The announcement this week that public company 2U was buying EdX (a non-profit formed by Harvard and MIT) for $800 million made headlines everywhere (thanks to a well-oiled publicity plan). I looked at a few of the articles (and I’m sure there will be more) covering the merger and thought I would add my comments.
In his recently published blog article for Inside Higher Ed, University of Texas professor Steven Mintz asks a pivotal question: “Can educational technology ever live up to its promise?”
In Monday’s Inside Higher Ed, Nic Ducoff (co-founder of Edmit) penned an opinion piece questioning the approach of some organizations that have attempted to calculate the ROI of college. Mr. Ducoff writes that most approaches include cost and earnings, but how those variables are determined impacts the result and how the result is presented to prospective students impacts the influence it will have on their decision making. I could not agree more.
In this week’s Inside Higher Education learning innovation blog, Josh Kim writes about how the future of the automobile industry is electric vehicles. Gasoline-powered pickup trucks, specifically the Ford F-150, are among the largest sellers and most profitable automobiles. As a result, the entry of electric pickups into the market has started to pick up.
Just before traditional campuses sent all of their faculty and students home and transitioned courses to some form of online instruction for the rest of the spring semester, I finished reading Joshua Kim’s and Edward Maloney’s new book, Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education. The authors teach and work at traditional universities (Dartmouth and Georgetown) and wrote the book to discuss ways that colleges and universities can better align teaching practices with the science of learning, given the rising cost of education for students and the financial pressures on colleges. Given the acceleration of financial pressures on colleges and their temporary migration to online courses, I have a feeling that the authors have been too busy for a road show to promote their book.
Nationwide, all aspects of higher education were forced to quickly adapt to the deep and widespread changes necessitated by mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic. While the movement to work from home has impacted all of us differently, I'm proud of what we have collectively accomplished at American Public University System and in higher education as a whole. By making the decision to "social distance" and then "work remotely," I believe we minimized the potential spread of the virus to all of us.
In the second part of this blog interview, Dr. Karan Powell and Father Malachi further explain Saint Francis University's conversion to an online learning format.
Saint Francis University is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the United States with an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students and a Division 1 athletic program. I was curious how they converted from face-to-face courses to online learning, and Dr. Powell and Father Malachi Van Tassell agreed to provide me with answers to a few of my questions.
Over the last week, a spate of articles has been published that detail the grim reality of the challenge being faced by higher education as institutions respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are many other articles that touch upon the same points, the following are ones that have made an impact on how I have been thinking about the challenges that higher ed is facing.
Much has been written about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on higher education. At this point in time, most, if not all, colleges and universities have shuttered their campuses and are attempting to continue the semester by teaching online. With the notices to parents (I have two daughters in college) that refunds will be forthcoming for a prorated portion of the semester for room, board, and fees for other services, I became curious about how issuing refunds to students would impact many colleges.