Online Learning Update

July 18, 2013

Review: Sir John Daniel on MOOCs, Online Learning, and Quality

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

by Jim Farmer, e-literate

As part of the transformation of teaching and learning in higher education, decisions are being made on the type and scope of online learning and whether to participate in MOOCs—a specific form of online learning. Two papers about MOOCs and online learning have been published by Dallas-based Academic Partners, an academic support company. They deserve the attention of those in colleges and universities making those decisions. What makes these specific papers important is Sir John Daniel’s participation as author or editor. Leading the UK’s Open University from 1990 to 2001, he assembled a talented and dedicated team that had to develop learning processes adapted to the needs of non-residential students, to lead the transition into learning technologies, ensure quality, and be financially successful. Combining this background and a history of scholarship, his thorough and pragmatic approach yielded two publications that share his insight as an understandable guide for discussions with Boards, state executives and legislators, and the press and public.

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