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Online students and teachers are no different from the rest of academia

My name is David Newton, professor of business studies. I'm an online higher education tutor. Some of you may read that last sentence as a confession, rather than a simple statement of fact. Why? In my view, it is because – despite its growing popularity and valuable role in the future of higher …

Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education

Higher education has always been fond of its acronyms and they don't get much more prolific than the current four letters doing the rounds. From the December 2011 launch of MITx Stateside to the University of Edinburgh's decision to join the Coursera platform, MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses) …

Higher education: our MP3 is the mooc

Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files. This wasn't a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side-effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack. The result was …

Leadership in higher education: 14 pieces of food for thought

• <b>Know the difference between effective leadership and good management.</b> Management is about working within the boundaries of the status quo, whereas leadership has more to do with seeing other, wider possibilities and trying to make them happen. (Jenny Mathers). To be effective, however, leaders …

Leadership in higher education: this much we (don't yet) know

New research uncovers a persistent belief in, and demand for, inspirational university leadership but an equally deep vein of resistance from the sector, says Jacky Lumby<p>Leading higher education is tough. That much people can agree on. The Inspiring Leaders category of the Guardian University …

Hacking Higher Education: Dale Stephens and Unschooling

Part higher-education critique and part self-help, <i>Hacking Your Education</i>by Dale Stephens isn’t an academic deconstruction of higher education so much as a guide for pursuing an alternative education. To understand the book, it’s better to start with the epilogue. Stephens states, “How do we help …

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Technology makes higher education accessible to disabled students

Sponsor's feature: Instead of lugging heavy textbooks about, disabled students now have the option of e-textbooks that present content in a variety of ways to suit the reader<p>There are over 11 million people with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability in the UK. Many of them are …

Q. Will 'Moocs' be the scourge or saviour or higher education?

Free online courses are on the cusp. Can they go from intriguing experiment to workable solution to our higher education crisis?<p>The British Museum, British Council, British Library and 21 UK universities have now joined what they hope is a higher education revolution – giving the public access to …

EdX, MIT, and online certificates: How non-degree certificates are disrupting traditional university degree programs.

It’s nearly impossible to get into MIT, very expensive to enroll there, and exceedingly hard to graduate, which are some of the reasons why MIT …

Higher education in 2020: three key forecasts from new report

"What will higher education look like in 2020?" Tackling this broad question was a departure from the usual data-led work of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education where I am director. The short answer is that 2020 is only seven years away and, with a bit of luck, things should not get much …