DCU targets global diaspora with free Irish language course online

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university is targeting the global diaspora and new immigrants with its first online-only course which focuses on learning the Irish language. The ‘Irish 101’ course, developed by DCU, will teach students greetings, blessings and curses in Irish, along with the meaning of Irish names, mythology and other topics …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Professors Have Taken Over the MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2017 by steve

“We need to revise our thinking about MOOCs. The old story was that MOOCs are just another overhyped educational technology, one more example of interests outside of the academy (investors, technologists) seeking to ‘disrupt college’ without any true understanding of how higher education actually works. The new MOOC story may be about the professors …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 25 September]


Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2017 by steve

“The evidence is in. More robots equals fewer jobs. If MOOCs are a sort of robot, then why haven’t the MOOC robots taken the faculty jobs? MOOCs seem like the poster child for technological unemployment …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 16 May]


Credit where it’s due?

Posted in Teaching on June 7th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“A couple of years ago MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) were all the rage – as we discussed a couple of times in this blog. I was, as readers may recall, a little sceptical; and then the noise around MOOCs abated, and we went on to other things …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 June]

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Two universities to accept MOOC credits for first time

Posted in Teaching on June 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Two major universities are set to allow students to earn course credits which will go towards their final degree through massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for the very first time in the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Aftab Ali, University World News, 4 June]

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Anyone can build a MOOC – Press Release

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Anyone can build a Massive Open Online Course! There is no way that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be sustainable when they are that expensive to build! Well, so let’s take the cost out of their production. A group of educators in Europe want to prove that if you can teach at all, then you can also teach thousands of participants online …” (more)

[Brian Mulligan, moocs4all, 5 May]


Does Technology Ever Reduce the Costs of Teaching?

Posted in Teaching on January 26th, 2016 by steve

USA“Randall Bergen, an assistant to the president of Bethel University in Minnesota, was initially excited by the hype and promise of flipped classrooms, MOOCs, and hybrid courses. He hoped the innovations could reduce costs. But in reality, more technology has meant more spending for his university …” (more)

[Corinne Ruff, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 January]

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Don’t expect too much of every new disruptive innovation in higher education

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“There is no doubt that higher education has seen significant change over recent years, but not the kind of fundamental shift that some commentators were expecting a couple of years ago …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 November]

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Educators to receive honorary doctorates from UCC today

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The CEO of a non-profit company aiming to educate a billion people around the world for free is among those set to be awarded honorary doctorates by University College Cork (UCC) today …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 2 November]

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‘This change will be the end of the Open University as we know it’

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2015 by steve

UK“When the Open University announced last month that it would be closing seven of its nine regional centres in England, it said it was a response to the changing demands of students, rather than funding …” (more)

[Harriet Swain, Guardian, 20 October]

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MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2015 by steve

USA“When one of the first massive open online courses appeared at Stanford University, 160,000 students enrolled. It was 2011, and fewer than 10 MOOCs existed worldwide …” (more)

[Ellen Wexler, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 October]


Trinity College begins free online course on Easter Rising

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has begun a free online history course to explain the Easter Rising and its origins. The 14 week course, which is available on YouTube and iTunes, is aimed at both the general public and second-level teachers and students …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 9 October]

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An innovative form of cheating emerges in MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

USA“What if Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) aren’t actually courses at all? Our research teams at Harvard and MIT have shown over and over again that MOOC students look and act nothing like conventional students of either residential universities or online programs …” (more)

[Andrew Ho, The Conversation, 23 September]

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Moocs most help those without a degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“The biggest beneficiaries of online education programmes are those least likely to use them, according to data collected by one of the world’s largest providers of such course …” (more)

[Jonathan Moules, FT.com, 22 September]

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This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2015 by steve

USA“Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper …” (more)

[Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 August]

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As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2015 by steve

USA“Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. There was overheated hype, as pundits speculated that it could be a magic bullet to bring down college costs …” (more)

[Jeffrey Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 August]

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How MOOCs Could Reform Education Completely by Accident

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2015 by steve

USA“Back in 2013, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that MOOCs — massive open online courses — were about to change everything …” (more)

[Derek Newton, The Atlantic, 23 June]

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Home is where online learning is

Posted in Teaching on June 18th, 2015 by steve

USA“The idea that digitising your services will open the door to a global audience has not proved true for online education, according to US data on business schools. Internet-based teaching may in theory be borderless, but early adopters of these online courses still tend to pick those run by schools close to home, the research found …” (more)

[Jonathan Moules, FT.com, 18 June]

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UK ‘biggest online university course’

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“A UK online university service is claiming to have a course with a record number of students. FutureLearn says it has 370,000 students enrolled for a British Council course preparing for an English language test …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 13 May]

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Rush to e-learning may fuel online plagiarism, warn lecturers

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Universities need to invest in staff and not just technology if they want to tackle online plagiarism and protect the integrity of higher education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 April]

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