23 mars 2014

Like Reading a Newspaper

I've stated this in many times in talks and interviews, but I can't find it anywhere in my actual text-based materials, so let's get it on the record so people can have something to cite, should they want to.
It has to do with MOOC completion rates, and the oft-cited criticism that MOOCs have low completion rates. Here's a citation:

The average completion rate of xMOOCs is 7.6%, with a minimum of 0.67% and a maximum of 19.2%. The 19.2% appears to be an outlier from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, although it may be worth figuring out how they got their rate so high.

Other people have argued that there is a very lartge number of people who sign up and never return, and that completion rates are much better if we look at the numbner of people participating after the first rate. But that's fine; let's stipulate that completgion rates are abysmally low. More...

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WCET Post on Distance Education Misconceptions

By . It is gratifying to see WCET pick up the mantle with their analysis of distance learning based on the new IPEDS data. They have several posts up already, and today’s post is quite good and important. If only more people jumping into the fray on higher education history and reform would start with a grounding in facts, the public debate and resulting recommendations would be much more useful. More...

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2U’s Upcoming IPO: Filing estimates $533 million company value

By . One month ago 2U filed its registration for an IPO in 2014. 2U is an online service provider that helps traditional universities develop fully-online programs, currently based on 9 customers at the master’s level (see here for summary of revenue per student and per customer). On Monday the company set the terms for the IPO, as described by Bill Flook in the Washington Business Journal. More...

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MOOCs and Academic Exchanges Now Allowed for Iranian Students

By . One development covered here at e-Literate this year has been the US State Department and Treasury Department forcing the MOOC providers to block access for students in Iran, Sudan, Cuba and Syria. Kris Olds has also provided excellent coverage as well as Carl Straumsheim at Inside Higher Ed. In late January Coursera had to start blocking students in these four countries while edX continued working with these students. Then in early March edX had to start blocking students in Iran, Sudan and Cuba. More...

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Proposed State Authorization: Dramatic increase in federal control of distance ed

By . The Department of Education (DOE) released their proposed State Authorization regulations this week as part of the negotiated rulemaking process that seeks to replace previous rules struck down by courts in 2011. While the new process is more transparent than before (which was the basis of the court rulings), the proposed rulings would represent a dramatic increase in federal control of distance education and compliance burden for institutions. More...

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Why VCs Usually Get Ed Tech Wrong

By Michael Feldstein. I don’t often get to write these words, but there is a new must-read blog post on educational technology by a venture capitalist. Rethink Education’s Matt Greenfield argues that there is no generalized bubble in ed tech investment; rather, the problem is that the venture community has a habit of systematically betting on the wrong horses. It’s worth noting that Matt is not your typical VC. For starters, he doesn’t live in the Valley echo chamber. Perhaps more importantly, he has a background as an academic. More...

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1st European Conference on Social Networks - Barcelona (UAB) - July 1-4, 2014

http://jornades.uab.cat/eusn/sites/all/themes/jornades_verd/images/logos.gifUniversity Networks

Daniel Houben (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

European universities and higher education have undergone some tremendous changes during the last two decades. Apart from the Bologna-Process, especially the ideas of entrepreneurial universities and ranking-based funding provoked a shift to more competition and market-based logics within the field of research and education. These developments prove to be a major source for strategic re-organization of universities all over Europe. Hence, strategic collaborations and inter-university networks have become a familiar phenomenon for most scientists. Yet, regarding universities social network analysis is mostly concerned with scientific research and citation networks, whereas universities as corporate actors and their relations to other organizations play a marginal role at best.

The aim of the session is to discuss universities as corporate actors and their networks from a social network analysis perspective. Theoretical and conceptual contributions as well as empirical work linking university behavior and SNA are of interest.

Topics for the session might include:

  • Conceptualization of networks between universities as organizations
  • Relevant sorts of university-relations
  • Strategic inter-university networks
  • University ties to industry, media, politics or other sectors
  • Scientific, political, or economic significance of university networks
  • University boards and interlocking directorates
  • Historic changes of university networks
  • International comparisons of university networks

The session is not committed to any particular methodological approach, nor will it be restricted to European authors or material with a European focus.

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Call for papers on universities and network analysis

By Hedda. 1st European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) will take place in Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barchelona, UAB) during July 1-4, 2014. The conference has a broad focus on Social Networks with various thematic sessions. In addition, 16 workshops will be offered on  the theory, data collection, methods of analysis and visualization of social networks. One of the thematic sessions has also focus on universities in particular, with a title University Networks. See more...

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Die Brücke nach Europa wackelt

Von Samuel Acker. Fliegt die Türkei aus dem Erasmus-Programm? Die EU ermittelt wegen "Unregelmäßigkeiten". Für deutsche Studenten wäre das schade, für türkische fatal.
Irem Koca hat einen Traum. Die 19-Jährige aus Istanbul studiert Medienwissenschaften, irgendwann möchte sie einmal für die BBC arbeiten. Vor wenigen Wochen hat sie einen Studienplatz für ein Auslandsjahr in London bekommen, ein erster Schritt. Doch jetzt steht Irems Traum auf der Kippe. Die Europäische Kommission hat Anfang März Ermittlungen gegen die türkische "Nationalagentur für das Erasmus-Programm" in Ankara aufgenommen – und an deren Ende könnte ein Erasmus-Stopp stehen, sowohl für türkische Studenten, als auch für europäische Studenten, die in die Türkei kommen wollen. Die Türkei stellt unter den 33 Nationen, die am Erasmus-Programm teilnehmen, die sechstmeisten Austauschstudenten. Allein 2012 verließen rund 12.000 türkische Studenten so das Land. Mehr...

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Ein halbes Jahrhundert lang Doktorand

Ein Leserartikel von Hans-Dieter Eberhard. Seit Ende der sechziger Jahre promoviere ich in Philosophie. Eine Karriere als Mediziner kam dazwischen. Jetzt will ich die Dissertation endlich abschließen. Seit 44 Jahren promoviere ich in Philosophie. Im Wintersemester 1966/67 begann ich, in München Philosophie, Kunstgeschichte und Romanistik zu studieren. In den ersten Semestern war ich sehr eifrig und lieferte meine Seminararbeiten und Referate immer pünktlich ab. Mehr...

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