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"
Ken Currie has presented at MoodleMoot partnership with our customer the University of London International Programmes group. The presentation is on the subject of adaptive learning, as enabled by smart (semantic) content. Here some of Ken’s thoughts about the MoodleMoot conference: “MoodleMoot UK 2017 attracted over 400 attendees to the meeting in London. Much of the […]Read more "Adaptive Learning Presentation to MoodleMoot 2017 in London, UK"
CAPDM is presenting at an OpenQAsS Erasmus+ event on Wednesday 03 May 2017 in Stirling The event is free to anyone with an interest in the Quality Assurance process. Please register on the College Development Website to secure your space. Overview Introduction to OpenQAsS Open Source Quality Assurance System – an Erasmus+ Project OpenQAsS is a European project […]Read more "Open Source Quality Assurance event open for registration"
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"
CAPDM are hosting the 4th meeting of the EU Funded Erasmus+ project OpenQAsS (2014-1-HU01-KA242-002356) – Open Source Quality Assurance System for European Vocational Education. The meeting takes place 2nd and 3rd June in Edinburgh. Ken Currie, host of the Edinburgh event is excited about the project: “It is always a great opportunity to meet up with […]Read more "CAPDM are hosting the 4th meeting of the EU Funded Erasmus+ project OpenQAsS"
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”"