There have been justifiable complaints that the OIG’s rejection of WGU’s courses was arbitrary. That may be true, but the fact that the judgment was arbitrary doesn’t automatically mean that it was incorrect.
The "Big Picture" category covers larger trends and topics that influence both the problems that technology can help address in education as well as the barriers to implementing high-quality technology-supported education. This includes research-based topics such as learning science and program effectiveness studies, philosophical discussions such as outcomes definitions, and macro-forces such as government policy, markets, and business models.
Even if IG’s audit recommendations on WGU are not adopted by Dept of Ed, the findings will likely have a big impact in California and in the fragile movement of CBE.
The inspector general of the dept of education audits Western Governors University and under hyper-literal interpretation of regulations finds that WGU should not receive Title IV federal funding.
New research shows that the effectiveness of what may seem like common-sense techniques for learning how to learn are not effective in many cultures.
A scathing report by the California state auditor describes UC’s billion-dollar payroll system fiasco for what it is. Some perspective would be helpful by comparing to ed tech expenses.