Mimic experience of the face2face classroom, or take advantage of rich learning opps of the open web?

This Fast Company piece is about Duke University adopting Cisco’s Quad enterprise collaboration platform for use by its executive MBA students. Features include automatic transcription, enhanced search, and annotation of video lectures and content sharing over blogs, chatrooms, and in webinar-like formats. So this MBA programme is still competing by creating the aura of high … Continue reading

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