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Furqan Nazeeri

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Online Learning and The “Too Hard Pile”

 

Warren Buffett’s right hand man, Charlie Munger, coined (or made famous) the idea of the “too hard pile.”  Back in the day when communication was by physical letters and memos, you would have three bins on your desk: inbox, outbox and the “too hard pile.”  In Charlie’s world of investing at Berkshire Hathaway, the key was to look at an investment opportunity and decide where it belonged. If there was “hair on the deal”, his rule was to put it in the “too hard pile” and move on.

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Open edX Launches Adaptive Learning Working Group

Yesterday we had the kick-off meeting of the Open edX adaptive working group. Given the topic, the group was unsurprisingly large and diverse including participants from around the globe and from both academia and industry.

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Save The Date: Open edX Developer Conference

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Corporate MOOC: Extreme Content Marketing

Tim Mauri wants more people to have weight loss surgery. You see, Tim works in marketing for Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson medical device company that manufactures, among other things, instruments used for weight loss surgery.

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Why Stanford Has Faith in Open edX [Infographic]

“Open edX could become the Wordpress of the MOOC space: dominant, ubiquitous, and the de facto choice for putting your course online.”

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50% of Universities Will Be Bankrupt in 10-15 Years

"50% of the 4,000 colleges and universities in the US will be bankrupt in 10-15 years". Strong words yet those are just some of the gems that HBS professor Clayton Christensen gives in this talk on disruption in higher education in which he makes this bold predication. Then a panel of 6 presidents of small liberal arts colleges discusses the topic generally followed by Q&A and finally Professor Karen Harpp at Colgate …

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MOOC Video Production Tips From 1944

Dr. Guo and others have done research on MOOC video teaching elements in an effort to better understand student engagement with the end goal of creating best practices to drive improvements in future MOOC courses. The videos that Dr. Guo and others have been looking at are the ones …

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edX Turns 2 Years Old

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Why MOOCs Need Better LxD

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The First MOOC for Surgical Education

As far as I can tell, Ethicon, which is an 80-year old division of Johnson and Johnson, is the first company to offer a MOOC for surgeons and others involved in obesity management. The MOOC is the brain child of Tim Mauri, Marketing Manager at Ethicon who is a self described "online learning enthusiast".

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