A funny thing happened as I attempted to turn from a fanatic to a leisurely learner. My original thought was that once I was done taking eight courses every three months as part of last year’s Degree of Freedom project, I would still continue to take a couple of courses […]
When it becomes made available, I’m planning to post footage of talks and presentations I’ve participated in, starting with the video below of a discussion that took place a couple of weekends ago during MIT’s 2014 Tech Conference. This was a panel discussion entitled “Disrupting Education,” although the disruption we all […]
Today’s podcast guest is Justin Reich, Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, a Fellow at the Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a visiting lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program at MIT. Justin was that guy some of you saw on stage when Harvard released its research […]
Having talked about how a sales approach (or at least sales metaphors) might help us improve MOOC effectiveness, it’s probably appropriate to talk about how a sales attitude might answer another nagging question surrounding massive online classes: how to make money off of them. I’d like to kick off such […]
Thanks to readers who stopped by to say Hi at last weekend’s MIT Sloane School event. And in an effort to do a better job communicating upcoming speaking engagements, here are a couple of Boston-based events I’ll be presenting at over the next few weeks. If anyone is planning to […]
I can understand the hesitancy of superimposing a metaphor like the sales funnel onto education, given that it tends to treat individual students as either objects or customers. But if we can get past the educator’s understandable distaste for applying terminology that originates from the world of business to the […]
Apologies for the paucity of postings this week, but with the kids off for school vacation and lots of snow on the ground, I decided to go light on the blogging front, although I did want to finish up that thought I started last time with regard to the metaphors […]
A discussion I had last week with Justin Reich, the person who presented those HarvardX research findings back in January, got me thinking about the notion of whether marketing MOOCs is required to attract continued “customers” (i.e., students). This question actually derived from another one regarding enrollments and completion numbers for […]
I debated jumping into the comments section of that Slate story I mentioned last week, but thought the better of it. Partly, I knew how much trouble I have keeping track of multiple online discussion points at the same time (an issue I should probably write about later in the […]
First off, greetings to visitors from Slate Magazine, and if you’re trying to orient yourself to a project that’s been going on for just over a year, a good place to start is this first blog entry that talks about what I was trying to with my One Year BA […]
Sign up for the Degree of Freedom weekly news
Read course reviews, follow my progress, and read about trends in online learning — right in your inbox!
- Slacking March 5, 2014
- The MOOCLaughlin Group March 3, 2014
- Interview with HarvardX Researcher Justin Reich February 28, 2014
- Making Money Off MOOCs February 26, 2014
- DegreeofFreedom: I'd have to see which courses they were and, even...
- Dave of that ilk: I'd like to run my courses past you. 20 now, 17 ...
- Dave of that ilk: Interesting comment Paul and I agree. I've compl...
- DegreeofFreedom: I think that's a pretty reasonable calculation. ...