How ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2015 by steve

USA“After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its future. But what will that role be? …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 April]

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Third Level Charges – Online Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to introduce assistance with the cost of fees for persons living in remote areas who wish to access online and accredited third level and fourth level courses; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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In STEM Courses, a Gender Gap in Online Class Discussions

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2015 by steve

USA“Women and men behave differently in online class discussions, at least in science, engineering, and computer-science courses, according to a new study conducted by Piazza Technologies, a company that makes a digital class-participation tool …” (more)

[Rebecca Koenig, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 January]

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CIT staff revolt over online course plan

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2014 by steve

“No online courses or modules will be taught by Cork Institute of Technology lecturers from the autumn after they supported a ballot over concerns about training and quality …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 April]

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Adult students’ interest in online education is flat, study finds

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2012 by steve

“The market for online higher education aimed at adults may be reaching maturity, according to a new report from Eduventures. And without a better-defined product, the report’s author said online learning faces a risk of petering out and being little more than a back-up alternative to on-campus education for students …” (more)

[Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, 19 September]

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Harvard and MIT online courses get ‘real world’ exams

Posted in Teaching on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“Harvard and MIT’s online university, edX, has taken a significant step forward – in a partnership with Pearson to provide a global network of invigilated exam centres. Students who have taken courses online with edX will be able to take final exams in supervised centres …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 6 September]


Marginal Revolution launch an online university

Posted in Teaching on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, editors of the hugely popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, have long been advocates of the potential of the internet, and IT more generally, to disrupt the business of education. Now they’re putting their money where their mouths are, and launching MRUniversity …” (more)

[Alex Hern, New Statesman, 6 September]

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What a Tech Start-Up’s Data Say About What Works in Classroom Forums

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2012 by steve

“There’s big talk these days about ‘big data’ in education — looking for patterns of behavior as students click through online classrooms and using the insights to improve instruction …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 August]

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Coursera and MITx – sustaining or disruptive?

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2012 by steve

“Coursera continues to make headlines as additional ‘top tier’ universities sign up to offer courses (16 institutions and 116 courses, at latest count), and hundreds of thousands of students sign up to take those courses …” (more)

[Changing Higher Education, 6 August]

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My experiences of teaching online: A case study

Posted in Teaching on January 5th, 2012 by steve

“My paper on taking a module that was taught in class and moved online has been published in CERP (free to access). The paper aims to share my own experiences in teaching a module online so that others considering this approach might find some information of use …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 5 January]


The Myth of the Online Cash Cow

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2009 by steve

USA“According to a new survey from the League for Innovation in the Community College, enrolments are, in fact, increasing at community colleges across the country, especially in online programs. A quick and careless read could lead one to conclude that profits from growing online programs were being used to supplant losses in state aid. There may be some college, somewhere, that’s actually doing that. But I haven’t seen it. Online courses are not cash cows for us. Most of the cost of instruction is labor, and we don’t pay any differently for online instruction than we do for traditional instruction. (We also charge the same tuition and fees.) We have full-time faculty who teach online courses as part of their regular load, and we have adjuncts who teach them for their normal pay …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 19 March]

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