If higher education is to learn just one thing from SpaceX then that has to be reusability.Read more "Taking off like SpaceX?"
There is one problem with learning to do it yourself in-house and that is “semantic erosion”.Read more "“Grow on your own terms and remember why you did”"
The £100 million+ revenues generated by those early online management programmes was money better kept by the university.Read more "Choosing your online education strategy"
Developing courses within a learning environment, with the inevitable result that the resulting online pedagogy is restricted to what the platform supports, is not what is desired.Read more "Course Design Onions"
If you’re at all involved in higher or further education, in the last couple of weeks you’ll have heard the above question being asked numerous times and with increasing urgency. You may well have asked it yourself. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant face-to-face teaching needing to be replaced with online delivery, and from a standing […]Read more "Quick! How do we put this course online?"
Professor Keith Lumsden, founder and Academic Director of the Edinburgh Business School, has passed away at the age of 84. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he went to Stanford University in California on a scholarship in 1959 and stayed to complete research into programmed learning techniques in higher education. Some of the most […]Read more "Keith Lumsden – an appreciation"
CAPDM has been awarded new work to improve the generation of more accessible distance learning course materials for the University of London. Focusing on applying changes required by the latest WCAG 2.1 standard, which covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible, the goal is to make content more accessible to […]Read more "APRIL 2019: WCAG 2.1 Improvements for University of London"
Laura Czerniewicz and Sukaina Walji at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town, recently published (Feb 2019) an interesting briefing paper on the issues to be thought about, and the implications of decisions made, in universities choosing an online programme manager or enabling company to work with. The […]Read more "Briefing Paper: using – private companies to develop or expand online programmes or courses"
Interesting to read Lindsay McKenzie’s recent Inside HigherEd article about EdX, which more closely analyses the potential relationship between MOOCs and OPMs. For the record, CAPDM agrees that MOOCS should be open and free to all, and disagrees with the recent emergence of paywalls for assessment and retained access to courses. This article suggests EdX […]Read more "EdX Tweaks its Business Model"
I’ve been watching FutureLearn evolve over the past few years with great interest and if I’m honest, a touch of relief. As a Brit, it’s been my kind of MOOC provider – one with early “BBC levels” of production quality, and an increasingly interesting catalogue of simpler courses from around the world, that appealed more […]Read more "Where next for FutureLearn and the OU?"