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Open Learning Analytics

The future of systems such as business, government, and education will be data centric. Historically, humanity has made sense of the world through discourse, dialogue, artifacts, myth, story, and metaphor. While those sensemaking approaches won’t disappear, they will be augmented by data and analytics. Educators often find analytics frustrating. After all, how can you analyze [...]

What will universities monetize in the future?

Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education. From the lens of students and society, however, the teaching and learning process and what it costs, is the primary focus. The university economic and operational structure, in relation to educating learners, can be seen as consisting of three [...]

University of Texas at Arlington

This is likely not news to most readers as it has been posted in various blogs, forums, and announced at the MOOC Research conference in December, but I have applied, and received approval, for a leave of absence from Athabasca University to establish and set up a digital learning research lab at University of Texas [...]

The challenge of coherence

I’ve been thinking about coherence formation in the learning process for many years (it was a key topic of my phd). Traditionally, coherence of knowledge is formed by the educator through her selection of readings and lectures. The assumption underpinning learning design is something like “decide what’s important and then decide how to best teach [...]

The vulnerability of learning

In a meeting with a group of doctoral students last week, one individual shared her challenging, even emotionally draining, experience in taking her first doctoral course. Much of her experience was not focused on the learning or content. Instead, she shared her self-doubts, her frustrations of integrating doctoral studies into her personal and professional life, [...]

MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning

We are now less than two weeks away from our MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning conference. Registration is still open. The conference will showcase successful grantees from the MOOC Research Initiative, as well as numerous panels addressing challenges around planning, designing, and running MOOCs. The full schedule is now available.

Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge: The Agenda

I’ve had the privilege of being on Steve Paikin’s The Agenda several times over the last few years. Steve is an informed and provocative interviewer, one of the best I’ve encountered covering the education sector. Earlier this year, I had an opportunity spend time on Steve’s program talking about how changing knowledge needs and structures [...]

Invitation: MOOC Framework

Tomorrow (November 20), I’ll be hosting an online discussion on a MOOC Framework that I’ve been developing with a few colleagues. If you’re interested, more information is here. The Jam itself runs from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Register here. The discussion agenda has also been posted.

The Failure of Udacity

Well, there it is folks. After two years of hype, breathless proclamations about how Udacity will transform higher education, Silicon Valley blindness to existing learning research, and numerous articles/interviews featuring Sebastian Thrun, Udacity has failed. No one did more of a disservice to MOOCs than Thrun through his wild proclamations (“we have found the magic [...]

Stop what you are doing. Watch this: The Avalanche that Hasn’t Happened

David Kernohan delivered an stunning presentation at the Open Education conference: The Avalanche that Hasn’t Happened. He provides a critical evaluation of the testing/evaluation narrative in education. It is the best take down that I have seen of the dominant trends of for-profit, testing, and deliverology (honestly, that’s a word) impacting education. This video (below) [...]