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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.

Degrees à la Carte: Higher Education in 2014

David Blake | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
David Blake

Education is becoming more modular, and going forward, the focus will be on adapting our education systems to the new reality in which students develop valuable knowledge and skills in many different learning environments.

What Changed in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The institutions of higher education should realize that the 20th Century system that consolidated all academic functions under one roof is being challenged by new technologies and new structures.

MOOCs Provide Unprecedented Insight Into How Students Learn

Craig Weidemann | Posted 02.17.2014 | College
Craig Weidemann

Likely somewhere between the frenzy over their launch and the inevitable deflation of expectations lies the value.

The Global Race for Online Learning: How Does America Compare?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The U.S. is the leader in online learning due in part to our widespread access to broadband Internet and how common it is in households and schools. Other nations are racing to catch up, though.

An eLearning Revolution Is Starting In Rural Africa

Stephan Spencer | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Stephan Spencer

Meet Elizabeth, a twelve-year-old who walked over 10 kilometers to school and back every day. Despite her class being crowded -- sometimes with 75 children for each teacher -- she was lucky to receive an education at all.

The Long View: A New Way to Invite Change

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Dr. Mika Nash

When we approach change with the faith that dialogue will shift culture toward reflection, we are more likely to make changes that will organically work their way into the experience we offer faculty and students.

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.

The Promising Future of Virtual spEd

Allison Hertog | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

More and more, parents whose kids don't fit the cookie cutter mold of their neighborhood school are increasingly interested in the option of high-quality education online -- even if it means missing teacher-led instruction.

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.

The Global Search for Education: Change Leaders -- Leon Botstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

In the traditionally conservative world of academia, Leon Botstein is unafraid to challenge the status quo. His most recent cause du jour is of course the new Bard College admissions exam.

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...

Is Online Learning Transforming Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

It is ironic -- and troubling -- that those technological advances haven't permeated the one sector that is most crucial to preparing our citizens for the challenges and opportunities of this knowledge society.

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Canada

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Students needed to be three things: engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and they needed to have an entrepreneurial spirit. What role has technology played in helping educators achieve these goals?

The Life Out Loud: Listening to the Wisdom of Our Elders

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
MeiMei Fox

We need to listen to the surviving first cultures. They are a vehicle for connecting modern humanity to nature and wisdom.

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

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Australia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Teachers are reporting increased motivation by students when they are involved in digital learning, and our preliminary research shows that this inc...

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Singapore

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"In Singapore, one of the main impacts of technology is a shift in the mindset of educators to discover how curriculum and the teaching environment c...

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.

The Global Search For Education: Got Tech? United States

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

In the future, will students still attend "schools" or will they be called "blended learning schools" that combine brick-and-mortar buildings with online learning?

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.