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The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?
News from Wired:
One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities. The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment.
It is now clear that the hype surrounding MOOCs has outpaced the model’s ability to deliver on the promise of a revolution in higher education. Initial data demonstrates that MOOCs have lived up to their name in terms of generating massive enrollments; however, completion rates — including introductory, lecture courses — hover in the low single digits.
These findings should not be surprising. MOOCs combine a set of existing tools that can be useful instructional supports, such as online lectures, social networks, and quizzes. But few professors would consider these t…………… continues on Wired
Online Catholic Study Program Provides ‘Backbone of a Liberal Education’
News from The Cardinal Newman Society:
August 20, 2014, at 11:31 AM | By Rachel Daly |
The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), a Newman Guide recommended institution, has been providing sound Catholic online higher education since its establishment in 2010. In an interview with The Catholic World Report (CWR), program president Patrick Carmack, J.D., shared some insight into the guiding vision, advantages, and limitations of this form of education.
In the interview, Carmack explained that the LSP is designed to be “an online, Catholic, generalist/liberal education using the Great Books as primary texts … combined with a deeper, more systematic concentration on the Catholic Faith.” The program was developed by Ignatius Press and the Angelicum Academy Homeschool Program, and consists of eight six-credit classes in the Great Books…………… continues on The Cardinal Newman Society