Jerry Brown Looks for an Online Course that Requires No Human Interaction

At the Regents meeting of January 22, 2014, Gov. Brown seems to be searching for an online course that requires no human interaction.  Such a course, he reasons, could have unlimited enrollment because it is completely self-contained.  He gets some pushback from UC Provost Dorr, who thinks courses should have such interaction.  You can hear … Continue reading Jerry Brown Looks for an Online Course that Requires No Human Interaction

Listen to Part of the Regents Afternoon Session of 1-22-2014

As we have noted in numerous prior posts, the Regents refuse to archive their meetings beyond one year.  So we dutifully record the sessions in real time.  Below is a link to part of the afternoon session of Jan. 22.  This segment is mainly the Committee on Educational Policy.  Gov. Brown was in attendance.  We … Continue reading Listen to Part of the Regents Afternoon Session of 1-22-2014

MOOCs in the Muck

Good question!Inside Higher Ed today runs an article on MOOC offerings at the U of Texas and Cornell.  At the former, there are the usual extremely low completion rates.  At the latter, resident students are asking the question in the photo at the right:..."A year after UT began rolling out nine Massive Online Open Courses, … Continue reading MOOCs in the Muck

MOOc

An interesting analysis of MOOCs in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Stanford economist Caroline M. Hoxby suggests that heavy dependence on online ed won't work for what she terms highly selective post-secondary educational institutions.  In essence, such institutions depend in important ways on alumni loyalty which is hard to obtain if … Continue reading MOOc

Whatever happened to the era of limits?

In his first iteration as governor, back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Gov. Brown emphasized the "era of limits."  Yesterday at the Regents, however, he apparently wanted to push those limits when it came to online education:  Jerry Brown pushes UC to find "outer limits" of online education ...Sitting in on part of Wednesday's … Continue reading Whatever happened to the era of limits?

Do They Understand the Key Lesson of Their MOOC?

Seems like a contradiction!To yours truly comes word that Cornell University is offering an  online course (MOOC) on American Capitalism.No problem with that, I guess, but they are giving it away for free.  Don't think capitalism works like that - but what do I know?Details at https://www.edx.org/course/cornellx/cornellx-hist1514x-american-capitalism-1307

Events May Divert the Governor from MOOCs, etc., at the Regents in 2014

Jerry Brown will almost certainly be running for re-election in 2014.  It doesn't look like there will be much of a contest but there will be at least some effort devoted to the campaign.But apart from re-election, Brown is facing some "legacy" problems.  During his first iteration as governor, he wasn't big - to say … Continue reading Events May Divert the Governor from MOOCs, etc., at the Regents in 2014

Yesterday’s news

Christmas day tends to be a slow news day.  However, for those who didn't see it, the LA Times carried a front page story about UC's online offerings which allow cross-campus credits.  You can find the article at:http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-me-uc-online-20131222,0,6798231.storyBlog readers will be familiar with these offerings.  We noted in a prior post that UCLA seems to … Continue reading Yesterday’s news