The course grew out of the author's experiences as an early adopter and advocate of newer technologies (such as Coursera) for online teaching. During the past year, the author often came in contact with higher education professionals who felt lost in the new landscape, and unprepared technology-wise. This is an attempt to educate anyone in this situation, and thereby empower everyone to anticipate changes in the field and make better professional decisions. Part of the emphasis will be to explain the technology, because it was and will be a catalyst of further evolutions in education.
There is no set syllabus for the course (see Course Format), beyond a proposition of covering the following topics:
business: how companies and startups think;
legal: copyright and privacy issues;
pedagogical: how technology makes good teaching practical;
technological: Web 2.0, cloud services, interoperability standards, etc.
The course might also include educated guesswork on what the next couple years might bring.