May 07, 2012

This week the Center for 21st Century Universities blog highlights Coursera, another approach to alternative learning environments and credentialing coming out of Stanford University. Unlike Udacity, however, Coursera maintains its university affiliation.

April 16, 2012

In conjunction with Sebastian Thrun’s forthcoming Georgia Tech visit this week, C21U decided to take an in-depth look at Udacity’s new online educational format.

April 10, 2012

We touched on innovative aspects of higher education instruction and credentialing in last week’s blog post on Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity initiative. This week we explore another factor that impacts innovation: alternative funding sources.

March 30, 2012

One of the key thematic questions the Center for 21st Century Universities has been exploring is, "Can an elite curriculum be open, and accessible and still maintain quality and rigor?" If Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity initiative is indicative, it would seem that this is indeed possible.

March 26, 2012

We first blogged several months ago about our C21U TechBurst competition noting several interesting actors providing online video content. Since that time, a number of major players have entered or expanded their involvement in the higher education video market. YouTube and TED have expanded their online offerings to further catalyze change in education, creating venues that allow others to teach their own lessons.

March 19, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently discussed the effect of shrinking university budgets on graduate programs in disciplines such as archeology, language, and fine arts. The article cites a number of universities, including University of Maryland, Harvard, and UCLA,  that are cutting back on admissions to graduate programs in the humanities. Other schools are also cutting less popular specializations and subfields.

March 12, 2012

Last week, the California State University (CSU) system announced an expansion and centralization of the online courseware efforts. Under the Cal State Online plan, the 23 member campuses of the California State University system will combine their online courseware offerings under a single portal. Incentives will be offered to professors at all schools to participate in the program. Cal State Online in limited release for Fall 2012, with a full deployment by Spring 2013.

March 07, 2012

The Disruptor presents a pair of differing opinions on new developments in Higher Education.

Apple iBooks Author: Innovative New Direction, or Collapse of the "Authoritative" Textbook?

Will the development of Apple’s iBooks Author provoke a wave of unvalidated "textbooks", or usher in a new age of expertise that is not limited to the academic elite?

Collapse of the "Authoritative" Textbook