Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities
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Online learning has been around for a few decades, but only recently have top-tier universities launched highly rigorous and reputable online programs. What's changed? ...Market demand?  Technologies?  Demographics? Workforce needs? Perceptions of what makes quality education and professional opportunity? All of the above.
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USA Today: Next Generation of Online Learning

USA Today: Next Generation of Online Learning | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

Like publishing, communication, and dozens of other industries, education is being reimagined by a new generation.

Shifting workforce demands and demographics, advancements in brain and learning sciences, social and mobile technologies, and purposefully connected communities are all driving forces in this transformation. Online learning is the hub.

 

FACE-TO-FACE AND SCHEDULE FLEXIBILITY

Discussion boards have long been a mainstay tool of online learning, but they can feel disjointed, forced and impersonal. Live videoconferencing, on the other hand, can be more personal, but scheduling busy professionals across several time zones negates the flexibility online learners seek. Today, a new modality is emerging – loosely called “live-ish” – that combines the best of both worlds. Using their mobile devices, busy students interact face-to-face in near real-time with audio and video selfies posted in conversation form.

 

PURPOSEFUL CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY

Social relationships and shared purpose make learning meaningful. When people with diverse experiences collaboratively engage in inquiry, problem solving, and real-world projects, personal connections and learning thrive. Historically, facilitating such engagement has been difficult with available tools and methods. Today, however online students from diverse geographic regions and backgrounds in public, private, and non-profit sectors are collaborating with each other and real-world clients to solve some of their biggest problems.

 

ALUMNI MENTORS, TUTORS, AND CAREER COACHES

Top-tier schools have always benefited from their loyal alumni network, but new opportunities are emerging in the online space for alumni to engage in more meaningful ways – even when thousands of miles away from campus. Some professional online programs facilitate online mentoring, tutoring, and career coaching programs to support students through school-work and new career opportunities, while alumni simultaneously build their own professional connections and reputation. Purposeful community has lifetime value.

 

Susan Gautsch
Director of Online Learning, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

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There's a number of forces that are driving new developments in online learning.

 

NEW PRECEDENT: In the last decade, growth in online learning (20%) has far out-paced overall growth in higher education (2%). 

 

BEYOND THE YUCK FACTOR: The stigma historically associated with distance learning is fading quickly as growth in online learning is accelerating faster in selective universities with rigorous curricula than in lower-tier and for-profit institutions

 

.NEW PROFESSIONALISM: Traditional boundaries between school and work are blurring such that students choose to do both simultaneously to strengthen both their financial standing and opportunities for relevant and applied learning. 

 

DIGITAL AGE: Digital technologies have (and will likely continue to) transform the way we work, play, socialize, create, and construct knowledge from information. 

 

MOTHER OF INNOVATION: Many US institutions are falling into severe financial risk due to the loss of key revenue sources, and are therefore furiously innovating with alternative delivery and business models. 

 

BIG DATA: Greater transparency in student outcomes is increasingly the norm, and online learning automatically generates lots of substantiating and predictive data in both inputs and outcomes. 

 

NEW MARKETS: Globalization and mobility are accelerating such that region/location ceases to have relevance in our current market. 

 

LEARNING SCIENCES: Brain and learning sciences are heavily influencing many of the new technologies that attempt (may or may not work) to combine both “craft” and “industry” in the form of “adaptive learning” and “mass personalization”. 

 

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY: And perhaps most importantly, in a world heavily mediated by bigger/better/faster technology, meaningful personal relationships and purposeful community will be seen more as a differentiator than a happy byproduct of earning a degree.

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These are some of the ideas that will help take online learning to the next level.  my company partners with the Price school and they are trying some innovative experiments to set them apart from the competition and most importantly create better learning outcomes.

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BlendKit Course | Blended Learning Toolkit

BlendKit Course | Blended Learning Toolkit | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course. (See below for information on the most recent  facilitated offering: BlendKit2014.)

The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institution).

Disclaimer: The BlendKit Course does not address technical issues associated with specific course management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Sakai, etc.). Please consult with the appropriate personnel at your institution for Learning Management System (LMS) training and for any required credentialing prior to offering a blended learning course.

 

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Great resource for anyone approaching blended learning. Brought to us by the wonderful folks over at University of Central Florida (i.e. Blended Learning Central.)  

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Spin-off downmarket brands for higher ed

Spin-off downmarket brands for higher ed | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

Harvard Business School launches new online classes, geared to the  masses.  HBX Core. For $1,500, students take three basic business classes. The program is being billed as a pre-MBA.  

 

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French haute- couture designer, Pierre Cardin expanded his brand to the masses with baseball hats, poly-blend shirts, and toliet seat covers. Who wants to become the Pierre Cardin of higher ed? But Donna Karan has DKNY, Marc Jacobs has Marc, Nordstrom's has Nordstrom's Rack, and Josie's has Josie's NextDoor (Santa Monica reference), HBX aims to extend beyond the MBA market just to make sure it doesn't cannibalize -- or mess with our HP exec programs (paid by the firms generally.)  Clay Christensen ain't convinced this approach will work per the DI (disruptive Innovation) framework. 

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Competency-based Ed

Competency-based Ed | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
Free for 24 hours. Long used for practical and applied subjects, competency-based education is moving to the liberal arts. Will this approach improve learning?
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Student Success with Civitas Learning

Student Success with Civitas Learning | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

By building a community of forward-thinking higher education institutions, Civitas Learning™ brings together the best of education, technology and data to help college students learn well and finish strong. Using a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications, the company delivers personalized, real-time recommendations directly to students, faculty, advisors and administrators to inform decisions, big and small, across the student lifecycle. Civitas Learning Space is a digital community Learning Together ™.

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Double Win for OnlineMPA

Double Win for OnlineMPA | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

MPA students focus on open government data and the California Green Bank Initiative.  And online students take home the prize. 

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It's a proud day for online programs here at USC Price School. You may have already heard about both the winning and honorable-mention teams for the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes MPA Capstone Award, and I'm here to tell you, BOTH teams are from our online program!  Way to go y'all (see below for details!)

 

Do you know why this is particularly special? Without a doubt, we have some super talented and hard-working students who are so well-deserving of this award. We also have some incredibly talented and caring faculty guiding our students to this type of greatness. But it’s also the nail in the coffin of the decades-long perception that online learning could never be as effective as traditional education.

 

Just a few years ago, many folks here were concerned we would never be able to recreate the capstone learning experience in an online format. But lookie here – something worked right. These winning teams were competing with all of our MPA students – many more of whom are on-campus. Modality meant absolutely nothing in the academic judges’ assessment of these capstone projects.

 

So please join me in giving our winning online students a very warm congratulations for their exceptional work, and a very big thank you for demonstrating the efficacy of online learning to all of USC, higher education, and the public administration community at large.

 

Congratulations and Fight on, friends.

Susan Gautsch
Director of Online Learning
USC Price School of Public Policy

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Want a College Experience That Matters? Get to Work.

Want a College Experience That Matters? Get to Work. | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

Findings of the Gallup-Purdue Index, a survey of 30,000 Americans aimed at finding which college experiences lead to a happy job and life. Most of the buzz about the survey focused on the conclusion that caring and stimulating professors significantly raise a student’s chances of finding employment and well-being. But another important finding of the study was less noticed: Graduates who felt that their colleges had prepared them for life beyond the academy—through such activities as internships or jobs where the students were able to apply their classroom knowledge—were three times as likely to be engaged at work. Those who had done a long-term project, held an internship, or participated heavily in extracurricular activities or organizations doubled their chances of being engaged at work. Unfortunately, only a third of the survey respondents said they had gotten such an internship or job during college. Increasingly, postgraduation job status is the yardstick by which people judge higher education, yet academe has often had an uncomfortable relationship with vocational training.  ..."The trap is that we think it’s an either/or—that we are either pursuing the life of the mind or that we are a beauty school,"

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Another case of "New Professionalism" 

 

NEW PROFESSIONALISM: Traditional boundaries between school and work are blurring such that students choose to do both simultaneously to strengthen both their financial standing and opportunities for relevant and applied learning.

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Arizona State U & Starbucks Bridging School & Work

Arizona State U & Starbucks Bridging School & Work | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
Through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company will pay for its workers to earn college degrees.
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Total coup for both ASU and Starbucks (despite the glitches that the critics point to furiously). This fits in perfectly with the "New Professionalism" factor that is shaping online learning. Watch for a lot more of this...

 

NEW PROFESSIONALISM: Traditional boundaries between school and work are blurring such that students choose to do both simultaneously to strengthen both their financial standing and opportunities for relevant and applied learning. 

 

 

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Federal Gov should experiment with Competency-based Education

Federal Gov should experiment with Competency-based Education | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

CBE has been around for decades and pioneered by accredited nonprofits like Excelsior, Charter Oaks, and Western Governors University. They have been joined by a growing number of new providers including the University of Wisconsin System, Northern Arizona University, Brandman University, Capella University, Lipscomb University, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and my own Southern New Hampshire University. Another 30 or more institutions are working on their own CBE offerings.
The Department of Education is exercising its authority to create experimental sites and has invited proposals for administering federal financial aid funds in new ways that support CBE models, and the White House is calling for more innovation and putting its weight behind CBE.
Accreditors are releasing new guidelines for CBE programs and the administration continues to pressure them by raising the possibility of new validation systems better suited to support innovative new delivery models. Think tanks and foundations have added their intellectual and financial backing to the effort. The hope, one I share, is that CBE can deliver on the holy triad of quality, cost (access), and completion....

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CBE has been around for decades and pioneered by accredited nonprofits like Excelsior, Charter Oaks, and Western Governors University.  They have been joined by a growing number of new providers including the University of Wisconsin System, Northern Arizona University, Brandman University, Capella University, Lipscomb University, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and my own Southern New Hampshire University.  Another 30 or more institutions are working on their own CBE offerings.

The Department of Education is exercising its authority to create experimental sites and has invited proposals for administering federal financial aid funds in new ways that support CBE models, and the White House is calling for more innovation and putting its weight behind CBE. 

Accreditors are releasing new guidelines for CBE programs and the administration continues to pressure them by raising the possibility of new validation systems better suited to support innovative new delivery models.  Think tanks and foundations have added their intellectual and financial backing to the effort.  The hope, one I share, is that CBE can deliver on the holy triad of quality, cost (access), and completion....

 

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The Mathematics of Effectiveness

The Mathematics of Effectiveness | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

Just like calculus is the mathematics of change, and probability is the mathematics of likelihood, big data is the mathematics of effectiveness. It aggregates data at scale — it doesn’t work at small scale. But when you’ve got enough data in one place, and if those data are “normalized” (meaning they can be made to adhere to some central rules, standards, or taxonomies), then you can start finding interesting patterns and outliers. And therein is the payoff: some of those patterns will turn into powerful strategies that can be used to discover flaws in and improve a given process. Big data can optimize giant complex processes, both centrally and for each individual user, in a way that bricks-and-mortar data gathering — or simply ignoring data — never could. The bigger the system, the more big data adds value. 


Big data in education has huge potential to improve learning materials. Education by its nature produces tremendous amounts of data thanks to a) the extended amount of time students spend working with learning materials and b) the strong correlations between educational concepts, which generate cascade effects of insights. Up until now those data were not remotely capturable at scale. Now they are. We can use these data to generate concept-level proficiency measurements. 


There seem to be a few main arguments they use to try to scare everyone else away from big data:




susangautsch's insight:

Addressing the arguments against big-data:

1. Students’ privacy will be violated. 

Google, Facebook, etc have business models based on selling ads, thus requiring personal data to target ads. There is no educational model based on ad-sales. Nonetheless, we should make sure it doesn't head that way. 

2. Data will replace teachers. Have Xrays replaced doctors? 

3. Data will be used to judge teachers.  The stuff teachers do in a classroom are data generating yet. Maybe one day that could be true, so again, watch for it. 

4. Data dehumanizes students. Does measuring your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, temperature dehumanize you? Or just help figuring out if you should cut down on carbs and take some antibiotics. 

5.  Big data tools will just enrich for-profit corporations. For-profits build the classrooms, playgrounds, lunches, etc. Even teachers earn a salary. 

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Social Presence in Action w/YouSeeU

Social Presence in Action w/YouSeeU | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

One of the greatest challenges for online instructors is to design assignments and assessments that cause students to engage deeply in the content. Today's learners also face challenges of competing time demands and the desire to expedite their work, sometimes at the expense of learning. Online instructors continually strive to find ways to help students fully process the instructional material as opposed to skimming over the surface or sampling the content. To accomplish this task, instructors must also develop assessment tools that require synthesis, deep processing, and mastery of complex concepts and skills. 

YouSeeU provides a unique solution to the challenges of online instruction and a powerful tool for designing authentic and rigorous assessments. With this tool, students use video capture to record presentations and participate in asynchronous video discussions, demonstrations, question and answer activities, and blogs. Peer review options allow students to view one another's videos, post comments, and rate peer contributions according to a rubric. Instructors can post videos as instructional input and expedite their grading by applying rubrics, recording video feedback, and synchronizing written comments to student videos.

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21st Century Organization

This is "21st Century Organization" by Gap International on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

 

1. Relentless Innovation

2. Being Purposeful

3. 21c Leader

4. Passion for Growth

5. Customer Oneness

6. Breakthrough Environment

 

Learn more at: http://www.gapinternational.com/Breakthrough-Enterprise-Consulting

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This is what we're doing at USC Price School online programs. 

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Now here is something that could be really disruptive - Changing Higher Education

Now here is something that could be really disruptive - Changing Higher Education | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

David G.W.Birch recently posted a very thought-provoking contribution Badges? We Don't Need No Linkedin Badges on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network. In it, he argues that social networks are beginning to replace other intermediaries (hacks) in the trust networks that we use to build efficiencies in society. These hacks are such things as credit ratings, badges, dress codes, and (most pertinent for this post) diplomas - they increase our confidence that we understand the characteristics of people with whom we interact. However, through social networks, which enable everyone to contact everyone else instantaneously, we can now get real information about the actual knowledge, productivity, etc of an individual. As a result:


"As social capital (the result of the computations across the social graph) becomes accessible and useable, the hacks will fade. A college degree will be worth less than it is now. Using hacks instead of real data is just not good enough in a connected world. Google was famous for its rigorous hiring criteria, but when its analysts looked at “tens of thousands” of interview reports and attempted to correlate them with employee performance, they found “zero” relationship. The company’s infamous interview brainteasers turned out not to predict anything. Even more interesting: Nor did school grade and test scores. As job performance data racks up, the proportion of Google employees with college degrees has decreased over time."


David G.W. Birch's comments regarding Google come from a New York Times interview  by Adam Bryant of Lazlo Bock, Vice President of People Operations at Google. In this interview,Bock discusses uses of big data in running a business. Businesses can now begin to analyze the actual importance of GPA, specific college and degree, etc in predicting who will perform well in a particular role. At least for Google, ti turns out that these traditional metrics aren't all that useful. 


A follow-up interview in the NYT of Lazlo by Thomas Friedman added a few additional insights:


Too many colleges, he(Lazlo) added, “don’t deliver on what they promise. You generate a ton of debt, you don’t learn the most useful things for your life. It’s [just] an extended adolescence"....Beware. Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about — and pays off on — what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it).

 

 

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Home | InsideTrack for Student Success

Home | InsideTrack for Student Success | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

START STUDENTS OFF STRONG

Connect students to campus resources and help them develop a plan for success.

 

DRIVE QUALITY ENROLLMENT GROWTH Increase enrollment of students who are a strong fit for your institution and programs.IMPROVE INSTITUTIONAL PERFORMANCE Drive continuous improvement with insights from student support interactions.INCREASE ON-TIME GRADUATION Ensure students reach their goals and hold themselves accountable for their own success.ENSURE CAREER READINESS Assist students in developing the habits they need for long-term success in the workplace and in life.

 

 

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Five Critical Issues

Five Critical Issues | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
By Leadership Content Director, Karlyn Borysenko Higher education is facing more critique than at any other point in recent history. From the college scorecard to President Obama’s focus on the affordability of a college education, 2013 was the year during which higher education, as a whole, went under the microscope. To stay competitive and to […]
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1. Continued Scrutiny Of Higher Education

2. Prioritization Of Outcomes

3. Retention Culture

4. Blended Learning Opportunity

5. Regionalization Of Online Higher Education

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Coaching: Starfish EARLY ALERT Features | Starfish Retention Solutions

Coaching: Starfish EARLY ALERT Features | Starfish Retention Solutions | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
Starfish Retention Solutions offers software that helps academic institutions efficiently identify at-risk students, track their intervention efforts, promote personalized support services through the Web to all students, offer online appointment scheduling, and assess the overall effectiveness of student success initiatives.
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So You Think You Can Educate Adults? (EdSurge News)

So You Think You Can Educate Adults? (EdSurge News) | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
So you think that edtech (and school reform in general) are full of buzzwords and hot new trends? Well, that may be true. But edtech’s got nothing on adult education, which freely adopts jargon and innovation from the K-12 and postsecondary worlds and then adds its own particular set of terms and a
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Digital Literacy

“Bridge” Models

Contextualization

Integrated Instruction

Acceleration

Intelligent Tutoring

Mobile

“Wraparound” Services

Distance

Digital Badges

“Braided” Funding


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Coaching & Nudging: Redesigning the Student Experience

Coaching & Nudging: Redesigning the Student Experience | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

IDEO.org worked with MyCollege Foundation to design a new educational experience called Portmont College, which includes a system of coaching, cohorts and corporate relationships that build life skills, as well as providing on-line education.


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Great design thinking exercise for faculty and students to help the redesign of how we teach online... 

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The Current State of Adult Education - Edudemic

The Current State of Adult Education - Edudemic | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
The Current State of Adult EducationIn the US adult education is a $104 billion industry38% of all postsecondary learners are adult studentsAdults represent the fastest growing population  in higher educationThe average tuition for community college is $3,131, for public college $8,893, and for private college, $29,05685% of employers offer some type of reimbursement for tuitionThe student financial aid and scholarships office awards $320 million in scholarships annually, and 78% of applicants receive some sort of financial aid from themPersonal growth, learning something new, and keeping up with the job market are the main reasons adults say they go back to school80% of baby boomers intent to keep working past retirement62% of baby boomers think they need to attain new skills to continue workingAdult students who go back to school show a 22% return on their investment, as opposed to a 12% return for traditional students
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A good case for why alumni should be our #1 customer segment. 

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Critics (aka disruptees) scrutinize ASU/Starbucks partnership

Critics (aka disruptees) scrutinize ASU/Starbucks partnership | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
According to the fine print, students might have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket, and wait months or years before being reimbursed.
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Critics doing what critics do. Sure, these are less than desirable implications from the weaknesses in the ASU/Starbucks deal, but there's still the big picture that Starbuck workers can get their college degree paid for by their employer.  I'm certain, many won't be griping so. 

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2U partners offer cross enrollment

2U partners offer cross enrollment | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

2U [snipped] announced today a new cross-university course enrollment initiative. This is an opportunity for students in 2U-enabled graduate programs to enroll in select courses from other 2U-enabled programs. The new initiative was announced today at the first annual 2U Symposium in Santa Monica, California, a gathering of education innovators and leaders from 2U's network of partner colleges and universities.

Nine 2U partner programs are participating in the initiative, and more than 50 courses from the network will be available to students in these programs. Through this cross-program initiative, students will have an opportunity to expand their studies to areas that may not be offered within their own graduate program. Students will also have the chance to grow their professional networks and learn from renowned professors in a range of fields.

 

"2U and its university partners are taking an unprecedented step in breaking down barriers students face when trying to expand their educational experiences," says Chip Paucek, 2U co-founder and CEO. "We are excited to act as the facilitator for this initiative, helping our university partners collaborate to allow students around the world expand their curricular options."

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What happens when we start having 'stackable credentials'? Will this redefine dual degree? Or will this initiative run into the same barriers their "semester abroad" initiative did? TIme will tell.

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ASU eAdvisor™: Improving student success and enrollment management

ASU eAdvisor™: Improving student success and enrollment management | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

Curriculum Builder

Build curriculum checksheets or sequence curriculum term by term with a user friendly workflow and approval system that connects to your course catalog.

 

Degree Search

Display majors, minors and certificates in an integrated search tool that features data such as program description, application requirements and career data.

 

Tracking Tool

Take the guesswork out of advising by providing continuous feedback on student progress from a variety of data sources leading to proven success in increased degree completion.

 
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It's academic advising's SCM  (supply-chain management), CRM (customer relation management), and ERP (enterprise resource planning) system in one. SCM to manage flow of students through majors/degrees, CRM to enable real-people advisors to more effectively understand where students are at and empathetically advise, and ERP to predict upcoming course and section enrollments, classroom scheduling needs, and more. I like. 

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Harvard Asks Alumni to Donate Time to Free Online Course

Harvard Asks Alumni to Donate Time to Free Online Course | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
In an e-mail, the university asked alumni who had taken a course on Greek heroes to volunteer as online mentors and discussion group managers.

 

Alumni of elite colleges are accustomed to getting requests for money from their alma mater, but the appeal that Harvard sent to thousands of graduates on Monday was something new: a plea to donate their time and intellects to the rapidly expanding field of online education.

For the first time, Harvard has opened a humanities course, The Ancient Greek Hero, as a free online class. In an e-mail sent Monday, it asked alumni who had taken the course at the university to volunteer as online mentors and discussion group managers.

The new online course is based on Professor Gregory Nagy’s Concepts of the Ancient Greek Hero, a popular offering since the late 1970s that has been taken by some 10,000 students.

The online version, which began last week and will run through late June, has 27,000 students enrolled. Its syllabus includes Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” dialogues by Plato, poetry by Sappho and other works.

“I’m 70, and frankly, at my age, to reach more students in one course than I have in decades is astonishing, and I love it,” Dr. Nagy said.

One of the challenges of “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, is managing their sheer size, and encouraging thousands of students to engage each other, since they cannot all converse with the professor. Tapping into a deep pool of alumni offers at least a partial way around that problem, one that a few schools have discussed trying.

Claudia Filos, editor of content and social media for the course, said that in some MOOCs, discussions “tend to run off the rails.” The hope for the Greek heroes class is to have enough people monitoring — asking pointed questions, highlighting smart comments — to prevent that from happening.

About 10 of Dr. Nagy’s former teaching fellows in the class will direct discussions, with help from a larger, still-undetermined number of former students. Both groups will work unpaid; the e-mail to alumni said the work would require three to five hours a week.

About a dozen recent former students were recruited before Monday’s e-mail was sent, Ms. Filos said. Those who express interest will be screened, “and they have to be brought up to speed on the material,” she said.

In addition, Dr. Nagy said that about a dozen people, including Ms. Filos, were involved in creating the course, and that about 10 academics from Harvard and elsewhere will help review and rate some of the students’ work. Most of the assessments will be done by fellow students, an approach taken in many other MOOCs.

It has been just a year and a half since a Stanford professor offered the first MOOC, showing that the audience for such a class could be in the tens or hundreds of thousands. Since then, the field has expanded at a brisk pace.

Last year, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded edX, one of a handful of ventures offering online courses from prestigious universities. The University of California, Berkeley, joined edX a few months later, and several more colleges, including the University of Texas system and Georgetown, have said they will offer classes through it.

Most Harvard MOOCs have been in technical and scientific fields, with some in the social sciences. Starting with the Greek heroes course, the university will also offer an array of humanities classes.

EdX courses, like most MOOCs, are free and do not offer credit, but students can earn a certificate of completion.

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5 Bold Predictions For The Future Of Higher Education

5 Bold Predictions For The Future Of Higher Education | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it
1: ACADEMIC CURRICULA WILL BECOME MORE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY2: EDUCATION LEADERS WILL NEED TO BALANCE MOOCS AND TRADITIONAL LEARNING3: STUDENT RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION WILL BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER4: HIGHER EDUCATION NEEDS TO INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY5: HIGHER EDUCATION WILL EXPLORE NEW FUNDING MODELS
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Not sure I'd call these "bold" as this is what we're doing now -- you'll just keep seeing more of it. 

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MITx and the transformation of residential education - Changing Higher Education

MITx and the transformation of residential education - Changing Higher Education | Online Learning at Top-Tier Universities | Scoop.it

MIT's leap into the then not-yet-named world of MOOCs from the outset has had a dual focus on how the growing field of online education could improve learning on its residential campus, and how MIT could project its education to new demographics. The perceived importance of MITx to the future of MIT was emphasized when President Hockfield stepped down, saying there were a few things on the horizon that would require decade-long leadership:

She cited an online-education program called MITx and a plan to refurbish many of the institution's century-old buildings.

This importance of MITx was further emphasized when Provost Rafael Reif, who lead the MITx initiative, was quickly appointed to succeed President Hockfield as the President of MIT.

MIT joined with Harvard in mid 2012 to form edX, which has invited a number of prestigious institutions from around the world to join (30 at present). This greatly increases the number of potential students, thus increasing the data that can be mined to determine what works and what does not work. ...


A recent draft report from MIT presents a surprisingly impressive picture of what MIT has been doing over the past two years to reimagine the residential campus in a time when online learning provides important new options.


For me, the most unexpected component of this report had to do with MIT education itself. The foundational concept that keeps repeating is modularity: 

We define a module as a self-contained unit comprising a set of outcomes. An
outcome is what the student will know or be able to do as a result of a learning experience. Outcomes are intended to drive the instruction and assessment for the module. The size of modules can vary, ranging from an entire class to a portion of a class or a series of lectures. We propose here that a module is defined by its corresponding outcomes......


For me, the most unexpected component of this report had to do with MIT education itself. The foundational concept that keeps repeating is modularity: 

We define a module as a self-contained unit comprising a set of outcomes. An
outcome is what the student will know or be able to do as a result of a learning experience. Outcomes are intended to drive the instruction and assessment for the module. The size of modules can vary, ranging from an entire class to a portion of a class or a series of lectures. We propose here that a module is defined by its corresponding outcomes......


The report suggests that modularity also can make it possible to better match media and pedagogy to the specific learning experience, and increase ability to interweave humanities and social science material and issues into the traditional technical education of MIT.

Increased modularity further enables an unbundling and rebundling of the traditional undergraduate experience


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Curricular modules can be a way for faculty to better disseminate their research, to have an impact on online learning programs without having to teach online, and to collaborative build and evolve an integrated curriculum.  It also affords a fantastic opportunity for PhD students to build their chops developing curricular elements about their studies and research.  

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