MOOCs are not the Bad Guy

Sebastian Thrun announced last week that Udacity was going to be pivoting away from higher education to pursue corporate education partnerships.  And then the internet exploded. What has ensued has been a lot of football spiking and endzone dancing by people who felt that MOOCs were not the answer.  For instance, Jonathan Rees says “I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Testing Higher Ed

My name is Steve Phillips, and I am currently serving as the Acting Assessment Strategist for Thomas Edison State College.  My position was created to help the college figure out what exactly there is to do with open educational resources (OER).  They assumed, (perhaps correctly), that after spending years developing courses out of OER for […]