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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.

Institutions Need to Manage Change to Ensure Future Success

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. William J. Carroll

There once was a time when students attended a particular university to study under a particular scholar. This hearkens back to a long ago time when teachers were itinerant with their students in tow. Those times are no more.

Online Ed -- Getting it Right

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

A lot is being written and said about online education these days, and liberal arts and sciences institutions should pay close attention. Most univer...

Reporting Back from MOOC-Landia

Bruce W. Jentleson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Bruce W. Jentleson

While all these help supplementally with direct interactions, most of the format still is non-synchronous. I record lectures (short ones, 4-6 per week constituting a unit), they watch and listen. More interactivity would be beneficial all around.

A Yelp for Online Learning?

David Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Blake

It's that time again when colleges and universities report their admissions statistics, graduation rates and other numbers, and groups compile and analyze those statistics to rank our nation's top higher education institutions

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.

Can MOOCs Revolutionize the College Transcript?

David Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Blake

The traditional college transcript is particularly unsuited for this task. It lists the courses completed and how people performed. But it says little about what someone actually learned or what a person knows.

Can MOOCs Cure Homelessness?

David Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Blake

It seems that a start-up founder's decision to offer a homeless man a laptop and coding classes, instead of $100 cash, has paid off. About a month ag...

The Humbling (at First) Experience of Teaching Online

Melora Sundt | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Melora Sundt

At the dawn of the Internet Age, we could not have imagined that in two short decades, one-third of all students enrolled in higher education would take at least one course online. In 2011, that was six million students, and a 10 percent increase over the year before.

Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Michelle Chen

As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expen...

Learning And Understanding: The Power of The Residential University

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

The din of voices clamoring for educational reform, including President Obama's, has threatened to drown out attention to what should be a key driver of our national educational policy. How do we ensure that college graduates in this country have a fundamental understanding of how society works -- how the complex pieces of our social order fit together?

Entrepreneurship Can Empower Foster Youth to Beat the Odds

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

In normal day-to-day life, U.S. (and international) foster kids are just trying to survive, but they must learn how to thrive in order to beat the odds. I believe learning entrepreneurship can help foster youth become successful, productive citizens.

MOOCs: Can They Produce the Next Einstein?

Svetlana Dotsenko | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Svetlana Dotsenko

Growing proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is having a profound (if not fully understood) effect on education. MOOCs, compared to tr...

MOOC-ing About in High Tech Ed and High End Global Dialogue

Bruce W. Jentleson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Bruce W. Jentleson

I believe that online education can and should have more of a role in university degree programs, but how to optimally do so needs to be carefully thought through.

Taking the Board to School on Educational Technology

Richard D. Legon | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Richard D. Legon

Most college and university governing board members are between 50 and 69 years old and are not digital natives, yet these leaders are responsible, along with their presidents, for answering important questions on educational technology.

F.D.A. -- The Future of Higher Education

Dr. John Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. John Jackson

From that book, and from my other readings, interactions and personal reflection, I have come to believe that the future of higher education is F.D.A.: Flexible -- Distributed -- Affordable

Is DIY Neuroscience the Future of Education?

Maude Standish | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maude Standish

Though online courses have existed for some time, recently they have become more broadly accepted by students as a reputable way to learn.

The Value of Deliberate Practice in Online Learning

Daniel DiPiazza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Daniel DiPiazza

Over the past 3 years, a new wave of online education start-ups and MOOCs has grown in large part due to a specific focus on integrated, deliberate practice as a core part of the curriculum.

Big Ideas Don't Just Come From the University

David Blake | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
David Blake

Many of the world's great ideas came from learning on one's own, without a professor lecturing at you or having to take an exam. Some of the most infl...

Whom Do You Trust

Victor Dorff | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Victor Dorff

As the day approaches when degrees can be earned through massive open online courses (MOOCs), internet technology offers an increasing opportunity to get a diploma dishonestly.

What Kind of Race Will You Run?

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Wendy B. Libby

How did we end up celebrating when so many other institutions are cutting back? When headlines and the government proclaim that our non-MOOC business model -- students living on campus and interacting with professors and peers in liberal arts classrooms with low faculty-student ratios -- is broken?

Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery

William Astore | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology
William Astore

Today's students don't need more technology; they don't need more PowerPoint and computer-based learning platforms. What they need are enthusiastic and talented and creative teachers and professors who see education not as a job but as a calling.

Much aMOOC About Nothing?

John T. Delaney | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
John T. Delaney

The real reform to higher education is going to occur as the balance between in-person and technology-enhanced education is refined. Successful MOOCs will demonstrate where such refinement is occurring.

Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs -- Free Online University Courses

Owen Youngman | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Owen Youngman

I'm the professor, and my virtual classroom has more than 40,000 students enrolled.

Traditional Liberal Arts Colleges: It's Time to Join The MOOC Conversation

Kevin Burke | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Kevin Burke

Last December, Wellesley College announced its first course offerings with edX, making it the first liberal arts college to offer MOOCs. Will other small institutions join the conversation?