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Free online courses from prestigious universities have caused a stir, but they won’t shut universities down. Online education image from www.shutterstock.com

Online learning glitch: MOOC flaws will be hard to resolve

Last weekend, The Guardian ran an article entitled “Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?” Had I been the one writing that article, it would have been precisely two letters long…
Credit for study done via massive open online courses is available in the US. mcwetboy/Flickr

Credit for MOOCs presents challenges in Australia

Major barriers still stand in the way of Australian universities giving students credit for completing Massive Open Online…
President Barack Obama addressing a large crowd at University of Wisconsin – could he or his competitor Mitt Romney change higher education in Australia? EPA/Tannen Maury

Why the US election matters for Australian higher education

US presidential elections generally have little direct impact on Australia. And broadly speaking, this campaign is shaping up to be no different. Despite their ideological differences, Barack Obama and…
With free, quality online education from brand-name universities, will overseas students come to Australia? Elephant image from www.shutterstock.com

The elephant in the chat room: will international students stay at home?

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today, Wollongong University’s…
Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb says Australia’s education sector should embrace technology to help educate India’s emerging middle class. AAP

Australian educators “blinkered” to online opportunity: Robb

Australia’s education sector must set aside concerns about cost and risk, and embrace technology to digitise and distribute…
Australian humanities subjects need to get on board with MOOCs and develop Australian voices in online learning. World image from www.shutterstock.com

Deadset? MOOCs and Australian education in a globalised world

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today Ruth Morgan looks at the…
Quality education which is free online may only affect some parts of the higher education sector. Laptop image from www.shutterstock.com

Online learning will change universities by degrees

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today RMIT’s Vice Chancellor…
With online learning, teachers no longer have to be everywhere all the time says online learning start-up OpenLearning. Ingo Bernhardt

OpenLearning launches into competitive MOOCs market

A start-up that enables universities to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) has opened for business, signing on more…
Some people could be left behind in the digital revolution in higher education. Divide image from www.shutterstock.com

Online education: can we bridge the digital divide?

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today, Tim Pitman writes on who…
Online learning has shown a better way to design courses. University image from www.shutterstock.com

Radical rethink: how to design university courses in the online age

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of online and blended learning and the development of free online courses is set to transform the higher education sector. We’ve asked our authors how to remake the…
Massive open online education could be the answer to addressing community and industry needs. Head image from www.shutterstock.com

How Australian universities can play in the MOOCs market

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of online and blended learning and the development of free online courses is set to transform the higher education sector. We’ve asked our authors how to remake the…
Are you motivated or do you need a social setting and role models to keep you driven? Exercise bike image from www.shutterstock.com

MOOCs and exercise bikes – more in common than you’d think

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of online and blended learning and the development of free online courses is set to transform the higher education sector. We’ve asked our authors how to remake the…
A flexible online learning environment is what Australian university students want, so what’s getting in the way? Student image from www.shutterstock.com

Online opportunities: digital innovation or death through regulation?

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of online and blended learning and the development of free online courses is set to transform the higher education sector. We’ve asked our authors how to remake the…
UWA has joined the growing MOOCs movement. David Fisher

UWA to offer open online, mobile courses

The University of Western Australia will offer three free online courses early next year, including one on Australian studies…
Google has attracted 20 million users in its race to capture the education sector. AAP

Google winning race to capture education market

After six years targeting the education sector, Google says it has more than 20 million students, faculty and staff around…
ANU vice-chancellor Ian Young says those giving away course content for free will find it difficult to later introduce fees. AAP

ANU vice-chancellor issues MOOCs warning

Australian universities should be wary of being their “own worst enemy” when embracing Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivery, says Australian National University vice chancellor Ian Young. Comparing…
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says universities must adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by ubiquitous high-speed internet. AAP

Universities must adapt education models: Conroy

Australian universities need to adapt their education models or face becoming irrelevant says Communications Minister Stephen…
With students already avoiding the lecture hall in favour of online class recordings, Australian universities are scrambling to improve online teaching capabilities. Danny Munnerley

UQ joins MOOCs movement

The University of Queensland has become the latest institution to embrace open online learning, committing to offer up to…
Universities around the world are gearing up to make it easier for students to learn from home, for free. Matthew Gilbert

Melbourne Uni signs on to Coursera with others expected to follow

Melbourne University has become the first Australian university to join the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Coursera…
How will online courses deal with assessment and accreditation? Cloud computing image www.shutterstock.com.au

Credentials in the cloud: how will MOOCs deal with plagiarism?

Many are proclaiming 2012 is the year of the MOOC — Massive Open Online Course — thanks to the arrival of major players, edX, Udacity and Coursera all started by colleagues from elite American universities…

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