Social sciences research is riding high. But is it MOOC-proofed?

With four fifths of economic value-added found in services, the UK is now primarily a service economy. This is great news for social science disciplines who have demonstrated a strong influence in these industries. Whilst there are glimpses of optimism, argues Patrick Dunleavy, vulnerabilities still remain. Given that only one in nine of the 30,000 social science researchers work in research-only […]

Can MOOCs and Open Badges provide an alternative to the so-called ‘inflation of educational credentials’?

Learning takes place in a variety of settings as an ongoing process of skills and knowledge development in changing contexts. With the growing popularity of technology-enhanced learning initiatives, Cristóbal Cobo makes the case for more flexible methods for skills and knowledge recognition. The challenge is to create more versatile ways of recognizing uncertified forms of learning – both for formal qualifications of […]

True innovation in Higher Ed will emerge from faculty-driven, open-source projects, not start-up commercialisation

Leslie Madsen-Brooks is skeptical about the kind of disruption start-ups and tech folks promise. She highlights ways university faculty and staff are already driving thoughtful technological innovation through engaging in open source, open learning projects. Projects which focus on the individual and collective empowerment of students and communities, rather than commercialization will ensure lasting, productive disruption. I’ve heard that higher […]

MOOCs and Higher Education’s Non-Consumers

If Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are going to truly disrupt the higher education marketplace then non-consumers will need to play a critical role. Justin Reich outlines three categories of people currently underserved in the market and finds that given the diversity of interests involved, designing for all these populations might prove to be quite difficult. A critical component to Clay […]

After the gold rush: MOOCs are augmenting rather than replacing formal educational models

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) is the most hyped educational buzzword of the last year. Alan Cann reflects on what still needs to be done after the hysteria dies down. You can read more about his adventures in the land of MOOC at: I was hoping for replacement When the sun burst through the sky. – Neil Young. Who put […]

Openness has won – now what?

Martin Weller declares the openness battle to have been won. However, this means that new and murkier battle-lines are being drawn. Open vs closed has been replaced with a set of more complex, nuanced debates. As we start the new year and survey the open education landscape, it’s hard not to conclude that openness has prevailed. The victory may not be […]

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