We look at 3 different areas of distance learning… A university is deploying a MOOC but there are big issues about accreditation and qualification. A Further Education college wants to reduce teaching costs by 15% but maintain the quality ofRead more
A hospital trust needs to make sure all its Doctors receive specific Heath and Safety training. A large retail chain needs to deliver both national and regional HR training to full and part-time in-store staff. A language training college needs to provide distance learning materials to both its on-site students for practice and build an online revenue stream for overseas and corporate clients. How can these organisations deliver their training expectations dynamically and cost effectively? A new mobile ‘app’ called SANSSpace has the answers.Read more
Managing video online in education
The vast growth of video in social media and student use of smart phones and tablets is a challenge to mainstream education.
Educational institutions are using more and more online video, especially in MOOCs, blogs and wikis and in VLES as reference and support for coursework and learning.
However there are major concerns about the effectiveness and accountability of video online to enhance teaching and learning.
Nearly 50 senior delegates from across education attended, including United Church Schools Group, Manchester Grammar School, Oundle School, The Perse School Cambridge, Kings College School Wimbledon, Sir William Borlase Grammar School, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, North London Collegiate, King Alfred Academy Wantage, Didcot Girls School, King Richard School, Oxford and Cherwell College, Leeds City College, Ealing Hammersmith and West London College, Colleges Wales, The Open University, FutureLearn, Edinburgh University, UCL, Brunel University, West of England University, University of Hertfordshire, Kingston University, University of Westminster, Plymouth University, London University Centre for Distance Learning, Bournemouth University plus senior management from Merchant Taylors’ School, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and ConnectED.Read more
MOOCs have the potential to teach thousands of students in a single course making content available to lots of people in a short space of time. But can they replace a college or university degree?
Current MOOCs have a high dropout rate which may be fine whilst courses are free and students have nothing to lose by signing up and later dropping out. However degree awarding institutions cannot afford to take this approach.
So what needs to be done to ensure MOOCS give students the online success they are looking for?Read more