The latest figures come from the Babson Survey Research Group’s annual survey, which was based on a 2014 survey of more than 2,800 academic leaders and was released on Thursday. The survey, which has tracked opinions about online education for more than a decade, started asking academic leaders about MOOCs in 2012, when free online courses seemed poised to disrupt the walled gardens of elite college instruction.
Back then, 28 percent of respondents believed MOOCs were sustainable, while 26 percent thought they were not. In this year’s survey, 16 percent believe MOOCs are sustainable, while 51 percent think they are not.
"We must identify the potential and the problems of MOOCs and decide on this basis whether they offer added value for individual universities," says HRK President, Professor Dr. Horst Hippler. To assist universities within this process of orientation and decision-making, HRK now publishes its MOOC-Reader in English. “Due to the importance of the subject and numerous requests of international partners we decided to make our MOOC-Reader available to a broader public,” explains the HRK President.
"MOOCs are very resource-intensive and are therefore not suitable as instruments to save money,” Hippler emphasises. The HRK is in favour of further investigation of the possibilities offered by developing digital teaching formats. These formats include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)...
Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower prods us to think about the crisis of higher education. But is there a crisis? Expensive gambles, unforeseen losses, and investments whose soundness has yet to be decided have raised the price of a college education so high that today on average it costs eleven times as much as it did in 1978. Underlying the anxiety about the worth of a college degree is a suspicion that old methods and the old knowledge will soon be eclipsed by technology.
Singapore is pushing towards becoming the world’s first Smart Nation; one that is able to use technology to enhance transport, healthcare and other public services – that will improve the quality of life for individuals; productivity for businesses; and, enhanced Government services to better serve and empower citizens. The use of data sciences and analytics is at the heart of the Smart Nation. As Singapore moves to become a Smart Nation, data sciences and analytics professionals are needed by businesses, government and ICT companies to leverage exponential data growth for productivity, competitiveness and growth.
To complement the development of Singapore manpower for Data Sciences & Analytics, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be piloting a Data Sciences training course with Coursera, a leader in providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with high-quality learning content and accessibility to international participants. The pilot will tap on Coursera’s Data Sciences specialisation track that is provided by Johns Hopkins University.
A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head
MOOCs will disrupt different universities in different ways. Not all will suffer. Oxford and Harvard could benefit. Ambitious people will always want to go to the best universities to meet each other, and the digital economy tends to favour a few large operators...
The findings of a recent study carried out by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Harvard University show that MOOCs encourage passive learning among professionals.
Funded by the Gates Foundation, the study explored the role of MOOCs in supporting and enabling professional learning, or learning for work.
The study recommends that MOOC designers should focus on utilising the diversity of MOOC participants, and encourage professionals to link learning to their everyday work practices. Findings also show that MOOCs often miss the opportunity to exploit the knowledge and expertise that diverse groups of professionals can bring to courses.
You can read more about the findings and recommendation of the study by clicking here.
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Published on the occasion of Richard C. Levin’s retirement as president of Yale University, this captivating collection of speeches and essays from the past decade reflects both his varied intellectual passions and his deep commitment to university life and leadership. Whether discussing the economic implications of climate change or speaking to an incoming class of Yale freshmen, he argues for the vital importance of scholarship and the critical role that universities play in educating students and promoting the overall well-being of our society.
This collection is a sequel to The Work of the University, which contained the principal writings from Levin’s first decade as Yale’s president, and it enunciates many of the same enduring themes: forging a strong partnership with the city of New Haven, rebuilding Yale’s physical infrastructure, strengthening science and engineering, and internationalizing the university. But this companion volume also captures the essence of university leadership. In addressing topics as varied as his personal sources of inspiration, the development of Asian universities, and the university’s role in promoting innovation and economic growth, Levin challenges the reader to be more engaged, more creative, more innovative, and above all, a better global citizen. Throughout, his commitment to and affection for Yale shines through...
The company has named Rick Levin, formerly president of Yale University for two decades, as CEO.
So in case you were still wondering if Coursera might have ambitions of usurping the role of traditional higher education, the answer is no. Levin’s latest book, “The Worth of the University,” argues for the critical role of the university in society...