College Affordability, MOOC Dropouts & More in This Week’s EdTech Report

Each week, Boundless collects the best edtech news to keep you informed of the latest trends.

A Sobering Look at College Affordability
via The Chronicle of Higher Education

From a college’s point of view, the metrics used to determine if a family is willing and able to pay for higher education are heading in a frightening direction. Between 2007 to 2010, the median family net worth dropped 40 percent. Today, the prospect of unemployment worries families with kids eyeing higher education. Brian Zucker, president of the Human Capital Research Corporation says,

Education finance is joined at the hip with family economics itself.

Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay with That?
via Hack Education

Will MOOCs really change the academic world as we know it? Looking at the dropout rates of these courses, some critics say that maybe the point of MOOCs isn’t for students to finish the learning cycle but rather to inspire people to learn. Simply celebrating aspirational learners is not enough, says blogger Audrey Watters, we should still be concerned with who signs up, what they make of the course and what—if anything—leads them to drop out.

The Incredible Impact of the Internet on Higher Education [Infographic]
via EdTech Magazine: The Focus on Higher Education

This infographic gives some interesting stats about how college students, faculty and staff are making the Internet and all its various components part of their higher education experience. Some interesting numbers from the data:

  1. 93 percent of students search online rather than go to the library.
  2. More than 6 million students are taking at least one online course.
  3. 8 out of 10 faculty report using online video for class.

What Will the Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? 
via FastCoExist

In the past 40 years, the money spent per student in public K-12 education has increased from about $4,000 in 1971 to $11,000 in 2011. With such a huge increase in per student spending, it would be expected that education would improve and test scores would climb, but such is not the case. Over those four decades math and verbal test scores have remained the same—but now a revolution in education technology is looking to change that. Tim Brady writes,

Teachers, especially younger, more tech-savvy teachers, are adopting these [edtech] tools that make their days more efficient so they can spend more time teaching or preparing to teach. They are downloading these products from the Internet, integrating them into their routines, and freeing up time in order to be better at their profession.

Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome to Build a Sustainable Model
via e-Literate

With all the hype surrounding MOOCs these days, users and edtech enthusiasts need to wonder how these courses will survive. As blogger Phil Hill points out,

When analyzing the disruption potential of MOOCs, it is easy to forget that the actual concept is just 4 or 5 years old. Furthermore, the actual definition of the concept has undergone a significant change in the past 12 months as an entirely new branch has emerged.

Right now, MOOCs excel in massive online enrollments, a result based on a form of adult continued learning. To get these courses adopted and used by mass audiences, new generations of MOOCs must become self-sustaining

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