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Why MOOCs Will Not Save Universities | popenici

Why MOOCs Will Not Save Universities | popenici | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A deep analysis of a number of the problems affecting modern universities. -JL

 

By Steven Popenici

 

"Many universities slowly implode nowadays without even knowing it. Going ahead in denial with a lethal combination of old models and practices, decrepit ideas, illusory solutions and their self-confirming coteries, many universities are still playing around a stubborn refusal to change. This is based on the ingrained belief that higher education can go ahead as it was in the last decades and some institutions of great tradition are suffocated by internal political games and insidious forms of nepotism. Unfortunately the context is all changed and there is no doubt that higher education is under unprecedented pressure these days. The increasing gap between expectations and reality of is reflected here by the level interest gained by opinions or initiatives against the idea of University. This is interesting to note especially when they differ from the common primitive instrumentalism and aggressive anti-intellectualism promoted by conservatives around the world. Some get a lot of attention questioning the value of any university as this is just a terrible investment. Others launch interesting initiatives such as the UnCollege Movement while some eccentric billionaires get their headlines in international media by paying students to drop outuniversity studies and do something more “productive”, such as opening a new business. The already old discussion about the “higher education bubble” is placing academic endeavors in the same register with the speculative boom that was leading to the current global financial crisis.

 

"Costs for higher education rise with unprecedented pace and public education spending in most Western countries is ‘falling fastest since 1950s‘. In fact, anti-intellectualism and global economic crisis created an environment where public investment in higher education is largely perceived as an irresponsible and wasteful luxury, some adding here the potential of higher education to ruin personal budgets, lives or societies. Times Higher Education recently published – available here – an excellent article on the tremendous impact of anti-intellectualism on the academic life and The Chronicle of Higher Education – article available here – is also exploring the dream world with opinions and no experts or intellectuals. Neoliberals around the world compete in the same time to produce the most shocking public attacks on universities, as this perplexing example offered by one of the candidates for the office of President of the United States."

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Grades Out, Badges In - College, Reinvented - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Grades Out, Badges In - College, Reinvented - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Grades are broken. Students grub for them, pick classes where good ones come easily, and otherwise hustle to win the highest scores for the least learning. As a result, college grades are inflated to the point of meaninglessness—especially to employers who want to know which diploma-holder is best qualified for their jobs.

 

That's a viewpoint driving experiments in education badges. Offered mostly by online start-ups, the badges are modeled on the brightly colored patches on Boy Scout uniforms but are inspired primarily by video games: Just as most video games offer ways for players to "level up" frequently, to keep them excited, most education-badge projects involve rewarding achievements more fine-tuned than passing (or acing) a course. In a remedial math course, for instance, a badge might be awarded for mastering a concept, whether "surface area" or "median and mode." Or badges might certify soft skills not usually measured at all in college courses, like teamwork or asking good questions.


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Credit Card Numbers Are Not Random: How To Read & Understand Them Yourself

Credit Card Numbers Are Not Random: How To Read & Understand Them Yourself | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Angela Alcorn

 

"You may have heard before that credit card numbers follow a certain pattern and structure so that they can be validated before a transaction is accepted. However, it’s one thing to know that the structure is there and another thing entirely to understand how credit card numbers work.

 

"Why would this knowledge be useful? Well, if you run a small business that doesn’t process credit card payments immediately, you could save yourself money by ensuring the card details are valid. If you don’t, well it could still be fun to show off your skills at parties. Here’s how you do it."

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Study Finds Benefits in Use of iPad as an Educational Tool | Emerging Education Technology

Study Finds Benefits in Use of iPad as an Educational Tool | Emerging Education Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Thanks to Simon Thomas of 9ine Consulting, who reached out last week to share this exciting report. 9ine Consulting worked with NAACE (a.k.a. “the ICT Association”) to produce this study. The study looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where a large scale 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. A brief overview of this groundbreaking study is provided below.


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Edutopia Resource Guide: Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation

Discussion boards, or threaded discussions, are one of the most commonly used tools in online teaching. Discussion  forums provide the ability for asynchronous discussion to occur over a period of time. The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Students are able to reflect upon their ideas before sharing them with the class, leading to more reflective responses and in-depth learning.


This guide has been designed to provide some practical suggestions to assist you in making the most of this versatile tool. A number of topics have been addressed, including: facilitation tips, content area suggestions, time management strategies and much more.


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Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed

Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fain

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The big enchilada of potential disruptions to higher education is if employers go outside of the academy to size up job seekers. While that prospect remains fanciful, for now, new approaches to skills assessment show what the future could look like. Take Smarterer, a Boston-based start-up that offers 800 free online tests for people to prove their chops in areas ranging from C++ programming to speaking English for business or understanding Gothic architecture. And not all the assessments are about getting a job -- there are quizzes on punk rock history and how to use Twitter. Smarterer's tests are crowdsourced, Wikipedia-style, and users can get a meaningful score by answering fewer than 20 questions, company officials said. That means they can tout a skill on their Smarterer profile after spending as little as one minute taking a test"

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First University System Joins edX

First University System Joins edX | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tanya Roscoria

 

"Huge online courses will be coming to the University of Texas System next year, the system announced Monday, Oct. 15.

 

"With this news, the University of Texas System becomes the first university system to throw in its hat with edX, a not-for-profit enterprise started by Harvard and MIT in May 2012. By partnering with edX, the University of Texas' nine campuses and six health institutions will develop massively open online courses (MOOCs). These courses allow anyone around the world to participate, draw large numbers of students and do not charge participants to take the course."

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As We May Think: A 1945 Essay on Information Overload, “Curation,” and Open-Access Science | Brain Pickings

As We May Think: A 1945 Essay on Information Overload, “Curation,” and Open-Access Science | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"Tim O’Reilly recently admonished that unless we embrace open access over copyright, we’ll never get science policy right. The sentiment, which I believe applies to more than science, reminded me of an eloquent 1945 essay by Vannevar Bush, then-director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, titled “As We May Think.”As the war, with its exploitation of science and technology, draws to a close, Bush turns a partly concerned, partly hopeful eye to where scientists will rediscover “objectives worthy of their best” and calls for “a new relationship between thinking man and the sum of our knowledge.

 

”Much of what Bush discusses presages present conversations about information overload, filtering, and our restless “FOMO” — fear of missing out, for anyone who did miss out on the mimetic catchphrase — amidst the incessant influx. Bush worries about the impossibility of ever completely catching up and the unfavorable signal-to-noise ratio:"

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D.C. students test ‘Teach to One’ learning system

D.C. students test ‘Teach to One’ learning system | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Emma Brown

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"A struggling middle school in Washington, D.C., is piloting a new program that allows students to learn online at their own pace. Students participating in the "Teach to One" program are given a "playlist" of assignments and grouped with classmates who are working on similar lessons. The approach is part of a blended-learning strategy that combines online and traditional instruction. "Teach to One" also is being used in five New York schools and two in Chicago.

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Futuristic Rocketship schools redefine teaching | USA Today

Futuristic Rocketship schools redefine teaching | USA Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Greg Toppo

 

"Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy, a 3-year-old charter school built on a sliver of city-owned land in the shadow of the I-680 off-ramp. Si Se Puede— Spanish for "Yes It's Possible" or "Yes We Can" — is part of a tiny chain of schools set to expand nationwide.While it shares a lot in common with many privately run, but publicly funded, charter schools, Rocketship defies nearly all the conventional wisdom about how an urban elementary school should operate. For one thing, students spend as much as two hours a day one-on-one with a computer, learning virtually all of their basic skills through games.

 

"Most Rocketship teachers are young and inexperienced, and the vast majority attended Ivy League or other top colleges. Rocketship recruits heavily from Teach For America — a high-profile program that matches college graduates with high-needs schools — and pushes teachers to become principals after just a few years in the classroom.

 

"But perhaps the most striking difference is what's about to happen: The chain is small, with only seven schools, but by the end of the decade, its founders want about 2,000 schools in 50 cities, serving 1 million students. That would make Rocketship nearly as large as New York City schools, the USA's largest district."


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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Rethinking the approach to learning with an iPad was one of the key points that arose from our recent iPad study tour in Queensland.
Many of the schools talked about the development of 'Learning Workflows' where work is created in one app, then built on in another App and so on."


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The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson

The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

What will schools look like in 25 years? Educator and parent Will Richardson sees profound changes beginning to bubble up in classrooms around the world. In the past, knowledge was bounded — both in books and in classrooms. But today, the internet provides nearly endless learning opportunities for anyone who is interested. Which means that education should no longer focus on dates and facts, all just a Google search away, but instead on critical thinking.


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10 Amazing #SocialMedia Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Amazing #SocialMedia Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Did you know that Twitter is grabbing more new registrations than Facebook, with more than half of its entire userbase compromised of people who have signed up in the last year, compared to just 19 percent for Mark Zuckerberg’s baby?

What if I said that almost a quarter (23 percent) of Facebook users check their account five or more times each day, Twitter users are 33 percent more likely to be Democrats or – sorry Foursquare – that 74 percent of Americans are unfamiliar with the concept of ‘checking in’.

 

These, and several other amazing social media statistics, can be found in the infographic on social media statistics...


Via Lauren Moss, John van den Brink, Gladys Pintado, Firas Ghunaim, Khaled El Ahmad, David Hain, Lynnette Van Dyke
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#socialmedia statistics

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Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st Century ... | Edutopia

Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st Century ... | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Todd Finley

 

"Months ago, Google entered the massive open online course (MOOC) space by introducing the free Power Searching with Google course to 150 thousand self-enrolled students (shocker: Google is not particularly concerned with enhancing your use of dozens of alternative search engines). More recently, Google gave away Open Course Builder -- tools that were used to construct its popular course -- and further disrupted traditional notions of who gets to play teacher (anyone) and how many students can take a class for free (1 or 100,000).

 

"If you are an advanced geek, you will be able to author and publish your own e-learning space using Open Course Builder. If you don't know the difference between a .txt file and .jpg, choose a different learning management system (LMS) for now."


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Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law  - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Notice for Minnesota Users:

Coursera has been informed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education that under Minnesota Statutes (136A.61 to 136A.71), a university cannot offer online courses to Minnesota residents unless the university has received authorization from the State of Minnesota to do so. If you are a resident of Minnesota, you agree that either (1) you will not take courses on Coursera, or (2) for each class that you take, the majority of work you do for the class will be done from outside the State of Minnesota.


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Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset | Eduction Week

Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset | Eduction Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo, with Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"Larry Ferlazzo compiles in this blog post a list of tips from "growth mindset" experts Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell, co-founders of Mindset Works, on how teachers can nurture students' belief that they can improve their intelligence, which research shows gives students greater motivation to achieve. Their suggestions include giving detailed feedback on what students can control, such as their effort on an assignment, and setting high expectations for what they can learn."

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Infographic: Where Do the For-Profit College Dollars Go? | WiredAcademic

Infographic: Where Do the For-Profit College Dollars Go? | WiredAcademic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For-Profits are massive money machines. Here's a visual distillation of where the industry spends all that cash. Hint: Not iPads.


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Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed

Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fain

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The big enchilada of potential disruptions to higher education is if employers go outside of the academy to size up job seekers. While that prospect remains fanciful, for now, new approaches to skills assessment show what the future could look like. Take Smarterer, a Boston-based start-up that offers 800 free online tests for people to prove their chops in areas ranging from C++ programming to speaking English for business or understanding Gothic architecture. And not all the assessments are about getting a job -- there are quizzes on punk rock history and how to use Twitter. Smarterer's tests are crowdsourced, Wikipedia-style, and users can get a meaningful score by answering fewer than 20 questions, company officials said. That means they can tout a skill on their Smarterer profile after spending as little as one minute taking a test"

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3 Lessons from a Massively Open Online Course

3 Lessons from a Massively Open Online Course | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tanya Roscoria

 

"A group of instructors and other teaching professionals spent a week in August investigating massively open online courses (MOOCs). And some of the results were surprising.

 

"These types of courses are open to anyone, don't charge students for registration and bring large groups of students together. Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris from Marylhurst University decided that there was a need to explore this emerging form of instruction. They led an exploration of this teaching model by starting a course on it, called "MOOC MOOC" that was sponsored by the open peer-reviewed journal Hybrid Pedagogy."

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Join Alan November and Tim DiScipio for a special free webinar

Join Alan November and Tim DiScipio for a special free webinar | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS BUILD FOR EDUCATION DRIVE INNOVATION

 

Thursday, Oct 8 at 2 PM Eastern

Presented by:
Alan November of November Learning
Tim DiScipio of ePals

 

"How can principals, technology directors and curriculum coordinators ensure students and teachers are armed with the full suite of tools required for 21st century innovation? Join education thought leaders Alan November of November Learning and Tim DiScipio of ePals on October 18th for a discussion on how education networks honed through years of educator feedback are maximized to promote digital-era collaboration, content curation, streamlined workflow, and a generally efficient digital school ecosystem, in ways mainstream tools aren't designed to do."

 

FREE REGISTRATION

 

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Widmeyer Q&A: On the State of the Teaching Profession with Ron Thorpe « Widmeyer Communications

Widmeyer Q&A: On the State of the Teaching Profession with Ron Thorpe « Widmeyer Communications | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dan Kaufman

Summary by the Accomplished Teacher

 

"Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, says in this interview that for teaching to gain the levels of a "modern profession," 60% to 90% of teachers would need to be accomplished teachers. Currently, 2.5% of teachers -- or about 100,000 teachers -- are National Board Certified Teachers, more than half of them serving in Title I schools. "Since the quality of teachers is the most important school-based variable affecting student achievement, it's essential to increase the number of accomplished teachers in schools that need them the most, and we have implemented strategies to make that happen," Thorpe said."

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Transitioning to blended learning

The following presentation is an overview of the what, the why, and the how to transition to blended learning.

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50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should

50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

If you are an teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education.
Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.
Take a look.

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/50-education-blogs-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/#ixzz28vpmJvBg


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The Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Google Cultural Institute ... wow .. where did this magical resource pop up from ... a MUST for all history educators and learners ... let your colleagues know.

The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online
With a team of dedicated engineers, Google is building tools that make it simple to tell the stories of our diverse cultural heritage and make them accessible worldwide.
"We have created this site to provide a visually rich and interactive online experience for telling cultural stories in new ways. Discover exhibits by expert curators, find artifacts, view photographs, read original manuscripts, watch videos, and more."


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Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps) | By George Siemens

Presentation, University of South Africa (Pretoria)...

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Un diaporama qui permet de cheminer dans l'histoire des MOOC, la compréhension des formes de MOOC. Présentation des grandes données chiffrées des MOOC (le tendances en matière de fréquentation, de nationalités, d'outils utilisés sur le Web...). Pour finir, des conseils : les étapes d'une mise en oeuvre réfléchie du dispositif.