In this article Joshua Kim says that although we constantly hear that the Internet is broken, the education Internet is NOT broken. About three million students take all their classes online, and an additional three million take at least one online class.
Facebook is testing some new features that would allow instructors to teach online classes via the social network.
The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has announced that it is going to spin off its IT department into a separate for-profit department called AccelerEd. Joshua Kim does not think this is a good idea, but I think it probably is the wave of the future. UMUC is the university’s online division.
Joshua Kim dislikes educational technology because it has over-promised and under-delivered on the promise of educational technology, but the loves online learning in all its formats: blended, low-residency, and fully online.
I will just list them and not discuss them:
The University of Texas’s Institute for Transformational Learning, with the help of Salesforce and Salesforce.org, is turning its custom learning platform, TEx, into to an online marketplace of courses and credentials. Students will be able to get real-time feedback and personalized supports services through this platform at all of UT’s fourteen institutions. According the article in Campus Technology, “The new version will track a student’s achievements across institutions through a permanent, blockchain-powered ChainScript that builds a portfolio of credits, competencies, micro-certificates, degrees and other information important for a student’s professional journey.”
MIT and 13 other universities are launching “micro-master’s degrees. Students would complete up to one half the courses required for a master’s degree, taught via a MOOC, earn a credential, and then, decide if they wanted to complete the master’s program. MIT is charging $150 for each of its MOOC courses. Initially MIT is offering a master’s degree in supply chain management, which is endorsed by Walmart.