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MOOCs, retention, and more challenges

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Recent stories about MOOCS and San Jose State were in the news.  San Jose State professors pushed back against EdX, one of the top three providers of MOOCS.  An open letter from Professors at San Jose State to Professor Michael Sandel to request he take a stand on how some public universities may use MOOCs…


MOOCs: Retention rates, challenges, and more

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A recent NY Times article, reminds us that MOOCs {Massive Open Online Courses]  and their usefulness for credit bearing degree programs still may remain illusive.  While the article rates the usefulness, the interaction with the ‘star’ professors, the variability in course content, the retention rate is still dismal.  The author also indicates for many of the MOOCs he…


Competency Based Education

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Will competency based education do away with the traditional credit hour?  Recently the federal government approved a liberal arts associate degree fully competency based program at Southern New Hampshire University and other locations.  Others explore how such a change may influence the traditions of 15 week semesters and three credit courses.  Colleges are beginning to…


MOOC Crashes

Monday, February 18th, 2013

As  MOOCs [Massive Open Online Courses] expand and are absorbed/developed at colleges and universities, inevitably technology will be challenged.  Early in February, a MOOC on how faculty can set up an online course crashed.  Courseera who had over 40,000 faculty enrolled, had to suspend the course after only 5 days. The explanation of a ‘design’ flaw in using Google Documents…


MOOCs

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Massive Online Open Courses [MOOCs] have received more attention.  An article described the Big Three  companies and others describe the training potential.  A short video describes MOOCs and their potential. MOOC’s are creating partnerships with colleges to offer college credit for the online courses. More community colleges are entering agreements to use MOOCs, including Massachusetts…


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