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The Great Stagnation of American Education

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The decline in educational attainment — more high school dropouts, poor-quality schools — has serious consequences for the economy.
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The Learning Analytics Challenge: Culture of Data or Culture of Evidence? | Contact North

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Cracking the Credit Hour | NewAmerica.org

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6 ways government could impact education in 2014

6 ways government could impact education in 2014 | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
State and federal lawmakers stand to make big changes to K-12 and higher education over the next year.
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What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? -- Campus Technology

What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? -- Campus Technology | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun threw a wrench in the MOOC model by declaring that massive open online courses don't work for higher education. What's next for the online learning trend?
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Detailed Definition of Competency-based Pathways - Competency-Based Pathways

This wiki was created to collaborate and share ideas on competency-based pathways
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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it

"This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger..."

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, April 30, 2013 3:34 AM

Ken's Key Takeaway:  
This is worth printing and keeping.  It is a nice bird's eye view of some of the learning theories surrounding educational technology.

Ken 

CECI Jean-François's curator insight, April 30, 2013 3:04 PM

magnifique carte !

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Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it

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The big misunderstanding about MOOCs

The big misunderstanding about MOOCs | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
MOOCs, those massive open online courses, are said by some to be the future of higher education. Really?
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Lacking a college degree? You may not exist to more employers | Tampa Bay Times

Lacking a college degree? You may not exist to more employers | Tampa Bay Times | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
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Data Analytics & Big Data: An infographic guide

Data Analytics & Big Data: An infographic guide | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it

The quick reference guide to big data and data analytics; from the definition to the history and future applications of big data.


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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, January 31, 2013 3:03 AM

Superbe infographie pour un résumé en image !

Shawn Neville's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:49 AM

Big Data clarity from Deloitte....

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Rethinking the online education revolution - Postcards

Rethinking the online education revolution - Postcards | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
Pooja Sankar

I met Pooja Sankar two years ago after she founded Piazza, a collaboration platform that facilitates class discussion among students and teachers.
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Price of Admission

By RUTH SIMON And MICHAEL CORKERY - The Walll Street Journal

U.S. and state officials are intensifying efforts to hold colleges accountable for what happens after graduation, a sign of frustration with sky-high tuition costs and student-loan debt.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) are expected to reintroduce this week legislation that would require states to make more accessible the average salaries of colleges' graduates. The figures could help prospective students compare salaries by college and major to assess the best return on their investment.

A similar bipartisan bill died last year, but a renewed push has gained political momentum in recent weeks. "This begins to introduce some market forces into the academic arena that have not been there," said Mr. Wyden, adding that support for the move is unusually broad given the political divide in Washington. Rep. Eric Cantor (R., Va.), the House majority leader, said he intends to support a similar measure in the House.

High-school seniors now trying to decide which college to attend next fall are awash with information about costs, from dorm rooms to meal plans. But there is almost no easy way to tell what graduates at specific schools earn—or how many found jobs in their chosen field. Supporters say more transparency is needed as students graduate deeper in debt and enter the rocky job market.

The Wyden-Rubio bill doesn't spell out exactly how this information has to be assembled. The goal is that students and parents could use the U.S. Department of Education website to query data from all 50 states. But the bill relies on states to knit together wage data submitted by employers with information on graduates submitted by colleges.

Virginia, which recently began publishing wages by colleges and program on its own, linked these two data sets using Social Security numbers. It didn't publish the Social Security numbers.

 

Some colleges are resisting the broader push, saying it would be a burden for states to compile the information, and that it would tell students little they don't know already.

"You don't need a database to tell you that people who major in fine arts won't earn a lot of money when they graduate," said Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the American Council on Education, a trade group that hasn't taken a position on the bill by Messrs. Wyden and Rubio. Some officials worry that salary is too narrow a measure of the value of a liberal-arts education.

Privacy advocates have concerns with compiling so much data. One potential issue, they say, is that the data could be sliced so thinly that it would reveal information about individuals. "It's the risk of re-identification in small samples," says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C.

Still, Bryce Harrison, who graduated last May from Goucher College, a private school in Baltimore, said wage data could have helped him pick his major. Mr. Harrison, 23 years old, hoped his political-science degree would land him a job with the government.

He has had no luck. With about $100,000 in student loans to repay, Mr. Harrison spent the summer working for his father, power-washing houses. But business slows in the winter, so he is now unemployed and is considering joining the National Guard.

"Was college worth getting in the amount of debt I'm in?" he asks. "At this point, I can't answer that."

With total student-loan debt approaching the trillion-dollar mark, WSJ's Jason Bellini deconstructs how we got here and what it all means. Image: Getty

 

Providing more information about outcomes will be a priority during President Barack Obama's second term, a Department of Education spokeswoman said. Last spring, the Obama administration began developing a "College Scorecard" that would add salary information for graduates and average debt load to existing data on costs, graduation rates and loan repayment rates. The Department of Education declined to detail how it might do this.

About 10 U.S. states already publish or are expected to start releasing this year data showing how salaries of recent graduates vary by school and program. The states include California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

States typically match salary information from employers with separate data provided to states by colleges. The college lists typically include the course of study for recent graduates, the year of graduation and degree earned. The information is linked using Social Security numbers, though personal data isn't included in the final reports.

The state data have shortcomings. Paychecks for the same job can vary widely by location. Salary data don't reflect self-employed graduates or those who work for the U.S. government or move to another state.

Last year, Virginia lawmakers began requiring the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to produce annual reports on the wages of college graduates 18 months and five years after they receive their degrees. Beginning this year, the reports must also include average student loan debt.

While it is still early, some students are already using the information in making decisions about where to go for graduate school, says Tod Massa, director of policy research and data warehousing for the State Council.

Among graduates who live in Virginia, the highest starting wages for a bachelor's degree were $56,400 for graduates of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, a Roanoke school that largely turns out nursing graduates.

That was 42% higher than the University of Virginia's average of $39,648. Overall, students with associate's degrees in technical fields, such as health care, earned more than recipients of bachelor's degrees. A spokesman for the University of Virginia declined to comment.

"It's much easier to plan when you have this information," said Jerusalem Solomon, a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

At first, Ms. Solomon followed her parents' advice to pursue a major in the medical field because they assumed it had the best job prospects. Then she switched to public relations because she believes she can still earn a good salary doing a job she loves.

The California Community College Chancellor's Office soon will publish data showing median pay for graduates of more than 100 community colleges two years before they earn their degrees and two and five years after they graduate.

Florida officials will start publicizing later this year data showing, by school and major, the percentage of students who graduate and find jobs, their starting salaries and average debt loads. Florida community colleges already have begun posting data on their websites.

College Measures, a research group in Rockville, Md., that works with states to turn data they already have into information that can be used by the public, has prepared reports for Virginia and Tennessee. The group's president, Mark Schneider, expects to release data for Colorado this month and Texas soon afterward.

A version of this article appeared February 12, 2013, on page A1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Push to Gauge Bang for Buck From College Gains Steam.

Alison Pendergast's insight:

Alison Pendergast's insight:

Legislators aim to require institutions to publically post student placement data, along with tuition and student loan data, in an effort to allow students to gauge the potential ROI on degrees and majors/fields of study. I’d be interested to know if there has been a study looking at the relationship between salary projections and degrees/major selections made by students.  Would you have majored in another field of study if you knew your earnings potential would be different than it is? Not sure the proposed solution is correctly focused on the right problem.

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Career Education Corp. expands major adaptive learning experiment | Inside Higher Ed

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Tech That May Help These Students Graduate

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Increasingly America's community colleges are turning to technology to improve completion rates—and their rankings.
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Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education | Inside Higher Ed

Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education | Inside Higher Ed | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
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Behind the scenes at Blackboard: How educator feedback matters more than ever

Behind the scenes at Blackboard: How educator feedback matters more than ever | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
The company's user experience team brings a focus on direct feedback from instructors and students to the table.
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University to use web data to retain students

University to use web data to retain students | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
QUT is looking to tap the power of analytics with a plan to mine data from multiple systems including massively open online courses.
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MOOCs: Who’s using MOOCs? 10 different target audiences

MOOCs: Who’s using MOOCs? 10 different target audiences | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it

The problem is that the decision makers often don’t have the marketing skills to differentiate between different addressable audiences. External adult learners may not want a long-winded, over-engineered, six to ten week course on anything. Life’s too short. Yet academics are used to producing courses of this semester length. What many may want are mini MOOCs. They may want them to be asynchronous starting and ending when convenient for them. This, of course, is exactly what’s happening. All in all, however, the good news is that MOOCs are forcing HE institutions to change. MOOCs may very well be the force that makes them more open, transparent and relevant. There will, of course, be a backlash, but the digital genie is out of the bottle - MOOCs are here to stay.


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Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:00 AM

Nice Infographic and article on MOOCs - who is the target audience(s)?

 

Dirigeantsetpartenaires's curator insight, May 2, 2013 3:22 AM

Intereesting infographic on Coursera (I have an account too).

I'd be interested to know if anybody else is actively using a MOOC right now ...?

Sieg Holle's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:51 AM

Knowledge ia personal power -in any form - go grow in whatever form by giving choice to the user

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The 4 Stages of Technology Integration in Education

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New Thinking about Consumer Marketing

New Thinking about Consumer Marketing | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
By paying attention sooner and more often, companies stand a better chance of keeping their customers satisfied
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Pushing the MOOC envelope with Learning Analytics

How can Learning Analytics be used to bring about the true revolution traditionally assumed for MOOCs? With audiences in the thousands of users, the key is mass

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How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In HIGHER ED - Edudemic

How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In HIGHER ED - Edudemic | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
The Horizon Report showcases a number of different examples of institutions that are using learning analytics in different ways.

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University of Wisconsin Expands Digital Textbook Rental Pilot This Spring - The Digital Reader

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How Leaders Mistake Execution for Strategy (and Why That Damages Both)

How Leaders Mistake Execution for Strategy (and Why That Damages Both) | Alison Pendergast | Scoop.it
When leaders substitute visions, missions, purposes, plans, or goals for the real work of strategy, they send their firms adrift.
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Alison Pendergast's curator insight, February 16, 2013 1:56 PM

Good discussion of strategy vs. execution. Good line in the comment section from Richard Lipscombe, "Frankly, I don't care anymore whether people confuse Strategy with Execution - what is more important to me is does one have a sustainable, workable, viable, simple, and agreeable (to consumers) revenue model."