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Workplace Moneyball -- Your Best Players Aren't Who You Think They Should Be

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

What I am saying is it is time to bring the same level of focused attention to these adults as we do to our traditional coming-of-age students.

What's The Value Of A College Degree?

William Eger | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
William Eger

For MOOCs to seriously challenge traditional universities (not just the online lecture circuit) they need to offer an enticing reward to push students through the drudgery.

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 09.30.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Prospective online students often ask us is "How do I know if I'm ready for an online course?" For adult students who may be juggling full-time jobs, families or other obligations the answer almost always involves time commitment.

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...

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.

Top Learning Tools for the 21st Century Student

Zev Gotkin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Zev Gotkin

To survive in today's workplace, students need a unique skill set that oftentimes can't be acquired in a traditional, brick and mortar classroom. For many, online education is becoming the most affordable and convenient alternative.

Online Higher Ed's Profit Potential Aids in Driving Push Toward 'Innovation'

Susan Meisenhelder | Posted 03.19.2014 | College
Susan Meisenhelder

Before falling for glittery corporate discourse about the glory of online higher education, more analysis of profit potential and the true motivation behind this sector is not just needed but critical. The future of higher education, and taxpayer dollars, depend on it.

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.

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.

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.

Will Residential College Share the Print Media's Fate?

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
W. Kent Barnds

Historically, we've taken for granted that prospective students know and value that experience. This may have been a mistake the print media made when they thought their subscribers would always want the feel of newsprint on their fingertips.

The Truth About MOOCs

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

Our students need both a good liberal arts education and the foundation to develop core competencies in liberal arts graduates. Moreover, we as educators need a way to measure core competencies in the liberal arts field.

The Future of Higher Education

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

So, what will education look like ten years from now? I highly doubt that higher education will lose the need for a physical place, the actual campus, with faculty and staff who interact with students in classes and on a person-to-person basis. However, how we teach will change, even more than it has to date.

The Next Online Challenge: ‘Virtualizing' the College Experience

Bernie Machen | Posted 10.02.2013 | College
Bernie Machen

With bricks-and-mortar universities such as my own ramping up online degrees for undergraduates, we face another question crucial to their success: Is it possible to recreate the college experience virtually?

What's a MOOC Worth?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.04.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

If people are willing to pay $2,000 or more per credit when a course is taken within a degree-granting institution, but less than 5 percent of that for the same course stands alone, that's a pretty strong indication of where the value in the college course truly lies.

Should There Be A Common Marketplace For Online Ed?

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 06.11.2013 | College

A proposed compact among the states unveiled by educational organizations and state officials Thursday would create a kind of common market for online...

Back to School: My One Year BA Project

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.08.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

I decided to go back to school this year, although rather than travel the well-trodden path of specialization by obtaining a graduate degree, I decided it was time to re-do my undergraduate BA, this time taking all the courses I never got around to the first time around.

Academic Memories as Milestones

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 04.26.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

College is not just an information dump; it provides experiences that give context, opportunities and a purpose to the knowledge gained.

Distance Learning Can Augment But Not Replace Experiential Learning

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.13.2013 | College
Steven Cohen

The ongoing discussions of distance learning are gaining in intensity, and I see a few signs that the sophistication of the discussion is growing. Distance learning is being presented as a low-cost way to disseminate information around the globe.