31 août 2014

Kuali Foundation goes commercial

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/MIT-MOOC-panel-548x305.jpgBy Tony Bates. While there are several providers of open source learning management systems for education, Kuali is the only provider of free, open source administrative software specifically built for higher education. In a blog post on August 22, it announced that while its software will still continue to be developed, open source and freely available, it will be creating a commercial company to provide for profit commercial services, such as hosting and contracted software development. Read more...

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Developing intellectual and practical skills in a digital age

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/MIT-MOOC-panel-548x305.jpgBy Tony Bates. Chapter 5 of my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ is about the design of teaching and learning, which I am currently writing and publishing as I go.
I started Chapter 5 by suggesting that instructors should think about design through the lens of constructing a comprehensive learning environment in which teaching and learning will take place. I have started to work through the various components of a learning environment, focusing particularly on how the digital age affects the way we need to look at some of these components. Read more...

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Handwriting v. Laptops? Why People Ask the Wrong Question (and Why Think Pair Share Rules Yet Again)

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. Do students learn less when they are taking notes on a laptop than they learn when they take notes in a lecture class by handwriting?  Apparently, according to this one much-quoted popular report on an actual study, the answer is yes.  ( I'll add something later, in the Comments section, about the study itself, which apparently does not say some of what the media says), but the point is why do people keep asking this question, the wrong question:  handwriting versus laptops in a lecture hall.   Okay, so if that is your binary, maybe you should have them take notes. More...

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Community Source Is Dead

By .As Phil noted in yesterday’s post, Kuali is moving to a for-profit model, and it looks like it is motivated more by sustainability pressures than by some grand affirmative vision for the organization. There has been a long-term debate in higher education about the value of “community source,” which is a particular governance and funding model for open source projects. This debate is arguably one of the reasons why Indiana University left the Sakai Foundation (as I will get into later in this post). At the moment, Kuali is easily the most high-profile and well-funded project that still identifies itself as Community Source. The fact that this project, led by the single most vocal proponent for the Community Source model, is moving to a different model strongly suggests that Community Source has failed. Read more...

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Kuali For-Profit: Change is an indicator of bigger issues

By Phil Hill. On Friday the Kuali Foundation announced the creation of a new for-profit entity to be led by the former CTO of Instructure, Joel Dehlin. Jeff Young at the Chronicle described the change. Read more...

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Cal State Online: Public records shed light on what happened

By Phil Hill. Last month I shared the system announcement that the Cal State Online (CSO) initiative is finished. Despite the phrasing of “re-visioning” and the retention of the name, the concept of a standalone unit to deliver and market online programs for the system is gone. Based on documents obtained by e-Literate through a public records request. Read more...

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Free course on teaching connected #online courses

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. Thanks to the wonderful Maha Bali, I was pointed towards a really nice initiative that allows everyone with an interest to learn how to set up, facilitate and experience an online, connected course (cfr connected-MOOCs). This initiative is called the Connected Courses Initiative, and will introduce active co-learning in higher ed. There is a wonderful bunch of intelligent, kind and creative people at the helm (look at that awesome list of online learning gurus! - I mean the list is simply mind baffling!), all with loads of experience and insight in the matter, so this looks like an exceptional chance to deepen, strengthen or simply explore the idea and the actions related to connected learning. Read more...

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Zitat des Tages: "Ruinen, die sich Universität nennen"

SPIEGEL ONLINEFast 1,2 Milliarden Euro sparen die Länder dank der Bafög-Reform. Das Geld muss in Bildung fließen, doch in Hamburg sieht es nicht danach aus. Uni-Präsident Dieter Lenzen ist daher sauer - und erklärt seine eigene Uni zum Trümmerhaufen. Mehr...

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Rektorengehälter sollen öffentlich werden

SPIEGEL ONLINEDas wird den Hochschulrektoren in Nordrhein-Westfalen nicht schmecken: Jährlich sollen sie in Zukunft ihre Gehälter offenlegen - so steht es im Entwurf zum neuen Hochschulgesetz. Als die Zahlen zuletzt durchsickerten, schäumten die Hochschulchefs. Mehr...

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Was kostet die Welt? Izmir, Meer und mehr

SPIEGEL ONLINEVon Samuel Acker. Auslandssemester in der Türkei kann jeder? In Istanbul vielleicht, aber Izmir ist eine Herausforderung: In der Millionenstadt lässt sich zwar mit Meerblick frühstücken, und 150.000 partyfreudige Studenten feiern wild, aber ohne Türkisch läuft nicht viel. Mehr...

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