We can interpret the rise in production value of MOOCs as a sign of what's to come for all of online higher education, or as merely an aberration - a by-product of the one-upmanship that characterized the response by elite institutions to the onset of MOOC-mania. I would argue that it's the former - for two reasons.
It’s not uncommon for online courses in higher education to include instructional resources from a wide range of sources. Resources may include digital content from textbooks (e.g. flashcards), images used in campus-based courses, freely available content from the Internet, print or ebooks from publishers, activities pulled from open education resource repositories, and others. Some of … Continue reading Coherent, Coordinated, and Consistent Design of Online Courses
Design is having its moment. Apple’s Jonathan Ive, Philippe Starck and Michael Graves are among a growing number of designers enjoying rock-star status. Businessweek, Fast Company and other pubs now dedicate entire issues to design. Enrollment in college design programs has spiked. But what role does - or should - design play in education, specifically digital higher … Continue reading Why design matters in digital higher education
A college in my neck of the woods is looking to build its capacity in digital learning. Like many other institutions, they see the brick n' mortar campus as the core of the institution, but they also realize that the time has come to make a bigger investment in digital. The leadership at the college … Continue reading Minding the Gap: Instructional Technology and Pedagogy
In my opinion, one of the toughest jobs in higher education today is leading an online unit within a traditional, non-profit, brick-and-mortar institution. To do your job well, you need to be a diplomat, present a compelling vision of the future, and have the patience of Job. Not only do you need to execute a … Continue reading Frances Rowe: Leading Online Learning at Quinnipiac U