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Disruptive technologies and MOOCs may be a good thing for higher education

Steven Mintz, the executive director of the Institute for Transformational Learning, University of Texas System wrote a couple of very interesting articles in two major higher education publications last month. In an article in Inside Higher Education titled “Lifting All Boats, How MOOCs Can Bring Higher Education Together, he talks about how MOOCs may actually benefit higher education by providing opportunities to “rethink pedagogy and instructional design for a new century and a new generation of students.” This is exactly what traditional online education has been doing for the past several years. In a commentary in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled, The Future is Now, 15 Innovations to Watch For, he shares his predictions for the future of higher education over the next 36 months.  I agree with Mintz that some of the recent disruptions in higher education that many people are worried about may actually benefit higher education and keep the focus where it should be, on learners and learning.  I’m especially interested in these 5 innovations:

  • Innovation 2: Evidence-based pedagogy
  • Innovation 4: Optimized class time
  • Innovation 6: Fewer large lecture classes
  • Innovation 7: New frontiers for e-learning
  • Innovation 8: Personalized adaptive learning

8 Lessons Learned From Teaching Online

8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online from EDUCAUSE on Vimeo.

Some people are under the impression that online education is something new to higher education with the recent obsession with MOOCs, but “for-credit” online classes and degree programs have been offered for many years. This short video highlights the following 8 lessons learned from 2 experienced online educators.  By the way, most of these strategies are also applicable to the face-to-face environment.

1. High-Touch is more important than high-tech

2. Establish Social Presence using Digital Storytelling

3. Use Technology Intentionally

4. The Power of External Resources

5. Make your Expectations Explicit

6. Fun, Playfulness and the Unexpected

7. Login Regularly

8. Personal Feedback

ELI Annual Meeting Resources

Educause Learning Initiative’s (ELI) annual meeting is in Denver this week (Feb 4-6, 2013).  Below are some of the resources from the meeting.

Digital Poster Gallery (Tuesday)

ELI 2013: Online Educators’ Lessons Learned

Educause Event Planning Kit

2012 Horizon Report