Here are just a few notes on the week or so just gone.
Investing in Coursera: This seems to me to be a risky proposition given the diversity of providers emerging in America (North & South) and Europe as well as questions over the need for a specific platform in the first place – see cMOOCs – as well as the dependence on universities as the content providers. In essence, Coursera provides a learning management system that is very scaleable but pedagogically limited without bringing-in other platforms. A risky proposition at $60m plus investment perhaps for such a dependent USP.
Education 3.0?: A useful summary table although I’d emphasise that the different ‘versions’ of education all have their place – v2.0 does not supercede v1.0
Otherwise, this week I have been:
Reading draft dissertation chapters from students;
Preparing the end-of-project conference for the Lang2Tech project;
Sending out project reports following the Scottish national workshop on key competences for employability for postgraduate students for the PROPOUND project;
Proof reading a paper for submission to a journal;
Reading (slowly) about Actor Network Theory – more on that in a future post I think;
… and now time for a holiday of a couple of weeks …..