Hack (Higher) Education

How new technologies can hack [higher] education, and how learners of all sorts can hack technology back.

December 13, 2012 - 9:55pm
Part 2 of my year-end look at the important trends in ed-tech. This one: The Maker Movement (and the trend that, quite frankly, makes me most hopeful for the future)
December 12, 2012 - 6:38pm
The first in my year-end review, examining the major trends in ed-tech this year. Up first: the business of ed-tech
November 14, 2012 - 8:18pm
I don't get it. I don't understand the lure of the educational tablet. I say this, of course, as someone who relies heavily on her laptop every day and who just couldn't make an iPad "work" the same way. What are we missing out by pushing tablets onto students? (Or, conversely, what am I missing out by being so skeptical about them?)
November 6, 2012 - 1:17pm
A few thoughts on how venture capital investment works -- and doesn't work -- to fund open education projects.
October 23, 2012 - 10:57pm
The killer apps for education, argued Stanford University professor John Willinsky at last week’s Open Education Conference, will be built when we apply our lessons to our communities “so that the learning I do in school contributes to the public library and to the public knowledge of my community” — so that open education remains open.
October 15, 2012 - 8:32pm
Some thoughts on the recent Gawker article "outing" the identity of "the biggest troll on the Web." Should we name names of the trolls in academia? To what end?
October 3, 2012 - 2:03pm
A new startup launches today to help make it easier for professors to create digital course packets for their students.
September 27, 2012 - 10:19pm
Degreed, a startup that promises to “jailbreak the transcript” launched into beta this week. Degreed asks users to list what formal and informal education they’ve pursued — what college did you attend, what major were you, what badges have you earned — and calculates an equivalency score in certain topics. That means that even if you never completed your bachelor’s or associate’s degree, Degreed will vouch for both your credit hours (ish) and your mastery skills (ish).
September 19, 2012 - 3:25pm
Everyone’s jumping on the MOOC bandwagon, it seems, with the announcement today of 17 more universities partnering with Coursera. But why the rush when it seems clear that these online experiments are just that -- experimental? Certainly universities see this as a marketing opportunity. I argue that it’s also “FOMO” -- the fear of missing out.
September 17, 2012 - 5:13pm
Google’s Summer of Code program gives college students hands-on experience (and a small stipend for) working on open source projects. I interviewed Eamon Ford, a junior at the University of Chicago, about his experiences with the program and why it offers a unique professional learning opportunity.


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