With apologies for the potty mouth title. If you want a really good review of the year from an ed tech perspective then I suggest reading Audrey Watters' series of posts. One thing that I found myself doing repeatedly this year was staring open-mouthed at my screen as I read yet another 'discovery' or 'innovation' from US based silicon valley start-ups relating to education. It seems that if you want to be noticed then having no shame in pretending you have invented something is a real advantage. And journalists really do love a 'new and shiny' story. Here are some of my faves:
The SPOC – don't want your MOOC to be massive and open, then try a Small Private one. Or as we've called them for the past 15 years "an online course".
Hybrid Pedagogy – Clayton Christensen discovered “a fundamentally new concept [in] the world of disruptive innovation.” Or as we call it "blended learning"
MOOC based learning and innovation on campus – Coursera announced that it was working with universities to deliver MOOCs on campus. Or as we call it "elearning".
Creating quality courses is hard and expensive – who knew?
Retention with open access is difficult – again, why did no-one tell them this?
Massive open online content – again, as we call them "OERs"
I hope next year isn't as dumb.