Online Learning Update

November 23, 2016

‘The Content Trap’ and the HBX Story: Can high quality online education scale?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I would be recommending The Content Trap even if the final section of the book had not been devoted to the HBX – the Harvard Business School’s (HBS) online education initiative. Anand was one of the founding faculty members behind HBX, and is able to provide the first insider account (that I know of) of the thinking behind the launch of HBX. The central ideas behind The Content Trap will be familiar to any student of learning. The goal of every instructional designer (and Teaching and Learning Center) is to move teaching from a content-centered to a learner-centered activity. Anyone who has been paying attention to the research on learning will understand the futility of content transmission approach to teaching.

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