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Mathieu Plourde

The future of universities: The digital degree - 0 views

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    "The answer may be to combine the two. Anant Agarwal, who runs edX, proposes an alternative to the standard American four-year degree course. Students could spend an introductory year learning via a MOOC, followed by two years attending university and a final year starting part-time work while finishing their studies online. This sort of blended learning might prove more attractive than a four-year online degree. It could also draw in those who want to combine learning with work or child-rearing, freeing them from timetables assembled to suit academics."
Mathieu Plourde

Obama Is Advised to Let Market Forces Decide Fate of MOOCs - 0 views

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    "The council's advice to the president is to hang back for the time being and "let market forces decide which innovations in online teaching and learning are best," rather than leaping to subsidize a favorite."
Mathieu Plourde

[Nov 18 2013] Angered by MOOC Deals, San Jose State Faculty Senate Considers Rebuff - T... - 0 views

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    "The Academic Senate is expected to vote on Monday on a proposed policy that would forbid the university to sign contracts with outside technology providers without the approval of tenured and tenure-track faculty members in whatever department would be affected."
Mathieu Plourde

Digital Analytics Fundamentals - 1 views

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    "This three-week course provides a foundation for marketers and analysts seeking to understand the core principles of digital analytics and to improve business performance through better digital measurement."
Mathieu Plourde

Enrollment Woes Push Small Colleges to Be Strategic - 0 views

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    The challenge: identifying the best approaches, which vary from campus to campus. "Boards are either overreacting, saying we should have added MOOCs yesterday, or they're underreacting," says David W. Strauss, a principal with the Art & Science Group, a higher-education consulting firm based in Baltimore. "We know you can't be frozen right now."
Mathieu Plourde

Future of MOOCs - 0 views

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    "Our team is excited to be working closely with Michel Benard, Google's Director of University Relations for Europe, based in the Zurich office, on a qualitative market study about the future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)."
Mathieu Plourde

Coursera Jumps the Shark - 0 views

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    The only thing we've heard from Coursera is that their idea for charging people for certificates of completion netted $220,000 in Q1 of this year. Given that Coursera's annual burn rate seems to be in the neighbourhood of $10M (that's on top of their partners spending $50K/course to place it on the Coursera platform), this is peanuts.
Mathieu Plourde

Major Players in the MOOC Universe - 0 views

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    Millions of students have signed up for massive open online courses, and hundreds of universities are offering some form of Web-based curriculum. Most students aren't paying much for these classes, if they're paying anything at all. So where is all that knowledge-and all the cash-coming from?
Mathieu Plourde

The neoliberal assault on academia - 0 views

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    "The New York Times, Slate and Al Jazeera have recently drawn attention to the adjunctification of the professoriate in the US. Only 24 per cent of the academic workforce are now tenured or tenure-track.  Much of the coverage has focused on the sub-poverty wages of adjunct faculty, their lack of job security and the growing legions of unemployed and under-employed PhDs. Elsewhere, the focus has been on web-based learning and the massive open online courses (MOOCs), with some commentators celebrating and others lamenting their arrival. "
Mathieu Plourde

Why the plutocracy loves the new online model - 0 views

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    I reference first the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the bill being proposed in the California legislature to create a "faculty-free" New University of California online (read it and scream). And yet, this should surprise no one. We are living in a plutocracy. MOOCs are becoming popular as potential money savers for universities and money makers for "education" companies. One might think these two phenomena are unrelated. They're not.
Mathieu Plourde

How could cMOOCs be designed and incorporated under an institutional framework? - 0 views

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    "Should MOOC be designed to support specific personal learning objectives, whilst not compromising the specific course (or commercial) objectives?"
Mathieu Plourde

The Point Where the Toothpaste Will Not Go Back in the Tube - 0 views

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    "The other states will begin to jump in. What starts as a plan to help wait-listed students will quickly gain steam as a "solution" to the "higher education crisis." And due to the particular economics of bundling, it puts the entire architecture of higher education in jeopardy."
Mathieu Plourde

The week university (as we know it) ended - 0 views

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    At one session here at Davos, the presidents of Harvard, Stanford and MIT all readily acknowledged that the experiments in new models of online learning will soon radically disrupt higher learning. One expert suggested many universities are facing the early days of bankruptcy. Another predicted there may only be 10 universities that survive this transition.
Mathieu Plourde

Coursera will profit from "Free" courses, competition heats up. - 0 views

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    "There are 8 possible monetization strategies that MOOC providers like Coursera, or Learning Management System providers could adopt:"
Mathieu Plourde

Competing with "Free," Part One - 0 views

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    "As the "credit for prior learning" movement gains traction, it will be progressively easier for students not only to learn in nontraditional ways, but to accumulate credits for what they've learned."
Mathieu Plourde

Charging for knowledge is antiquated - 0 views

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    "In the last six months the economic model of a scarcity of teaching resources justifying a rationing of education has been changed to a free commodity model of unlimited availability and world-class quality education. This changes everything."
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