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Future of Higher Education

On Monday, Oct 8, we kick of the Current State/Future of Higher Education open online course. This course will run for six weeks, covering these topics. We’re using Desire2Learn as a platform, in addition to the gRSSHopper software (developed by Stephen Downes and used in our open courses since 2008). If you want to join, registration is open: http://edfuture.net/blog1/registration/.

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Writing a book: xEducation

Bonnie Stewart, Dave Cormier, and I have signed on to write a book on MOOCs and other such trends in education. The book will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013. Unfortunately, and I recognize the irony, the book will not be open. So we’ve set up a blog as field notes for the book: xEducation. A bit more background.

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The challenge of coherence

Slides from recent presentation:

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Never teach alone

Teaching is a solitary profession. Obviously students are involved and social processes are needed for discussion on important topics, but the *act* of teaching is solitary. Part of my interest in open online courses is the prospect of the internet thinning classroom walls and reducing barriers to teaching and learning opportunities. Educators need to get past the isolating view of teaching as a one-to-many activity.

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MOOCs, Learning Points

Carol Edwards from BCIT recently shared a document detailing her experience participating in massive open online courses. She concludes: “Based on the Report Card generated above, MOOC’s are a failure, both as an educational product and as a business model.”

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Openness in Education

It’s a busy fall with open online courses. I’m involved in several, including Current State/Future of Education (non-credit).

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More on Massive Open Online Courses

I presented to the EDUCAUSE NGLC Summer Learning series today on massive open online courses (MOOCs). It was one of the more active presentations I’ve been involved with in a while – the discussions were intense. I should have bailed on my slides (below) and just chatted with attendees. The recording is now available here.

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MOOCs are really a platform

We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. Between Coursera, edX and smaller open course offerings, nearly $100 million in funding has been directed toward MOOCs in that past 8 months. Newspapers from NYTimes to Globe and Mail to publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, TV programs such as NPR, radio programs such as CBC, and a few hundred thousand blog posts have contributed to the hype.

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Open Letter to Canadian Universities

Dear Canadian Universities,

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