SC: Check out my newly published review - http://www.tofp.org/resume/Carson-UtG.pdf - of Taylor Walsh's 'Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses' (Princeton U.P.).
Good review, S! ... Can you point please to any critical, generative reviews of CMU's Open Learning Initiative (OLI) you've enjoyed? Thank you!
(I found this online ... http://www.cmu.edu/about/leadership/president/Carnegie_Mellon-Open_Learning_Initiative.pdf ... which is helpful).
from the above CMU paper ... interesting ... "Three elements make OLI distinctive and powerful:
First, course creation moves from a solo performance to a team sport. OLI classes begin with interdisciplinary coursedesign teams of faculty content experts, human-computer interaction experts, learning scientists, designers, and software engineers. These teams design learning environments,
with course content, practice exercises, and review. They create intelligent tutoring modules, virtual laboratories, simulations, and very frequent opportunities for assessment
Second, the system collects data on each episode of learning. Just as Amazon, Google and Netflix discover our book or movie preferences by tracking our online actions, so can our OLI monitor the mouseclicks and keystrokes of users, generating data that shows at the most detailed level what learners are responding to (or not) in the learning environment.
Third, this rich trove of data provides immediate feedback to all of the participants. Everyone involved gets feedback— students, instructors, course designers, and learning scientists. Students can see at once how they are doing (instead of waiting a week for tests to be returned). Instructors can check a dashboard.
Why not a digital robot instead of a dashboard, per the above 'Digital Dashboard' (CMU / OLI) article?
World University and School would like to build in / code for the possibilities of innumerable, scientific studies of student learning, (and professors' teaching) and particularly their enjoyment of learning (e.g. 'flow'), by MIT researchers for example, from WUaS's beginning, and in all languages, in exchange for free bachelor, Ph.D. law and M.D. degrees ... and probably in WikiData / WikiBase ... so that MIT OCW-centric WUaS improves and develops with the web. What a trove of developing and emergent data this could be!