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Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit

Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This will be “a global phenomenon,” he said. “We’re on the beginning of something very profound.”

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New Project: Open Badges in Open edX and Beyond

New Project: Open Badges in Open edX and Beyond | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
These are the web-enabled micro-credentials that are changing the way that learning is recognized in both formal schools and informal settings. Digital badges have proven particularly popular in higher education.  Hundreds of colleges and universities are using them to recognize a wide range of learning. They have obvious appeal for recognizing learning in MOOCs.

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Competency-Based Education - Capella University

Competency-Based Education - Capella University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Capella University's award-winning competency-based education learning model is designed for experienced professionals who want to be at the top of their game.
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Rethinking College

Rethinking College | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Here is Lumina-funded PBS NewsHour series "Rethinking College" explores the future of higher education for 21st centrury students.

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The systematisation of higher education in the US

The systematisation of higher education in the US | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Consolidation may bring greater efficiencies but the process is one yielding mixed blessing.

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Job Skills Expectations Unmet

Job Skills Expectations Unmet | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Nearly nine in 10 presidents said an emphasis on “critical thinking” skills and personal development is very important throughout college in order for graduates to get jobs. But only about 40 percent of the presidents think their own institution is very effective at proving students with those skills and that kind of development.

 

 

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The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses

The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The real impact of MOOCs will be felt far away from the open online edX or Coursera courses. The real impact of MOOCs will be found in the traditional introductory course.

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There’s an App U for That

There’s an App U for That | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Learning is a lifelong process, as those looking to succeed within the new apps economy have proven. With the increasing challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, driven learners can follow alternative educational paths–whether they are free, online or through industry forums–to suit their desired career and financial needs.

 

 

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OER, ERP’s, and an Idea

OER, ERP’s, and an Idea | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Cutting the costs of back-office operations and textbooks may not stir the blood, but it could make real and sustained differences both for existing institutions and for emergent or potential ones.

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National Leaders Support a New Blueprint for Higher Education Governance

National Leaders Support a New Blueprint for Higher Education Governance | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Governance for a New Era, also known as the Schmidt Report in honor of Benno Schmidt, the chairman of the project, is the product of a summit of distinguished higher education leaders that focused on finding innovative solutions to the many issues confronting our colleges and universities.

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Glassdoor - Employment Surveys

Glassdoor - Employment Surveys | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

According to a recent national survey on whether employees value their degrees more than skills training, though most employees say higher education is still a must, skills training is what’s more important to their career.



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Got skills?

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There will still be a place for academic study and small classes. But vocational innovation will certainly produce a more dynamic educational marketplace—and one, moreover, that provides an honoured position for vocational colleges, rather than treating them as an embarrassing sideshow.



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Mismatch Between College Aspiration and Preparation

Mismatch Between College Aspiration and Preparation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Given the cold, hard facts behind this mismatch, it’s striking how few students express interest in these postsecondary credentials and how many who are not college-ready are pursuing bachelor’s degrees they may never attain.

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U of Maryland University College: The Future of Learning

University of Maryland University College is a global leader in academic innovation and is partnering with several major foundations to help create the student experience of the future. This video illustrates how all of these innovations can come together to improve teaching and learning.



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Realmente una mirada bastante innovadora de lo que puede ser la educación superior del futuro adaptada especialmente para el público adulto, donde al aprendizaje basado en competencias, la personalización de las rutas de aprendizaje, el reconocimiento de aprendizajes previos y el uso de las tecnologías para facilitar el acceso al proceso educativo, constituyen una vía muy interesante para el futuro estudiante.

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How The Regulatory Trifecta is Wrapping Higher Ed in Red Tape

How The Regulatory Trifecta is Wrapping Higher Ed in Red Tape | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As regulation and authorization requirements mount, higher education institutions are left footing the bill and scrambling to pay.

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Opinion: The Minerva Project Opens Its Doors

Opinion: The Minerva Project Opens Its Doors | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Minerva Project founder and CEO Ben Nelson on the launch of an online university that aims to revolutionize higher education.
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Arresting the Cancer of College Grade Inflation

Arresting the Cancer of College Grade Inflation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

http://www.seethruedu.com/sites/default/files/2014-08-RR04-GradeInflation-CHE-TomLindsay-post_0.pdf ;

 

1. Grade inflation is a growing cancer— diluting standards, crushing morale, and disincentivizing student effort.  As monetary inflation debases the  dollar, so grade inflation debases  the currency of education: student transcripts.

 

2. Grade inflation makes it increasingly  difficult for would-be employers and graduate schools to distinguish truly  excellent students from those who have taken courses with lax grading
standards.

 

3. Grade inflation is most virulent in the humanities, whereas the
natural sciences and mathematics have maintained standards.

 

4. Studies show that grade inflation thereby disincentivizes students
from majoring in the sciences and mathematics.

 

5. To arrest grade inflation, a number of colleges have implemented
transcript transparency. But a much more massive comprehensive effort  is required if we are successfully to address this crisis.

 

6. Legislation requiring transparency in  student transcripts, e.g., Texas’ “Honest  Transcript Bill” is required to alert the  public to those schools and majors that have maintained standards and those that haven’t.

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Our Approach to Innovation Is Dead Wrong

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In the past decade, we've seen an explosion in the number of business incubators, startup accelerators and entrepreneurial training programs. But Kander argues all of these programs share an enormous fatal flaw. Diana's talk challenges our thinking about entrepreneurship and presents a new approach for startups and corporations alike.



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What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve.

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For-Profit Colleges: Felonies or Feeding Frenzy?

For-Profit Colleges: Felonies or Feeding Frenzy? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Make people pay for college with their own money, or funds they get voluntarily from others. In so doing, restore incentives for people to think long and hard about where they go to school and what they study, and eliminate the need for people other than those consuming the education – largely bureaucrats and politicians – to be in charge of accountability. 



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Three reasons college textbook prices are out of control

Three reasons college textbook prices are out of control | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The price of college textbooks has risen almost as quickly as the price of college tuition.
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Daphne Koller on Education, Coursera, and MOOCs

Daphne Koller on Education, Coursera, and MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Daphne Koller of Coursera talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about online educational website Coursera and the future of education both online and via bricks-and-mortar.
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Innovative Direct Assessment Programs Show Promise

Innovative Direct Assessment Programs Show Promise | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For the majority of schools, acquiring a degree means that students must conform to the one-size-fits-all curricula. The concept of competency-based education is changing all that.
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Opinion: Kaplan CEO Defends For-Profit Colleges

Opinion: Kaplan CEO Defends For-Profit Colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Kaplan CEO Tom Leppert explains why a proposed Department of Education regulation to measure educational outcomes would harm low-income students.

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California Legislature Approves Bachelor's Degrees at Community Colleges

California Legislature Approves Bachelor's Degrees at Community Colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

California's Legislature on Thursday approved legislation that would allow 15 of the state's community college districts to issue four-year degrees.

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Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms: A Lexicon

Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms: A Lexicon | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Through a new lexicon, Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms, Blackboard and ACE are working together to clarify some of the confusing definitions in the field. Competency based education is not one specific thing, and the lexicon delves into how the vocabulary is used in different ways by different people.

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