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Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery

Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

Today's students don't need more technology; they don't need more PowerPoint and computer-based learning platforms. What they need are enthusiastic and talented and creative teachers and professors who see education not as a job but as a calling.

Distance learning and MOOCs reduce education to content delivery.  And it requires an exceptional student to get the most out of them.  When I query my students in class about on-line courses, most of them are ambivalent or opposed to them.  When they favor them, they say things like: "It was easy to skate by" or "I took it only because it fit my work schedule."

To be blunt, administrators are looking for ways to reduce costs, and on-line learning is being pushed for that very reason.  No classrooms needed.  Little or no cost for electricity, facilities, classroom materials and the like.  Combine cost-cutting imperatives with growing privatization of education and you have a recipe for education delivered as a commodity driven by the profit motive.

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At This High School, You Go To TEDx Class

At This High School, You Go To TEDx Class | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

Kids these days. Palo Altos Gunn High School is the first high school to put on their own TED conference

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2013 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report

2013 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

The 2013 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report compiles the results from institutions using the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory and Institutional Priorities Survey.

The 2013 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report compiles the results from institutions using the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory and Institutional Priorities Survey. Student data and data from faculty, staff, and administrators are combined in these reports.

The links below contain the summary and results from U.S. campuses. Due to the size of the report, we have broken it down into sections. We recommend that you read the Executive Summary, then download the appropriate report for your campus type. This year's Executive Summary provides a deeper analysis on the data from four-year public colleges and universities.

The 2012 report focused on two-year career and private institutions, the 2011 report reviewed four-year private institutional data, while the 2010 report highlighted community college data.

Also available: National Satisfaction-Priorities reports on adult learners, online learners, parents of college students, and 15-year Satisfaction and Priorities Trend Reports.

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Employers and Community-College Students Aren't Sold on Online Degrees, Survey Finds

As more and more students turn to online education for convenience, the notion of an online degree has become more commonplace. Continuing education, institutions like the University of Phoenix, and the growing number of MOOCs available all contribute to this growing norm in higher education. But a new survey shows that community-college students and employers may not trust an online degree as much as they trust a traditional one.

Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on education, health care, and energy, conducted a survey of more than 600 employers in four major cities and found that 56 percent of the employers preferred an applicant with a traditional degree from an average college to one with an online degree from a top institution. Only 17 percent said they would prefer an applicant with an online degree.

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U.S. Newsroom Employment Down to 30-Year Low

U.S. Newsroom Employment Down to 30-Year Low | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it
As the U.S. newspaper crisis continues, the level of newsroom employment has reached a 30-year low.
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Harvard U. appoints first vice provost for advances in learning

Harvard University on Monday became the latest elite institution that will seek to  organize its online education offerings with the creation of a high-ranking  administrative position. Although not a widespread practice, early adopters say  institutions should consider following suit sooner rather than later.

The promotion of Peter K. Bol to vice provost of advances in  learning adds coordination to the groundswell of experimentation with online  learning at Harvard that includes, among others, edX, the massive open online course provider created in  cooperation with the Massachusetts of Technology; the Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching, which  supports learning innovation through grants and other programs; and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, which uses a  research-based approach to new teaching methods.

“[I]t has become clear that these efforts are central to the future  of the university and that greater institutional support will help advance  university-wide efforts to improve learning, ensuring that they are  well-coordinated, strategic, and effective,” Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber said  in a statement.

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Why MOOCs Aren't So Cheap ... for Colleges

Why MOOCs Aren't So Cheap ... for Colleges | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

But MOOCs are not terribly cheap for the colleges and partner platforms producing them. Building a MOOC is tricky work.

It involves writing lecture scripts, rethinking course structure, creating a slew of multiple choice quizzes, adapting grading software, filming lectures and (sometimes) discussion groups, editing footage, and building a course page. Once the course goes live online, someone has to pay for chat feed monitors, glitch repair, and a squad of tutors and administrators. All this for a product that's supposed to resemble a frozen dinner: pre-packaged, simple to prepare, and consumed in front of a screen.

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Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs -- Free Online University Courses

Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs -- Free Online University Courses | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

I'm the professor, and my virtual classroom has more than 40,000 students enrolled

It's not going to be your average first day of school.
Northwestern University's Medill School is launching its first "massively open online course" next week, called "Understanding Media by Understanding Google."
That would be approximately 1,000 times more than would be sitting in the "on-premises" undergraduate course I used as a springboard for this curriculum.
The rapidly expanding universe of colleges and universities offering these online courses includes Princeton, Stanford, Yale, MIT, The Ohio State, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and hundreds more around the globe. Northwestern has other courses launching as well, reaching close to 70,000 students around the globe. The concept has its champions and detractors while many are watching closely to see what transpires in this educational experiment.

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New Metric for Colleges: Graduates’ Salaries

New Metric for Colleges: Graduates’ Salaries | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

PayScale offers an alternative to the U.S News rankings of universities, listing them by the average earnings of their graduates. Not everyone agrees with that approach.

PayScale’s rankings are just one manifestation of a growing nationwide movement toward quantifying the outcomes of college education based on economic factors like income and employment. The Obama administration wants to rank colleges by tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and use the rankings to influence federal financial aid to students.

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The venture capitalist on campus - Harvard makes space for venture capital

The venture capitalist on campus - Harvard makes space for venture capital | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

With preppy good looks and a casual confidence, Hugo Van Vuuren moves effortlessly among the student body at Harvard University, buttonholing undergrads in the Yard or holding court in a Harvard Square coffee shop

The university allowed the alumni to open shop as part of a larger campaign to help students explore starting their own businesses, before they even graduate.

“We are just helping students figure out what they are passionate about, and how they can change the world,” said Van Vuuren, who has master’s and undergraduate degrees from Harvard and cofounded two start-ups.

More pointedly, it is the specter of Mark Zuckerberg driving these changes on the Harvard campus: Students want to emulate the youthful billionaire’s fast ascent to fortune, and university officials, especially, want to avoid losing another Zuckerberg, who dropped out of Harvard in 2004 and moved to the West Coast to start Facebook.

“The Facebook effect on campus is that kids with a burning desire to start a company have validation,” said Patrick Chung, a venture capitalist with New Enterprise Associates and cofounder of the Experiment Fund. “Because there’s been that sea change in the way that many students think, colleges and universities have to recognize that.”

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FINEP - FINEP anuncia lançamento do FIP Inova Empresa

A FINEP acaba de lançar o Programa de Investimento Direto em Empresas Inovadoras, que contará com aporte inicial de R$ 200 milhões através de um Fundo de Investimento em Participações (FIP Inova Empresa). Por meio deste fundo, a FINEP passará a investir direto em empresas com elevado risco tecnológico. Até então, as ações da Agência Brasileira da Inovação na área de venture capital eram restritas a participações em fundos de investimentos e realização de programas para seleção, capacitação e apresentação de empresas em rodadas de negócios com investidores.

O BTG Pactual Serviços, controlado pelo banco BTG Pactual, com sede no Rio de Janeiro, será o administrador do novo Fundo. Caberá à FINEP, no papel de gestora, selecionar as empresas de médio a grande porte que receberão os investimentos.

Serão prioritárias aquelas com atuação nos setores estratégicos do Plano Inova Empresa, que inclui toda a cadeia agropecuária, de petróleo e gás, energia, complexo da saúde, complexo aeroespacial e de defesa, TICs e sustentabilidade socioambiental. No primeiro momento, a ideia é investir em até seis empresas que apresentem condições de atingir posição de liderança em seus mercados.

Ao investir de forma direta, a FINEP busca capitalizar e desenvolver empresas com alto potencial de crescimento e retorno financeiro compatível, estimular atividades de inovação em setores e tecnologias prioritárias para o País e fortalecer a estrutura de capital e a ampliação do acesso ao mercado de capitais por parte das empresas. A Agência visa também incentivar a adoção de melhores práticas de governança corporativa e contribuir para a sustentabilidade econômico-financeira da própria FINEP ao obter o retorno dos investimentos.

Os mecanismos de investimento do FIP Inova Empresa englobam aquisição de participação via emissão de ações, debêntures conversíveis e outros títulos. Também prevê o co-investimento com instituições públicas e privadas.

Confira o vídeo do FIP Inova Empresa e sobre o histórico da atuação da FINEP na área de Venture Capital através do Inovar.

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DIY science MOOC seeks funding on Kickstarter to conduct brain experiments at home

DIY science MOOC seeks funding on Kickstarter to conduct brain experiments at home | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

A Harvard professor’s campaign would allow his pilot class of MOOC students to conduct their very own neuroscience experiments

The proceeds of the campaign will go toward providing a crucial element to these experiments — a neuron “bioamplifier” called SpikerBox. Developed by neurological education outreach company Backyard Brains, which successfully funded a campaign to develop a roach mind control unit in July, the SpikerBox costs $100 on the company’s website and allows the user to monitor the neurons of a live animal. Cox’s fundraiser will distribute SpikerBoxes to students in his pilot class, provided the student fills out a questionnaire about materials and resource availability.

The number of SpikerBox units distributed will be determined by the number of students that sign up, and the nature of the bulk pricing deal with Backyard Brains. Backers of the project aren’t automatically involved in the MOOC (instead they get updates on the course’s progress), but can back to purchase their own SpikerBox and sign up when the course is available. Of course, that also means that anyone interested in signing up for the MOOC can purchase their own SpikerBox directly, leaving the Kickstarter-obtained ones to other students.

From there, the SpikerBoxes will enable students to conduct home experiments on cockroaches and worms — which, as Cox notes on the campaign’s Kickstarter page, follow strict ethical guidelines to ensure the safety of the animals. After the course is over, the students will be able to keep the SpikerBoxes that are distributed.

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Smartphone Sales Break the Billion Barrier

Smartphone Sales Break the Billion Barrier | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

This chart shows a forecast of global connected device shipments. Market research group IDC expects smartphone shipments to reach one billion units in 2013

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RSA Animate - Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem -- and could it also be part of the solution?

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2013 Adult and Online Learner Satisfaction-Priorities Reports

2013 Adult and Online Learner Satisfaction-Priorities Reports | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

These reports examine the satisfaction and priorities of adult students and online learners

How satisfied are today's adult and distance learners in higher education? What issues do they feel are most important to their college experiences?

The following reports detail findings from tens of thousands of students, including:

Adult students at adult-learner-focused institutionsAdult students in undergraduate and graduate programsOnline distance learners

The reports provide excellent benchmarks for assessing student satisfaction among your own students. There is also a related white paper examining online student satisfaction and the SmarterMeasure™ Learning Readiness Indicator.

Also available: Factors to Enroll Reports identifying the factors influencing nontraditional students' decisions to enroll.

These reports are part of the National Satisfaction and Priorities Reports series. Other reports focus on traditional students, campus personnel, and the parents of college students.

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New organization charts future course for technology-enhanced and online learning

New organization charts future course for technology-enhanced and online learning | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

A new organization dedicated to supporting technology-enhanced teaching and learning throughout the university, is taking shape at Virginia Tech.

A new unit, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, has emerged from the redesign and restructuring of two award-winning entities at Virginia Tech, known previously as Learning Technologies and the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning.

Virginia Tech's Plan for a New Horizon recognizes the universal need for technology enhancements in all types of learning environments, from traditional face-to-face classrooms, to virtual courses where students or instructors might never set foot on the Blacksburg campus.

The realignment helps meet the aim of a networked university, as laid out in the strategic plan

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The Music Industry is First to Arrive in the Digital Age

The Music Industry is First to Arrive in the Digital Age | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it
The music industry is two steps ahead of other industries in the ongoing digitization of media distribution.
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A True Elite Education at Half the Price

A True Elite Education at Half the Price | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

There may be no brand more venerable than the Ivy League. Individually and together, its eight members connote the pinnacle of scholarship. No university has emerged to challenge its intellectual supremacy in more than a century. On that timeline, Caltech, founded in 1891, is a start-up.

But now there is the Minerva Project. Ben Nelson, former CEO of the online photo service Snapfish, is building a school he asserts will be more rigorous than Harvard or Yale. "It will be harder to get into Minerva than any other university," says Nelson. "You'll have the same criteria for your grades, essay, and application. But you'll get no brownie points for how good an athlete you are, for how much money your parents can donate, or for what state you were born in." While Nelson is raising the floor established by elite universities in terms of who qualifies for admission, he is also raising the ceiling in terms of how many to admit. Like virtually every other higher-education start-up, Minerva, based in San Francisco, will live online. That means Nelson can swing wide his doors to tens of thousands of top-drawer students, many of them international. "Harvard allows 2,000 students into the admission cycle, of whom 200 are not American," says Nelson. "Clearly, that's not a good representation of the smartest people in the world."

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3 Ways Colleges Are Adapting to Online Learning

3 Ways Colleges Are Adapting to Online Learning | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

Innovation in online education is redefining how, and where, students learn.

From putting lectures online to offering math homework in 3-D and creating massive open online courses accessible to anyone for free, colleges and universities are marshaling new technology and the Internet to educate students in novel ways.

 

Anyone headed to campus these days should get set for "a blended experience," says David Leebron, president of Rice University and an advocate of online learning. While some college students will probably still have an entirely brick-and-mortar experience, Leebron says, other folks "may get their education entirely online." Most will find themselves mixing traditional and virtual learning.

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Effectiveness Of MOOCs Stirs Debate About Online Learning

Effectiveness Of MOOCs Stirs Debate About Online Learning | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

For the past two years, Harvard and MIT have been bringing their new online teaching models to students like Osa at Bunker Hill Community College. And like many students here, Osa is busy. He's in student government. He plays in a band. And he has a full-time job off campus as a systems administrator.

Despite his frenetic schedule, Osa sees these online courses as a tremendous opportunity to access a prestigious education from engineers at MIT and Harvard that he might not have gained otherwise.

"I have a lot of different things going on throughout the day, so it⊃1;s pretty hard to manage time," he said.

Osa is one of millions who've signed up for free massive open online courses. They're all trying to balance schedules, hoping to learn something that will give them the edge in a tight job market.

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Wharton Puts First-Year MBA Courses Online for Free

Wharton Puts First-Year MBA Courses Online for Free | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

Wharton is now offering four core courses from its highly ranked full-time MBA program on the online learning platform Coursera

While you won’t get the full Wharton on-campus experience—or an internship, career services, or alumni network, for that matter—the new courses in financial accounting, marketing, and corporate finance duplicate much of what you would learn during your first year at the elite business school, says Don Huesman, managing director of the innovation group at Wharton.

A fourth course in operations management that’s been offered since September rounds out the “foundation series.” Along with five existing electives, which include courses on sports business and health care, the new offerings make it possible to learn much of what students in Wharton’s full-time MBA program learn, and from the same professors. All nine courses are massive open online courses, or MOOCs, expected to attract students from around the world.

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The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph : NPR

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph : NPR | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it
In terms of income, what you major in matters more than where you go to school. Here are the 10 majors where graduates have the highest incomes — and the majors where incomes are lowest.
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Google realiza evento para discutir o futuro da educação

Google realiza evento para discutir o futuro da educação | Educational Innovation and Distance Education | Scoop.it

Evento Think Education With Google apresenta o perfil do estudante brasileiro e discute tendências para o futuro da educação por meio do uso da tecnologia

Aconteceu na última terça-feira (10), na sede do Google em São Paulo, o evento Think Education With Google, com o objetivo de discutir os possíveis rumos da educação a partir da influência da tecnologia. Durante as palestras, professores e especialistas da área abordaram assuntos como o perfil dos estudantes brasileiros e como tirar proveito dos recursos online para ampliar a efetividade dos processos de ensino.

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