Hiccups and Reflections on On-line Teaching #vlog10

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Week 4 has now passed – a third of the way through the semester. Hiccups are still happening and causing me some frustration. here are some reflections on last evening’s class …” (video)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 October]

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Cost of Online Education May Be Higher Than We Think, Study Suggests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2017 by steve

“A study of the earnings of nearly every person who took postsecondary courses online between 1999 and 2014 finds little evidence that online education saves students or taxpayers money. While it is often thought that online education saves money …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

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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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The value of full time education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Brian Mulligan has a piece in today’s Irish Times, or at least, it has appeared online overnight anyway, questioning whether we can afford to send all our young people into full time education …” (more)

[Treasa Lynch, IT and Data Musings …, 9 December]

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Online Learning at University: Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 8th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The subject of this meeting is studying at university through online learning, including massive open online courses, MOOCs. I draw to the attention of the witnesses the fact that, by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to this committee …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees, 3 December]

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Irish universities must learn the valuable lessons of an online age

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The media industry is far from the only sector around the world grappling with the financial challenges posed by access to material for free online. Universities are quite rattled about what to do with the internet …” (more)

[Richard Curran, Independent, 20 November]

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TCD sets up company to deliver online courses

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has approved the establishment of a special-purpose subsidiary company with limited liability to deliver new online courses …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Sunday Business Post, 17 November]

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Trinity Plans New Legal Entity to Avoid Fee Tax

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin plans to establish a new legal entity to avoid tax on profits generated by its new online education division, The University Times can reveal. A proposal outlining the rationale for the new entity – which will be known as ‘Trinity Dublin Online’ – was approved by the College board on November 5th …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, Campus.ie, 15 November]

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Trinity College Dublin to take courses online

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) plans to increase its online learners from nil to 1,000 in the next five years to keep up with the rise of online courses in Irish higher education institutes …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 23 October]

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CIT online courses on hold amid row

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

“A number of online courses at Cork Institute of Technology, which were due to start on Monday, look unlikely to go ahead on that day due to industrial action. The Teaching Union of Ireland has said that its members will refuse to engage in either the delivery or development of the modules …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 12 September]

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Willetts urges UK universities to put courses online

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2013 by steve

“UK universities should invest in online courses if they are to take advantage of an ‘historic opportunity’, said Universities Minister David Willetts …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 27 February]

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MOOCs: a massive opportunity for higher education, or digital hype?

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2012 by steve

“MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the latest addition to the acronym-bound lexicon of higher education, and quite possibly the most significant of them all. They represent a new generation of online education, freely accessible on the internet and geared towards very large student numbers …” (more)

[Mike Boxall, Guardian Professional, 8 August]

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Edinburgh joins international online partnership

Posted in Teaching on July 17th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Edinburgh has joined US universities including the California Institute of Technology in offering its online courses for free. The Scottish institution is the first UK university to become part of the Coursera platform, which was set up in 2011 and has already partnered with Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 July]


College Presidents Are Bullish on Online Education but Face a Skeptical Public

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2011 by steve

“Delivering courses in cyberclassrooms has gained broad acceptance among top college leaders, but the general public is far less convinced of online education’s quality, according to new survey data released this week by the Pew Research Center …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 August]

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The Coming Education Revolution

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2011 by steve

“… One of the last remaining items holding back online education is a credible system to credential and compare student achievement across universities. Arnold Kling has that covered with a new business model. For superstars and strong researchers, life in the ivory tower remains good. But for most teachers the cushy life is gone; tenure is just a dream for a majority of university teachers, salaries are low and teaching requirements have risen …” (more)

[Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution, 7 August]


Mapping the Terrain of Online Education

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Two surveys released earlier this month add detail to the map of online education in the United States. The 2010 Sloan Consortium Report documents the continuing growth of online education and the impact of the current economic downturn on rising online enrollments …” (more)

[Kenneth C Green, Inside Higher Ed, 21 November]

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