Masive online courses.  (Hajiing) Higher education and Moocs.  College is dead. long live college!

Pew research

  • a national survey of general public n spring 2011
  • a online survey of the presidents of 1055 colleges across the nation.


  • Although only 29% of the public surveyed said that online courses offer equial value, 51% of university presidents answered yes to the same question.
  • Rom the year 2009-2010 the number of college students taking online courses increased by 21% but total enrollment in college only increased by 1.2%


Coursera’s facebook page

  1. 412 thousands likes (dec 2012)
  2. 497 thousand (april 2014)

Coursera’s twitter account

  • 137 thousand followers dec 2013
  • 167 thousand followers (mar 2014)

ONline social network

  • on an individual level, a social network consists of  all the people –friends, family, and others– with whom one shares a social relationship.
  • on a macro level, a social network demonstrates how a large group of people are connected to one another.

A Diffusion of innovation (rogers)  2003  factors that may help innovation to spread:

  • complexity
  • Observability
  • Compatibility
  • Trialability
  • Homophily (birds of a feather flock to geather)
  • Threshold

The small world effect  (how many intermediaries does it take to meet our target ??)

Social groups and innovation adoption

Diffusion of innovation

two fundamentally different reasons why individual might imate the behavior of others (easley and Klienberg, 2010)

  • information effects
  • Network effects

Homophily and Heterophily

Status homophily vs value homophily

  • lazarsfeld and Merton (1954)

Equilibrium in the whol e group will be constantly maintained despite some individual respondents change their positions.

Rogers …..


If an agent discovers that fewer then t of its neighbors are of the same type as itself, then it becomes a unsatisfied agent and has an interest in moving to a new cell.

Small world effect

six degrees of separation

stanley milgram (1969)

3.7 degrees of separation today.

Research questions

what is the pattern of the spread of MOcs?

Coursera does not use cluster connections to get people to its location. cluster is a group that leads you to the site. people are going directly.


Nearly half of the students surveyed disagree or strongly disagree with the idea that online education can bear the same quality with in class education it’s found that winin students who have taken classes online, nearly 30% of them agree or strongly agree with this.


Big Data and Scholarly assessment ( johanna Hartelius)

online going project: online analytics academics data.

address university needs for scholarly faculty analytic performance.

two modes

  • expertise of content
  • expertise of analysis

3 key sites of arguement:

expertiese of assesment

humanizing and quantifying of scholarly

Negative synnectcatty (sp)  The audience supplies what is unspoken from the speaker.

The act of knowing and the act of analyzing this are being connected to inform administrations on how to understand their performance.  (see handout)


Notoriety in a Wkipedia World (Ted Gournelos)

Ambivalent media, personal spaces

  • DIY branding whether you like it or not you are a brand.
  • Personal and Corporate Social Responsibility (triple bottom line) Individuals drive this.
  • Personality and the influences of the mediator  we are mediated, on networks, facebook,
  • Breaking down the fourth wall.  birth of reality tv, a change in the 4th wall, you are always addressing teh construct of yourself to others.

Rethinking Notoriety

  • What does it mean to live in a connected world?
  • What does it mean to be notable or notorious in a connected world? any publicity is good?
  • If we are witnessing a change in who defines news, what’s at stake?
  • if we are witnessing a change in who defines importance, what is at stake?
  • Does more information shift the balance of power, and if so, how? how does it not?  is information is power how does it relate to us?

The Wikipedia brand

  • 4.4 million articles in english alone
  • 5th most popular website
  • Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the internet comprise the largest and most popular general reference work.
  • wikipedia’s departure from the expert driven style of encyclopedia building and the presence of much unacademic make it hostile to the expert community.


The politics of wiki

Subjects of biographical articles on wiki are required to be notable, that is significant, interesting, or unusual enough to be worthy of notice, as evidenced by being the subject of significant coverage in independent reliable secondary sources.

(what is this all mean?  how do we define these elements? )

Many scientists, researchers, philosophers and other scholars collectively referred to as academics for convenience are notably influential in the world of ideas without their biographies being the subject of secondary sources.

having published does not in itself make an academic notable, no matter how many publications there are. Notability depends on the impact the work has had on the field of study. Notability guideline specifies criteria for judging the notability of an academic through reliable sources for the impact of their work.  Who judges this, librarians in research institutions. 

Re-inscribed power in a digital world

Does distribution of information mean distribution of power?  absolutely not. it reinforces traditional roles of power.

Does distribution of peor to wider base actually reflect a broadening on power?  NO gate keepers decide what goes on.

Does distribution of pere correlate to a shift in agenda setting or gatekeeping?

Does Notoriety really have value in a n information age?  being on the site, gives you some notoriety.  Tenure  re-inscribed into the wiki world. Tenure is a way to gain wiki. Will anyone look him up or edit or care?

Is notoriety perhaps all that is valued?  does it have value and why? impacting a few thousand students is not notoriety?  impacting a few people is that enough?  in a culture of wiki, notoriety and not impact does not?

How do we go about thinking about the notable?