The Move to Digital

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Udacity

hen30xjvWelcome back to our series on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Today we are taking a look at one of the largest platforms in the field, Udacity. In case you missed it, we’ve already looked at the MOOC phenomenon in general and what to expect when enrolling in an MOOC. We also looked at one of the other big players in the space, edX. (more…)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): An Overview

http://www.scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/980w/public/2012/11/16/ce16a159d9276ca2c12c81a0bfa2a4e3.jpgI have been hopefully following the movement towards more affordable education for a while now, primarily tracking the growth of digital textbooks and their impact on the high prices student’s pay for education. However, if you’ve read my reviews of the major eTextbook platforms, you’ll know that while eBooks are innovating textbooks with interactive rich media and customization, they are still little more than digital versions of paper books. The kind of innovation that is really going to move the needle on education isn’t a repackaging of existing tools, it’s a rethinking of the tools themselves. This is where Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are succeeding, by flipping the academic model on its head. (more…)

Musings on the End of Print as the eTextbooks Debate Heats Up

We’re not even three weeks into this month and already October has seen the Digital vs. Print Textbooks debate really heat up and some heavy hitters, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, weigh in with the bold statement “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete.” That’s provocative stuff and there’s a lot more to the story and good points made from all angles. (more…)

Free Textbooks in Canada

It seems that the race is on to create free textbooks and British Columbia is joining the State of California in making available content for the most popular post-secondary courses.

Similar to the recent bill passed in California, the B.C. government is joining the growing movement of using Open Educational Resources and will look to start implementing its own open textbook policy in the 2013-2014 school year. (more…)

Infographic – Free Textbooks in California

Over the past six months we have followed the new legislation in California for the first national digital textbook library. With the law passing the legislature it is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. To demonstrate the benefit of the law, 20 Million Minds created an infographic to show the benefit. (more…)

Bulk-Purchasing eTextbooks and Moving Around the Bookstore

As reported by The Chronicle’s Wired Campus, a new business model is emerging, one that seeks to deliver eTextbooks directly to students through bulk purchases by schools. Instead of the traditional model by which a professor adopts a book then notifies the bookstore and then the student purchases the book, the new model works directly with the department to sell the school a bulk-license and access to a digital platform. The eBooks broker is Courseload and the publisher in the initial pilot is McGraw-Hill’s education publishing division. (more…)