The Great Missed Opportunity

MOOCs, man. A lot has been said about Massive Open Online Courses over the past two years or so.  Thousands of academics, administrators, and policy makers have struggled to determine their value and efficacy, millions of students enrolled, and many, many education commentators and journalists held them up as the salvation or destruction of higher … Continue reading The Great Missed Opportunity

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Not quite a “Faustian Bargain”

In a recent Inside Higher Ed article, William Durden wrote warning of the dangers of competency-based education.  He compares it to a “Faustian Bargain.” In exchange for a comfortable and frustration-free learning experience, students will have to give up…a frustrating learning experience.  Clearly, akin to a deal with the devil.  However, he believes that by … Continue reading Not quite a “Faustian Bargain”