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Interview with Michelle Weise on MOOC Disruption

Today we are joined by Michelle Weise, Senior Research Fellow for Higher Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Articles about massive open online courses (MOOCs) would be a lot shorter if shorn of words and phrases containing the word “disruption.”  But disruptive technology and the like are not simply catch phrases, but […]

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Interview with Russell Beal of FutureLearn

Today we are joined by Russell Beal, “Critical Friend” for the (relatively) new UK MOOC provider FutureLearn. FutureLearn is a spin off from Britain’s Open University (OU), the world’s largest academic provider of distance education.  And in today’s discussion, Russell shares his thoughts about OU, FutureLearn, and what the entrance of new players means for […]

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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 review of an advanced philosophy […]

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Interview with Tim Mauri of Ethicon

Today we are joined by Tim Mauri, Marketing Manager for US Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson and Johnson company. Tim is one of the people behind Ethicon’s experiment in online learning that involves releasing a course for medical specialists using the edX platform.  And on today’s show, we talk about the course, […]

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Interview with HarvardX Researcher Justin Reich

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 findings back in January.  And […]

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Interview with Archie Abrams from Udemy

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 program, and some analysis I […]

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Graduation – Part 2

Continuing the discussion from last week, here is Part 2 of my graduation podcast that talks about whether or not a One Year BA based entirely on MOOCs and other forms of free learning can be thought of as the equivalent of a four-year degree earned at a residential college or university (and whether or […]

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Graduation – Part 1

Well my senior thesis has been turned in and my last class passed, so it’s time to take a break from this week’s break to talk about what the whole Degree of Freedom One Year BA might add up to.  I start today with part of one a two-part podcast (the second half to appear […]

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Interview with Stephen Downes

Today, on a very special Degree of Freedom podcast we are joined by Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada and one of the people behind the first thing ever called a MOOC. For further reading: Stephen’s Web – The outlet for Stephen’s prolific writing A backgrounder on Downes that appeared […]

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Interview with Robert McGuire, Publisher of MOOC News and Reviews

Today, we will be joined by Robert McGuire, the man behind the online journal MOOC News and Reviews. Recommended stories that have appeared in his journal include: What Do We Know About MOOC Students So Far?: A Look At Recent User Data The Coming MOOC Copyright Problem And Its Impact on Students and Universities Don’t […]

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