actually quite valuable to at least think about each course as a separate entity, rather than lump them (and every other massive online class) together under the label "MOOC," since (as the researchers themselves highlight), no two MOOCs are quite the same.

Where to Learn Free Online in 2014 (Infographic)

David Blake | Posted 01.10.2014 | Education
David Blake

The massive open online course (MOOC) movement continues to reach new heights. Worldwide, more than 10 million students have taken at least one MOOC -...

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

A MOOC BA? No Way!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

The reason a One Year MOOC BA could work while a One Year residential BA would not is because -- on average -- MOOC classes make fewer demands on students than do their residential equivalents.

Why Do Professors Spend Their Precious Time in Teaching MOOCs When They Are Not Getting Paid for That?

Quora | Posted 03.04.2014 | College
Quora

Some universities count Coursera teaching toward regular teaching obligations. In other words, the university pays the teacher to teach on Coursera. Why do this?

Hacking Homework

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

For students today have access to the world's greatest library -- the Internet -- on their hip at any given moment, meaning everything from guidance to "the answers" are always just a Google search away.

MOOCs and Lifelong Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

An argument asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating MOOCs that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and by implication well-off, middle-class) lifelong learners who already have so much.

A MOOC Thought Experiment

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

If reading had evolved so that it only ever took place on a computer screen, would we look at the book as some primitive artifact, or as a marvelous and superior technology to be celebrated for its high-resolution user interface, portability and convenience?

Define 'MOOC'

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

While it's tempting to just fall back on the acronym and say that if a course is massive, open and delivered online then it must be a MOOC, once you dig into the details, it turns out that each one of these words is either ambiguous or open to challenge.

The MOOC Backlash -- Udacity's Pivot

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Rather than cannibalizing the applicant pool, MOOCs are likely to end up just one of many alternatives for students looking to shorten their time in school or (more likely) place out of entry level courses.

MOOC Attrition Rates -- Running the Numbers

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Basing our denominator on enrollments assumes that everyone who hits the enroll button on a MOOC web page should be considered the equivalent of a college student who signs up to take a course at their university. But is that an appropriate assumption?

The MOOC Backlash -- A Response

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As a cautious enthusiast, I'm thrilled that people like Professor Meisenhelder are around to reinforce the important lesson that just because Tom Friedman says something (including the MOOC) is the unstoppable wave of the future does not necessarily make it so.

Why MOOCs May Still Be Silicon Valley's Next Grand Challenge

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Dr. Keith Devlin

The fact is, Silicon Valley has yet to come to terms with education. It's a massive, global market, but a notoriously complex one that is tricky to negotiate. A lot of what goes on in education is almost certainly not scalable.

As MOOCs Move Mainstream Universities Must Pay to Play

Buck Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Buck Goldstein

Like it or not, virtually every university is now considering whether to get serious about MOOCs and I can say from firsthand experience the cost of admission is higher than you might think.