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Category Archives: MOOCs

Education Reform Humbuggery

Kevin Carey, writing in The New York Times last July, said this of American colleges and universities: “These organizations are not coherent academic enterprises with consistent standards of classroom excellence. … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Computers May Be an Obstacle to Learning

A recent international study has thrown a bucket of cold water on the heated frenzy for computer-assisted and online education.  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which has … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Future That Is Already Here Isn’t Much of a Future

Here is the weekly newsletter from Education Dive, which focuses largely on digital innovations in higher education: The first article somewhat blithely acknowledges that “instructor availability” is one of the … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Am I Feeling Frustrated? You Betcha

By 1970, almost everyone who had worked to create “programmed instruction” during the 1950s and 1960s had moved away from the idea of teaching machines as the centerpiece of education. … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Just Soft Machines

Replace “technologies” with “reforms” and “economic” with “educational,” in Paul Krugman’s New York Times column today and he could be writing about our schools and colleges. He claims, “the whole … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

MOOCs 4.0: Clearing the Way for Huckster 4.0?

I just read an article on the Huffington Post blog titled “MOOC 4.0: The Next Revolution in Learning and Leadership.” The article is written by Otto Scharmer. Here is his … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

How to Talk About Online Instruction

This week the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) met in Long Beach and, as is the custom, they were addressed by, among others, the Chair of … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Something for Which MOOCs Might Be Very Appropriate

About a week ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus blog included a short post by Casey Fabris titled “A MOOC Hopes to Sink Its Teeth Into a New … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Presumption of the Technocrats, Redux

In a review titled “The End of College? Not So Fast,” published by the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday, Donald E. Heller provides a very thoughtful and substantive critique of … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Meaning of the Failure of the Online For-Profit Universities

Corinthian Colleges have been forced to close their “doors.” As I reported in this blog several years ago, the Washington Post Corporation, which had derived between 50% and 60% of … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · 6 Comments



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