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Preparing for the Digital University


GianMario Besana (DePaul's Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning) shared an interesting PDF this morning. The report is "Preparing for the Digital University" and comes out of LINK Research Lab. Worthy of a detailed read.

Also worth looking at "MOOC Completion and Retention in the Context of Student Intent" (from EDUCAUSE)


AACSB International: Business Faculty in the Land of the MOOCS

Business Faculty Involved in MOOC Provision

Dan Heiser shared this AACSB International post with me (Business Faculty in the Land of the MOOCS). Although the post is from December of 2013, it is worth a read....

The complete article is here.


Updates on the San Jose / Udacity MOOC Experiment

The news (Inside Higher Ed, Forbes, AllGovCalifornia) coming in yesterday and today suggests that the experimental collaboration between San Jose State University and Udacity is not going well. It will be interesting what changes going forward.

Technology Tuesdays: MOOCs

I have posted my video and handouts from the March Technology Tuesdays presentation on MOOCs. Video and materials can be found here.

Udacity and San Jose State University

Sebastian Thrun announced today that Udacity and San Jose State University are extending their for-credit pilot this summer.

Anyone that enrolls and completes the pilot courses will get SJSU credit. In his words:

“For just $150, you’ll get transferable college credit in key general education subject areas such as: Intro to Programming, Intro to Psychology, Elementary Statistics, College Algebra.”


Bitter Reality of MOOConomics

Very interesting article on MOOCs (Bitter Reality of MOOConomics) by Carlo Salerno on Inside Higher ED. Well worth reading

MOOC: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success


Curt Bonk is leading a free MOOC i(massively open online course) by the name of “Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.” Registration is open now, and the course schedule is:

  • Monday, April 23rd - Sunday, April 29th Registration and Orientation
  • Monday, April 30th - Sunday, May 6th Motivation and retention online (TEC-VARIETY model)
  • Monday, May 7th - Sunday, May 13th Addressing Diversity and Learning Styles (R2D2 model)
  • Monday, May 14th - Sunday, May 20th 50 Hyper-Engaging Ideas: Critical, Creative, Cooperative
  • Monday, May 21st - Sunday, May 27th Question and Answer (Q&A) Session
  • Monday, May 28th - Sunday, June 3rd Applying TEC-VARIETY and R2D2 with CourseSites

Curt is using Blackboard’s CourseSites to host the MOOC, and the course will focus on empowering you to increase student achievement and success in blended and online learning environments.

I highly recommend faculty and instructional designers sign up for the course.

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