An unprecedented coalition of diverse public and private colleges and universities is coming together to improve the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college. The initial iteration of the platform will be available to freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school beginning in January 2016.
MOOCs have not fixed higher education, but they are poignant reminders of the urgent problems of college cost and access, potential forerunners of truly effective educational technology, and valuable tools for advancing the science of learning. That’s progress.
By educating the next generation of business leaders in their formative years, we are not only promoting the prospects of success for global companies, but also the promise of success for our globalized world.
At nonprofit ETS, we are passionate about our mission to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide because we believe in the power of learning. We strive to provide innovative and meaningful measurement solutions that improve teaching and learning, expand educational opportunities, andinform policy.
Interdisciplinary is both an idea and a buzzword in higher education. Many professors find that their research and teaching interests take them far afield. But it's hard to find consensus on what the term really means.
Southern Utah University is trying out a program that lets students complete all of their general-education credit requirements in one year. The university is doing it by offering a kind of supercourse taught jointly by eight professors in different disciplines. The goal is to cover 13 courses’ worth of material in one year, in a class that is scheduled to meet three hours each day, five days a week.
Administrators and faculty are often on the same page in terms of wanting to best prepare students for the labor market, but it’s critical to make key changes in how students are learning to accomplish this goal.
The assumption that higher education’s status quo is working, and that there is no need for change, is the biggest impediment to the innovation and transformation of institutional models and structures.
Developing an effective student learning outcomes (SLO) assessment program at your institution is a daunting task. Do we have valid and reliable assessments? Does our program meet the expectations of faculty? What resource constraints do we face? Does our program yield benchmarking data? These are just some of the challenges associated with running a useful program.
Now Udacity, a four-year-old online teaching start-up, believes that after years of trial and error, it has hit on a model of vocational training that can be scaled up to teach millions of people technical skills.
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