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The drag-and-drop MBA

A few days ago, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania put the first year of its MBA online for free (with the help of Coursera). This is hugely significant and here’s why. Currently ranked no. 3 in the world by the Financial Times behind Harvard

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Want to eliminate cheating? Ask better questions

There was an excellent piece in The Conversation a week or so ago written by Beverley Oliver (@DVCEdDeakin) entitled, Proving knowledge by degrees: MOOCs and the challenge of assessment. The reference to MOOCs in the title is a useful device

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Posted in Authentic assessment, Creativity, Exemplary practice

Why standardised testing should not be the dominant culture in education

Ken Robinson outlines three important principles to be adhered to if learning is to flourish in educational institutions — cater for diversity,  nurture curiosity, and encourage creativity. Unfortunately, many education systems are characterised by conformity, standardisation, and compliance. Testing has a lot

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How to promote digital literacies among faculty

In the recently published NMC Horizon Project Regional Analysis, Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2013-18, it stated (p.3) that (shock, horror) there is a need for more faculty training to improve digital media literacy ‘before being asked to teach,

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Posted in Academic literature, Exemplary practice, Online learning, Practical advice, Social networking

The Digitally Connected Worker

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Posted in Exemplary practice, Online learning, Social networking, Theoretical rationale

The US higher education bubble and the prospects of transformational change

Image source: architizer.com My friend Larry Medina sent me a link today to Mark Cuban’s latest blog post entitled The Coming Meltdown in College Education & Why The Economy Won’t Get Better Any Time Soon. This is the latest in growing

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The Star Alliance model of higher education

Image source: thaicargo.com I read a great piece, Jailbreaking the Degree, in TechCrunch the other day (courtesy of Meetali Mukherjee). In essence the author — @davidblake, founder of Degreed — makes the point that a university degree continues to be the

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