Posts Tagged: MOOC

Trends

Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: February 20, 2013

Oxford Blocks Google Docs This week, the University of Oxford took the extreme action of blocking access to Google Docs, due to security concerns. The block lasted two and a half hours because “the impact on legitimate business was greater than anticipated, in part owing to the tight integration of Google Docs into other Google… Read more »

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Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: February 13, 2013

Edwin Mellen Press Lawsuit This week Inside Higher Ed broke the story on Edwin Mellen Press suing a librarian and McMaster University over a blog post. Is this an attack on academic freedom? What questions does it raise for librarians expressing their opinions as professionals? It’s been a developing story all week and one we’ll… Read more »

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Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: February 6th, 2013

Bill of Rights for Online Learners Stakeholders in educational technology drafted a Bill of Rights for online learners, which then drew criticism from other stakeholders as published in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. That criticism prompted a thoughtful rebuttal from Cathy Davidson. As MOOC companies become more entwined with higher education, expect greater calls for… Read more »

Higher Education

One Stop Shopping for MOOC’s

We know how to operate in different timezones. Set a clock, add or subtract X amount of hours from your local time and do business. But what about different speedzones? For higher education, time moves at a different speed. There is the academic year. Committees meet, discuss, and plan. Votes occur. Action is slow to… Read more »

Higher Education

Coursera Starts Career Services

Who cares about accreditation if you can connect students with employers? This afternoon, Coursera launched career services, “with the goal of helping Coursera students find great jobs.” It’s an opt-in service for registered students. Once logged in, students can list their status from “actively looking for a position,” “not looking, but open to hearing about possibilities,” to… Read more »

Higher Education

One Flew Over the MOOC-oo’s Nest

“If you don’t watch it people will force you one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do, or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.” ― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest This is a story about failure. It’s a story about learning and… Read more »

Education

Learning More about the Saylor Foundation

In the last six months the buzz has been about Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, and edX, but what about the Saylor Foundation? If you want to learn more about the Saylor Foundation and the story behind the non-profit, check out “A Dot-Com Entrepreneur’s Wild Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero” published in the Chronicle of… Read more »

Education

Geography Intrudes

Marketplace recently did a story on massive online courses – nothing too earth shattering, but it did draw attention to the fact that some of the biggest players are for-profit companies. Companies that, in some cases, didn’t seem to have much of a model for making money. But in the story two possible avenues are… Read more »

Education

Building the perfect MOOC

As proof that the idea of online education is (one might say ‘finally’) gaining traction in many disparate fields, a recent episode of Econtalk discussed the topic: Arnold Kling, economist and teacher, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about recent technological innovations in education and Kling’s forecast for their impact on learning and how they… Read more »

Education

Google Course Builder

Is it too soon to call 2012 the year of the MOOC?* In case you don’t want to be left out of the MOOC craze sweeping academia, maybe you should start your own MOOC. Sounds great, but where to start? Last month Google quietly released Google Course Builder for anyone to use. For more information,… Read more »