Tag Archives: Elearning

Udacity continues Massive online course

I wrote [earlier](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/03/08/interview-with-center-for-21st-century-universities/) about Norvig and Thrun’s experiement with massive online courses and how it would impact on the university model this century. I am now following another link in the experiment, [Udacity](http://www.udacity.com/). Continue reading Udacity continues Massive online course

Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly

I have been predicting the increase of tablet computing in the general endpoint ecology for some time, and others have been there with me. Just last year there was a [study](http://bit.ly/mhKtaN) which showed that students were ready to go to tablets to read, and there is the general drive to get [ebooks](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/21/new-entrant-in-the-etextbook-market-amazon/) onto campuses. Now Pearson has released a survey of student ownership of tablets that needs to be factored into where the endpoints are going to shift over the next couple of years, in what I predict will be an accelerating fashion. Continue reading Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly

Effectiveness of fully on-line courses for HE

I and many others have been writing about [online learning](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/tag/elearning/) for some time, asking what mix is most effective and what needs to happen to help students succeed with this medium. Meanwhile, there has been increasing pressure to increase enrollments and bring more and more [students into HE](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/24/more-on-the-he-bubble-and-degree-value-inflation/), in order to grow the knowledge economy, as predicted by Friedman in the [Lexus and the Olive Tree](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lexus_and_the_Olive_Tree). Enrollment is up, waaaay up, but now the debate is being shifted to completion, i.e., getting them out the door with a sheepskin (real or digital). Some startling figures follow for an objective debate. Continue reading Effectiveness of fully on-line courses for HE

Interview with Center for 21st Century Universities

Chronicle did an interesting, if too brief, [interview](http://bit.ly/zKXYXU) with Richard A. DeMillo and Paul M.A. Baker, of the [Center for 21st Century Universities](http://c21u.gatech.edu/) where they discussed the threat to traditional HEs who focused on the wrong value proposition and tried the Christensen shield of sustained innovation. Continue reading Interview with Center for 21st Century Universities

Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

There was quite a bit of [activity](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/interent2-net-services/) [recently](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/oer-panel-gathers-to-assess-state/) over the announcement by Apple of [iBooks Author](http://chronicle.com/article/Apples-New-E-Textbook/130399/). Now two other platforms are gaining some profile regarding their offerings. To me, it just shows à al [Christensen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/10/current-books-on-how-education-needs-to-change/), how ripe the market is for some disruption to displace the dominant and stagnant leaders who are incumbents of sustaining the status quo. Continue reading Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

Questions being asked publicly on how much eresource access should cost

So I have been [arguing for some time](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/05/oer/) that the business models that online publishing in academia are pursuing are failing to match the new digital world, to leverage digital technologies and scale up their user base. Apple has demonstrated that there is a *great deal of mulah* to be made in music by embracing digital tech and allowing people to download lots of music cheaply. But the academic publishers, as I have argued consistently on this blog, just won’t budge. Now there are some others starting to ask how much is access really worth. But they are not taking into account the digital nature of the service. Continue reading Questions being asked publicly on how much eresource access should cost

New entrant in the etextbook market – Amazon

I did write that [big moves were happening in academic publishing](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/03/big-moves-in-academic-publishing/) and it just got bigger. The big five thought that they were wrapping it up with Blackboard, and [McGraw-Hill](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/19/mcgraw-hill-makes-moves-to-open-to-all-platforms/) opened the gate by throwing open the door to all platforms. A new entrant has walked into the arena – Amazon. Continue reading New entrant in the etextbook market – Amazon

Online students more likely to not complete than f2f students

[The Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Community-College-Students/128281/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en) writes about a study from the Community College Research Center at the Teachers College at Columbia University that finds that Community-college students enrolled in online courses fail and drop out more often than those whose coursework is classroom-based. Continue reading Online students more likely to not complete than f2f students

Blackboard making ties with all major academic textbook publishers

In a pre-calculated move, Blackboard has just released news that it is now making interoperability deals with remaining four of the big five of the US HE textbook market to wrap it all up in a single stance of corporate lockin. I can see the business sense in that, they are drawing their wagons close together to withstand the assaults both groups are facing, one on the assault of [higher fees](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/05/bb-sold-to-providence-for-1-46b/) for the platform, and the other on the [open publishing](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/05/oer/) front. But, as usual, their *public justifications* are weak or even surprising. Continue reading Blackboard making ties with all major academic textbook publishers