Inside Higher Ed
October 23rd, 2014
An international group of higher education institutions—including UT
Arlington, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Davidson
College—convened by learning researcher and theorist George Siemens
gathered last week to explore the impacts of MOOCs on higher education
(full list of participating institutions below).
The takeaway? Higher education is going digital, responding to the architecture of knowledge in a digital age,
and MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst
for the development of progressive programs that respond to the
After sharing challenges, key innovations and general impacts, we
were collectively awed by our similarities. Sure, Harvard and Stanford
have larger budgets and teams, and the Texas system is, well, a system,
while Davidson College enrolls a little under 2,000 students; yet, these
fundamentally different institutions voiced similar challenges in their
transitions to digital environments.