Headline of the Week: Curriculum Sequences and Identity Verification Come to edX
The non-profit corporation, edX, was established by MIT and Harvard to explore the possibilities associated with very large on-line classes. They are interesting for a number of reasons. First, teaching and learning experiments, informed by analysis of the data they collect from their large number of online students, might lead to new understanding about learning that can be applied in our courses. Additionally the content and the platform may be useful to us to leverage. Yet another is that it is important to think about, anticipate and leverage the impacts their efforts have on higher education and the students we endeavor to serve.
This week MITx shared they intend to integrate a sequence of MOOCs into a curriculum they call “XSeries”. The first sequence will be Foundations of Computer Science targeted to undergraduates and it begins this fall. Although the content of a sequence is expected to be the equivalent of 2-4 traditional residential courses the approach will disconnect from the structure of the academic semester.
At the same time, they plan to explore various types of certification leveraging a new ID verification process to give more credibility to the certificates one might earn. Prices for the verified certificates are pending. The idea is that trusted certificates will contribute to furthering careers.
It is exciting to think about how the content, the platforms, and the learning science might be leveraged to improve our offerings and the learning of our students. What are ways to explore the possibilities? Given the initial offering is targeted to undergraduates, how might we respond to a student that wants to enroll? Might there be a faculty student research opportunity here?
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week
The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:
- Building Vision Update (Thu, Sep 19 2013 10:38 am)
- User Services Meeting - 9/16/13 (Thu, Sep 19 2013 7:23 am)
- K1000 (help.luther.edu) to be Upgraded Tonight (Wed, Sep 18 2013 4:39 pm)
- Public Access Workstations Added to Marty's (Wed, Sep 18 2013 3:53 pm)
- Phishing Email (Tue, Sep 17 2013 8:13 am)
Notes from LIS Council
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- Notes from LIS Council - 9/18/13 (Fri, Sep 20 2013 9:48 am)
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