Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Open Disruption

By now the word is out about Harvard and MIT’s partnership, edX, which will offer $60 million in free online courses.  Open courses aren’t new; MIT piloted their OpenCourseWare almost ten years ago in 2002.  Other institutions have been offering open courses all along, too.  The Chronicle recently published a comparison chart.  The chart isn’t inclusive of all of the open efforts going on at colleges and universities (particularly those in the UK), but it gives a snapshot of a few different US models.  David Brooks is calling the mass of online and open offerings “The Campus Tsunami.”

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been creating quite the disruption to the traditional classroom, too.  What about the MOOC professor?  Will MOOCs lead to this?

Knewton, which offers personalized math readiness programs for higher education, released this infographic on “The Flipped Classroom.”  The infographic, a trend in learning itself, touches on a few areas of open: mainly the ideas of multiple entry and exit points, collaboration, and digital media.  Although the program isn’t free, it provides an interesting disruption (and business) model for open that goes beyond Khan Academy’s videos.  They also have one on blended learning.

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