READING AND REVIEW

Readings are available as PDF downloads from this site, or you can click the "more download options" link to download specific chapters and summaries of the following two ebooks:

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies.

Edited by DIANA G. OBLINGER © 2012 EDUCAUSE

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New models and new technologies allow us to rethink many of the premises of education—location and time, credits and credentials, knowledge creation and sharing. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education's mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations. Game Changers, a collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders, explores these new models.

 

Research Universities and The Future of America; Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security

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American research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, but the institutions are in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states, and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade.  As trusted stewards of public funds, universities must also meet "bold goals" to contain costs, enhance productivity, and improve educational pathways to careers both within and beyond academia.

 

"Napster, Udacity, and the Academy"

by Clay Shirky

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Clay Shirky is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His courses address, among other things, the interrelated effects of the topology of social networks and technological networks, how our networks shape culture and vice-versa.

 

"New frontier for scaling up online classes: credit"

by Justin Pope, AP Education Writer
SFGate, November 18, 2012

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In 15 years of teaching, University of Pennsylvania classicist Peter Struck has guided perhaps a few hundred students annually in his classes on Greek and Roman mythology through the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and others — "the oldest strands of our cultural DNA." But if you gathered all of those tuition-paying, in-person students together, the group would pale in size compared with the 54,000 from around the world who, this fall alone, are taking his class online for free — a "Massive Open Online Course," or MOOC, offered through a company called Coursera.

NEWS ARTICLES

The Year of the MOOC
New York Times 11/4/12

By LAURA PAPPANO

The paint is barely dry, yet edX, the nonprofit start-up from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has 370,000 students this fall in its first official courses. That’s nothing. Coursera, founded just last January, has reached more than 1.7 million — growing “faster than Facebook,” boasts Andrew Ng, on leave from Stanford to run his for-profit MOOC provider.
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College Credit Eyed for Online Courses
New York Times 11/2/12

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While massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are still in their early days, the race has begun to integrate them into traditional colleges — by making them eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses.
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Harvard’s Sober Annual Financial Report
Published on Harvard Magazine, 11/2/12

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Harvard reports a break-even 2012 in its annual financial report—and paints a stark picture of new fiscal realities.

Increasing the Value of a Liberal Education
By William G. Bowen
Published in The Atlantic, 4/30/12

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The value of a liberal education, as traditionally understood, has never been as great as it is today. As we think about the rapidly changing world our students face, in which fewer and fewer people spend anything approaching a lifetime following one career trajectory, learning how to do mundane, repetitive tasks is not the way to go.