Pipe line or Pipe Dream?

The Year of the MOOC

As we unbundle assessment from the university, for example, it gets re-bundled with Pearson. As we unbundle the content from the campus classroom, it gets re-bundled with textbook publishers. With MOOCs, power might shift to the learner; it’s just as likely that power shifts to the venture capitalists.



Three Kinds of MOOCs…which help explain some of the different perceptions surrounding the dominance of the top universities in this space and the concept of openness.

Each type of MOOC has all three elements (networks, tasks and content), but each has a goal that is dominant.

Each type of MOOC has all three elements (networks, tasks and content), but each has a goal that is dominant.

MOOCs front page news in the Australian today

Only elite to survive slump in university funds by :Julie Hare,  From: The Australian  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/only-elite-to-survive-slump-in-university-funds/story-e6frgcjx-1226501913522

Ernst & Young report say exploding enrolments in massive online open courses, or MOOCs, and increased demand for tertiary degrees globally point to the need for Australian institutions to broaden their scope in how and where they teach.


Illustration: Igor Saktor Source: Supplied


Not only will the impact be felt in structural change, but so much so that the watchdog Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agencyresolves to monitor online courses by :BERNARD LANE  From: The Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion/watchdog-resolves-to-monitor-online-courses/story-e6frgcko-1226501785367

Universities must plan for a future in which they do not need to generate academic content for many of their courses. Instead, learning materials can be outsourced from elite global universities. These materials will be online and of fine quality. And they will be free, or at least inexpensiveIf the preceding analysis is accurate then the disruptive effect of massive online open courses may be mainly on one dimension of academic work, the delivery of content. This alone will have a substantial impact, for the knowledge and theory underpinning course content is the intellectual centrepiece and the cornerstone of academic values.

Brace for dawn of digital delivery by RICHARD JAMES http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion/brace-for-dawn-of-digital-delivery/story-e6frgcko-1226501787306

Lots of coverage at the moment partly because of  Live-stream: Future of Higher Education symposium and the paradigm shift is a major concern to the not only the nature but the regulation and governance of unis in Australia. http://theconversation.edu.au/live-stream-future-of-higher-education-symposium-10196

10 million international students a pipe line or pipe dream…

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Buck Lewis

Unis were told to meet Asian demand – up from 700,000 students to potentially 10 million. AUSTRALIAN universities and colleges need to rewrite the rules of international education to meet unprecedented demand from Asia’s surging middle classes, according to opposition policy heavyweight Andrew Robb.


The design of MOOCs was for collaboration – not about accreditation through universities – although they have morphed as they have been taken up by universities –

What is a MOOC?

What does this mean for students in our schools? How does this alter the balance of being in control of your own learning?


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