Campus Technology has announced a new Facebook page for “sharing ideas about massive open online courses.” The page is an open forum for discussion. The page is available here: www.facebook.com/CampusTechMOOCs
Commentary by Keith Fowlkes @ Information Week
Let me begin by telling you about a conversation I had recently with a couple of major higher education software executives. We had just finished hearing from a panel of higher education presidents talking about massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the future of education. I was listening to them talk about how “colleges just don’t get the paradigm.”
“MOOCs aren’t for the institutions,” one speaker said. “They are for the students.”
I agree with that, just as I agree the higher educational institutions should be there for the students also.
by Ellis Booker @ InformationWeek.com
At Wesleyan University, a private college in Middletown, Conn., “learning by doing” has been the approach to its first round of massive open online courses (MOOCs) with partner Coursera.
“Getting our feet wet makes us think more deeply about things,” said Jolee West, director of academic computing services and digital library projects. “We’re going to start from a different point from schools who’ve never mounted one.”
Coursera has announced it has added 1.25 million new users to its massive online online course platform through the addition of 10 state universities. Faculty at these state universities will be able create new courses or make use of existing courses from faculty at other schools for online or blended classes. There might also be an expansion to include dual-enrollment high school students.
The 10 universities added to the platform are: