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Online learning quotes (February 2015)


Online learning quotes (February 2015)

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Here are some notable quotes about the world of online learning from the past several months.

On blended learning

“Blended learning, which once referred to use of computer and web-based training in class, has now evolved into a mammoth education program that merges traditional classroom-based instruction with technology enhancements such as electronic whiteboards, Internet devices, multimedia assistance, digital textbooks and online lesson plans.”
Suren Ramasubbu, Co-founder & CEO, Mobicip.com
SOURCE: “The Evolution of Blended Learning,” Huffington Post, February 12, 2015

On the future of MOOCs

“Reports of the death of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may have been greatly exaggerated, but predictions of a pivot toward MOOCs that are more vocational in nature (as opposed to a pathway to a liberal arts degree) appear to have been right on target.”
Sonali Kohli, reporter, Quartz
SOURCE: ““The MOOC model attracting big money from investors,” Quartz, January 15, 2015

On suit over online closed captioning

“Advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing are suing two top-tier U.S. universities for discrimination due to lack of closed captioning in their online educational material.”
Katie Bascuas, Associations Now
SOURCE: ““Deaf Advocates Sue Harvard, MIT For Lack of Online Closed Captioning” Associations Now, February 20, 2015

On online certificates

“In a job market that is increasingly filled with job descriptions that didn’t exist a decade ago or less, workers and employers alike are recognising the value of online certificates…”
Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera
SOURCE: ““Coursera teams up with Google, Snapdeal to develop online courses,” Tech2, February, 14, 2015

On higher education resistance to change

“College and university administrators whose institutions exist to educate—share information with students—believe it’s ‘critical’ to use the greatest system for delivering information ever devised by man, but they’re getting resistance from employees who’d rather cling to the old-fashioned way.”
J.D. Tuccille, managing editor, Reason.com
SOURCE: “Professors Resist Attitudes in Higher Education Innovation,” Reason.com, February 10, 2015

On online career education

“Since 2012, most ed-tech companies have quietly rewritten their product promise from unbridled learning for learning’s sake to a path to a job or career goal — website copy now essentially says “jobs, jobs, careers, jobs.”
Shawn Drost, co-founder, Hack Reactor
SOURCE: ““A Wave Crests: Silicon Valley, Postsecondary Education And A Half-Trillion Dollars”, TechCrunch, December 16, 2014

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