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 MITx

“The true distinctiveness of the project, according to MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif, consists in the fact that MITx will combine this expansion of online learning with a continuous updating of its learning technology.”
Thomas K. Lindsay, columnist, Phi Beta Cons
SOURCE: “The Next Step in Online Learning: MITx,” National Review Online, March 21, 2012


On costs and benefits of online learning programs

“To improve the quality of online education, researchers recommend engaging students in active learning using research-based principles and established best practices; personalizing instruction based on students’ interests, preferred pace of learning, and performance; and automating routine tasks to allow teachers to focus on complex, interactive activities in the classroom.”
SRI International
SOURCE: “SRI International Releases Report for U.S. Department of Education on Costs and Benefits of Online Learning Programs,” SRI International, March 20, 2012


On online learning analytics

“The Obama Administration’s push for digital textbooks coincides with a number of exciting new frontiers in education, notably the rise of big data and predictive analytics in the education sector, a trend the Chronicle of Higher Education recently dubbed a ‘Moneyball’ approach to college education.”
Andrew S. Clark , Founder, CEO, and President of Bridgepoint Education
SOURCE: “CEO Blog: We Need Disruptive Technology in Our Classrooms,” CNBC, March 16, 2012


On new learning technology

“Mobile applications are no longer considered cutting-edge technology, and their potential academic value is becoming more apparent — students can use them for anything from note-taking to learning a new language, checking a timetable or sharing a file.”
Charlie Osborne, ZDNet
SOURCE: “What technologies will shape the future of Higher Ed?,” ZDNet, February 27, 2012


On Sebastian Thrun leaving Stanford to start Udacity

“‘…I can’t teach at Stanford again,’ Thrun said. ‘You can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture to your 20 students, but I’ve taken the red pill and I’ve seen Wonderland.'”

Jeremy Hsu, reporter, Innovation News Daily
SOURCE: “Professor leaving Stanford for online education startup,” msnbc.com, January 25, 2012


On training merit badges

“The Mozilla Foundation, the group that develops the popular Firefox Web browser, is designing a framework to let anyone with a Web page—colleges, companies, even individuals—issue forgery-proof digital badges that will give potential employers details about an applicant’s training at the click of a mouse.”
Jeffrey R. Young, senior editor, Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: “Merit Badges for the Job Market,” Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2012


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