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IMS Global has unveiled its Digital Credentialing Initiative which aims to promote the adoption, integration and transferability of digital credentials in education and the workplace. The initiative is said to improve the current IMS interoperability standards and seeks to extend Open Badges adoption and transfer across and within institutions and corporations.
Accrediting Agencies unprepared to evaluate & accredit the Global Freshman Academy by ASU & edX.
George Siemens debunks the disruptive nature of this initiative: '“This is what has in the past been called ‘distance education’ or ‘online learning,’” Siemens said in an email. “Nothing new here, folks, move along.”
Curious what the verdict of the accreditors will be….
"Jones International University, the first completely online university in the world, has recently announced it will be closing its doors next year as a result of declining enrollment and increased competition."
The two-year initiative, Advancing MOOCs for Development, will be driven by research on online course enrollment in the Philippines, Colombia and South Africa. The Technology & Social Change Group, or TASCHA, at the University of Washington’s Information School will conduct the research with support from IREX, a nonprofit development organization.
Community College Dean's critique of ASU's Global Freshman Academy: price-wise this is not disruptive and improving access since Community College fee's are usually lower than $200 per credit. Only innovation is paying after you successfully complete the course.
Interesting are the mixed reactions in the comments-thread by professionals from the HE-institutions on the one side ('credit laundering') and a (anonymous??) parents / students on the other side.
Any federal attempts to open even a limited amount of aid dollars to noninstitutional providers almost certainly would face a major challenge from established colleges and, probably, faculty groups. Yet many well-placed observers predict the feds will try something sooner than later. The rare bipartisan support for new ways of delivering higher education is too strong to be ignored
With the support of Total, IFP School, the French leader in industry-oriented graduate programs in the fields of energy and transport, is launching the first specialized oil and gas Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Oil & Gas: from exploration to distribution” ...
A primary goal for many organizations, even those with sizable Learning and Development budgets, is to maximize training results and minimize investment of resources. MOOCs for corporate training are quickly becoming popular solutions. In this article, I’ll highlight the many benefits that MOOCs can offer to corporations...
The report, Innovating Pedagogy 2014, is the third annual report concerning technological trends that could revolutionize education. It suggests that the next step in the world of MOOCs is to introduce massive open social learning. ..
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