MOOCs are Maturing

Our next guest blogger in our series on MOOCs is Ray Schroeder, who, until recently was the Associate Vice Chancellor of Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield.  Congratulations to Ray on his new position with UPCEA.  Ray has been very active in MOOC development and research over the past few years.  He shares […]

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Crafting an Effective MOOC: One Community College’s Experience

As part of our series on MOOCs, WCET asked Pat James Hanz of Mt. San Jacinto College to provide an overview of their experience in developing and offering their first course.  We also asked her to provide some lessons learned in case your instituion is interested in joining the fun. Russ Poulin In May, Mt. […]

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MOOCs & Beyond: Update on California Government-Driven Online Initiatives

As part of our current series on MOOCs, we had planned to have Phil Hill (co-founder of MindWires Consulting and co-publisher of the e-Literate blog) as a guest blogger to update a January 2013 post for WCET in which he outlined how the California government was trying to drive higher ed.  Given today’s news about […]

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MOOCs – A Question of Credit

John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College, gives his views on where MOOCs currently stand on their trek to become avenues for students to receive college credit.  This guest blog posting is part of a short series on MOOCs and follow last week’s “ACE’s First Review of MOOCs for Academic Credit.”  We are pleased to welcome […]

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ACE’s First Review of MOOCs for Academic Credit

Over the next few weeks, WCET will publish a series of blog posts on Massively Open Online Courses.  Given the amount of press that MOOCs have received over the past year, you must be wondering why we need more writings on the subject.  Our guest blog posts will focus on implementation issues for institutions, including: […]

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The Reason THIS EDUdotcom May Not Be As Different From Last Time As You Think

If there was ever any doubt that we are in the midst of a new dot.com boom for education, that doubt was removed at last week’s SXSWEDU. The event brought entrepreneurs and educators to Austin, Texas for four days of panels and a competition for education start-ups. I had the great fun of participating in a panel […]

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The Significance of CCRC’s New Research on Online Ed

Last Sunday, a New York Times editorial educated us on “The Trouble with Online College.” When the editorial focuses on the results of a longitudinal study by Columbia University’s  Community College Research Center (CCRC).  While they make some good points, when they stray from the facts they have a bit of trouble. The editorial states:”First, […]

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ds106 is Made of the Stuff the Web is Made of

With all this talk about MOOCs, we wanted to hear from someone who had deep experience with open courses long before the idea was discovered by the elite universities.  Guest blogger Alan Levine most recently was instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the […]

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E-learning Predictions for 2013: Will Institutions Be Turned Upside Down?

A few weeks ago we asked you to: “Predict something that will happen this year regarding teaching, learning, technology, business of e-learning, policy, regulations, student behavior, or other related items.”  Some people see big changes for higher education.  Will higher ed be changed significantly? Will 2013 see some issue that captures the media hype that […]

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Universities Rebranding with Competencies in Mind: Top Prediction for 2012

Early in 2012 we asked WCET members and other notable thinkers to provide predictions for postsecondary e-learning for the year.  From a OMG-it’s-all-over-the-media point-of-view, it’s quite clear that MOOCs were the big story this past year.  None of our prognosticators nailed that prediction, but some got close to catching variations of what MOOCs were trying […]

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