Ignore the misleading headline. Six pundits offer creative ways to improve the quality of learning. Interesting stuff.
Jon Marcus suggests that MOOCs need to make a greater commitment to measuring learning outcomes. We couldn’t agree more.
Excerpt: “There’s just one hitch: Amid all this rush, no one really knows yet how much people learn in a MOOC. What research does exist shows that the success rate of online education, in general, is poor. And one high-profile experiment with MOOC-style teaching, in particular, has ended in disappointment.”
I never quite understood the assumptions behind this initiative. A review of the experiences of other institutions might have been helpful.
“We spent a lot of money and got extremely little in return,” said Jose Wudka, a physics professor at UC-Riverside who previously chaired the Systemwide Committee on Educational Policy of the Academic Senate, which represents faculty in the UC System.”
“The project, which cost $7 million to set up at a time when the state was cutting higher-education funding, aspired to let students take courses across campuses. A UCLA student, for example, would be able to take a UC-Irvine class online.”
Intellectual property was always a lawyer’s dream – lots of grey areas. But with the expansion of formats, devices, and sharing models, it’s become a nightmare.
Excerpt: “Ohio State University is assuring its professors that their scholarly works — books, articles, software and other works that can be copyrighted — belong to them.”
“That’s the arrangement that had been in place for years. But a policy proposed last month stoked fears that the university was trying to take control of those works. Some professors threatened to quit if it was approved.”
Another interesting report from Tyton Partners. (Something in the water in Boston.): adult learners and learning technology.
Excerpt: “But a major segment of the student population has largely been left out of the innovation surge — adult students lacking basic math and literacy skills. According to a new report by education consulting firm Tyton Partners, there is demand for instructional technologies in this sector but very little supply.”
We’d need to be living under a rock for the past week to miss this news item: Linked In purchases Lynda.com for 1.5 billion USD.
If you’ve attended an education technology related conference in the last year you’ve probably noticed that Lynda.com is trying to sell its growing line-up of online, life-long learning courses to colleges and universities. This deal with Linked In is interesting on a number of levels, not the least of which is the connection between the growth of public portfolio’s (like Linked In) and certification of learning.