Category Archives: education and technology

Making MOOCs work on campus

What can we do with MOOCs in 2014, after that bubble has popped? In “Interactive Online Learning on Campus: Testing MOOCs and Other Platforms in Hybrid Formats in the University System of Maryland” (pdf) Rebecca Griffiths, Matthew Chingos, Christine, and Mulhern Richard … Continue reading

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On the hope and hype of MOOCs

Last fall I participated in an OCLC panel on MOOCs. This week OCLC published an article on that panel in the new issue of their NextSpace journal. The article is called “The hope and hype of MOOCs”, and offers a … Continue reading

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Public universities confront changes

How are leading public universities coping with the current higher education crisis?  A new Ithaka S+R report by Deanna Marcum,  “Technology to the Rescue” (pdf), offers sobering, even grim answers. To begin with, these institutions have hit an economic wall, … Continue reading

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Signs of peak higher education: the return of vo tech

How does America’s education system change, if we just passed peak higher ed?  One response might be a return to vocational technology curricula. Consider: if the college world is starting to shrink, how will people learn skills for careers? The … Continue reading

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The Web’s founder calls for action, so where is education?

The creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, one of the giants of our time, just looked back on the Web’s twenty-five years of history and is not entirely pleased.  That’s because the Web is built deeply into … Continue reading

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How will education race the machines?

What will the increasing automation of jobs mean for education? The concept is pretty well known by now.  We assume that automation of job functions will keep increasing, via robotics, software, or both.  Automation will replace individual jobs and even … Continue reading

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Late March: the calm between two storms

On March 26th I’ll address the 2014 NERCOMP conference. My topic is, as ever, the future of education and technology, but I’m giving it a twist, thanks to some recent conversations. My title, “The calm between two storms”, is designed … Continue reading

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