New Council to Develop Standards, Best Practices for Online Learning

Megan O'Neil, Observatoire de Paris, Nov 12, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Carnegie Mellon university is launching the Simon Initiative to accelerate research on technology-aided learning (named after Herbert Simon) and the Global Learning Council that "will spearhead efforts to develop standards and promote best practices in online education." Herbert Simon was the real deal but this initiative seems oddly out of place. "They seem to be masters of leaping to the front of whatever parade they see and shouting 'Follow me!'" says Steve Foerster in a comment. "Except instead of leaping to the front of this parade, they are leaping somewhere into the middle of the last third of the parade shouting 'Follow me!'" rejoins someone else. Another person observes, "In reading the release, it appears that online education began with MOOCs and the elite institutions." True, all too true. You'd never know we've been at this for 20 or 30 years.

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