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Mooc test agreement between FutureLearn and Pearson

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-05-10 17:56

Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, May 10, 2015

There was a time long ago  when I said "learning, and the assessment of learning, will diverge." The move toward independent standards based testing may distress instructors, whop feel testing and learning must be joined at the hip. But it won't persist. Today we see the rise of the independent testing agencies I predicted in 1998 (who says you can't predict the future?). I've mentioned before how pervasive Pearson has become in the testing space, and this agreement reinforces it. I have no doubt the good people at the Open University are looking with some concern at the direction their vaunted FutureLearn project has taken.

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Class is in session — with Dustin Hoffman and Serena Williams

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-10 02:09

by Kia Kokalitcheva, Fortune

A recent startup sells online classes by big name celebrities. Aspiring actors already look to Dustin Hoffman for how to perform in front of cameras. Now they can get a more formal acting lesson from the Oscar Award winner. MasterClass, a startup premiering Tuesday, sells online courses about a variety of topics taught by experts and, in some cases, celebrities like Hoffman and tennis star Serena Williams. The company is debuting with only a handful of courses, but expects to add more soon. In the last few years, online courses have gained traction with students because of the convenience of learning from home and their lower cost. Companies like Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, and Udemy have all attracted big followings for their classes, which are led by both well-known academics as well as little-known professionals.

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Corinthian Colleges and regulatory neglect

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-10 02:05

by Ben Miller, Press Democrat

For years, private for-profit colleges were Wall Street darlings. Robust margins and a business model that does best when the economy does worst enabled these companies to add hundreds of thousands of students, all funded by billions of dollars in federal subsidies. What skyrocketed upward is now coming down, and the landing is not pretty. Corinthian Colleges, which a year ago had more than 72,000 students under the Everest, Heald and WyoTech brands, slowly collapsed over the past 10 months before announcing last Sunday that it would close its final 28 campuses. The move leaves 16,000 students scrambling to sort out their educational futures.

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U Wisconsin To Launch Online Master’s of Data Science

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-10 02:04

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

The University of Wisconsin will launch an online master’s degree in data science. Classes for the 12-course, 36-credit program will begin in September, pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission. The course is the result of a collaboration between the U Wisconsin Extension and six campuses and was designed with input from industry leaders to “offer a rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum grounded in computer science, math and statistics, management and communication,” according to a news release. David Schejbal, dean of UW-Extension’s Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL), in a prepared statement said “In Wisconsin and across the country, employers in most industries are in great need of skilled professionals with the ability to transform big data into actionable insights. We are excited to offer an online professional degree program aimed at creating tomorrow’s data science leaders today.”

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Politicians turn Florida into for-profit college paradise

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-10 02:02


Students are a prized commodity at Florida’s for-profit colleges. Just two dozen can generate a million dollars in tuition by the time they are done. In their zeal to fill classrooms, some schools do whatever it takes. That can mean deploying strippers as recruiters — according to a federal government complaint against Miami-based FastTrain — lying about job placement rates and using high-pressure, boiler-room sales tactics, including a psychological technique called the “pain funnel,” that can reduce a recruit to tears.

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More for-profit colleges to resign the game

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-05-09 17:51

Bryan Alexander, May 09, 2015

The for-profit college market continues to slump with reports of additional closures this week. Bryan Alexander summarizes the reaction: "PBS wonders if we’ re seeing a massive for-profit post-secondary “ slump“ .   ThinkProgress sees this as a bubble in mid-burst.   Mainstreet thinks of it as a collapsing house of cards." But hey, they're being run like businesses. Image: Consumerist.

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Study provides foundation for the future of digital higher education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-05-09 02:10


A new, comprehensive metastudy of the role technology plays in higher education urges universities of tomorrow to capitalize on technologies that effectively support student learning, to embrace blended learning environments, and to customize degree programs to serve the needs of students in a digital age. George Siemens, executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, is the lead author of “Preparing for the Digital University: A Review of the History and Current State of Distance, Blended, and Online Learning.” The international study offers strategies and important implications for higher education institutions preparing for the digital wave. It also emphasizes the importance of universities drawing from learning sciences research in preparing new models of teaching, learning, and student assessment.

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UW-Fond du Lac offers online non-credit courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-05-09 02:06

by University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac

UW-Fond du Lac’s Continuing Education Office is offering a selection of non-credit professional development and personal enrichment six-week courses starting May 13. A few of the courses starting on this date include Introduction to InDesign CS6; Introduction to Microsoft Outlook 2013; Certificate in Healthy Aging or Gerontology; Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success; Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera; and Starting Your Own Small Business.

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Stanford Council considers role of technology in teaching and learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-05-09 02:02


Interactive, online technology will play an increasingly important role in improving higher education. But first, credentialing challenges must be overcome; mastery of subject areas must be demonstrated and lower costs must be achieved without sacrificing quality. Those were among the assertions made by President John Hennessy during his annual address to the Academic Council on Thursday. In a talk titled “Technology in Teaching and Learning,” Hennessy also expressed his skepticism about whether online educational experiences can ever replace traditional undergraduate degrees. Technology, he said, can be used specifically to increase access, especially in underserved areas; to reduce costs; and to improve learning and degree completion rates in a cost-effective manner. But the challenge for online education, he said, is that society places a high premium on college experiences offered at schools like Stanford that encompass a broad and coherent collection of courses and that emphasize life skills as well as intellectual achievement.

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The Never-Ending Debate Over John Oliver’s Testing Segment

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-08 20:46

Alexander Russo, Washington Monthly | The Grade, May 08, 2015

Alexander Russo has a new blog on The Washington Monthly called "the Grade". Think of it as NPR's On the Media for education, he writes. Well, I can try, but what I see here is far from what I see there. In this, one of his first segments, he takes on John Oliver's  excellent commentary about schools and testing. He doesn't find it very funny, which is fine, as not everyone likes insightful and cutting humour. On Monday, in his other blog, he complains that it's one-sided. "It ignored the benefits of testing and reporting achievement data for poor and minority kids," he said. Let's revisit that On the Media  segment again, shall we? He mention's Pearson's response in the Valerie Strauss's  Washington Post blog but comments only, "No word yet that I know of from the HBO show team — or from the Washington Post’ s Fact Checker." On the Media meanwhile cites has  good  coverage of Pearson from parent WNYC. The really great thing about On the Media (and I'm a regular listener) is that gets well beyond the snark, and dives deep into issues. That's what he needs to do if he wants to be seen as the On the Media of education.

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Manifesto for OER

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-08 17:45

Various authors, Open Oregon, May 08, 2015

Now this is what a manifesto looks like. Cable Green writes by email "Lane Community College (Oregon) has released an "Open Education Manifesto" poster designed by graphic design student Char Houweling." Here it is:

  • We call on educators and learners to actively participate in the emerging open education movement
  • We call on educators, authors, publishers and institutions to release their resources openly
  • We call on governments, school boards, colleges and universities to make open education resources a high priority

Contrast this with the Vague Declaration. There's no moralizing about By-SA or CC0 licenses or underlying commercial motivation - just plain and simple open access to learning. Hal Plotkin: "Right on, right on, right on! Students rising up! If the students lead the leaders will follow. Their demands are just, practical and timely. Good for them!"

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Amazon makes toy department gender neutral: 'Boy' and 'girl' search filter removed from online market

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-08 17:45

Katherine Rushton, Daily Mail, May 08, 2015

Another step in the right direction. "the online retail giant has deleted the ‘ boy’ and ‘ girl’ buttons from its online menu, which is designed to help shoppers choose which toys to buy." Critics are complaining that it is an attempt to ‘ nanny’ shoppers. But of course it is the opposite of nannying. It's letting people make their own decisions. One critic says, "There is a biological difference. We should stop trying to blur the gap between sexes. If you want boys to be girls, and girls to be boys, this is how to do it." Exactly. If we want to do away with rampant gender-based stereotyping, this is how to do it.

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The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:45

Erika Beras, NPR, May 08, 2015

I have in the past said that "to teach is to model and demonstrate." The aspect of being a role model cannot be underestimated. This article is about a civics teacher who was arrested for no reason (his 'crime' was turning on his audio recorder while the police offer was questioning him; he was being questioned for standing at the side of the road talking with a reporter). He took his experience back to the classroom (and to the wider world) to make his point. "In the courtrooms," Henderson bellowed. "So it's very important that we can go marching and protesting and being as mad as we want. But, until we actually have more of you guys working in courtrooms ..." (But not just the courtroom, right?)

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5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:45

Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education | Wired Campus, May 08, 2015

This is from last week but was enough fun to merit highlighting in any case. Five 'ed tech ideas' are put in front of a panel of Chronicle critics playing the role of 'sharks' (or, in Canada, 'dragons') who determine whether or not they think they should fund the idea. Not all of the ideas are strictly 'ed tech' ideas (just as well; they need something to get behind). The 'products' include:

  • a tool to help professors build interactive online materials
  • gap-year program to possibly replace the need for residential colleges
  • career-services tool for college students
  • an argument to do away with the credit hour
  • pay-per-use textbook-rental service


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Berkeley to Stop Adding Lecture Videos to YouTube, Citing Budget Cuts

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:45

Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education | Wired Campus, May 08, 2015

I think the headline should read "Berkeley is seeking a $300K donation". That's what it will save by cutting its long-running program of posting lectures to YouTube. I think it's interesting that most of the cost involved had nothing to do with actually posting the lectures. "The money was paid to staff members for such tasks as editing out chatter at the beginning and end of the lectures and making sure copyrighted material was removed before posting." The Chronicle also can't help but to take a swipe at the videos. "The popularity of the lecture videos on YouTube has been mixed. Many of the videos have drawn only a few thousand views." Let's keep in mind that even only "a few thousand views" is orders magnitude greater than the viewership in the actual room.

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From the other side of the screen: An online student’s Webster experience

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-05-08 02:08

By Kaylan Schardan, journalism major, Webster Journal

I’ve learned self-discipline and how to manage my time appropriately, which is a skill I likely wouldn’t have mastered as quickly without online learning. Online students may not be typical Webster scholars, but our college experiences are just as important as those on campus. There is value in online education, and if administration, including teachers, can move toward bridging gaps in the lack of … intimacy of online learning, we can further enhance the college experiences of those who are online learners. Online students aren’t just people behind computer screens—they are a valid part of the Webster University community. I hope future students will see the distinction between campus and online students fade, with both parties being known only as Webster students.

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Incoming Harvard Law Students Will Be Offered Harvard Business School’s Online Courses On Business Fundamentals

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-05-08 02:05

by Harvard Business School

HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe)—the online business fundamentals program launched by Harvard Business School (HBS) last year to provide a strong foundation in the language and tools of business—will now be offered to entering students at Harvard Law School (HLS). Starting in June, CORe will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants admitted to Harvard Law School’s Class of 2018 and to current students on a pilot basis. HLS will subsidize the $1,800 enrollment cost so that the program is available to its students for $250. CORe is designed to teach participants the key concepts of business, using Harvard Business School’s signature case-based approach in a learning environment that requires active participation and social learning. This unique digital learning initiative consists of three courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.

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Tandem classroom-online course aims to create international network of ‘builders’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-05-08 02:02

by B. Rose Huber, Princeton

This spring semester Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, introduced an online version of her course “Making Government Work in Hard Places.” Offered alongside Widner’s traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world. Widner made the online class available through NovoEd, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, which is geared toward teambuilding and discussion. “A lively exchange among people who live in different countries enriches everyone’s awareness of the challenges that arise when trying to improve government performance,” Widner said. “In both classes, we were aiming to create a network of ‘builders’ — people who value serving citizens well. The MOOC is an especially good foundation for this kind of network.”

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