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Over the past couple of years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have taken the academic world by storm. Despite much debate about whether the idea of running free online courses for everyone is both
Online course host Coursera will verify the identities of participating students using web cams and technology that can fingerprint
2012/11/27: Since its textbooks are digital, CourseSmart can track how much time each student spends with each page of the book, what chapters they skip, what passages give them trouble, and so forth. By aggregating this information, the company produces an “engagement score” for each student, which is then communicated to the teacher. So far, Villanova University, Rasmussen College, and Texas A&M University at San Antonio have signed on to take part in the experiment. Their enthusiasm for this scheme makes sense: It might help teachers identify difficult material in the textbooks so they can be sure to go over it in class. The system’s next version will also feature a special dashboard so publishers can see student interaction with their textbooks, which would help them present material in a more accessible manner.
But there’s also something eerie about this scheme. Imagine a literature class in which students are assigned to read about George Orwell’s 1984 using electronic textbooks that spy on them as they read. Or consider a history class in which students use such “smart” textbooks to learn about the history of surveillance in the Soviet Union. Students who were pretending to learn the tenets of Marxism-Leninism in the Soviet Union—along with the teachers who were pretending to teach them—may have been violating some of their school’s policies, but it’s hard to fault them for being ”unengaged.”
Such perversity aside, it’s important to ask how the very existence of such self-monitoring textbooks would affect the development of students’ critical thinking, even if it succeeds in dealing with their laziness.
Internet - both as a stack of technologies and as the vector of a sharing culture - brings us credible alternatives to classroom-based education in schools and universities. Most of them involve video lectures, with clear advantages: the pause button, the rearranging of content in 6-20 minutes packets, and the ability to attend from anywhere, at any time. Furthermore, the locus of learning is not so much the lecture, as the peer-to-peer interaction among students, through forums wikis, Twitter lists, Facebook groups et cetera. All of this is hardly news: I have discussed it before, and even test-driven the model.
The Transnational Institute (TNI), in cooperation with the Brazilian research centre CIDADE and the Latin American Programme for Distance Education in Social Sciences (PLED) is offering a web-based course on Participatory Democracy, Urban Management and Crisis Capitalism. The course will begin on 10 September 2012 and will comprise a series of twelve weekly sessions. We
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Source: Stephen Carson and Jan Philipp Schmidt The challenges faced by higher education around the world are daunting and cannot be met by the traditional institution-based education system. For the current model to meet the needs of future generations, we would need to build and fund thousands of new universities. And yet the past ten... Continue reading ...
This must-watch video is from our friend Derek Muller, physics educator and science video blogger. Derek writes: It is a common view that "if only someone could break this down and explain it clearly enough, more students would understand." Khan Academy is a great example of this approach with its clear, concise videos on
An Explainer PostThere's an article in this month's Wired Magazine about Khan Academy. The headline speaks volumes --
In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) t...