5 Wishes for the Next Stage of Online Learning

Unattributed, Institute for Performance, Contact North, Jan 16, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting discussion paper from Contact North that doesn't stay with the usual observaions and recommendations typical of such papers. Surveying what was important in 2012, the author points to the arricval of MOOCs (ofcourse) but also at new approaches to credit recognition and private sector engagement. The second is most important - the idea that we can't transfer credit from one institution to another is a relic of the Medieval age. The "wishes" for 2013 are as follows:

  • a focus on pedagogy - "In higher education, especially university graduate programs, the focus for learning
  • is more on discovery and exploration"
  • supporting and maintaining academic service standards for all students
  • a focus "on increasing access to and success in college and university 'gateway' courses"
  • e-Apprenticeship - "thinking about how we educate for trades, how we supervise trades trainees and how we build on a trades education"
  • better data and analytics - "simple and reliable data is not available for reasonable policy and strategic review and analysis."

These are reasonable wishes, and I appreciate the emphasis on practical approaches to solveproblems of access, effectiveness and affordability.

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