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ACE's Credit to Credentials Webinar, November 28, 2012

ACE's Credit to Credentials Webinar, November 28, 2012 | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

On Nov. 28, ACE will host a webinar to help institutions understand the importance of extra-institutional learning and the prior learning assessment process.

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REVEL

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Students at 50 colleges and universities will this fall use Revel, a digital content platform created by Pearson, as a textbook replacement in three general education courses. The platform, which combines text with interactive elements and multimedia, will first be used to teach introductory sociology and psychology and public speaking. REVEL is an immersive learning experience that enlivens familiar and respected course content with media interactives and assessments. Designed for the way today's students read, think, and learn, REVEL empowers educators to increase engagement in the course, to better connect with students, and to break through to learning reimagined.

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MOOC U: The Revolution Isn't Over

MOOC U: The Revolution Isn't Over | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Whether MOOCs follow through on their pledge to alter higher education and, in the process, reduce costs and improve outcomes for everyone depends on whether colleges and the MOOC providers tackle the difficult questions facing them in the next few years while they are out of the media spotlight.


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Forget the MBA

Forget the MBA | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Online courses are becoming the ticket to a new job or promotion. Now to get managers up to speed.
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College Enrollment Declines for Second Year in a Row

College Enrollment Declines for Second Year in a Row | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

College enrollments dropped for the second straight year in 2013, according to new data from the U.S. 

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Udacity raises $35 million for 'nanodegrees'

Udacity raises $35 million for 'nanodegrees' | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

U.S. online-education company Udacity has raised $35 million and was offering its first "nanodegree" course, which aims to teach a skill but at a fraction of the cost of a college degree.



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Educause Annual Conference

Educause Annual Conference | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Agenda of the Educause 2014 Annual Conference

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Children Who Never Play

More and more, parents feel obliged to steer their children toward those activities that might have a future payoff, already thinking ahead to that harrowing ivy league gauntlet that Deresiewicz describes. Such is the instrumental view, play as a means to an end and not an end in itself.

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Three Misconceptions about the Separation of Instruction and Assessment

Three Misconceptions about the Separation of Instruction and Assessment | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Just as teaching should be done by those who really know how to teach, assessing should be done by those who really know how to assess.  This doesn’t mean all assessments should be multiple-choice, objectively-scored exams — many competency-based programs use trained raters who use complex rubrics to evaluate authentic student projects — but it does mean that having an unbiased third party not involved in the teaching can often provide better information about what students can do than an instructor who may have no training in assessment and a very small and potentially skewed sample of students to work with.
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MOOCs: More Than Courses | UWire

MOOCs: More Than Courses | UWire | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Two years after Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) first emerged as free, online educational opportunities for the public, they are still a growing trend. Platforms such as Coursera, Udacity, and edX continue to add new courses, and participants continue to enroll in classes that feature university professors and industry experts as instructors. However, these courses’ strikingly high dropout rates hide in the midst of louder success stories in online education. Researchers from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calculated that approximately five percent of registrants for Harvardx and MITx finish their courses and earn a certificate. Less than half of registrants even makes it halfway through the course materials.
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Special Issue on Quality in MOOCs

Special Issue on Quality in MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The focus of this special issue of INNOQUAL is on MOOCs. It consists of five research papers and four practice-based papers, which together provide a useful summary of some of the state of the art of research and development of MOOCs. Quality in relation to MOOCs is a key issue and the subject of much debate.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 22, 4:13 PM

"Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are an example of a disruptive technology and are clearly innovative in terms of scale and the level of heated discussion around whether or not they are innovative pedagogically. Academic and mainstream press covering the phenomenon is divided as to whether MOOCs will be valuable to hundreds or thousands of participants. Within this editorial we give a short introduction to the topic of the special issue “Quality in MOOCs” as well as to the contributions, along with the papers related to the INNOQUAL journal’s permanent themes."

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College of Tomorrow - US News

College of Tomorrow - US News | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

In College of Tomorrow, U.S. News & World Report looks at how colleges and universities are adapting as demographics, the economy and technology change the landscape of higher education in the United States.

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How To Fix the Skills Gap

How To Fix the Skills Gap | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Boosting faculty-student relationships will likely address the skills underdevelopment, but it can’t occur within the current incentive structure. If colleges want faculty to mentor students for their careers, they need to place greater emphasis on student engagement and less on research and administrative compliance.

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How Adaptive Learning Can Make Higher Ed More Customized and Effective (Part 2)

How Adaptive Learning Can Make Higher Ed More Customized and Effective (Part 2) | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Adaptive learning can help students learn at their own pace, by targeting areas they need improvement in and quickly moving beyond areas they’ve mastered.
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Building the University of the Future

Building the University of the Future | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
7 Steps for Building the University of the Future:
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College for America spins off its custom-made learning management system

College for America spins off its custom-made learning management system | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Southern New Hampshire University, seeing an opening in the market for a learning management system designed around competency-based education, is spinning off the custom-made system it built to support College for America.

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How the Changing Non-Traditional Marketplace is Forcing Universities to Make Tough Decisions

How the Changing Non-Traditional Marketplace is Forcing Universities to Make Tough Decisions | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The ‘traditional’ markets sought after by institutions catering to non-traditional students are diminishing, forcing institutions to look for new marketplaces to serve.
There are a number of elite universities entering the non-traditional marketplace, creating a viciously competitive environment for all universities currently in that space.
Institutional leaders are being forced to make tough calls in order to ensure it’s possible to invest in the kinds of technologies and innovations that will help them compete.

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Investing in Personalized Learning Strategies to Improve College Student Outcomes

Investing in Personalized Learning Strategies to Improve College Student Outcomes | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is no longer just a concept; it’s happening throughout higher education, with more than seven million students taking online or blended courses,
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Specializations on Coursera

Specializations on Coursera | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Coursera is taking a more active role in shaping the content produced by its university partners.

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Musings on the Future of Higher Ed: The Best of Times

Musings on the Future of Higher Ed: The Best of Times | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Higher education’s future is going to be non-traditional in many senses of that term, including that which might be considered a “back to the future” revival of a reimagined adult and continuing education.

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Live webcast: DQP released for large-scale implementation on Oct. 8

Live webcast: DQP released for large-scale implementation on Oct. 8 | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Lumina Foundation will have the official launch of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP); a framework for defining the high-quality learning that college degrees should signify. For the first time in the U.S., associate, bachelor's and master's degrees have clearly defined learning outcomes that reflect a quality postsecondary education that will serve students well as they prepare for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. On October 8, Lumina is calling for the DQP and related Tuning process to be implemented more broadly and deeply at colleges and universities across the country. 

 

 

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Disruption in Higher Ed is growing, but not instantaneous

Disruption in Higher Ed is growing, but not instantaneous | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
September 2014 eCampus News
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Change Is Critical to the Future of Higher Education - US News

Change Is Critical to the Future of Higher Education - US News | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Accountability and affordability are among the areas that require change to meet students' needs.
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What Really Fosters Innovation

What Really Fosters Innovation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

For a look at what's needed to foster innovation at your company, check out the infographic below.

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, September 22, 12:27 PM

Helpful infographic on innovation to focus on basic needs and drivers.


Shawn Nason, Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, September 24, 10:00 PM

Great Infograph on fostering a culture of innovation.

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VIDEO | The Higher Ed Revolution Requires Employer Participation

VIDEO | The Higher Ed Revolution Requires Employer Participation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Trailer video. This trailer highlights some of the interesting ideas and innovative insights shared by all three speakers at The EvoLLLution Symposium on Higher Education and the Workforce, hosted at Stanford University.
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World Rankings Show What Really Matters To Universities - And It Isn't Students

World Rankings Show What Really Matters To Universities - And It Isn't Students | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

It's that time of year again, when universities find out where they stand in annual global rankings. 

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