OLDaily, by Stephen Downes

[Home] [Top] [Archives] [Mobile] [About] [Threads] [Options]

June 11, 2012

How Will MOOCs Make Money?
Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2012.

Interesting examination of how MOOC providers might make money. Suggestions range from using MOOCs to generate leads for education services, for matchmaking students with potential employers, premium content, robust assessment, and the like. I think that in the beginning especially strong revenues will be found from companies and institutions wanting to educate people in a certain way. The existing system of higher education is a major subsidy for business and industry, and as governments pull back, they will have to replace it.

[Link] [Comment][Tags: Push versus Pull, Assessment]

Share |

The Real Tsunami
William G. Durden, Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2012.

The big tsunami, according to William G. Durden: "imagine that a highly respected, unassailable institution or set of institutions offers a set of completion exams at the bachelor’s level to anyone everywhere, anywhere, anytime... Imagine the moment when these completion exams permit a person to assemble learning from a variety of academic institutions and life experiences to complete a degree." Imagine, in other words, the end of the existing monopoly based on credentialing. It's going to happen.

[Link] [Comment][Tags: Experience, Assessment, Online Learning, Academia]

Share |

Just A Man Ironing A Shirt
Random, YouTube, June 9, 2012.

There is a simple elegance to this video. And it is an effective illustration of the idea of achieving perfection in whatever you do.

[Link] [Comment][Tags: Video]

Share |

This newsletter is sent only at the request of subscribers. If you would like to unsubscribe, Click here.

Know a friend who might enjoy this newsletter? Feel free to forward OLDaily to your colleagues. If you received this issue from a friend and would like a free subscription of your own, you can join our mailing list. Click here to subscribe.

Copyright 2010 Stephen Downes Contact: stephen@downes.ca

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.