Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms Educause Review Online
Having exposed MOOCs as a "sham," hardline critics feel vindicated in their repudiation of online education for the masses as a failed and discredited experiment. Even Forbes declared that MOOCs are "yesterday's news". So, has the notion of a MOOC-based education finally reached a dead end?
Well, not so fast. A victory dance on the grave of MOOCs and similar disruptions to location-dependent learning is premature. Four drivers of change will continue to pose a serious challenge to the status quo.
These four trends – MOOC-based degrees, competency-based education, the formalization of learning, and regulatory reform – are shifting educational practice away from core tenets of traditional education, indicating not a transient phenomenon but rather a fundamental change to the status quo.
Palabras Clave: Tendencias educativas, aprendizaje basado en competencias, MOOC
What We Can Learn from Unsuccessful Online Students Faculty Focus
It is well-known that online course completion rates tend to be lower than those for traditional classes. But relatively little is known about what the unsuccessful online student has to say about his or her own experience and how they would improve online learning.
Christy Hawkins, director of continuing and professional education at Thomas Nelson Community College, conducted a pilot study of students ranging in age from 20-49 who had withdrawn from an online course. The results fell into three main areas: course issues, student issues, and suggested improvements.
In the course of her research, Hawkins also uncovered several ideas for how faculty and administrators can help students be more successful in online classes. Nine ideas on how to improve online student retention.
Pythagoras' iPhone: Is Listening A Lost Classroom Art? NPR
Listen and learn, the saying goes. But are students and teachers these days fully listening to each other? What, exactly, is good listening, and why does it matter when it comes to learning?
Julian Treasure works to rebuild that neglected, basic skill. He's a writer and TED lecturer. "Conscious listening is very largely overlooked in the mainstream of education. It's such an important skill in life," Treasure said.
Can students learn to listen, old-school style, without ubiquitous digital distractions? Sure. But that may not be realistic. There are, however, practical classroom steps teachers can take. Starting by making links in an active, conscious way. Long-term memory research shows that learning happens best when students can make connections.
In the nearly two years that Duke University's Innovation Co-Lab has been operating as a forum for allowing students to reinvent IT on campus, it has allowed itself to be re-invented too. Co-Lab mixed hackathons, weekly studio nights, development challenges and start-up services to help infuse Duke University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) with student ideas and innovation.
Now students can apply for grants, helping them to be more self-sufficient. If the proposal is accepted, Co-Lab provides the funding up front, along with project management support.
With the advent of MOOCs and success of non-traditional and online education, "things like this provide that important experiential piece. We want the Co-Lab to be a reason you'd come to an institution like Duke," said Evan Levine, director for Academic & Media Technologies.
Experts See Traditional Campus, Online Education Mix Becoming the Norm Diverse
When it comes to making higher education more affordable in the future, the question of whether to go to school online or to a traditional campus won’t be an either-or proposition—it will be a question of how much of which.
As competency-based credentials and online courses become more common on the landscape of higher education, future students will continue to get degrees from traditional institutions but those students will also spend less time at traditional institutions than before.
Competency-based education enables students, particularly adult learners with family and work obligations, to complete work during lunch hours or while in transit or other hours that they have free to do coursework.“That’s where we’re going to get the benefit … when we allow students to learn the way they act in real life,” said Chris Etesse, CEO at Flat World Knowledge.
Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, From Stanford’s Design School Wired
How to keep the on-campus experience relevant in an age where online learning is becoming increasingly common? What could happen if you gave students six years of college to use whenever they wanted throughout their adult life?
At WIRED by Design, Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford Design School, shared a handful of concepts for redesigning college, culled from a year long workshop.
This is a generation of students who are incredibly highly structured, but they’re going to be entering an increasingly ambiguous world. We need to be training our students not just to expect that they will be society’s leaders, but also to be our most creative, daring, and resilient problem solvers.
European Spacecraft Lands on Comet in Historic Space Feat SPACE.com
For the first time in history, a spacecraft from Earth has landed on the face of a comet. The European Space Agency's Philae lander on the Rosetta spacecraft made its nail-biting, history-making touchdown on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12.
It has been a long road to the surface of the comet for Philae. The Rosetta mission launched toward Comet 67P/C-G in 2004 and traveled about 4 billion miles through the solar system before reaching the comet in August.
The Rosetta mission is charged with helping scientists learn more about comets, mysterious, icy wanders that are left over from the dawn of the solar system billions of years ago. Some research also suggests that comets could be responsible for bringing water to Earth early in the planet's history.