What books have you been reading to help you understand (and hopefully improve) higher education?
The following interview is with Richard DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech and distinguished professor in the College of Computing. DeMillo is a leading thinker when it comes to the future of higher education and how changes today will impact and influence institutions tomorrow. In his last interview, DeMillo explained how small institutions could thrive in the future. In this interview, DeMillo expands on those ideas and discuss how small institutions must adapt to succeed in the commoditized higher education marketplace.
The online education company known as Coursera has racked up gaudy numbers within a year of its launch: 3.1 million users from around the world have signed up for an ever-expanding menu of courses offered for free from 62 leading colleges and universities.
On Friday, hundreds of educators from those schools gathered at the University of Pennsylvania to take stock of a movement that is transforming higher education. Some participants in the massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, wonder whether the phenomenon is oversold. Some said it is improving teaching on campus. And many marveled at the sudden global reach of their work.
As a participant in WASC's Changing Ecology Meeting, held on March 17-19 in Alameda, California, and an author of one of the resulting white papers that describe current changes and trends that are likely to affect both higher education and accreditation, Rich DeMillo is quoted in WASC's press release: “In the new ecosystem any approach to accreditation that does not draw a straight line from assessment to the value of a certificate or diploma is doomed.”
Two free online learning websites, Coursera.org and edX, have announced major expansion plans that will nearly double the number of universities offering theirIf you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or change your job path altogether—things are looking up for you!
Imagine taking Computer Science 101 from Stanford University, Control of Mobile Robots from Georgia Tech, or Songwriting from the Berklee College of Music. How about studying International Management through the University of Geneva, or taking a college course in a foreign language? Coursera now encompasses an impressive online education community which boasts the best professors from 62 top universities in two dozen countries teaching internet courses in five languages—and all free of charge.
The following interview is with Richard DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech and a distinguished professor in the College of Computing. DeMillo, who has experience in both the private sector and university management, is a leading thinker when it comes to the future of higher education. In this interview, DeMillo explains how the number of institutions will change in 50 years’ time, and what it will take for institutions today to survive the coming period of change.
With the rising cost of higher education, my husband and I joke that we’re going to homeschool our children for college. With the advent and rise in popularity of Massive Open Online Courses —MOOCs— we might not have to.
MOOCs are free, typically non-credit classes offered by universities and online-education providers to thousands of students who attend class online. Some courses have upward of 100,000 students. One of the largest online-education providers is Coursera. Coursera bills itself as “a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.” Their courses consist of lectures and interactive exercises in a “learn at your own pace” environment — so long as you complete the course in the time allotted. Course topics span “the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others.” Potential “Courserians” can search for courses based on start date, duration, name, newest offerings, or what’s upcoming. Course listings include the name and educational home of each professor: a look at upcoming February and March courses include professors from Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University.
Richard DeMillo wants to lift the veil on the inner workings of public universities. The former Hewlett-Packard executive has split his career between university administration and corporate hierarchy. Over the years, he’s noticed a few things about how these organizations tend to function.
A report by Professor Tucker Balch on survey responses from 2,350 students who enrolled in his Massive Online Open Class (MOOC) “Computational Investing, Part I” via coursera.org in fall 2012. The responses represent 41% of the students who completed the course and 2.6% of those who initially enrolled but did not complete it.
Higher education still relies on a weak accreditation system, but something better will replace it. Higher education is not on a sustainable path. Underlying business models are crumbling, costs are spiraling, and there is for the first time significant doubt in the minds of parents and employers about the value of a college degree.