Tag Archives: higher education

Educause Game Changers book worth a look

Educause is well known to the denizens of HE, and they have just released a new book edited by Diana Oblinger, [Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies](http://www.educause.edu/game-changers). With 17 chapters and an additional 21 case studies, the work is a compilation of authors’ views about how “Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations”. The authors are a collection of university presidents, provosts, faculty and others who are taking a serious analysis of how the face of HE needs to change to sustain. Continue reading Educause Game Changers book worth a look

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

Indian HE market being impacted by private universities

The Hindustan Times has a [report](http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/824475.aspx) which details that private universities have risen from 20 in 2004 to 107 in 2011, 535% upsurge in seven years. This is an amazing change in the HE landscape in a rapidly developing economy that needs to educate its workforce to compete in the global economy. Continue reading Indian HE market being impacted by private universities

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

Bill for Access to Federally Funded Research Opposed By For-profit Journals

As I [wrote](http://bit.ly/wBfY6U) back in January, the publishing companies were starting to gear up their lobbying efforts to fight any threat to their hegemony over access to research results. Well, Eighty-one publishers expressed their *strong* opposition to legislation that would free up research results of federally funded research. Continue reading Bill for Access to Federally Funded Research Opposed By For-profit Journals