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$10,000 College Degree Hard To Get In 4 years

Designing $10,000 Degrees Tests Colleges
Since Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged institutions to create $10,000 degrees, 13 such programs have been established across the state. But cost creep has marked some of the programs.
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Tablets for Teaching and Learning: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Tablets for Teaching and Learning: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Tablets and smart mobile devices are garnering positive perceptions within educational contexts, with the strongest support showing for
the technologies’ effectiveness in particular tasks and when used within more student-active contexts.

 

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The Failure to Teach Students to Write

The Failure to Teach Students to Write | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

One of the signal failings of American education — throughout K-12 and college — is to teach students how to write English well.

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Disruptive Innovations in Higher Ed Emerging From Outside Mainstream

Disruptive Innovations in Higher Ed Emerging From Outside Mainstream | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The real disruptions to the traditional approaches to higher education are occurring outside the academy, at coding bootcamps and other non-institutional education providers
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Knewton Launches Open Adaptive Learning Platform

Knewton Launches Open Adaptive Learning Platform | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Knewton on Wednesday opened its doors to what the company called the "world’s first and only open adaptive learning platform," making its technology broadly available to instructors and students.
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2015 Bradley Symposium. The Future of Higher Education

2015 Bradley Symposium. The Future of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A college education has long been both a key ingredient to upward mobility and a crucial means of educating virtuous citizens. But as tuition and college debt have skyrocketed, graduation rates have fallen, and liberal education has been increasingly squeezed out of the curriculum, higher-education has also become a major source of risk and anxiety for middle-class families. Is the traditional college model sustainable? Will technology transform teaching and learning? Is there still room for real liberal education on our campuses?
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Of MOOCs and Mutants

Of MOOCs and Mutants | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Even if MOOCs aren’t generally generating direct revenue for schools, they are perhaps the best possible investment a school can make in showing that they are cognizant of the new higher ed reality.
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Rising college costs and student loans

Rising college costs and student loans | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Rising college costs and a sagging economy are taking the biggest toll on a surprising group: upper-middle-income families.
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The digital revolution in higher education

The digital revolution in higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The five major categories where technology will make an even greater impact in higher education.
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Brian Berlin's curator insight, August 22, 12:51 PM

no. 5 Lifelong Learning

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Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Let Me Count the Ways

Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Let Me Count the Ways | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The effort to develop assessment plans required us to struggle with naming what we wanted students to gain from the programs of study they completed, and the process of doing so proved surprisingly useful.
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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, August 20, 3:02 AM

"(...) The effort to develop assessment plans required us to struggle with naming what we wanted students to gain from the programs of study they completed, and the process of doing so proved surprisingly useful. We had to get beyond that first inclination to say, "We can’t name it." It turned out to be important to get that naming right. (...)"

Ante Lauc's curator insight, August 21, 2:27 AM

I think so...

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MOOC Providers

MOOC Providers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

There are other paths that the MOOC providers might follow that hold out a genuine promise to enhance the quality of higher education. Let me identify four areas where MOOC providers could exert a genuinely transformative impact. 

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The Game Changer: Mitch Daniels Paves a New Path for University Presidents

The Game Changer: Mitch Daniels Paves a New Path for University Presidents | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
So far, Daniels has managed to skillfully navigate the treacherous waters of academic politics and actually get some things accomplished; he was not named Fortune magazine’s 41st greatest leader in the world in 2015 for nothing. By really leading, instead of following the pack, he may be paving the way for other non-traditional university presidents at a time when the status quo is no longer enough.
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Transforming Public Higher Education Through Student Learning Outcomes

Transforming Public Higher Education Through Student Learning Outcomes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

ETS (Educational Testing Service) is already working on how to best document and provide evidence of student learning outcomes at both the aggregate (cohort or institution) and individual (student/learner) level. Though the path toward entering and completing college has become increasingly challenging, it remains clear that the potential life benefits and overall value of having a higher education credential remain very high and we welcome the opportunity to provide our expertise to assist in this effort to ensure the future prosperity of institutions of higher education.

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Higher Education and the American Dream

Higher Education and the American Dream | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A great many American families are deciding, before they even give a college education a chance, that it is too expensive, not worth the sacrifice, and not a worthy return on investment.

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Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard

Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Explain Everything is a unique, interactive screencasting whiteboard app that can be used as a tool for ongoing assessment. It is an effective application with both general education students and special education students and can be used in a variety of content areas. It creates opportunities for dynamic assessment by incorporating audio, drawing, and video functionality.


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Task Force Makes Recommendations to Close Skills Gap

Task Force Makes Recommendations to Close Skills Gap | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Community colleges and other stakeholders in California have a plan to fill 1 million jobs in 10 years.
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Removing Barriers for College Placement

Removing Barriers for College Placement | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Why the accelerated learning program at Howard Community College works for college placement.
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Assessing competency-based education in terms of outcomes

Assessing competency-based education in terms of outcomes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher ed has long been consumed with access rather than outcomes, but developing metrics for monitoring innovative programs could change that.
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4 Ways Community College Life Differs From the 4-Year College Experience

4 Ways Community College Life Differs From the 4-Year College Experience | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Commuting may make it a challenge to get involved on campus, say former community college students.
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How States Approach Reverse Transfer Pathways

How States Approach Reverse Transfer Pathways | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new report from the Education Commission of the States looks at the various ways states are implementing reverse transfer policies to retroactively award associate degrees to students pursuing four-year diplomas.
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Succeeding Online Requires Planning and an Understanding of Student Needs

Succeeding Online Requires Planning and an Understanding of Student Needs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The biggest mistake many institutions make in their online programming is not thinking about how the end-user—the student—wants to interact with the course.
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Moving beyond college: Rethinking higher education regulation for an unbundled world

Moving beyond college: Rethinking higher education regulation for an unbundled world | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
New “unbundled” higher education providers are constrained by the regulatory system’s reliance on the traditional bundled model.
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Toward a Culture of Evidence

Toward a Culture of Evidence | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Do students who graduate from college know more on commencement day than they did on orientation weekend? Beyond grades and transcripts, how do we measure a student’s academic growth? Are graduates ready to apply this knowledge once they leave campus?


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Why Innovation Beats Politics in Reforming Higher Education

Why Innovation Beats Politics in Reforming Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The product being bought is the credential. The credential drives the entire industry and is what causes millions to go deep into debt for an experience they often don’t love and admit doesn’t make them any more valuable in terms of tangible skills. 

College credentials are valuable due to their signalling value. Your degree sends a signal to the world that you are, ostensibly, better than a similar person without the credential. This signal has some meaning; making it through college means you’re probably better than someone who lacked the intelligence or drive to do so--but it’s a shockingly low bar. 

The proliferation of degreed people and the decline in ability among incoming freshman has turned college into little more than what high school once was. 
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Personalized Learning Can Revolutionize Corporate Education

Personalized Learning Can Revolutionize Corporate Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Personalized online and blended learning opportunities could revolutionize corporate education, where it is not currently widespread.
The biggest challenge to the growth of personalized learning is the recognition and credentialing of these learning pathways. 

 

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Ante Lauc's curator insight, August 21, 2:36 AM

Learning organization is rare bird 

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The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education

The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Once employers start seeing qualified candidates with alternative educational backgrounds, the ability of the four-year colleges to hold students hostage to increasingly worthless degrees will gradually weaken. Then, the traditional academic institutions can choose to evolve or perish.
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, July 30, 9:40 AM

In this opinion piece the author shares why they believe that higher education is on "it's last legs". Agree or disagree?