This tweet, from the co-founder of Coursera, highlights several troublesome aspects of the MOOC phenomenon and the manner in which we envision online education in an age of technological solutionism (see Morozov).…
Clayton Christensen on The disruption of higher education An interview by The Economist Intelligence Unit
December 9, 2013 Harvard Business School
What causes successful companies or institutions to stumble and fail? It’s almost never that a competitor comes in to sell a better product or service. What kills them is when somebody comes in with a simple product that the customers of the mainstream competitors can’t use. Historically, this has not happened in higher education, and the reason is that in order for disruption to occur, there has to be what we call a technological core that can start at the bottom and then extend itself upmarket to do the same model at higher and higher prices.
In light of our focus on retention, Ed Tech du Jour hosts, Dr. Melissa Kaulbach and Dr. Heather Farmakis share factors contributing to attrition rates originate from a variety of sources, many that are beyond your control. As an instructor and course designer, you do have control over your course’s environment, which can influence students’ choice to remain enrolled.
In light of our focus on retention, we ask, Have you designed your online course to promote student retention? Factors contributing to attrition rates originate from a variety of sources, many that are beyond your control. However, as an instructor and course designer, you do have control over your course’s environment, which can influence students’ choice to remain enrolled.
For this Faculty Spotlight, we interviewed Dolores Huffman, PhD, RN, Associate Professor for Purdue University-Calumet’s RN-BSN program. We have worked with Dolores since the inception of the online program and are honored to feature the excellent work she does!
Whitney Kilgore , Vice President, Learning Technologies, Academic Partnerships International, along with Leah B. Mangrum, Assistant Professor of Communication, Angelo State University, and Jennifer Miller, University of North Texas/Dublin Independent School District, co-authored an article that was recently published in the Journal of Media Education.
We’re excited at the potential of Curiosity.com to expand our reach and give students an additional channel for exploring their professional and personal interests among Coursera’s offerings, as well as among those of other available educational resources.