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Information Resources

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Blogs and FAQs

Alt-Ed. A blog devoted to news and updates on MOOCs

Class Central. Comprehensive listing of free, open online courses

What You Need to Know About MOOCs. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Updated timeline, FAQs)

The Digital Campus. The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 29, 2012. Updated weekly.

Blog: Stephen's Web by Stephen Downes.

Recent news

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"To Measure a MOOC’s Value, Just Ask Students.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 9, 2013.

Online Class Aims to Earn Millions.” The Wall Street Journal. Aug. 30, 2013

Obama Proposals for Colleges Highlight Online Courses.” The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Aug. 22, 2013.

Charting a Course.” Inside Higher Ed. Aug. 15, 2013.

3 Universities Will Grant Credit for 2U’s Online Courses.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 30, 2013

Beyond MOOC Hype.” Inside Higher Education. June 9, 2013.

State Systems Go MOOC.” Inside Higher Ed.  May 30, 2013.

The Fine Print.” Inside Higher Ed. May 28, 2013.

MOOC Provider edX More Than Doubles Its University Partners.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 21, 2013.

Coursera Makes Case for MOOCs.” Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2013.

Major Players in the MOOC Universe.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2013.

State U Online.” New America Foundation.  April 23, 2013.

The Idea Makers: Ten Tech Innovators • 2013.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 19, 2013.

MOOCs, History and Context.” Inside Higher Ed. April 19, 2013.

Amended But Not Commended.” Insider Higher Ed. April 22, 2013.

How to Improve Public Online Education: Report Offers a Model.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22, 2013.

EdX Rejected.” Inside Higher Ed. April 19, 2013.

Competency-Based Education Advances With U.S. Approval of Program.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 18, 2013.

New MOOC Provider Says It Fosters Peer Interaction.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 17, 2013.

Regulating Distance Ed.” Inside Higher Ed. April 12, 2013.

Taking On Accreditors and Faculty.” Inside Higher Ed.  April 11, 2013.

California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment.” The Chronicle of Higher Education.  April 10, 2013.

Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates.” Chronicle of Higher Education.  April 8, 2013.

Free to Profit.” Inside Higher Ed.  April 8, 2013.

Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break.” New York Times.  April 4, 2013.

Intel on Adaptive Learning.” Inside Higher Ed.  April 4, 2013.

> More news items

Suggested reading

State U Online. New American Foundation. April 23, 2013.

MOOCs: A Primer for University and College Board Members. Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. March 2013.

The Challenge of Change for the Liberal Arts College: Some Parallels from the Health Care Industry. Raymond V. Gilmartin, speech delivered at Union College, October 1995.

Electronics and the Dim Future of the University. Eli Noam, Science Magazine.

Reimagining the University. Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies. Links to numerous pdfs from this site, especially to “Reinventing Education” Dr. Anant Agarwall, president of edX, and “The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone,” by Dr. Daphne Koller, Stanford University and Coursera co-founder.

Paper: "Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States" by I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman.

DIY U. by Anya Kamenetz

MOOCs & related

MOOCs.  Directory of MOOC providers.




Western Governors University

Message from the President

Placing MOOCs in proper context

By now, colleagues . . .

. . . you likely have heard about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), one of the many disruptive changes to higher education, and the subject of much discussion on this campus and elsewhere.

The University of Akron

Dr. Luis M. Proenza

On this page, I recommend a number of resources and informative articles that can be found online. We will update the page continuously.

First, however, we must place such matters in their proper context, and to that end I again offer these thoughts by Eli Noam, professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, who published an article “Electronics and the Dim Future of the University” in 1995. Please note that the word “dim” in the title is used in the sense of obscured or uncertain.

“…technologies and economics…together with history and politics they lead to a set of institutions. Change the technology and economics, and the institutions must change, eventually.”

“...This suggests a change of emphasis for universities. True teaching and learning are about more than information. Education is based on mentoring, internalization, identification, role-modeling, guidance, and group activity. In these processes, physical proximity plays an important role. Thus, the strength of the future physical university lies less in pure information and more in college as a community. Less in wholesale lecture, and more in individual tutorial. Less in Cyber-U, and more in Goodbye-Chips College."

To the right is the link to Noam's article, included in a list of resources that you may find useful. In addition, please review the State of University Address, in which I shared a number of thoughts on this matter.



Proenza: A shared urgency to develop
new content and assessment models

On Nov. 11, 2012, President Proenza led a conversation with 23 Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) presidents at the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) national meeting in Denver.

As stated in his State of the University address, Dr. Proenza discussed new innovative models of educational delivery including his concept for an Integrator/assessor university.

According to the vice president for the coalition, this was an unprecedented number of university presidents willing to come together to focus collectively on a shared topic, which speaks to a growing interest among universities to lead and not just react to innovative disruptions in higher education.

At this meeting, Dr. Proenza discussed the shared urgency for universities to embrace and further develop new content and assessment models such as MOOCs while rethinking pricing and financing models for higher education. There was agreement among the presidents that since disruptive innovation is occurring and potentially impacting traditional models of education, than it is better to have these innovations driven by the academy and faculty rather than third party vendors. The presidents and senior staff of the represented universities identified the following areas for collective exploration, development and action:

  • content aggregation,
  • assessment and credentialing of learners,
  • platform development for student-centric learning that incorporates game theory,
  • regulatory and policy influence,
  • research on innovative models,     
  • financial models which reduce costs for students, and,
  • funding – collective ability to obtain investment funding.

In part because of this meeting initiated by and led by Dr. Proenza, Urban Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities are forming faculty work teams across universities to explore the topics above.

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