Educational Technology in Higher Education
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A scoop it magazine focusing on educational technology in higher education.
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Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You Went

Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You Went | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
College leaders say that by focusing on what people know, not how or when they learn it, and by tapping new technology, they can save students time and lower costs.
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Top Free Classes's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:36 AM

In March of this year, the Department of Education invited colleges to submit programs for consideration under Title IV aid that do not rely on seat time. In response, public, private and for-profit institutions alike have rushed out programs that are changing the college degree in fundamental ways; they are based not on time in a course but on tangible evidence of learning, a concept known as competency-based education. President Obama issued a call to improve college affordability that went beyond boilerplates about loans and Pell grants. He proposed a rating system that would attach federal higher education dollars to a college’s cost effectiveness and student performance. “Colleges have to work harder to prevent tuition from going up year after year,” the president said. “We’re going to encourage more colleges to innovate, try new things, do things that can provide a great education without breaking the bank.”

Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, October 31, 2013 2:05 PM

Because something was introduced in 1893 and was relevant for decades, does not mean it meets the needs of today's learners.

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Colleges Assess Cost of Free Online-Only Courses

Colleges Assess Cost of Free Online-Only Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Elite universities are joining in, but the massive online open courses, known as MOOCs, threaten to poach paying students from other institutions.
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Measuring the Success of Online Education

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, tend to have low completion rates, some with 10 percent or fewer students actually finishing.
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Balanced article.

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Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom

Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Education that includes at least some online work is more effective than classroom-only teaching, according to a major research review done for the Department of Education.
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The Thiel Fellows, Forgoing College to Pursue Dreams

The Thiel Fellows, Forgoing College to Pursue Dreams | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Thiel Fellowships pay young people to forgo college and to plunge into real-world projects. So what has become of those who managed to snag fellowships?
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A Free Online University Tests the Waters

A Free Online University Tests the Waters | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students worldwide get university education and broader perspectives.

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How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class

How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Technology is creating jobs — but at the upper and lower ends of the spectrum. The outlook for the middle class may rely on “new artisans” who combine technical and interpersonal skills.
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Revolution Hits the Universities

Revolution Hits the Universities | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.
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Thomas Friedman in the NUY writes on changes to universities.

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Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet

Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses, in an effort that could define the future of higher education — if anyone can figure out how to make money.

Via Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.
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Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses

Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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How Computerized Tutors Are Learning to Teach Humans

How Computerized Tutors Are Learning to Teach Humans | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Advances in computerized tutoring are testing the faith that human contact makes for better learning.
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