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The United States Naval Academy was founded in 1845. Today it is an accredited undergraduate institution with a student body of approximately 4,500 midshipmen. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval Academy offers a four-year undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. In so doing, it blends required and elective courses similar to those offered at leading civilian colleges with professional subjects.
...In Ireland we see the success of Hibernia (YouTube), which operates a blended approach with mostly online lectures and some on the ground practical instruction in required areas...
...Despite the doom that is poured out that we have no university in the top 100, every single Irish university is in the top 5% of the THES rankings. Every one is world class. We have a world-class industry here. Within disciplines we have world-class researchers and teachers, in pretty much ever-single discipline.
A MOOC or 10 would demonstrate that to the public and to the wider world. Every international student is an export — lets place ourselves in the world shop window
The fact that MOOCS and online courses have sparked new conversations on your campus about teaching and learning is a terrific development. We should be grateful whenever attention is paid to teaching.
The problem is that neither MOOCS or online courses are, in themselves, a strategy to meet the challenges we all face in higher ed. MOOCS and online courses are a means, not an end, and should be understood as such.
The real conversation that you should be having on campus is about your institutions' goals around teaching and learning.
Articles about how free online courses, or MOOCs, could disrupt higher education dominated the headlines last year here at the Wired Campus blog, and they were the most popular with readers as well. Several articles about e-textbooks also topped our list of most-read articles of 2012, highlighting what has been a time of change, and anxiety, for colleges and universities.
The American college system is staggeringly large: 2,421 four-year institutions enroll about 18.5 million college students. The proportion of Americans with a bachelor’s degree is at an all-time high — a social victory if they’re able to enjoy a positive return on their degrees, which the Pew Research Center estimates at about $550,000 on average.
And the very existence of that system is threatened, as we are to believe it, by the massive open online course, or MOOC, offered by new ventures from the likes of Stanford, Harvard and MIT. In an essay last week, Clay Shirky compared universities and MOOCs to record companies and Napster: in both cases, the incumbents operated by providing something inconveniently and locally that could be provided conveniently and universally on the web. I don’t agree with the entire essay, but Shirky is absolutely right to point out that the college industry is made up of several markets, and they’ll be disrupted in different ways.
American higher education is deeply divided: it’s outstanding for a relative small handful of students and pretty bad for everyone else. The disruption of MOOCs will likely start at the bottom and move up from there. The question on which we should meditate is: how far up will it move?...
Pearson, a major textbook publisher, continued its push into digital education on Monday by introducing a service that allows instructors to create e-textbooks using open-access content and Pearson material.
A beta version called Project Blue Sky will begin in the spring with the help of Gooru, a nonprofit search engine. When an instructor enters keywords for the subject he or she is teaching, the system sends back a list of Pearson content, free educational content, and material from other commercial providers...
James Dean, dean and Sarah Graham Kenan distinguished scholar and professor of organizational behavior at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School will discuss the incorporation of online learning into management education.
Online MBA programs may be losing some of the stigma they have in the marketplace, as more employers say they are increasingly open to hiring graduates of these programs, according to a study published in this summer’s Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration...
In New York City on 12 June, the World Economic Forum brought together senior university administrators, faculty staff and entrepreneurs in online education and university ventures to discuss online learning. Everyone is talking about this “tsunami”, which could have the same impact on higher education as the Internet has had on printed newspapers.
The debate centred on what future universities will look like as a whole, not just their online components. The participants strongly agreed that education is broader than content. There is still some concern that the physical intimacy and intellectual proximity found on a real-world campus would be lost in the virtual space. But the conclusion is that some blend of offline and online education is inevitable.
It is already happening
There are several reasons these conversations are happening now, and we face an inflection point for institutions that have otherwise been thriving for many decades – centuries, in some cases. These reasons are being debated at length in academic circles and mainstream media.
Online is already an accepted norm
All agreed that students’ expectations are changing now that the digital world has become a reality. For this generation, teaching and interaction within the online space is as natural as offline. Evidence suggests that rates of placement, retention and academic performance are just as good online as offline. Online degrees are now well-tested and proven....
The student at centre stage
Students learn just as much in a course that’s taught partly online as they would in a traditional classroom, but such courses won’t reach their potential until they are both easier for faculty members to customize and more fun for students, according to a report released today.
The report, “Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence From Randomized Trials,” is based on a study conducted by Ithaka S+R, a consultancy on the use of technology in teaching.
The finding that hybrid courses are no better or worse than traditional ones isn’t, as it might appear, “a bland result,” said one of the co-authors, William G. Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“One of the responses most frequently raised in efforts to experiment with this kind of teaching is that it will expose students to risk,” he said in an interview. “The results of this study show that such worries are overblown.”
The results do indicate that such courses, as they exist today, “do no harm,” said Mr. Bowen, who serves as a senior adviser to the Ithaka group. “But surely these courses are going to improve dramatically as they become more customizable and more fun.”...
Amazon, "Inside the Leader’s Mind: Five Ways to Think Like a Leader", FT Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2011), 232 pages
Elizabeth Mellon has been Executive Director of Duke Corporate Education, a global learning and development corporation, since 2004. Previously she spent twelve years in the Department of Trade and Industry before taking a MBA and PhD at LBS. At LBS she was Professor of Organizational Behaviour and also served as Director of the Senior Executive Programme, the London Business School's flagship program for senior executives. During the same period, she also taught on, and directed, the School's Global Consortium Programme.
Wired Campus, of The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2012
The recent announcement that Massachusetts Institute of Technology would give certificates around free online course materials has fueled further debate about whether employers may soon welcome new kinds of low-cost credentials. Questions remain about how MIT’s new service will work, and what it means for traditional college programs...
Q. You refer to what’s being given by MITx as a certificate. But there’s also this trend of educational badges...
Jan. 31, 2011 – As online education becomes pervasive, emerging research guides rapidly developing practice in online teaching and learning. The new issue of the Sloan Consortium’s (Sloan-C’s) Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 16.1, focuses on factors that increase student and faculty success online,(http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/jaln_main).
...students reveal what services they really want and use; what they want is not always what websites typically provide...
...Evidence-based practice is also evolving for faculty and for institutions. Authors Paula Mae Bigatel, Lawrence C. Ragan, Shannon Kennan, Janet May, and Brian F. Redmond present phase one of a multi-phase research project: "The Identification of Competencies for Online Teaching Success" compares and evaluates factors for effective faculty professional development...
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education.
“Shying away from Internet-based education because it is too impersonal to be effective is nonsense. Nothing is easier than building feedback and direct contact into the Internet.”
— Peter Drucker, “Taking Stock,” November/December 2001
(then with Claremont Graduate University in California; passed away in 2005)
Delivering courses in cyberclassrooms has gained broad acceptance among top college leaders, but the general public is far less convinced of online education's quality, according to new survey data released this week by the Pew Research Center, in association with The Chronicle...
Top-20 Business School Aims to Extend Its Global Reach With Internet M.B.A.
The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School is taking its brand online.
While online programs are still mostly seen as the purview of for-profit schools, like the University of Phoenix and Capella University, UNC is hoping to change that image.
The business school this Monday launched an online M.B.A. program with 19 students, dubbed MBA@UNC, that will offer the same core curriculum as its regular full-time M.B.A. program. It is the first online program of its kind from a top-20 U.S. business school.
On 16 June, in the framework of the Digital Agenda Assembly, we will have the opportunity to discuss with Member States’ representatives, experts and stakeholders how to support the mainstreaming of eLearning in national policies as an agent for modernization of education, for all subjects and skills. Mainstreaming eLearning is one of the key actions of the Digital agenda for Europe.
The Digital Agenda Assembly workshop dedicated to the eLearning thematic is a good opportunity to build momentum for change; the times are difficult, budget cuts are present everywhere. The challenge is greater …
Imagine you are an analyst at an international investment bank whose job it is to predict the daily price of a barrel of oil. What happens if members of Opec, the oil cartel, refuse to sell oil to allies of Israel or if extreme weather conditions hit Europe?
These are the “hypothetical events” of the World Oil Prices Game, a management flight simulator developed by IE Business School in Madrid. The simulator, an interactive model that reproduces real-life business conditions, aims to help students forecast supply and demand in the world petroleum market.
“We’ve always tried hard to put reality into the teaching, but it’s hard to do that with just words,” says Gayle Allard, professor of economic environment and country analysis at IE, who created the simulator in collaboration with professional oil traders. “In a case study, you can talk about possible outcomes and discuss them, but with simulators students can see events unfold before their eyes.”...
Students want hybrid programs that blend online and face-to-face experiences. But colleges don’t seem to be providing enough of them to meet the demand.
That’s one message that emerges from the results of a national survey of more than 20,000 current and prospective adult students that were just released by Eduventures, a consulting firm...
In a recent speech to a group of students at TechBoston in Dorchestor, Massachusetts. President Obama had this to say about video games:
I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create ... educational software that is as compelling as the best video game. I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that's teaching you something other (than) just blowing something up.
When I started my career in video games in the early 1990s, the idea of a sitting President saying anything positive about video games was pretty much unthinkable...
To thrive in the business world today, you must rapidly create newer and better products and experiences—more engaging, more what people want or like. But how do know how people feel? You can already track their clicks, but how do you know that you’re connecting with them emotionally?
The author of nearly two hundred scientific articles and chapters in multidimensional signal modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and affective computing, Picard is an international leader in envisioning and inventing innovative technology. She holds multiple patents, having designed and developed a variety of new sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information, with applications in autism communication, human and machine learning, health behavior change, marketing, advertising, customer service, and human-computer interaction.
Fast Company, How Bill Gates' Favorite Teacher Wants to Disrupt Education, February 16, 2011.
Gates- and Google-funded Sal Khan seeks to make his popular YouTube lessons universally accessible, and change the nature of education in the process...
+ "pause and repeat", "do homework in the classroom"
On April 4, 2001, MIT announced it would publish educational materials from all of its courses freely and openly on the Internet. Ten years later, OCW has shared materials from more than 2000 courses with an estimated 100 million individuals worldwide. Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking effort.
MIT Faculty Newsletter, September/October 2010
—Shigeru Miyagawa, Chair, MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee: "Among the many milestones we will celebrate during the Institute's 150th anniversary year, I am particularly proud of the 10th anniversary of MIT OpenCourseWare, which was announced on the front page of the New York Times on April 4th, 2001. Since the announcement, MIT has published materials from more than 2,000 courses, presenting the undergraduate and graduate curricula from all 33 of MIT's academic departments."...
Sandel has taught the famous "Justice" course at Harvard for two decades. More than 14,000 students have taken the course, making it one of the most highly attended in Harvard's history. The fall 2007 class was the largest ever at Harvard, with a total of 1,115 students. The fall 2005 course was recorded, and is offered online for students through the Harvard Extension School. An abridged form of this recording is now a 12-episode TV series, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, in a coproduction of WGBH and Harvard University. Episodes are available on the Justice with Michael Sandel website. There is also an accompanying book Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, and the sourcebook of readings Justice: A Reader.
...Gates is not the only smart guy pulling for online education to extend the reach, affordability, and even quality of education. Here’s why the virtual classroom counts deans of prestigious universities, entrepreneurs, and people who want to change the world as its advocates...
Student Employability and Preparation for Networked Economy Cited as Top Issues
More than three-quarters of top education officials around the world believe technology can play a major role in how students learn and how teachers educate, according to a global survey commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Clarus Research Group, a Washington, D.C.-based research firm.
Telephone interviews were conducted with 500 education administrators and information technology decision-makers in 14 countries on five continents...
The survey shows that educators across the globe see three critical learning issues:
Eighth Annual Sloan Survey of Online Education Shows Economy
Still Driving Growth
The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that enrollment rose by almost one million students from a year earlier. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.
...“This represents the largest ever year-to-year increase in the number of students studying online,”...
BizEd November/December 2010 (from archives)
Download PDF: Online Programs -7 reasons to blend (6 pages) by Paris de l'Etraz is associate dean of blended programs and professor of entrepreneurship at IE Business School.
A business school must train its students to function well in a fast-paced, technologically demanding workplace, where teams of people from multiple countries collaborate on projects with urgent deadlines. I'm convinced the best educational environment for achieving that goal is a blended learning program….
...but they also might do a better job than traditional classrooms when it comes to preparing students for conditions they will face in the real working world.
www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/02/disrupting_college.html, February 8, 2011
Clayton Christensen - Harvard Business Professor and praised author
America is in crisis. Employers say paradoxically they cannot find the right people to fill jobs even though the country is facing its highest unemployment rates in a generation. Competition with a rising China and India and their vast populations lend urgency to the need for the country as a whole to do a better job of educating its citizens.
The institutions to which the country would turn to help tackle this challenge—its colleges and universities—are facing a crisis of their own...
Download the full report (pdf, 72 pages)
Every member of the O3b team is passionate about bringing affordable, state-of-the-art broadband services to the 3 billion people who have been denied them for reasons of geography, political instability and economics.
O3b Networks raises total funding of US$1.2 billion, 29 November: 2010
In what could be a watershed moment for online education, Dartmouth College has announced it will combine professors from its highly rated Tuck School of Business (ranked 7th by U.S. News) and its Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to launch a new, mostly online, master's program designed to prepare mid-career healthcare leaders for the future of their profession. With more provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act going into effect this month, the burden of ensuring effective reform has been passed from legislators to healthcare executives. Dartmouth's program aims to help health professionals be ready for whatever may be on the industry's horizon. The 18-month Master of Healthcare Delivery Science program will launch next July. "We don't know how the entire industry is going to reorganize," says Robert Hansen, senior associate dean and professor at Tuck. "All we can do is prepare them for change."... (See video in the YouTube section of BizDeansTalk, uploaded 1 June 2010, of Robert Hansen discussing the Master of Health Care Delivery Science - Overview)
Today, (February 9th, 2011), the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the 2011 Horizon Report. This eighth edition conveys annual findings from the NMC’s Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are recognized across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for discussion and planning.
View the work that produced the report at http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org
Download 2011 Horizon Report ( 1.6Mb, 40 pages)
MBA Admissions, Strictly Business, February 04, 2011.
Those interested in pursuing an M.B.A. have a lot of options: full-time or part-time programs, abbreviated courses designed specifically for executives, and joint degrees with other academic disciplines, to name a few. In the past decade, another option has emerged and continues to gain popularity: online M.B.A. degrees.
While the quality of online M.B.A. degrees left much to be desired during their early days, their attributes have steadily improved over the past few years, as have their pedigrees. The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School made headlines recently when it announced the launch of a two-year online M.B.A. program. Other highly ranked programs allowing students to complete degrees online include Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and Spain's IE Business School. As the demand continues to grow for such programs, it's possible to imagine future M.B.A. students obtaining Harvard Business School degrees without once setting foot in Cambridge...
Focus.com (Focus "offers free how-to's, reports and real-time Q&A with over 5,000 industry experts...the conversations tend to be on-topic and rather insightful.") ReadWrite Biz August 2010.
College Students Want Their Textbooks the Old-Fashioned Way: In Print...
100+ Resources for Teaching Without Textbooks, June 26th, 2008
Understanding How Students Respond to Technology
Before you can toss out the textbook and replace it with technology tools, you’ll need to understand how your students — whatever their age — respond to and work with technology.
Raptivity bagged the number one slot in ease of use and integration flexibility according to a recent global survey by eLearning Guild, a member-driven online information center and Community of Practice which has more than 28,000 members.
More than 1,100 members submitted responses in this survey titled ‘Immersive Learning Simulations 2008’, according to the eLearning Guild.
Raptivity, the award-winning rapid interactivity builder, reconfirmed its leadership in ease of use and integration with courseware authoring tools and rapid eLearning tools. Both these points are of crucial importance for the course developers who are using a variety of tools for creating training.
The Raptivity library of games, simulations, 3D objects, virtual world interactions, videos and 200+ such pre-built interactions is based on best practices in instructional design. The content published by Raptivity is a single flash file so it fits right into hundreds of eLearning tools and can be used anywhere....
For more information, visit www.eLearningGuild.com.(Annual gathering April 14 to 17)
Article from Business Week, February 29, 2008
In fact, many users are starting to ignore ads altogether, a phenomenon known as "banner-ad blindness...
(last two paragraphs)
...This concept of a little Web site embedded within another Web site is called a widget.
Widget ads are just the first step. Instead of simply trying to build brand awareness, marketers now have the ability to reach out to customers with useful features to enhance their personalized pages on social networks. An athletic gear company could offer an application that lets a group of running buddies track how their times and distances compare. An airline could offer a "come visit me" application that displays the latest fares for a trip between the hometowns of viewers and Web page owners. Even better, an airline might offer a widget that lets users track their frequent-flier miles and search for award trips right from their iGoogle pages. These types of applications can be useful, engaging, and viral—when you see one on your friend's profile, you are likely to install it as well.
Advertisers and consumers have played a game of cat and mouse for years. As we've learned from the ongoing upheaval in the entertainment industry, online advertisers have to adapt their approach to match consumer behavior, or risk irrelevance.
Via MobilitySite, 03/13/08
Do you read emails on your Blackberry? Why not read ebooks and enews? Download the free Mobipocket eBook Reader on your Blackberry, and enjoy the reading experience. The online eBookstore is also integrated.