I’ve had an enjoyable break from Twitter over the Christmas break. But having switched on the computer on New Year’s Day I came across this thought-provoking video from Seth Godin in which he outlines the reforms he believes are needed for compulsory and post-compulsory education. In questioning the fundamental philosophy which informs current approaches to … More A New Year’s Day educational message from Seth Godin
What is the purpose of Higher Education? I don’t pretend to have the answer – after all, it isn’t a simple question. But having read George Siemens’ recent assessment of the debate around MOOCs it strikes me that the unwillingness of Higher Education to respond to the networked environment is at the heart of its … More Higher Education, MOOCs and global fluency
Just came across an interesting post on Edudemic explaining how competency based learning (CBL) works. Essentially, a CBL-based curriculum requires students to demonstrate competency in the required areas of learning regardless of the amount of time spent on a given task. This means that students can determine their own rate of progress, moving rapidly through … More Could Competency Based Learning give MOOCs longevity?
This article first appeared on the International Mircosummits website. MOOCs? Bit of a fad, aren’t they? We’ll probably be talking about something else this time next year. Or will we? The continual appearance of new MOOCs and growth of platforms such as Cousera and Udacity suggests that they might be around for some time to … More Massive Opportunity Of Course: transforming global learning with MOOCs
There has been much discussion in recent months about the impact of MOOCs and online courses on the traditional model of Higher Education. Coursera, an online platform where you can take a range of online courses for free, has caused much hand-wringing about the future of the university in an increasingly online world. But this … More Truly awesome: Daphne Koller explains Coursera
This excellent blog post by David Hopkins provides a useful summary of the activity in the short #edcmooc currently being run by Coursera and the University of Edinburgh. David also draws attention to the near-future of education and technology and provides a useful critique of ‘utopian / dystopian’ discourse (Hand and Sandwell, 2002) and provides … More e-Learning and Digital Cultures
An interesting discussion from the recent TIME conference on the future of Higher Education – this particular clip explores the impact of MOOCs on HE delivery: http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1
Our institution (as I suspect do many others) has a love/hate relationship with Blackboard. Two years ago we had almost no engagement, now we have over 75% of courses using it to some degree to support student learning. Tutors have begun to love it a bit more, students have begun hating it a bit less. … More Why, Blackboard, why?
A presentation by George Siemens, Feb 29th 2012 Open Online Courses as New Educative Practice View more PowerPoint from gsiemens