Our obsession with metrics turns academics into data drones

Universities’ growing addiction to tracking progress will destroy the very things we are supposed to nurture The Guardian 

November 29, 2015 | Analytics, Daily News, Higher Education, K-12, Policy


How a 6 month ‘degree’ could put you ahead of the competition

(CNN)While college degrees take years to complete and cost many thousands of dollars, Google is now backing a scheme to get people a “nanodegree” in just six months. CNN

November 29, 2015 | Elearning, Governance, Higher Education


What happens when college and career readiness starts in kindergarten?

As one district proves, you don’t have to wait until high school to expose students to their futures

November 28, 2015 | Daily News


Researching possible futures to guide leaders towards more effective tertiary education

This research aimed to inform institutional leaders by producing and disseminating a system wide view of what tertiary education might look like in Aotearoa New Zealand, five years into the future. The researchers were responding to a challenge in a speech at the DEANZ 2010 conference by a highly respected national leader (Dr Peter Coolbear). […]

November 28, 2015 | Daily News, Governance, Higher Education, Management, Research


Recognising Informal Elearning with Digital Badging: Evidence for a Sustainable Business Model

Digital badging as a trend in education is now recognised. It offers a way to reward and motivate, providing evidence of skills and achievements. Badged Open Courses (BOCs) were piloted by The Open University (OU) in 2013. The project built on research into the motivations and profiles of learners using free educational resources which the […]

November 28, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Educational Resources, Open Learning, Research


Growth and Development of Distance Education in India and China: A Study on Policy Perspectives

India and China are two fast growing economies of the world and need large skill based manpower to sustain the economic growth. The existing formal higher educational system in these countries will not be able to meet the demand of the economy. The paper will try (i) to compare the development of economy and distance […]

November 28, 2015 | Daily News, Elearning, Governance, Government, Higher Education, Research


Supporting Access to Open Online Courses for Learners of Developing Countries

This paper examines how access to, and use of, open educational resources (OER) content may be enhanced for nonnative learners in developing countries from a learner perspective. Using analysis of the open education concept, factors that affect access to OER content, and universal standards for delivering multimedia learning, the author demonstrates that the open concept, […]

November 28, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Access, Research


Mainstreaming Open Textbooks: Educator Perspectives on the Impact of OpenStax College open textbooks

This paper presents the results of collaborative research between OpenStax College, who have published 16 open textbooks to date, and the OER Research Hub, a Hewlett funded open research project examining the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching.  The paper focuses primarily on the results of two surveys that were conducted […]

November 27, 2015 | Daily News, Open Educational Resources, Research


Community college shares OER degree pathway

For colleges everywhere, offering a zero textbook cost degree program became easier as Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and open courseware provider Lumen Learning announced a collaboration to publish 24 online college courses for two complete degree programs. eCampus News

November 27, 2015 | Daily News


4 ways ePortfolios are going beyond college resume building

Innovative faculty and institutions are leveraging the power of ePortfolios to transform the college classroom. eCampus News

November 26, 2015 | Daily News