Reading Questions for 4/10

  1. “Sonoma State University’s Mr. Scalise adds: ‘Small campuses often cannot compete with larger universities when it comes to IT budgets, so we have to find other ways to differentiate ourselves, through niche offerings.’ What can colleges, that are not able to have a strong focus on applied research, offer corporations as incentive for partnership? [Economist Intelligence Unit (2008) The Future of Higher Education: How technology will shape learning.]
  2. What unit can we use to measure and evaluate student learning instead of credit hour? [Shedd, J. M. (2003) The History of the Student Credit Hour ch 1 in New Directions for Higher Education #122.]
  3. For whom are online courses the perfect match?
  4. How expensive is the anti-cheating software used for online test taking? Students always find an innovative way to cheat and bypass the rules, is the amount of money invested in these software really worth it if there is a good possibility that they won’t work? [Eisenberg, A. (2013) Keeping an eye on on-line test takers. New York Times, 3/12/13.]
  5. Have students who have completed MOOCs, learned and applied the knowledge and skills? (Have they actually learned anything?) [Cuban, L. (2013) “Irrational exuberance”: the case of MOOCs,]
  6. If MOOCs starting charging their students for access, do you think the number the students using MOOCs would increase, decrease, or remain the same over a given period of time? [Robbins, J. (2013) The ethics of MOOCs Inside Higher Ed, 3/25/2013.]
  7. From 1993 to 2007 full-time administrators grew by 39% while faculty members grew by 18%. Moreover, spending on administration grew by 61% whereas for faculty it grew by 39%. Why are those in administration receiving a higher pay than those in faculty? Moreover, why is the rate of hiring administrators higher than the hiring rate for faculty members? [Essig, L. (2013) It’s MOOAs, not MOOCs, that will transform higher education. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 3/28/2013.]
  8. “Bok’s assertion implies that there is generally too little reflection on pedagogy within the university.”  Other than using an online programs as the medium to teach, what are some other ways to better the quality of traditional higher education?  Why would faculty, who claim to believe that online is inferior to classroom instruction, actually recommend online courses to their students? [Stokes, P. (2011) What online learning can teach us about higher education. Ch 7 In B. Wildavsky, A.P. Kelly and K. Carey, eds. Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation.]