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Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges

Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Through the natural capacity to share digital badges through social media and other online tools, higher education institutions will have the opportunity to reach a wider range of students than they otherwise would and show prospective students real-world learning outcomes simultaneously.
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Here's how different the US education system is vs. other nations

Here's how different the US education system is vs. other nations | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The American education system is not one that other countries appear to use as a model.

 

 

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, Today, 5:17 PM

Great article!

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Creating the Experience Students Expect

Creating the Experience Students Expect | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Students expect more immediacy and technology-enabled processes from the institution, and it’s incumbent on colleges and universities to meet these new expectations
 
A few of the most significant roadblocks to these changes are a perceived lack of funding, comfort with the status quo and lack of long-term vision.

 

 

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Sue Walsh's curator insight, February 24, 6:07 PM

Although many don't want to acknowledge it, students ARE customers with needs and wants. How we meet their changing needs and desire for personalisation and immediacy ... at SCALE ... is the big challenge!! 

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The American Workforce: Bad News from PIACC

The American Workforce: Bad News from PIACC | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Forty years ago, the United States had the best-educated workforce in the world. Not any more. Not even close, says the Educational Testing Service in a new report: America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future. The report is based on ETS’s analysis of data from the OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey.


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Why Are Americans Getting Dumber? New International Evidence

Why Are Americans Getting Dumber? New International Evidence | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Grandchildren of the Greatest Generation, we are the Most Selfish Generation, running up debts that our kids will have to pay, avoiding hard decisions to rein in unsustainable entitlements, and, in education, worried more about our teaching loads and our perks than the learning of the next generation. Shame.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, Today, 12:37 PM

Worth thinking about. Even if we don't agree completely, we have to agree that we aren't moving in good directions on a number of social, economic, and educational fronts.


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The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life

The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In today’s technology-driven world, is it best for children to hone their science and math skills to catch up with other countries that outperform the U.S.? Or is it best for them to be more well-rounded, with strong arts and athletic skills as well? Or perhaps parents should instead focus on encouraging less tangible skills in their kids, such as teamwork, logic and basic communication skills.
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Two-Year Degrees at a Four-Year University: Getting the Lay of the Land

Two-Year Degrees at a Four-Year University: Getting the Lay of the Land | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Critical to fulfilling the institutional mission, running an associate degree program at a four-year institution creates access points for a wider range of students.
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Two-year colleges in Washington State expand competency-based project with business degree

Two-year colleges in Washington State expand competency-based project with business degree | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
More initiatives in the U.S around CBE.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 19, 9:02 AM

I think CBE is going to become a real thing for a lot of colleges in the near future. I think community colleges should be on the leading edge of this and that smart school districts will have their high schools exploring CBE, especially IB schools.

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Measure for Success: Maximizing Retention Across the Student Lifecycle

Measure for Success: Maximizing Retention Across the Student Lifecycle | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Maximizing retention is critical to the success of any program, and retention activities should start as soon as the student is admitted.
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Gates Report on Faculty

Gates Report on Faculty | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The report aims to fill the gaps in the knowledge by developing a greater understanding of postsecondary faculty, and their attitudes and beliefs as they affect pedagogical choices and impact student outcomes. The investigation focused on both the intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors associated with perceptions of education held by postsecondary faculty in the United States. The research illuminates how different internal and external factors (motivational, behavioral, contextual enablers/barriers, values, beliefs, and demographics) come together to influence faculty members’ willingness to learn about new pedagogies, incorporate new ideas in their work, and spread new ideas regarding teaching and learning to peers and campus leaders.

 

 

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Joaquín Paredes's curator insight, February 13, 4:49 AM

Un estudio que le interesó a la fundación Gates (qué miedo) y que algunos hemos propuesto de otra forma, con otro talante. Qué pena que ni el comité de ayudas de la UAM, ni el INAP ni el programa de i+d le dieran valor...

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them
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Report shows declines in enrollment in most foreign languages

Report shows declines in enrollment in most foreign languages | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Overall enrollment in foreign language courses is down for the first time since about 1995, and enrollments in major European languages -- including Spanish -- are way down, according to a new report from the Modern Language Association. Language advocates aren’t sure what’s caused the drop, and say it’s too soon to tell whether it’s a fluke or the beginning of a new trend away from foreign language study. But they’re calling for a renewed effort in helping students see the value in upper-division language classes, which could be helpful to them in their careers.
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Getting Credit for What You Know

Getting Credit for What You Know | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A range of job sectors are now offering certifications to students who pass tests that measure their competency in practical skills.
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Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
More and more, employers are going to want to see some proof that a potential employee has actually gained particular skills. So certificates that can credibly attest to someone’s ability to write computer code, write a decent essay, use a spreadsheet, or give a persuasive speech are going to be worth more and more. And any training program that takes the need to maintain its own credibility seriously can help students gain those skills and certify them for employers in a way that bypasses the existing educational establishment.

 

 

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Le Dong Phuong's curator insight, February 11, 8:22 PM

Bằng cấp không còn quan trọng nữa, chỉ còn kĩ năng

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Will Professors teach differently in 10 Years?

Will Professors teach differently in 10 Years? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The universities must not only reward and promote innovations in the teaching methodologies, but must also provide teacher development programs, in order to cultivate and support new educational approaches.
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, Today, 5:17 PM

Good to think about this issue now and plan for it...

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A Discussion On Higher Education Accountability

A Discussion On Higher Education Accountability | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

American higher education faces much that needs to change. More regulation isn’t the solution.



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Steven Mintz on Competency-Based Education 2.0

Steven Mintz on Competency-Based Education 2.0 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Competency-Based Education can produce unprecedented gains in access, affordability, and student success. The challenge is to do this right.



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One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, tailored to you, and you get a real education, not a degree

One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, tailored to you, and you get a real education, not a degree | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capi­tal­ize on global intelligence?
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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 20, 7:19 PM

Your thoughts? it's exciting but intense. For educators it's something to think about.

Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, February 22, 2:23 AM

Interesting perspective on the future of education 

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Aligning Innovations to Promote Learning and Quality Credentials

Aligning Innovations to Promote Learning and Quality Credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This event will provide attendees an overview of two new papers being released by Blackboard and ACE's Center for Education Attainment and Innovation and Center for Policy Research and Strategy.  Authors of the papers will be present and there will be a panel discussion and Q&A session.

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 23, 2:34 PM

New papers: The Currency of Higher Education: Credits and Competencies; Credit for Prior Learning: Charting Institutional Practice for Sustainability

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Mapping the Competency-Based Education Universe

Mapping the Competency-Based Education Universe | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Competency-based education (CBE) is gaining momentum, and higher education leaders are taking note of this unique market opportunity. Over the last several weeks, Eduventures has released an executive summary. 

 

 

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, Today, 5:18 PM

Competency-based education may be the norm in the future...

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Professors Resist Higher Education Innovation

Professors Resist Higher Education Innovation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Modern technology makes it possible, if done right, to deliver education much more cheaply than in a face-to-face setting. It is time to accept the value and legitimacy of online education. 



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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 16, 10:33 AM

"A majority of college professors refuse to "accept the 'value and legitimacy of online education"? Fine. Make them exhibits in the museums of intellectual fail their cozy homes are becoming.

And develop some more damned learning apps." Copy that.

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US Senate Committee Announces Report on Simplifying Federal Regulations for America’s 6,000 Colleges and Universities

US Senate Committee Announces Report on Simplifying Federal Regulations for America’s 6,000 Colleges and Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The task force’s objective with the report was to provide specific recommendations on reducing, eliminating or streamlining duplicative, costly or confusing regulations and reporting requirements to Congress and the administration in anticipation of the ninth reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The report guides deregulatory efforts to allow colleges to spend more of their time and money educating students, instead of filling out mountains of paperwork.





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How to improve higher education

How to improve higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Universities pressure faculty members to devote their time to researching and writing publications rather than connecting with students. Even the terminology shows how the teaching method changes once college begins. Teachers become professors. Each term invokes distinctly different images. Teachers spend time with students and focus on legitimately teaching — transferring knowledge and skills to students. Professors stand at the front of a large lecture hall filled with nameless students and pontificate about what they are currently researching, to the detriment of their students’ learning.
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, Today, 5:19 PM

Interesting reading...

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Top Companies Work with University Partners to Help Create Capstone Projects with Real World Applications

Top Companies Work with University Partners to Help Create Capstone Projects with Real World Applications | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Coursera, one of the largest MOOC platforms, announced that it had teamed up with more than half a dozen companies that will help create capstone projects for its course series. The companies include the tech giant Google as well as Instagram and Shazam—all names likely to entice students looking to get a start in Silicon Valley.

Nineteen colleges now work with Coursera to offer what amount to microdegrees—it calls them Course Specializations—that require students to take a series of short MOOCs and then finish a hands-on capstone project. The serialization approach has proved an effective way to bring in revenue to support the free courses—to get a certificate proving they passed the courses, students each end up paying around $500 in fees. By helping develop MOOC-certificate programs, companies are giving a seal of approval to those new credentials that may be more important to some students than whether an accredited university or a well-trained professor is involved.



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Authentic Learning: Developing a Student-Centered Classroom Through Portfolios

Authentic Learning: Developing a Student-Centered Classroom Through Portfolios | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Portfolios help students develop the metacognitive skills that are critical to the learning process and vital in the knowledge workforce.



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Le Dong Phuong's curator insight, February 11, 8:25 PM

Học thực: xây dựng lớp học lấy học sinh làm trung tâm thông qua hồ sơ cá nhân

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Focus assessments on post-graduation outcomes

Focus assessments on post-graduation outcomes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The changing student population and higher student contributions would make it more important than ever that universities, employers and students themselves understood what was actually gained from their study.

 

 

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Le Dong Phuong's curator insight, February 11, 8:26 PM

Tập trung đánh giá vào kết quả đầu ra sau tốt nghiệp