What’s involved in making university resources available on iTunes U: some experiences

There’s been an interesting discussion today on the ALT members mailing list about the process and benefits of universities ‘launching’ their resources on iTunes U. And also a slightly arid discussion about whether open resources should be made available to be aggregated on a closed platform (how open is it to take an exclusive approach … Continue reading

Further evidence of commodification of Higher Ed: 250 free courses set out like a bestseller list

So is this a good thing or a bad thing? Instinct says that making this material — assumed to be high quality as it comes from highly rated institutions — available for free has to be good for access and inspiration, even if it comes without context and tuition. Intuition also says that maybe making … Continue reading

DIY U by Anya Kamenetz: who else is writing about self-organised universities?

I’m feeling like I must be very late to the party as this book was published six months ago, and I’ve only just found out about it. Equally there must be others writing about radical approaches to Higher Education — who are they, and who are the best ones? Clipped from diyubook.com DIY U: Edupunks, … Continue reading

If you step back, kids achieve the impossible, emergent properties are always astonishing – Sugata Mitra at ALT-C

The full transcript of Sugata Mitra’s keynote to the ALT-C conference last month will be published shortly but I took some notes to embed my own learning. I thought these might be helpful to others, as they’re easier to skim than either a full transcript or 54 minutes of video. The (or A) Future of … Continue reading

“Learn to exercise mindful deployment of yr attention online to become a critical consumer of media” @hrheingold

Howard Rheingold gives latest thoughts on the “five social media literacies”, focusing mainly on attention, and also explaining some of his own teaching practice. See also comparison with Guy Claxton’s characteristics of a confident explorer/researcher http://alchemi.co.uk/archives/ide/progressive_aus.html#literacies Clipped from http://www.educause.edu Social media—networked digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and wikis—enable people to socialize, organize, learn, … Continue reading

Features, benefits and questions raised by @KhanAcademy: notes on a talk by Salman Khan

Here’s a video of Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, speaking at the Good Experience Live conference in April 2010. My rough notes on the video are below, followed by some questions it raises. Background Salman Khan describes himself as a former maths geek and was also an analyst at a hedge fund. He … Continue reading

The principles & practice of home education: intvw with a parent on how she & her sons improvise their learning

Below are just a few excerpts from a lengthy interview I did with a friend of mine, whose teenage sons have been educated at home. Home education includes a range of approaches, and Annie places herself at one end of the spectrum. Quite a few thought-provoking perspectives (at least that’s how it seemed to me). … Continue reading

When 1-1 distance education is better than f2f classrooms, by @DonaldClark

Donald Clark’s take on new, cost-effective models for providing personal tutoring, online and 24/7. On the conservative side, it’s still teaching; on the radical side, it’s outsourcing teaching to India. But Donald’s full post also explains how adults with poor literacy and numeracy are happy being tutored at home via the net, whereas they feel … Continue reading

Notes on “The Classroom Experiment” (BBC/Dylan Wiliam)

Here are my notes on two one-hour BBC programmes about innovation in methods in an English secondary school. It was billed as “One professor, one term, 24 students” and featured some faintly contrived dramatisation and character development, which TV producers seem to think is necessary to make anything watchable. I’ve stripped that out so there’s … Continue reading

Nice reflexive little snippet of our weekly self-organised learning discussions by @TonyHall

Note: this is actually a video. If it doesn’t display as such, please click through to the original post to see the video (Amplify and Posterous don’t seem to share content well between each other – possibly not a coincidence!). “We seem to be moving towards recording everything.” This gives a tiny flavour of the … Continue reading