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15 JANUARY 2014

Why online education is mostly a fantasy

"If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet–based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some Android tablets, stream some courses in Python, and sit back and watch as everyone magically becomes a highly productive knowledge worker propelling the United States to new heights of economic prosperity. But this vision of online learning is so ridiculous I'm waiting for Ricardo Montalban to show up in a white suit and welcome these people to Fantasy Island.

The online education utopians ignore the fact that free learning has existed for decades in the form of the public library and despite that availability, every kid within bicycling distance to his local branch didn't turn into a self taught entrepreneur. Suggesting that online courses are the cure–all for our educational needs is like saying all you have to do to teach kids in the ghetto is give away textbooks on the corner."

(Francisco Dao, 25 April 2013, PandoDaily)

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2013 • Android tablet • at-risk learner • availabilitybricks and mortar • classroom based students • completion • completion rates • cost effective • course completion • cure all • cure-all • economic prosperity • education problems • educational needs • face-to-face instruction • Fantasy Island (television) • fixed structure • free learning • Hallie Bateman • highly productive • Internet-based courses • knowledge workerMinerva ProjectMOOCsmotivationmotivational needsonline courseonline educationonline learning • online movement • online programme • online students • PandoDaily • physical campuses • public library • real world student interaction • Ricardo Montalban • self-motivated • self-taught • sense of belonging • time flexibility • universityuniversity educationutopian technological prophecy

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Simon Perkins
15 JANUARY 2013

Minerva Project: seeks to satisfy global demand for an elite education

"Elite American universities maintain their prestige by turning away a huge percentage of applicants every year. And the education entrepreneur Ben Nelson sees an opportunity in this demand for top–flight education: He wants to reach talented students across the world and to build a new university that could remake the image of Ivy League education.

Mr. Nelson, founder of a start–up called the Minerva Project, believes the minuscule acceptance rates at prestigious institutions leave some college–bound students without a place where they can pursue a blue–ribbon degree. So his for–profit enterprise seeks to satisfy that demand by offering a rigorous online education to the brightest students around the world who slip through the cracks of highly selective admissions cycles. ...

To create these advanced courses, Minerva will break down the role of professor into two distinct jobs instead of simply poaching faculty members from other universities. The company will award monetary prizes to 'distinguished teachers among great research faculty,' Mr. Nelson said, who will team up with crews to videotape lectures and craft innovative courses when they are not teaching at their home institutions. (Mr. Nelson declined to elaborate on the size of the prizes.)

Minerva will then hire a second group of instructors to deliver the material. Mr. Nelson called them 'preceptors,' who will typically be young graduates of doctoral programs–they will lead class discussions online, hold office hours, and grade assignments."

(Nick DeSantis, 3 April 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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2014 • admissions cycles • applied knowledge • Ben Nelson • Benchmark Capital • Bob Kerrey • cheaper tuition • disruptive innovation • education entrepreneur • elite education • elite universities • for-profit enterprise • higher education • Innosight Institute • international studentsIvy League • launching a new brand • Lawrence Summers • Minerva Projectnew universityonline education • preceptors • prestige • prestigious institutions • research faculty • San Francisco • seed-stage investment • seeking accreditation • start-uptechnology transforming learning • The Chronicle of Higher Education • top-tier institutions • university admissions • videotape lectures • wired campus

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Simon Perkins
15 NOVEMBER 2012

Elite Online Courses for Cash and Credit

"A consortium of 10 top–tier universities will soon offer fully online, credit–bearing undergraduate courses through a partnership with 2U, a company that facilitates online learning.

Any students enrolled at an 'undergraduate experience anywhere in the world' will be eligible to take the courses, according to Chip Paucek, the CEO of 2U, which until recently was called 2tor. The first courses are slated to make their debut in the fall.

After a year in which the top universities in the world have clambered to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for no credit, this new project marks yet another turning point in online education. It is the first known example of top universities offering fully online, credit–bearing courses to undergraduates who are not actually enrolled at the institutions that are offering them."

(Steve Kolowich, 15 November 2012, Inside Higher Ed)

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2012 • 2tor • 2U • academic integrity • admissions criteriabrand recognition • Brandeis University • consortiumCoursera (provider) • credit-bearing courses • disruptive innovationDuke UniversityedX • Emory University • free content • Georgetown University • high-touch • higher educationinstitutions • intellectual rigour • like-mindedMassive Open Online CoursesMOOCs • Northwestern University • on-campus course • online contentonline educationonline learningopen access higher educationopen coursewarepartnershippricereputation • revenue sharing • selective admissions criteria • top-tier universities • traditional university model • undergraduate courses • undergraduate experience • undergraduate programme • Universities of North Carolina • university brand • university enrolmentUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • University of Notre Dame • University of Southern California • Vanderbilt University • virtual classroom experience • Wake Forest University • Washington University • Washington University in St. Louis

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Simon Perkins
02 APRIL 2012

Coursera: free online university course provider

"Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes, you will watch lectures taught by world–class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of our classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you."

(Coursera)

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Brown University • California Institute of Technology • classesColumbia Universityconsortium • course provider • Coursera (provider)Duke Universityeducationglobal community • Hebrew University of Jerusalem • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology • interactive exercises • interactive experience • learn at your own pace • learning and doingMassive Open Online Courses • master the material • Mount Sinai School of Medicine • Ohio State University • online coursesonline educationonline learning • Princeton University • reinforce concepts • social entrepreneurshipStanford Universitystudents • test your knowledge • university • University of Florida • University of MelbourneUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Virginia • Wesleyan University

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Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2010

e-learning 1.0: LMSs, VLEs, e-portfolios

"the dominant learning technology employed today is a type of system that organizes and delivers online courses – the learning management system (LMS). This piece of [e–learning 1.0] software has become almost ubiquitous in the learning environment; companies such as WebCT, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn have installed products at thousands of universities and colleges and are used by tens of thousands of instructors and students. The learning management system takes learning content and organizes it in a standard way, as a course divided into modules and lessons, supported with quizzes, tests and discussions, and in many systems today, integrated into the college or university's student information system."

(Stephen Downes, 17 October 2005)

Downes, S. (17 October 2005). "E–learning 2.0." eLearn Magazine, an Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. publication.

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2005 • ACM eLearn Magazine • Assessment 2.0blackboardCanadacollege • Computer-Based Learning • content • corporate training • Desire2Learndiscussion forumdistance educationdistance learninge-learning • e-learning 1.0 • e-learning 2.0e-portfolioeducationeducation technologyinformation system • instructor • knowledge management • learning content • learning environmentLearning Management Systemlearning technology • lessons • LMSmodulesNational Research Council of Canadaonline coursesonline educationonline learning • performance support • quizsoftwareStephen Downesstudenttechnologytesttrainingtransmission model of communicationuniversityVLEWebCT

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Simon Perkins
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