In a recent post, Dr. Lloyd Armstrong writes: “Unfortunately, most of the push-back about using MOOCs so far has been about preserving academic freedom in teaching, and not about benefits to students. Perhaps that will change with time.” I will avoid adding to the barrage of arguments about what MOOCs “mean to higher education” or how… Read More DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN: MOOCS, COMMERCE AND PROFESSIONAL AUTONOMY
Summary MOOCs have introduced a greater level of transparency in online higher education. They offer students a chance to evaluate and compare institutions to a degree previously unheard of in higher ed. The focus of the evaluations is, primarily, instructional content and related activities. This focus may create new opportunities for less prestigious institutions to compete.… Read More Technology, Transparency and MOOCs
Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massively Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The assumption goes something like this: the open digital educational materials made available through these initiatives are of value because they are the product of these prestigious,… Read More MOOCs: The Prestige Factor
Earlier this spring, 800 or so people converged on the Skysong campus of Arizona State University to discuss education. However, reports from the event note that the majority of participants, and almost all of the speakers were not educators, but entrepreneurs, technology company executives and investors. The Education Innovation Summit, now in its third year, has quickly… Read More Barbarians at the Gate: “Welcome!”
OESP’s and (Non) Disruptive Innovation “Disruptive innovation”, introduced by Clayton Christensen and now stretched almost beyond recognition, actually refers to a relatively unique, specific type of change in markets. A new product or service is introduced that offers a different set of benefits. Initially, the product/service is limited to a segment of the total market and,… Read More OESP’s and (Non) Disruptive Innovations
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America, and most recently of The Faculty Lounges … And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You… Read More Faculty Lounges: Naomi Schaefer Riley (Author Interview Series)
Interesting. Notice what falls lowest as a source of value for professors from the student’s perspective: the very things that serve as the basis of value to the professor’s themselves and the institution’s that support them – research prowess and credentials. A structural flaw in the extreme.