What’s going on in MOOC world?

This is the original article (unedited) on MOOC that was published in Focus Malaysia on June 08, 2013. It was written under the name of Plantcloner, the moniker used by Dr. YN Chow who had a column with Focus Malaysia for a stint. The published article's title was, "What is going on in the revolutionary …

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Completing ChinaX’s Module 2: The creation and end of a unified empire

It is not easy to follow a highly demanding course on the history of China delivered by 2 of the current authorities in Chinese history and culture in Harvard University, Professors Peter Bol and William Kirby. I got to learn from these scholars free of charge via MOOC from edx.org. The course demanded lots of …

Despicable act of an educator – inflating marks for bribes

It is disgraceful for an academic to inflate the marks of students in exchange for bribes so that they can pass their examinations. This is despicable. It seems that the institution concerned, Curtin University, Australia, does not have a foolproof system to detect and check on possible abuse by academics. I think all institutions should have an …

Learning about Bitcoin

There has been lots of interest in this virtual currency or more appropriately described as cryptographic transaction medium called Bitcoin. One Bitcoin at the end of Nov 2013 is worth over US$1,000 making it coming close to the price of one ounce of gold (about US$1,250 on Nov 29, 2013). I have done a lot …

Free college education: what about the private providers?

The Malaymailonline has a report on an exchange between Deputy Minister of Education, Mary Yap and Ipoh Barat MP, Thomas Su on the issue of PTPTN loan defaulters. The matter of free higher education was mentioned. The whole debate was flawed. No considerations on both sides were given to the fact that higher education in …

Malaysian public universities are losing touch with reality

This is an interesting post from theantdaily.com Public universities keeping their distance from industry players Last updated on 24/11/2013 - 09:47 Posted on 23/11/2013 - 11:06 Hazlan Zakaria PETALING JAYA: Public universities have a poor record to show when it comes to commercialising their research and development. This is not surprising because most of them …