May 032013

By David F. Carr at…

The job of a higher-education CIO is changing, partly because of disruptive technologies for online learning, but that doesn’t mean the basic challenges go away. Perhaps now more than ever, a CIO’s job hinges as much on surviving a brutal schedule of meetings and the academic politics of the institution as it does on mastering bleeding-edge technologies.

via Higher Ed CIOs Can’t Ignore MOOCs Or Politics – Education –.

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Dec 202012

This is one of the best articles to date on where we are with technology and society in higher education today.  By Nathan Harden at The American Interest…

In fifty years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist.

via The End of the University as We Know It – Nathan Harden – The American Interest Magazine.

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Dec 142012

By Chris Proulx at…

2012 was a transformative year in education. Between the introduction of the MOOC (the ‘Massive Open Online Course’), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all eyes were on higher ed. In the past twelve months, students were increasingly able to learn from leading faculty at elite institutions beyond the four walls of their classrooms, and soon, professors will be collaborating across universities to collectively create and distribute for-credit curriculum for an online semester. New high growth players entered the online education marketplace, and universities began to align around interactive platforms. As online certificate programs became more robust and hyper-targeted towards professional development, more and more students looked to gain these credentials as a differentiator in the work force.

via 5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 – Forbes.

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Dec 142012

From The Chronicle…

Martin Bean, vice chancellor of the Open U., says the new venture will have a “distinctly British” twist.

Earlier this month, one of Britain’s top newspapers noticed a glaring absence on the British education scene: MOOC’s. “U.K. universities are wary of getting on board the MOOC train,” read The Guardian’s headline. Two institutions, the Universities of Edinburgh and London, have recently signed on to offer massive open online courses via the American company Coursera. Yet in Britain, said the newspaper, “there is scarcely a whiff of the evangelism and excitement bubbling away in America, where venture capitalists and leading universities are ploughing millions” into MOOC’s.

via Leading British Universities Join New MOOC Venture – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Nov 162012

If I were a faculty member teaching only basic courses I would start looking to expand my portfolio.  From…

New Consortium of Leading Universities Will Move Forward With Transformative, For-Credit Online Education Program

via New Consortium of Leading Universities Will Move Forward With Transformative, For-Credit Online Education Program | 2U.

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Nov 142012

By Jeffrey R. Young at…

The American Council on Education has agreed to review a handful of free online courses offered by elite universities and may recommend that other colleges grant credit for them.

via MOOC’s Take a Major Step Toward College Credit – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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