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Higher education in 2020: three key forecasts from new report

Higher education in 2020: three key forecasts from new report | Free Education | Scoop.it
Findings show that people (not technology) will drive change, revenue is the ultimate goal, and HE is globalising, but gradually (Higher education in 2020: three key forecasts from new report
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Safe predictions, except for the speed predicted.

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SPOCs Are MOOC Game Changers | Educational Technology and Change Journal

SPOCs Are MOOC Game Changers http://t.co/eJ5hF3wGUl #edtech #elearning
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Evolution . .

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The impact of MOOCs and why you should be concerned as a recruiter?

The impact of MOOCs and why you should be concerned as a recruiter? | Free Education | Scoop.it
Massive surge in the popularity of MOOCs, with 2 million+ courses taken so far, has a created significant impact on the availability of talent worldwide (Are you a recruiter? Familiar with MOOCs?
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Not sure which recruiters are being addressed by this article.

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Veduca launches the world's first open online MBA

Veduca launches the world's first open online MBA | Free Education | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/  Veduca (www.veduca.com.br) a Brazilian EdTech company whose purpose is to democratize access to top quality higher education, is introducing the world's first open online MBA program, at an inaugural event set...
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Joins MIT and Warton 1st year MBA curriculum in the transition from degrees to certificates to total unbundlins. . .

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A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving

A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving | Free Education | Scoop.it
Connecting companies with classrooms yields benefits for both. (I'm taking this class! So exciting!
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Crowd sourcing management.

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Online Courses Have Reached A Turning Point That Should Scare Colleges

Online Courses Have Reached A Turning Point That Should Scare Colleges | Free Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs (massively open online courses) have become better than many traditional college courses at a fraction of the cost.
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Next hurtle, rating the good courses for the different MOOC-taking personas

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How (And Why) Digital Learning Is Growing - Inf...

How (And Why) Digital Learning Is Growing - Inf... | Free Education | Scoop.it
Digital learning is nothing new, even though it has only recently become very widespread. The first digital learning platforms are older than you think!
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Infographic gives us an interesting timeline of digital learning

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Shall We MOOC? A SWOT Analysis at the Program L...

Shall We MOOC? A SWOT Analysis at the Program L... | Free Education | Scoop.it
Shall We MOOC? A SWOT Analysis at the Program Level on Opening up education curated by Robert Schuwer (Shall We MOOC?
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Interesting delineation of the pros and cons and raises some interesting questions for university decision makers.

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Don't Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course - moocnewsandreviews.com

Don't Be a MOOC Dropout: How to Survive and Thrive in a Massive Open Online Course - moocnewsandreviews.com | Free Education | Scoop.it
You might have heard about the workload or the high MOOC dropout rate. By following this advice, you should be able to finish a MOOC.
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Some users of MOOCs get all of the benefit they want or need by auditing, partially participating, or just 'lurking' sithout full participation.  But, for those who want a certificate, or maximum participation in a MOOC, there are some useful tips.

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Is "free" education worth the cost?

Is "free" education worth the cost? | Free Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs are one of many options for online education, but are "free" classes worth the cost? Here are the pros and cons of this type of class. (Is 'free' education worth the cost?
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Cheap at twice the price. . .

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Small fry fear big fish will dominate Mooc pond

Small fry fear big fish will dominate Mooc pond | Free Education | Scoop.it
Government report identifies friction in sector over online courses (Small fry fear big fish will dominate #Mooc pond http://t.co/ODv5gT172m)
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Don't big fish often eat small fish?

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Why savvy students might start to opt out of university

Why savvy students might start to opt out of university | Free Education | Scoop.it
Sonia Sodha: Tuition fees are high, too many graduates are jostling for jobs and university is no longer a bridge to independence (Why savvy students might start to opt out of university: http://t.co/gGtOZQtldg...
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European comment that is probably an order of magnitude more relevant to the US.

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Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'

Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs' | Free Education | Scoop.it
Harvard develops the next big thing for online learning. Is this the real deal?
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Of course, with the amount of evolution, experimentation, and improvement that is and will continue to be part of higher education, other models will emerge.  Some for niches, and some for wide-spread improvement.  The genie is out of the bottle.

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Will MOOC’s help you open career doors? - The Boston Globe

Will MOOC’s help you open career doors? - The Boston Globe | Free Education | Scoop.it
We’re living through an incredible moment in the history of learning. Suddenly, anyone with an Internet connection can take courses, for free, from some of the world’s top universities.
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Jobs --- the killerapp to return to an old lable

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Vive la Révolution MOOC - Wired Campus - The Ch...

Vive la Révolution MOOC - Wired Campus - The Ch... | Free Education | Scoop.it
Vive la Révolution MOOC - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education on Educación a Distancia (EaD) curated by L.
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Moocs: from mania to mundanity

Moocs: from mania to mundanity | Free Education | Scoop.it
After the hype is over, e-learning will be the norm, predicts Stephen Haggard (RT @timeshighered: Moocs- from mania to mundanity?
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Very interesting article.  Misses one key point: eLearning will be accompanied by the accelerated learning of business.  Big data, analytics, and entrepreneurship will drive eLearning to be better and better.  No similar phenomenon exists, or could exist, in the traditional residential college model.

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Will MOOCs kill university degrees?

Will MOOCs kill university degrees? | Free Education | Scoop.it
DISTANCE education is nothing new, but these days it is hard to escape hyperventilation about its latest incarnation: MOOCs, or "massive open online courses"....
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It should be possible to offer shorter and cut-price degrees that are demonstrably equivalent (in terms of employability) to the degrees of today. Already there is pressure on publicly funded universities to accept online credits, and the American Council on Education says that it will evaluate MOOCs for college credit.

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MOOCs Are Fast Becoming A Worldwide Phenomena

MOOCs Are Fast Becoming A Worldwide Phenomena | Free Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs Are Fast Becoming A Worldwide Phenomena - The Huffington Post (MOOCs Forum is featured in the Huffington Post!
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How much longer can struggling universities ignore MOOCss?

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Disrupt Learning

Disrupt Learning | Free Education | Scoop.it
The current educational landscape is in the midst of a disruptive state with new technological developments, including the use of personal devices such as smartphones and tablets questioning the re...
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More of the same, but interesting, none-the-less

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What MOOC's mean for universities [audio]

What MOOC's mean for universities [audio] | Free Education | Scoop.it
Big Ideas ABC RN  "They’ve been described as the itunes of higher education and while it may be a clumsy or clunky acronym Massive Online Open Courses or MOOC’s are poised to transform the way Aust...
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Very interesting audio interview.

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Understanding-the-MOOC-Trend.pdf

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Not real recent, but one of the best discussions I've seen.

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What MOOC's mean for universities - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What MOOC's mean for universities - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Free Education | Scoop.it
Just as the internet has transformed so many other industries is it inevitable that the higher education sector will also be shaken up and reshaped by technology?
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Worst of all, it means change.  And, while all have been teaching change management, they never meant them.

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Have MOOC Challenges Already Been Solved? - Degree of Freedom

Have MOOC Challenges Already Been Solved? - Degree of Freedom | Free Education | Scoop.it
If MOOCs are already mash ups of existing technology, why not look to existing non-technical precedents to solve business or pedagogical challenges? (Have MOOC Challenges Already Been Solved?
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Good points, and they aren't being missed by all of the existing MOOC platform, or by all of their ppredecessors that have been doing testing, evaluation, etc for decades

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A College education can cost a fortune, e-learning could be your solution

A College education can cost a fortune, e-learning could be your solution | Free Education | Scoop.it
The information and resources on the internet can really give you the advantage if you are prepared to work towards free recognized qualifications.
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some of the resources, most covered elsewhere in this blog

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