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Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object

In the world of Higher Education, all the buzz these days is about MOOCs = Massive Open Online Courses. The buzz comes from all directions, to include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education; and more blog entries than ants at the class picnic.

The idea of offering classes from elite universities everywhere and anywhere, to anyone who wishes to enroll, free to the taxpayer and free to the student, is indeed a powerful, powerful force.

My own long-term “take” is that MOOCs will be THE Game Changer of the 21st Century.

With these caveats: the 21st Century is very young; MOOCs are just barely out of the womb; machine-learning is still in its diapers; and those Very Old Bricks and Mortar, –  a.k.a. “the University” — will have a big say in the whole entire matter. Read the rest of this entry

The The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years?

Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?

If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford’s Model-T production line, or even the bicycle. The list goes on. Read the rest of this entry

MOOCs and The Praetorian Guards

Readers of this post need few reminders that the University is one of the chief underpinnings of all civilized societies. This outcome has been a long time in the making. The first university, in Fes, was established in the 9th Century. In the next one hundred years followed great universities in Cairo, Baghdad, Bologna, Paris and Oxford. Over the last millenium, one would be hard find a better example of great human endeavor. Read the rest of this entry

MOOCs and Accreditation, Judith Eaton

MOOCs and Accreditation: Focus on the Quality of “Direct-to-Students” Education by Judith S. Eaton

We are again talking about innovation in higher education and it is a refreshing change. The most conspicuous, challenging and controversial subject of these discussions is “MOOCs” – massive open online courses. MOOCs such as Coursera, Udacity and edX, all launched in early 2012, have received extensive media coverage accompanied by a lot of commentary. What type of education is offered here? Will it last? How do we judge its quality? Is there a role for accreditation? Read the rest of this entry

A MOOC Is Not A Thing

A MOOC is not a Thing: Emergence, Disruption, and Higher Education

November 19, 2012 | Filed in: Open Education

by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel

On December 14, 2012, Sebastian Thrun, Cathy Davidson, Jesse Stommel, Sean Michael Morris, Petra Dierkes-Thrun, and a small group of educational thought leaders will gather in Palo Alto to discuss the future of MOOCs in online education. The approach of this one-day intensive summit brings Sean and Jesse back to the subject of MOOCs, and the imminent return of MOOC MOOC. Read the rest of this entry

Global Conference Hibbs Prepared Remarks

Re Hibbs/Vance Stevens Presentation at the Global Education Conference, MOOC’s – The New Frontier of OnLine Learning

Hibbs Prepared Remarks, 15 November 2012

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you may be.

I’m John Hibbs, speaking to you from Eugene, Oregon, the home of the University of Oregon – and, I might add. a plug for our Ducks who are now the Number One collegiate football team in the country. Read the rest of this entry

Crown Jewels, 21st Century Diploma Mills, MOOCs on the Moon

Crown Jewels, 21st Century Diploma Mills,

And a MOOC on the Moon in this Decade

Willy Sutton is supposed to have been asked, “Why do you rob banks?” His answer was simple and direct. “Because that’s where the money is.” Back then it didn’t take more than some bad-ass cowboys, fast horses and the raw guts to yell “Stick ‘Em Up” to get away with the dough.

These days the really smart operators don’t need guns to steal trainloads of cash in amounts Willy Sutton could never ever have imagined. Read the rest of this entry

MOOCs For Credit – Coursera & Antioch

As reported here

(Highlighted portions by Hibbs)

Coursera, the largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), has entered into a contract to license several of the courses it has built with its university partners to Antioch University, which would offer versions of the MOOCs for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Read the rest of this entry

MOOCs Global Education Conference Presentation

Vance Stevens and John Hibbs will be participating in the Global Education Conference being held on-line November 12-17, 2012 Read the rest of this entry

Coursera – Future of OnLine Education

Coursera CEO discusses benefits, future of online education

By Julia Rossi · October 4, 2012, 11:49 pm

Coursera CEO Dafphne Koller, photo below: Her presentation entitled “The OnLine Revolution: High-Quality Education for Everyone” focused on Coursera’s social model.

Ceaphas Stubbs | DP

Coursera co-founder and Stanford professor Daphne Koller speaks at College Hall. She hopes Coursera will contribute to the future of online education long-term. Read the rest of this entry