Welcome PEL/EdSurge Readers

Taking a break from the usual Monday discussion of what free learning might mean to today’s learners (and college tuition payers) to play a little catch up. First, welcome to fellow Partially Examined Life fans that may have discovered this site after some of the Twittering that took place following […]

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Xena’s Paradox – The Partially Examined Life

As a substitute for the Degree of Freedom podcast I didn’t have time to put together this week, I’d like to talk about an educational podcast that has become a favored learning activity since finishing my One Year BA. Last summer, I kind of drew a line with regard to […]

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Forget About MOOCs – What’s an Actual College Diploma Worth?

Over the last couple of Monday’s I’ve started to address what my Degree of Freedom project might mean for students and parents trying to figure out what’s next for them as they think about applying, selecting and shelling out thousands for college. Questions regarding whether I worked as hard or […]

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Comings and Goings – MOOCS4D and Tufts

Speaking is picking up again, enough so that I’m planning to add a speaking-schedule piece to this site sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if anyone is attending this week’s MOOCs for Development (MOOCS4D) conference at the University of Pennsylvania, I’ll be there for the first day (Thursday), […]

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What’s a Free College Class Really Worth?

When people ask if my Degree of Freedom project actually involved taking dozens of free college courses, my answer usually hinges on what they mean by a “college course.” If you think of a college course as a unit of currency, for instance, one of 30 or so educational “payments” […]

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Interview with Lindsay Murphy from the Saylor Foundation

Today we are joined by Lindsay Murphy, Education Project Manager for the Saylor Foundation – a non-profit provider of free online college courses. Saylor provides curated courses, meaning they are built using public domain and open access content drawn from the web and other public sources.  You can read a […]

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HBX – Harvard Business School Gets Into the Game

During a year spent learning about MOOCs and listening to the people who make them, I noticed a continued curiosity over what those Harvard Business School (HBS) guys were cooking up with regard to their anticipated foray into large-scale online education. The assumption seemed to be that if anyone could […]

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What My Free MOOC BA Might Mean for Tomorrow’s College Kids (and Their Parents)

The site seems to be drawing more readers whose interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of free learning is based around one of the questions I’ve been trying to answer over the last year: what do these new, no-cost resources mean for students (and their parents) […]

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Executive Shuffles at Coursera and edX

The big MOOC news this week involved the leadership changes taking place at the two biggest MOOC providers: Coursera and edX. As most readers probably already know, Coursera just announced that Richard Levin, former President of Yale, will be taking on the CEO role of the Silicon Valley based MOOC […]

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MOOC Platforms

I recently received a note from American Online congratulating me for having been a user of their mail service for twenty years. Unsurprisingly, my kids greeted the news with a sneer followed by an eye roll.  For they, after all, are far more hip than either I or their mom […]

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