Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution

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MOOCs are great ideas, but assessment and feedback loops and certification are among the many issues holding them back. Comparing an unsupported MOOC from 2008 to an in-person college experience isn’t apples to apples.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning


He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. The value of a traditional bachelor’s degree has come under fire, as students are supplementing and customizing their education with alternative options like MOOCs, programming bootcamps and nanodegree programs.

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Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn, for example, predicted in their 2008 book Disrupting Class that by 2019 half of all high school classes would be taught via the Internet. And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables. Vive la MOOC Révolution.


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” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” MOOCs are out. “ Big data could solve the college-dropout problem ,” says The Washington Post. Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Higher Ed Inflation Hits Highest Level Since 2008.” (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Iowa City Press-Citizen : “ Iowa families foregoing classroom for virtual school.” Acumen “senior innovation associate” writes about +Acumen in Edsurge : “The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates ? The suit against the for-profit chain and its American InterContinental University was originally filed in 2008.” Education Politics.