A desire to help people of all ages, particularly K12 students, better understand engineering led me to develop a massive open online course, or MOOC. MOOCs are online courses offered by universities for free to the public.
In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the world.
Pursuing a liberal education can be challenging, fun, even exciting and bring with it lifelong benefits. Zakaria's refreshing book is a call for reflection and fresh thinking that hopefully opens the door to a thoughtful, wide-ranging debate on this important subject.
MOOIs (Massive Open Online Interventions) are mental health and substance abuse interventions, scientifically validated and available online to unlimited numbers of consumers. As with MOOCs, most of these consumers can be expected to drop out, but some will stay -- and get well.
Stepping back, what are we learning? We see that the emerging 21st-century model of higher education is an inversion of the 20th-century model in that it places the learner in the driver's seat of personal, relational, and institutional renewal.
Tife Odumosu didn't sit down and immediately draw the perfect cartoon. He started drawing and iterated into his more finalized sketch. Some strokes of his pencil improved his work and others did not. Is this failure? I don't think so.
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.
Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.
It was an up and down year for higher education, as each of these matters took a turn atop the 24-hour news cycle. While I am not particularly nostalgic, I'd like to review some of the highlights -- and lowlights -- of 2014...
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.
So, one day in April, I was surfing Coursera, which is one of my most favorite websites ever, and, suddenly, a brilliant title caught my eye: "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies."
The question, in the end, is not whether or not MOOCs are effective teaching tools, but whether or not they can contribute to learning. While this may seem like a minor distinction, it places the responsibility on the learner and the learning context, not on the MOOC.
Lyubomir Hristev, 24, works at a marketing agency in Sofia, Bulgaria, and sports a neatly cropped black goatee. Tech savvy, creative, bursting with ideas, Hristev hails from a new generation of entrepreneurial Bulgarians.
Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at higher education today, especially the vertiginously escalating tuition costs and the consequences of those costs, from crushing debt burdens on young graduates to the compromises schools make to attract students who are able to pay full price.
Let us be unequivocal in stating how dangerous it is to think that you have ever finished learning. If you believe that after college, that section on your resume labeled "Education" will be checked off forever, you're wrong.