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Welcome New York Times Readers

For any visitors not linking here from the New York Times site, the Times Education section ran a terrific piece this morning on what it means to be an independent learner in an age of information abundance (or overload). The piece uses my One Year BA project as an example of a structured approach to education […]

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A couple of announcements for friends, fans and followers. First, that book event I mentioned last time taking place tomorrow evening at Harvard’s new Ed Portal is going to be livestreamed at  So if you can’t make it to Alston to listen, talk and maybe pick up a book, tune in to the stream […]

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How Much Can You Learn For Free?

If anyone’s interested in meeting up, or just hearing a talk about MOOCs and my Degree of Freedom One Year BA project, I’ll be giving a talk at Harvard’s new Ed Portal in Allston next Tuesday, March 3rd, at 6:30 PM:   Word has it that food and drink will be served, and there will […]

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New News

For those of you who still need a “fix” with regard to debating the cost of college, I just restarted my Huffington Post column and plan to focus on the subject over the next few months.  While I’ll be drawing from some of the research I did last year, this Huffpo series will provide a […]

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MOOCs in 2015

Now that we’re a good three years past “The Year of the MOOC,” I decided to see how far we’ve come since the New York Times named 2012 after the massive open online course by looking at what it would take to put together a new One Year BA curriculum using free-learning resources available two […]

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MOOCs: The First Blurb

  When do you know your book has actually been published? When your parents tell you then can order it from Amazon and when the first blurb on it appears in the Library Journal: Amid the debate concerning the future of higher education, some of the more interesting voices are those that highlight the liberating […]

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MOOCS – The Actual Physical Object

Check out what showed up on my doorstep yesterday:

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Getting Back to MOOCs

With the Essential Guide to MOOCs just a few weeks away from publication, I recently posted answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about massive open learning at the MIT Press website. That Q&A session is reproduced below. Also, if you’re in the market to take a free course or two, WGBH asked […]

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My HarvardX “Embed”

As some of you already know, I’ve recently started a six-month engagement as the inaugural Visiting Fellow at HarvardX. During that time, I’ll be focusing on how to improve assessment within HarvardX’s growing catalog of online learning experiences (which I’ve already learned should not all be described under the term “courses”). And my mandate (and […]

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Dog Days

Well I’ve got some exciting news to report, as well as some updates on MOOCs, the cost of college, and that continuing analysis on how to afford to send your kids to school in the newsletter.  But all of that is going to have to wait a couple of weeks as we enter the dog […]

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