OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Trustees at Wesleyan University, where I am president, have for years been singing the siren’s song to professors about the benefits of online teaching, and usually the answer they get is: “It just doesn’t work.” Related: How do you manage college online — quarantined with eight people?

Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?” As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent.

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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

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Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall.

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Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Edsurge

Online to the Rescue As an online dean, over two decades my philosophical position was that there should be no difference between virtual and face-to-face education. To avoid establishing an academic class system, with online the bargain-basement poor cousin of the superior designer model on campus, colleges must set the same price, too. In my new book, Going Online , I argued: “By and large, colleges and universities charge the same tuition on campus and online.

Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

MindShift

For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low. Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

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That’s one question we had for Kevin deLaplante, who did just that when he left Iowa State University in 2015 to focus on running his Argument Ninja Podcast and teaching courses on his online Critical Thinker Academy , both aimed at bringing concepts from his scholarship to a popular audience. So we also asked deLaplante what he thinks about the broader landscape of online education that he’s part of. EdSurge: What got you started making online courses on your own?

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The future of classrooms

Learning with 'e's

This is the fourth blog post in my series on the future of learning and technology. Cuban believes that the digitisation of texts (books, encyclopedias and other paper based knowledge) will take hold and become an important trend. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Beyond Videos: 4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Craft Immersive Educational Media

Edsurge

As online learning companies compete for the attention and wallets of learners, players like MasterClass , Linked Learning , Cognotion and Harvard are investing in producing videos that are so beautiful they could be National Geographic documentaries or sitcom pilots. Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. They tap into the power of narrative to make learning sticky.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

MOOC uses new AP Physics curriculum, could aid both students and teachers. I think it will be a great experience for current AP physics students, or anyone who wants to learn physics without a background in calculus.”. “This isn’t a typical MOOC.

Remote Learning Begs the Question: Must Lectures Be So Long?

Edsurge

With some schools already announcing they will not reopen normally in the fall, and many others considering their options , educators are hoping to take advantage of the summer to improve on this spring’s sink-or-swim plunge into distance learning. Many things did not translate well online.

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. MOOCs. OER and open books. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems.

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How Online Education Went from Teaching Reform to Economic Necessity for Colleges

Edsurge

When the Sloan Foundation had the bright idea to stimulate digital education at the nation’s colleges and universities a quarter of a century ago, it christened online learning as “asynchronous learning networks,” an eccentric name for what is now known simply as online learning.

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Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 2

Bryan Alexander

” Here DeMillo carries on his account of the MOOC story which he launched in chapter 1. This chapter takes us from 2012 through 2013, following the expansion of MOOCs across American research-1 institutions and the breakout of Coursera, edX, and Udacity.

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The design and future of open education: Curtis Bonk on Future Trends Forum

Bryan Alexander

“We are in the learning century!” Curt began by describing the use of MOOCs for faculty and staff development, with examples such as a University of London effort. In fact, open MOOCs can work for any population, esp. It’s about self-motivated learning.

10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

My field was ArtificialIntelligence , but I started experimenting with online tutor groups, producing web pages, etc and migrated into educational technology (as many people did). blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

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Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late.

?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Edsurge

Ahearn, an online learning manager for +Acumen, shares eight lessons learned about the field with a starter kit of what every hopeful instructional designer should know. Coursera to Charge Fees for Previously Free Courses Once hailed as a portal for free learning materials, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, Coursera announced this year plans to charge if learners want to submit assignments to be graded for certain courses.

A trend to watch: teaching classes from one campus to another

Bryan Alexander

How can colleges and universities share courses online? The answer has been “yes” for some years, and I’m not talking about MOOCs or University of Phoenix. Subjects included Byzantine art, the history of the book, topics on the American Civil War, and more.

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Warpping up Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education

Bryan Alexander

The book concludes with an epilogue, and I wanted to touch on it before adding some summative comments. It describes a meeting of MOOC evangelists, several university leaders, and the press at the Carnegie Corporation’s offices. [T]he This is an unpredictable book.

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Revolutions in higher education: Future Trends Forum #2 notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

We discussed Rich’s recent book, which we’ve been reading for months, anchored on these blog posts. Revolution sees 2012 as a critical year (“the Magic Year”) when forces really came together, including, but not limited to, MOOCs.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But they can also be creating learning apps, museum exhibits, or the latest educational toy. Share what you learned.

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Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Emerging Technology," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.

Lessons from Boise: What colleges can teach us about fostering innovation

Perry Hewitt

Exposed to new concepts, people, and settings, students are in a learning mindset and readily apply their minds to solving problems on campus, locally, and even globally. Build on the learning mindset?—?not Enable and reward cross-disciplinary learning.

Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 7, “Pyramids”

Bryan Alexander

There’s an interesting criticism of online learning in this context, as DeMillo damns institutions for offering distance learning programs instead of changing up their strategy and operations.

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Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

In the book’s first half McGee does a great job of exploring transformative forces in economics, demographics, and culture. Expanding the student-teacher ratio (139) could be done with enrollment growth, except the book rules that out, suggesting fewer faculty members.

Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

In the book’s first half McGee does a great job of exploring transformative forces in economics, demographics, and culture. Expanding the student-teacher ratio (139) could be done with enrollment growth, except the book rules that out, suggesting fewer faculty members.

Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 4

Bryan Alexander

” Here DeMillo changes tack from neuroscience (chapter 3) and returns to technology, but not very much to MOOCs. The focus now is technology for personalized learning, including data analytics.

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Building Skills, Inspiring Students through Hands-on Technology – Troy Smith, New Zealand

Daily Edventures

” Smith and his students have been building and programming robots by learning software and hardware development skills. “Inspiring one to learn and achieve, whatever that may be, is the best reward. Favorite book: I, Cyborg by Kevin Warwick.

10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016

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But that hasn’t stopped us from asking a number of experts in education and technology to gaze into their crystal balls and share their thoughts on one major EdTech trend we can expect to see lighting up learning and one major challenge that education will face in 2016. I believe more schools worldwide will find the funds and way to have their students learn with technology. What is also interesting is the use of platforms which allow for complete online delivery.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

This practice is not necessarily radical,not disruptive, but should be part of the fabric of how we teach and learn now. Users had to learn a galaxy of technologies (DNS, FTP, etc). For more background on containers Jim recommended Marc Levinson’s book The Box (2006).

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

This practice is not necessarily radical,not disruptive, but should be part of the fabric of how we teach and learn now. Users had to learn a galaxy of technologies (DNS, FTP, etc). For more background on containers Jim recommended Marc Levinson’s book The Box (2006).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

That series isn’t going to be much of one this year… And frankly, this Friday thing is going to be paused for the duration of Teaching Machines book-writing, starting quite soon. Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more data about online education down in the “research” section at the bottom.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”)