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Accelerated Learning for Adult Students

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As institutions start to adapt their available services to the growing population of adult students, their curricula and teaching approaches must follow suit.
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Special Issue on Quality in MOOCs

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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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College of Tomorrow - US News

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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

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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)

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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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Coursera Expands into Latin America

Coursera Expands into Latin America | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
After aggressive expansion in Asia, the massive open online course provider Coursera on Wednesday announced that the University of São Paulo and the State University of Campinas will become the platform's first Brazilian partner institutions.
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Digital badges: critical issues to consider

Digital badges: critical issues to consider | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The promise of digital badges for alternative credentials and skills pathways has not been lost on higher education; yet, there are many concerns—from business, faculty, and students—on the design, and use, of these badges for real meaning. A new framework condenses these concerns into nine critical questions concerning digital badges.



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Students Are Customers Whether We Admit It or Not (Part 1)

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Though the concept is debated, the fact of the matter is that students are customers in today’s higher education environment.

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A Nightmare Future of Higher-Ed

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The shrinking number of tenured academics has been paralleled by a growing number of very well-paid administration positions, filled by MBAs or Educational Administration doctorates who have spent little or no time in the actual educational trenches. 

 

 

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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Graphic that features 32 characteristics of high-performing classrooms.

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edX Launching a High School Initiative

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Studies show that nearly 60 percent of first-year U.S. college students are unprepared for postsecondary studies. This readiness gap between college eligibility and preparedness is costly not only to students, but also to families and institutions.
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A new classification schema for MOOCs

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This paper considers the pedagogies associated with different types of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It argues that the current discourse around the concept of xMOOCs (primarily based around interaction with content and essentially adopting a behaviourist learning approach), and cMOOCs (which focus on harnessing the power of social media and interaction with peers, adopting a connectivist learning approach), is an inadequate way of describing the variety of MOOCs and the ways in which learners engage with them. It will provide a brief history of the emergence of MOOCs and the key stakeholders. It will introduce an alternative means of categorising MOOCs, based on their key characteristics. It will then describe the 7Cs of Learning Design framework, which can be used to design more pedagogically informed MOOCs, which enhances the learner experience and ensure quality assurance.

 

 


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The evolution of Moocs

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Online courses may have been over-hyped, but they will still be a valuable part of the future
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Competency catches on at community college

Competency catches on at community college | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Competency-based education isn’t an experiment at Bellevue College near Seattle, writes Paul Bradley on Community College Week. The college’s first CBE program — a business software specialist certificate program — has proven very popular.
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What Really Fosters Innovation

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

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

Musings on the Future of Higher Ed: The Worst of Times | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The higher education landscape is transforming at all levels, but with the challenges of change come the opportunities of advancement.
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For top universities, students come second

For top universities, students come second | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Universities are increasingly complex, multibillion-pound organisations in which teaching comes a distant second on the priority list
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Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross

Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross talks about public policy issues impacting higher education institutions as well as the role of the Big Ten athletic conference.
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Promoting Critical Thinking

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Beyond professional success, critical thinking skills make students more resilient, helping to set them up for a life of “contentment.” They’re more able to cope when their world views are challenged and to question authority. College isn’t the only way to develop such skills, but it is a valuable one.

 

 

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AUDIO | How Consumer Technology Companies Like Apple Set The Standard for Higher Ed

AUDIO | How Consumer Technology Companies Like Apple Set The Standard for Higher Ed | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Consumer technologies have focused on making the lives of their users easier, and this is a lesson higher education leaders should follow.As consumer technologies began to target a wider demographic, their products evolved to meet the needs of those different groups. Higher education faces a similar challenge and should take the cue from leaders such as Apple in this regard.

 

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European Association for International Education. Conference Program

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Internationalisation of higher education has gone from strength to strength over the last 25 years and higher education professionals are now looking to the next steps; the next phase of internationalisation. This comes at a time when the dynamic field of international education is undergoing some of the greatest transformations ever, in all aspects of teaching, learning and administration. Will this transformation change the mould of the traditional higher education institution? What do the next 25 years have in store for us?

 

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Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

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It is not just the wealthiest colleges that can afford to be economically diverse. And government policies could also make a difference. Taken together some steps — and actions by individual colleges and donors — would help the nation’s elite institutions of higher learning look less like an aristocracy and more like the meritocracy they are supposed to embody.

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Community College And The Four-Year Degree

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Is the dividing line between community college and the four-year college breaking down. More and more community colleges are offering bachelor's degrees.
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ACE Alternative Credit Project to Increase Attainment Levels for Nontraditional Learners With Some College, No Degree

ACE Alternative Credit Project to Increase Attainment Levels for Nontraditional Learners With Some College, No Degree | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
ACE launches groundbreaking effort to form a next-generation alternative credit system that will boost the ability of nontraditional learners to gain a college degree.
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