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?"
I’ve recently been challenged to clarify what I mean by open standards for education content. There are indeed lots of open standards around: HTML, ePUB, ODT, PDF, MP3, MP4, SCORM, xAPI/Tin-Can or IMS Common Cartridge. They all tend to be used for very specific purposes, which is part of their value. The standards I was […]Read more "General content standards for learning materials"
Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham, recently wrote a thought provoking article in the WonkHE blogsite reviewing Derek Bok’s 2017 book “ The Struggle to Reform Our Colleges” which focuses on why efforts to improve American higher educational attainment haven’t worked. Bok’s book has some thoughtful comments including: “Few undergraduates today are clamouring […]Read more "Staff and students in struggle: help to reform"
In May 2017 Purdue University, the traditional US public research university with 40,000+ on-campus students, announced its intention to acquire the wholly online, for-profit school Kaplan University, also with its own 40,000+ students. Purdue spent a nominal fee of $1 to complete the acquisition. In return, Kaplan received a 30-year, contractual commitment to the new […]Read more "Opposites attract in Online Program Management"
I recently came across a June 2016 article in The Atlantic magazine on online program managers (OPMs), and how much money they are making from marketing student enrollments in the USA. OPMs offer Colleges modern marketing tactics such as websites that collect information to generate marketing leads, text message follow-ups to inquiries, and phone banks […]Read more "Become your own online program manager"
Couple of interesting quotes from an Education Week article this week (May 28th, 2016), worth repeating. When it comes to textbooks, students want paper (Foasberg, 2014; Mizrachi, 2015; Olsen et al, 2013; Shepperd, Grace & Koch, 2008). In some studies, students report greater fatigue after reading electronic textbooks, so that, as much as the comprehension […]Read more "Reading Digitally vs. Reading Paper"
The recent MIT Online Education Policy Initiative report lays out the case for a new type of education staff member. In order to build personalised blended learning experiences for students, the report argues the need for “learning engineers” — people with terminal degrees in traditional academic disciplines who also have experience with design and interdisciplinary […]Read more "MIT proposes new role of “Learning Engineer”"
We were recently approached by the corporate customer of a Business School in the south east of England, who were looking for more flexible executive education courses. We don’t usually get approached by our customer’s customers, but we’d done some online learning consultancy for them in the past, and they were looking for a more […]Read more "Invest in Blended Learning"
So you can access new student customers and other markets is the obvious reason. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the first top-ranked US schools to offer a full-time MBA programme entirely at a distance. In 2013, it enrolled 500 students in the second intake of its online MBA that […]Read more "Why you should disrupt your MBA programme"
MOOCs are a useful promotional tool for Universities and professional education providers. Their arrival ‘en masse’ in 2012 changed the way early-adopters like the University of London, reached out to their customers. Like it or not, it is now the turn of the early majority of education providers to produce their own – albeit for […]Read more "Demonstrating leadership in an emerging higher education learning technology"