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Open Access – Challenging Institutions

interesting essay — the opening

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution.

An argument that current box model of education cannot scale to meet demand:

Diana Laurillard actually answers the question in the same talk, the same paper, in which she proposes. The dilemma, she writes, “By 2015 there will be 53 million out of school and UNESCO estimates that we need 1.6 million teachers to achieve universal primary education.”  (UNESCO, 2014) That’s primary education. That’s not secondary. That’s not tertiary, primary.  I did a quick off the cuff calculation. At $50,000 or 25,000 pounds we would need an additional 80 billion dollars in salary a year not counting buildings, equipment, resources, et cetera, roughly 40 billion pounds.

and a very interesting challenge:

Let’s turn the question around. What is the problem for which colleges and universities are the answer?

 

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MOOCs Rising?

Three articles — focused on San Jose’s project to use MOOCs….

California State U. Will Experiment With Offering Credit for MOOCs

Courses in the pilot project are aimed at high-school students and students enrolled at community colleges in the state.

Faculty members will retain the intellectual-property rights to the course materials, said Ms. Junn.

Udacity’s Credit Path

The American Council on Education (ACE) said it would evaluate four Udacity courses, all of which are entry-level, for credit recommendations. And San Jose State University announced a deal to jointly offer three $150 courses with Udacity, in a trial run enrolling 300 students.

Davidson is gracious enough not to say so, but the dirty little secret we all know is that the massive lecture was only ever an economic expedient; it was never a particularly effective way to teach.  Replacing one economic expedient with another, more effective one hardly constitutes an outrage.  

Turning In To the Skid

Davidson is gracious enough not to say so, but the dirty little secret we all know is that the massive lecture was only ever an economic expedient; it was never a particularly effective way to teach.  Replacing one economic expedient with another, more effective one hardly constitutes an outrage.

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Creating relevant learning opportunities – Market tips to consider

The trouble with business books is that they don’t update in real time.

David Rowan writes in GQ.com on Ten Key trends in Digital Tech.  Topics spur interesting thoughts regarding the need to redesign post-secondary, and perhaps secondary, education.

 

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Learning to Manage Education – Business experience applied

Washington Post article discusses number of school districts sending employees to Disney University to learn how to motivate staff.  Other systems engage businesses in an advisory fashion.  Bottom line – the fundamentals of sound management can work within an educational context – provided adjustments are made to fit the context.

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Measuring Higher Ed Performance

The next wave of high ed transformation (previous wave involved public defunding).  Texas has some good ideas.  The highlights of their proposal to improve performance (along with metrics).  Metrics proposed seem to be fixed to task completion, goal attainment.

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