The Corporate Educators are Coming…

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Moodle MOOC posts
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Um artigo interessante sobre o posicionamento de grandes empresas americanas ligadas à Educação face à utilização dos cursos online do ensino superior (e MOOCs) à escala intercontinental
http://www.contactnorth.ca/trends-directions/strategic-directions-0

«Pearson’s recent international acquisitions include Tutorvista, an Indian online education group, and the learning system arm of Sistema Educacional Brasileiro (SEB) of Brazil. These all extend the massive content, assessment, service, and system capacity that Pearson has developed for online learning at all levels.»
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«In the past few months, more than $110 million has flowed to start-ups like Coursera, The Minerva Project, and StraighterLine. In 2011, individuals and US venture capital firms invested nearly $430 million in such companies.»
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«New money is flowing to adaptive assessment technologies – assessment linked to course materials which adjusts what the student learns by their assessed competencies – and to methods of assessing informal and self-directed learning. New organizations will emerge in the next two to three years that broker and aggregate credits for students and arrange transfer.»
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«What may be developing in front our very eyes is a future in which a great many learning activities are free or low cost to students, thus lowering the cost of post-secondary education. Assessment centres for accreditation are where corporations see their profits.»
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«Don’t expect to see private universities and colleges growing and expanding in Ontario. They don’t need to. Students will chose their courses and programs from around the world, based on estimates of quality and price. Growth will come in the form of flexible assessment and transferable credits. That is the real bonus and challenge of these developments.»

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