Author Archives: Jim Farmer

About Jim Farmer

Jim Farmer is an engineering economist at instructional media + magic inc. His interests include educational technology, academic research, and information standards. He also writes for Intellectual Property Magazine. For more information, see his profile page.

Numbers: Administrative Costs Soaring? Maybe not

August 27, 2014 There’s just a mind-boggling amount of money per student that’s being spent on administration Andrew Gillen, quoted in “New Analysis Shows Problematic Booming Higher Ed Administrators,” Huffington Post, August 26, 2014  Administrative growth drives up costs at … Continue reading

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MOOCs: A Disruptive Innovation or Not?

Nearly five years ago on October 27, 2008 Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn briefed participants at an American Enterprise Institute [AEI] meeting on “Disruptive Innovation in Education and Health Care.” Christensen and his work were well known by this Washington … Continue reading

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MOOCs: The Courage to Say No

  Silicon Valley has enthusiastically promoted MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), but some universities have decided MOOCs are not effective or appropriate for their students. In the summer of 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported 160,000 students signed up for … Continue reading

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Review: Sir John Daniel on MOOCs, Online Learning, and Quality

As part of the transformation of teaching and learning in higher education, decisions are being made on the type and scope of online learning and whether to participate in MOOCs—a specific form of online learning. Two papers about MOOCs and … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Online Education; a real difference

Are online education and MOOC the same? Is any difference important? MOOC – Massive Open Online Course.  As currently interpreted, massive meaning hundreds of thousands of student taking the course, open meaning free for the student, and online referring to … Continue reading

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