23 janvier 2016

Don’t write off the Teaching Excellence Framework – just make it better by John Vinney

With the green paper response deadline looming, most readers will have settled their responses and, according to recent press reports, many believe that the proposals are bad news – especially the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). More...

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Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . The key question we face is whether online learning should aim to replace teachers and instructors through automation, or whether technology should be used to empower not only teachers but also learners. Of course, the answer will always be a mix of both, but getting the balance right is critical. More...

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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first fully online course

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . The first totally online credit course delivered entirely via the Internet was taught in January, 1986 at the University of Toronto, through the Graduate School of Education (then called OISE: the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Thus January, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary. More...

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The Massive Decline In Larger Education Company Market Caps

By Phil Hill. After our coverage of Blackboard’s CEO change last week, we were both interviewed by the Washington Business Journal, with the following lede:

Analysts and sources I spoke with Monday, both on and off the record, said the decision to bring on Bill Ballhaus as CEO was a combination of Bhatt failing to make progress building the company’s business and lacking the experience needed to successfully run a company of that scale. And that means at least several years before Providence Equity Partners, which owns a majority of the company after paying $1.64 billion for it in July 2011, begins actively marketing the company for sale, according to industry experts.

Earlier this week I wrote about Apollo Education Group, parent of the University of Phoenix, putting itself up for sale due to its weakening financial position. More...

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It’s Called Data Analysis And Not Data Synthesis For A Reason

By Phil Hill. I’ve never been a big TEDtalks fan, but recently I’ve been exploring some of the episodes, partially based on peer pressure. More...

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Inside Higher Ed: One year after selling majority stake in company

By Phil Hill. One year ago I wrote a post critical of Inside Higher Ed for not doing a blanket disclosure about the sale of a majority stake to a private equity firm with other education holdings (most notably Ruffalo Noel Levitz). More...

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Launch Of Moodle Users Association: 44 members sign up, mostly as individuals

By Phil Hill. The Moodle Users Association (MUA), a crowd-funding group for additional Moodle core development, announced today that it is open for members to join. Technically the site was internally announced on its web site last Friday, but the press release came out today. More...

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Parent Company of University of Phoenix Could Be Sold to Owner of McGraw-Hill Education

By Phil Hill. Apollo Education Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix as well as Apollo Global, is in “advanced talks” to be purchased by Apollo Global Management, owner of McGraw-Hill Education and of Cengage debt. More...

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Blackboard Did What It Said It Would Do. Eventually.

By Michael Feldstein. Today we have a prime example of how Blackboard has been failing by not succeeding fast enough. The company issued a press release announcing “availability of new SaaS offerings.” After last year’s BbWorld, I wrote a post about how badly the company was communicating with its customers about important issues. More...

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Patents Rethought: Khan Academy Did the Right Thing

By Michael Feldstein. To recap what’s happened so far:

Since then, I had a little more time to look at the actual legal language of the agreement and reflect on the larger edupatent problem. More...

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