Word from the White House: Go Easy on MOOCs

That's the headline for an article in today's Inside Higher Ed.  According to the article, "President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has a message for the federal government and regional accreditors: Go easy on the MOOCs."  You can read the article at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/12/19/white-house-science-council-recommends-us-accreditors-support-moocsIt's probably OK, however, to sing to them as they … Continue reading Word from the White House: Go Easy on MOOCs

UC Prez has some online ed doubts

...In a departure from some of the online education hype that marked the early part of the year, [CSU Chancellor Timothy] White and [UC President Janet] Napolitano said they didn't see online course technology as a solution for lower-division or remedial course work -- though they said it is promising for some specialized courses. White … Continue reading UC Prez has some online ed doubts

Maybe It’s Better to Get Than to Give

We have been following the issues of online education on this blog.  $10 million has been earmarked by UC for online course development.  So what is currently on offer?  And who is doing the offering?Above is the current listing.  [Click to enlarge and clarify.]  Berkeley, Riverside, Davis, and Irvine seem to be doing the offering.  … Continue reading Maybe It’s Better to Get Than to Give

Loneliness of the long distance MOOC runner

In a recent study at the U of Pennsylvania, it turned out - as many other studies have noted - that few takers of MOOCs actually complete the course.  What's interesting about the study is that many takers don't even start them.Emerging data from a University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) study … Continue reading Loneliness of the long distance MOOC runner

Bad Dream for Princeton Prez: Faculty May Want to Milk Their Own MOOC

Inside Higher Ed today points to an article in the Princeton University student newspaper in which it is reported that faculty there are interested in having their own MOOC rather than relying on Coursera (with which Princeton has an affiliation).Members of the faculty discussed the possibility of creating a University-specific alternative to Coursera, as well … Continue reading Bad Dream for Princeton Prez: Faculty May Want to Milk Their Own MOOC

Scary Thoughts for Halloween

Over the past year or so, there have been various scary developments about which we have blogged.  Most recently there is the recently-filed anti-pension initiative that sweeps in UC.  There is the volatility of state budget because of its heavy dependence on the income tax and the incomes of those in the upper brackets that … Continue reading Scary Thoughts for Halloween

We got a boost. Now we need some answers.

I've got the booster.  But what's for dinner?We noted in past postings that new UC president Janet Napolitano was to give an important address yesterday about her vision of UC.  The address happened.  But her remarks were mainly boosterism.  (So far, UCOP hasn't put the transcript of the remarks on the web, but yours truly … Continue reading We got a boost. Now we need some answers.

Davis and Merced Get Drones, But We Have Snodgrass

The website California's Capitol reports that UC-Davis and UC-Merced have applied to the FAA to have drones. http://www.californiascapitol.com/2013/10/californias-drone-applicants/ and https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/faa_coa_list-2012.pdf. Obviously, the rest of us will be falling behind in this technology.  But at least we have Prof. Snodgrass who drones on and on, as former UC president Yudof once reminded us in his soliloquy … Continue reading Davis and Merced Get Drones, But We Have Snodgrass