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The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education | Fast Company

The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education | Fast Company | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

From March 2011, but cool info on innovation and higher ed.

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MoveOn.org, U.S. Rep. promoting student loan debt forgiveness

MoveOn.org, U.S. Rep. promoting student loan debt forgiveness | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Moveon.org has figured out how to stimulate the economy: Get the government to forgive the student loan debt of all Americans!
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College Conspiracy

College education is the largest scam in U.S. history!

Via Susan Bainbridge
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From Wall Street to Wal-Mart

From Wall Street to Wal-Mart | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Colleges and universities are turning out graduates faster than America’s labor markets are creating jobs that traditionally have been reserved for those with degrees. More than one-third of current working graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree, and the proportion appears to be rising rapidly. Many of them are better described as “underemployed” rather than “gainfully employed.” Indeed, 60 percent of the increased college graduate population between 1992 and 2008 ended up in these lower skill jobs, raising real questions about the desirability of pushing to increase the proportion of Americans attending and graduating from four year colleges and universities. This, along with other evidence on the negative relationship between government higher education spending and economic growth, suggests we may have significantly “over invested” public funds in colleges and universities.

 

By Richard Vedder, Christopher Denhart, Matthew Denhart, Christopher Matgouranis and Jonathan Robe | December 2010
Download the entire report (pdf, 12 pp.)

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Views: The Disruption Is Here - Inside Higher Ed

Views: The Disruption Is Here - Inside Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Just because higher education isn't going away doesn't mean that those arguing that radical change is on the way are incorrect, writes Michael Staton.

 

The future prospects for education are more optimistic than [Peter Thiel] suggests for two primary reasons: 1) Though it looks like an economic bubble, it's unlikely that there will be a precise moment in which the market crashes. Instead, there will be a slow market shift towards amorphous market entrants that can deliver relevant, quality education conveniently and affordably. 2) There's a path forward if folks in higher education understand the processes of both disruption and change management.

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Study: College graduates driving increase in bankruptcy filings

Study: College graduates driving increase in bankruptcy filings | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
College graduates are the fastest-growing group of consumers who have filed for bankruptcy protection in the past five years, according to a new study.
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How to Develop a Disruptive Product

How to Develop a Disruptive Product | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
One of the world's oldest publishing companies brought in a ringer to revolutionize the way the company does business. The result? The first fully-interactive textbook.
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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Discovering a New Way to Teach

 

Eric Mazur, one of the pioneers in developing a new way to teach large classes, calls his approach “peer instruction. - I highly recommend his work if you haven't seen it yet.

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Education: Our True Homeland Security | Truthout

Education: Our True Homeland Security | Truthout | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

How do we recapture education's idealism in an environment driven by parsimony and focused relentlessly on short-term issues of solvency and relevance?

 

How about redefining education as our true Homeland Security? A security based not on military power or intrusive surveillance but on creativity and critical thinking and informed citizenship? How about stimulating and facilitating a lifelong pursuit of fresh ideas and innovative solutions to national and global challenges?

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The State of Digital Education Infographic

The State of Digital Education Infographic | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Vastly improved technology and increased student drop out rates have set the stage for education's Internet moment. Get the full story in this beautiful infographic.
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The 10 Greatest Disruptive Thinkers in Technology

The 10 Greatest Disruptive Thinkers in Technology | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

They’re the people who dare to do things differently and change our view of the world and our perception of what’s possible. Here, in no particular order, are the people we’ve named as the 10 greatest disruptive thinkers in the recent history of technology.


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The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education - Forbes

The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education - Forbes | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Applies just as well to Higher Ed! EXCELLENT post!

 

The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education: Change the goal from making a system of teaching more efficient to making the system more effective by inspiring lifelong learning in students, so that they are able to have full and productive...

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Accentuating the positive for funds

Accentuating the positive for funds | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

The U.S. is not the only nation with problems in the higher ed sector...Here's an article from The Australian on how the Austrailian university sector is pinning its hopes of securing a boost in teaching funding on talking up productivity gains it says would amount to $325 billion by 2040.

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Ambitious Provider of Online Courses Loses Fans Among Colleges - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Ambitious Provider of Online Courses Loses Fans Among Colleges - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

 "In an industry obsessed with preserving tradition and monitoring quality, innovation can be a double-edged sword."

 

StraighterLine, which offers online, self-paced introductory courses, became a darling of the industry—and the company's founder, Burck Smith, has been hailed as a potential revolutionary.

 

But a revolution is hard to pull off. If StraighterLine is going to transform higher education, it needs mainstream colleges to take it seriously—and that means counting its courses for credit. In the past month, it has suffered on that front. Four of the more-established institutions that had agreed to grant credit have cut ties with StraighterLine. If colleges won't cooperate, Mr. Smith has a plan; he's already talking to state lawmakers, who can make them.

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What the Lost Decade of Wages Means for Colleges and Their Graduates | Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What the Lost Decade of Wages Means for Colleges and Their Graduates | Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Selingo is editorial director of The Chronicle of Higher Education. On Next, he shares insights on news and trends in higher education.
Follow Jeffrey on Twitter (@jselingo)

 

"Last week’s annual snapshot of American living standards from the Census Bureau offered plenty of statistics to show just how bad the last decade was for the paychecks of most Americans. For higher education, the report was mixed: good news for students on the degree payoff, but another healthy dose of reality for colleges that believe current upward trends in tuition prices will continue unabated."

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Disruptive (Social) Innovation in Higher Education — Social Edge

Disruptive (Social) Innovation in Higher Education — Social Edge | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Hosted by Erin Krampetz and Jacqueline Smith (September 2011)...

 

A movement is growing. This Social Edge chat seeks to explore how social innovation has been translated into action at colleges and universities globally, and why it matters.

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Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Controversial organization publishes a video lambasting higher education and it goes viral.

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Good Magazine: Badges will unlock higher-education alternatives

Good Magazine: Badges will unlock higher-education alternatives | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Is higher education broken?
Good Magazine cites a growing gap between what learners want and what they're currently getting.

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News: Default Rates Up Again - Inside Higher Ed

News: Default Rates Up Again - Inside Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Percentage of student loan borrowers failing to repay rises by 1.8 points from 2008 to 2009, with the biggest jump among those from for-profit colleges.
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Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE

Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Mott

 

Key Takeaways:

 

Although central to the business of higher education, the LMS has also become a symbol of the status quo that supports administrative functions more effectively than teaching and learning activities.

 

Personal learning environments offer an alternative, but with their own limitations.

 

An open learning network helps bridge the gap between the PLE and the LMS, combining the best elements of each approach.

 

The initial implementation of an OLN at Brigham Young University represents a new learning platform model in higher education.

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U.S. Losing Worldwide Edge In Higher Ed: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Study

U.S. Losing Worldwide Edge In Higher Ed: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Study | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
By CHRISTINE AMARIO, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) -- The United States is losing its advantage in the global talent pool as the number of adults gaining college degrees in countries such as China and South Korea increases rapidly, according to a new...
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Disrupting College

Disrupting College | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Our country’s dominant higher education policies have focused on expanding access for more than half a century—allowing more students to afford higher education. Yet changing circumstances mandate that we shift the focus of higher education policy away from how to enable more students to afford higher education to how we can make a quality postsecondary education affordable. The challenge before the country also mandates a new definition of quality from the perspective of students—so that the education is valuable to them and that through it they improve their lives and thus improve the country’s fortunes, too. And if a postsecondary education is fundamentally affordable—meaning lower in cost, not just price—this will also answer the question of how to extend access by enabling students to afford a higher education.

 

This report tackles these questions by treating the industry’s challenges, at their core, as problems of managing innovation effectively. It examines the industry of higher education through the lenses of the theories that have emerged from our research on innovation.

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Flipped Classroom Infographic

Flipped Classroom Infographic | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Another GREAT infographic from Knewton!

 

Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. Find out what it is and why everyone's talking about it.

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Introductions — Hacking the Academy

Introductions — Hacking the Academy | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Preface | Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt On May 21, 2010, we posted these intentionally provocative questions online: Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?

 

We asked for contributions to a collectively produced volume that would explore how the academy might be beneficially reformed using digital media and technology. The process of creating the edited volume itself would be a commentary on the way things are normally done in scholarly communication, with submissions coming in through multiple channels, including blogs, Twitter, and email, and in multiple formats—everything from a paragraph to a long essay to multimedia.

 

Between May 21 and May 28, 2010 we received a remarkable 329 submissions from 177 authors, with nearly a hundred submissions written during the week-long event and the other two-thirds submitted by authors from their prior writing on the subject matter.

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Education Week: The Classroom Is Obsolete: It's Time for Something New

Education Week: The Classroom Is Obsolete: It's Time for Something New | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
School design needs to change from a classroom-based model to one centered on principles such as personalized education and inquiry-based, student-directed learning, Prakash Nair writes.
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