Online learning: recent notable quotes

Online learning: recent notable quotes

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

On Do It Yourself (DIY) learning

“…DIY Learning offers a new model of learning. It destabilises the established hierarchy of knowledge production and pedagogy and creates an each-one-teach-one model with a twist. Instead of a centralised board of curriculum designer who shape syllabi for the “average” student, you have the possibility of customised, highly individual, interest-based learning curricula where the student is a part of deciding what s/he wants to learn. DIY Learning doesn’t recognise the distinctions between teachers and students, but recognises them as “peers” within a network, encouraging conversations and reciprocal learning rather than information transfer based classroom models. Instead of mass-produced education that caters only to an imagined average, the DIY Learning model recognises that within the same student group, there are different rates and scales of learning, thus offering environments suited to the aptitude of the students..”
Nishant Shah, columnist, The Indian Express Group
SOURCE: “Learn It Yourself,” IndianExpress.com, October 30, 2011


On virtual schools

“As an increasing number of cash-strapped states turn to virtual schools — where computers replace classmates and students learn via the Internet — a new study is raising questions about their quality and oversight.
In research to be released Tuesday, scholars Kevin G. Welner and Gene V. Glass at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado assert that full-time virtual schools are largely unregulated.”
Lyndsey Layton, reporter, Washington Post
SOURCE: “Study raises questions about virtual schools,” Washington Post, October 24, 2011


On online cheating

““The bottom line is, we are not dealing with anything new online in terms of cheating. This is a problem that exists across modes of delivery.”
Philip D. Long, professor of innovation in educational technology at the University of Queensland
SOURCE: “Myths of Online Education,” Inside Higher Education, October 21, 2011


On WGU Texas launch

“With “WGU Texas” pennants and stadium cushions, state officials unveiled Texas’s newest university Wednesday, a school with no stadium and no sports teams — a state chapter of the online, nonprofit Western Governors University.”
Patrick Michels, reporter, The Texas Independent
SOURCE: “Online WGU Texas launched as officials suggest extending model to public universities,” The Texas Independent, September 23, 2011


On Stanford’s free online courses

“In just over a month’s time (10 October), Stanford University is launching three free online courses – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Introduction to Databases and Machine Learning – that are open to all, taught by eminent scientists, involve study, homework and exams, and are rewarded with a “statement of accomplishment”, should you complete them. It’s been described as a “bold experiment in distributed education”, and so far more than 135,000 people have signed up to take the Artificial Intelligence class alone.”

Rhodri Marsden, reporter, Belfast Telegraph
SOURCE: “The really free schools are online,” Belfast Telegraph, September 12, 2011


On teaching online

“Teachers are embracing online learning tools: 93 percent believe online tools improve performance and 95 percent believe that online tools help to engage students.”
Nicholas Jackson, associate editor, The Atlantic
SOURCE: “Infographic: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Learn,” The Atlantic, August 18, 2011


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