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Final Exam

I’m typing this on my way back home from the 2013 Eastern Division conference of the American Philosophical Association, a conclave where over a thousand philosophers (mostly professors and graduate students) gathered in Baltimore to ponder the universe, torture job-seekers and fret about funding for the field. Before the holidays, I argued that one method […]

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A One Year BA? – The Prosecution

After coming up with the idea of a One Year BA, the next step was to calculate whether it was even possible to fit 30+ MOOC and other free learning courses that would meet the degree requirements of a liberal arts college or university into a twelve month timeframe. There were a fair number of […]

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Interview with Danny King of Accredible and David Blake of Degreed

On today’s podcast, we’re joined by the founders of two different companies: Degreed and Accredible, each of which are dedicated to helping students – including MOOC students –signal their learning through the use of portfolio systems that take different approaches to how students can communicate their traditional and non-traditional educational accomplishments to the world. If […]

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Independent Educational Portfolios – Accredible

The second educational portfolio product birthed during the MOOC era is Accredible and you can take a look at a half-finished Accredible portfolio of the work I’ve done for my Degree of Freedom project here. As I mentioned yesterday, a traditional educational portfolio is made up of work samples (called artifacts), with space allowing students to […]

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Independent Educational Portfolios – Degreed

Going in no particular order, my first review of an independent education portfolio will focus on Degreed . Actually, Degreed is the site I got up and running first, which is why I’m in a position to share my Degreed dashboard with you so you can take a look at how the system presents information related […]

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Evidence

With my senior year technically starting tomorrow, it’s looking increasingly likely that I’ll be able to finish my One Year BA by the end of the year as planned. When I interviewed Scott Young about his own extreme learning project (the MIT Challenge), he mentioned the value of having collected and made public evidence demonstrating […]

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MOOCs – Is the Sky Falling?

The latest version of the “Glass-Half-Empty” critique of MOOCs focuses on recent pull-backs of attempts to make massive online courses count towards official college credit. As this story highlights, legislation submitted that would require colleges to accept MOOC credentials in California and Florida has been quietly shelved.  And programs designed to eliminate hurdles that were […]

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MOOC Mediation

My wife is part of a generation of historians of technology who helped moved the field from a focus on inventions and inventors to an investigation of the broader context in which technologies were introduced and succeeded (or failed). For instance, it’s easy to assume that technologies we now take for granted (such as the […]

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Reality Check – MOOCs for Credit

The loud debate over what would happen to traditional universities once students were able to receive actual college credit for completing a MOOC seems to presume that: (1)    MOOC classes provided (and could measure) the same amount of learning as their brick-and-mortar equivalents (2)    Presuming (1) was correct, mechanisms could be put in place to […]

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Measuring MOOC Learning

Given the response I could expect if I proposed to a major publication my desire to write a 300-part series on a single subject (even one as important as the revolution now underway in online learning), I’m a big fan of what blogs allow individuals to accomplish on their own. That said, their reverse chronological […]

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