Horn: “Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning”

“Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning”

by Michael Horn (reposted for this site, the link to the article is at the bottom of the page)

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots.

K12, Inc. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth.

2015 represents a new beginning for both though—beginnings that hold potential.

As I wrote, Coursera’s initial incarnation never felt to me like it could disrupt higher education. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and learning experiences. Instead, their faculty members are incentivized heavily to focus on research at the expense of teaching.

– See more at: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/coursera-k12-inc-make-bold-moves-to-drive-learning/#sthash.YDT4dS8Z.dpufdpuf

HECHINGER: What Went Wrong at K12 Inc.?

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Hechinger, one of the narion’s top investigative reporters, here presents a balanced but nonetheless devastating overview of K12 Inc., the for-profit virtual charter chain listed on the Néw York Stock Exchange.

K12 is the biggest purveyor of online homeschooling, paid for with public funds drawn away from traditional public schools.

This approach may be effective for some students –students training to be athletes or performers, students with illnesses–but K12 reaches out to recruit as many as it can.

“Plagued by subpar test scores, the largest operator of online public schools in the U.S. has lost management contracts or been threatened with school shutdowns in five states this year. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled in April that students can no longer count credits from 24 K12 high schools toward athletic scholarships.
While the company says its investments in academic quality are starting to pay off, once-soaring enrollment at the…

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Predictions about Technology in K-12 and Higher Education for 2025

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

For the past four years I have offered predictions of what I see around the corner for high-tech in K-12 schools (see December 26, 2009, December 30, 2010, December 29, 2011, December 27, 2012 posts), and December 10, 2013.

For this year looking ahead to 2025, I revisit those predictions and add a few more.

2012 was the year of the MOOC. Hysterical predictions of the end of higher education and the transformation of teaching soared through cyberspace and media (see here). For those who see MOOCs as a fine example of the Hype Cycle, I would continue to put MOOCs in the “Trough of Disillusionment” in 2014. Over the next decade that there will be a slow crawl–see here–up the Slope of Enlightenment as community colleges, state universities, and elite institutions figure out how to unbundle pieces of MOOCs and incorporate…

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Are free online courses falling short of their promise?

Hello everyone. I am back to posting again. I read an interesting article today about MOOCs. The main argument is that MOOCs have failed to deliver on their promise. This type of article seems to come up often, but this one is worth reading and considering. MOOC advocates will probably say, “We haven’t had enough time yet” or “But traditional schools are also falling short of that promise, why go after us!”

Here is an interesting quote from the end of the article:

“MOOCs are great for marketing,” Mr. Udell said. “But that’s just capitalism, and a convenient, easy way of doing things—just not for actual education.”

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/01/free-online-courses-are-still-falling-short-of-their-ultimate-promise/#ixzz3PUuU25ZK
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