Archive for February, 2013

A 78-minute audio interview by Ken Myers with Mark Noll (The Future of Christian Learning), James K.A. Smith (Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom) and Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann (The Passionate Intellect):


Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen applies his famous “disruptive innovation” theory to the latest buzz in higher education–the Massive Open Online Course or MOOC–in a recent Wired magazine article: Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?

Kelly Services CEO Carl Camden explains here how the world of work is changing rapidly and the “good jobs” college students (and their professors) imagined awaited them after graduation simply won’t exist. He expects the number of  “free agents,” more than 40 percent of employees today, to rise to over 50 percent within the decade. The company/organization-based “jobs” with benefits and retirement perks will steadily devolve into “work” that may be full time, but won’t entail the same benefits and perks of the old “job” economy. Those days, he suggests, are gone.

A provocative perspective worth considering for its employment implications for colleges focused on “career” training under the old “jobs” world and for those seeking an education in the liberal arts tradition.

Check out the video clip here.

Duke University has published a report evaluating its first MOOC course , “Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach.” The detailed report is extremely helpful for seeing how both students and faculty members participated in and evaluated their experiences with this triall MOOC class.  Only 2.5 percent of the whopping 12,000+ students who initially enrolled took the final exam. So for all the buzz and hype and work that went into the course, only a tiny  percentage of students saw it to the end and benefited fully from it.

But this was the university’s first attempt, so where it goes from here is anybody’s guess.

Here’s the full Duke MOOC Report.