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MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles

MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Why most of what currently excites the ed-tech world is hot air: MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Education Resources, amongst other fads?

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This is a provocative article.

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At MLA, not quite a consensus on reforming doctoral education

For language and literature Ph.D.s to be competitive for these positions, graduate education not only needs to take less time, but to be somewhat different in nature. He and others said that doctoral students need to learn more about finance and management, and to have experience working with administrators, not just assisting professors with courses.
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Colleges step in to fill students’ social-skills gaps

Colleges step in to fill students’ social-skills gaps | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
After final exams are over, MIT students will return from their holiday break to experience something different from their usual studies—but almost as important.
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$10,000 Bachelor's Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation

$10,000 Bachelor's Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The proposal, following similar moves in Florida and Texas, would ask high schools, community colleges, and universities to bear some of the cost.
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According to the article: "In the proposed California legislation, students would start to earn credits in high school, by taking Advanced Placement courses, and after graduation they would enroll full time at a community college. A state university would be required to accept up to 60 credits for transfer. The cost of textbooks is also to be included in the $10,000 cost to the student."

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CNI: MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI's Perspective on 2012 and 2013

Clifford Lynch Executive Director Coalition for Networked Information Opening Plenary Session "MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI's Perspective on 2012 and 2013.

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Veira Rodriguez's curator insight, January 6, 2013 11:07 PM

changing scholarly practice

ghbrett's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:46 AM

Clifford Lynch has been a key person for keeping attention on the use of technology in higher education, research, and academic and reseach libraries. His comments are always thought provoking and valuable to those engaged in research and education from administrators to practioners. This program is well worth the time to view.

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How Law Schools Evade Market Competition

The solution that cuts the Gordian Knot is allow anyone who thinks he knows enough to pass the bar exam to try, whether he has a JD or studied in other ways.
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Predictions about higher ed technology in 2013

Predictions about higher ed technology in 2013 | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The mechanisms for certifying competency, along with the persistence of learning communities, in varying degrees of proximity to the received assumption of the centrality of the physical brick and mortar campus, represent the value, brand and opportunity of universities in the 21st century.  And while the university’s once near-monopoly on the credentialing of a certain set of valued and relevant skills in the post-war era is all but over, the emergent competitive landscape will lead to adaptation and creative destruction.

Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:

A very insightful article about how "the explosion of data and the dynamics of knowledge diffusion in the emergent era of abundance challenges all of the received wisdom of the 20th century and its attendant institutional character."

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MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation

MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Neither MOOCS or online courses are, in themselves, a strategy to meet the challenges we all face in higher ed. MOOCS and online courses are a means, not an ends, and should be understood as such.
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College Education Is Expected to Remain a High Priority for States

College Education Is Expected to Remain a High Priority for States | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The slow economy, political polarization, and a growing demand to increase graduation rates are among the driving factors.
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Interesting point in the article:"Several states are considering ways to provide lower-cost degrees delivered largely online and using the competency-based model of Western Governors University. Indiana, Texas, and Washington have already adopted Western Governors as a branch of their public-college systems. Indiana, for example, allows residents to use state tuition aid at Western Governors. California, Florida, and Wisconsin are seeking to build similar programs through their existing institutions, according to the state-college association".

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Free Online Classes: Unlocking the Ivory Tower

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If you haven't heard of MOOCs yet, you will. In fact, if you haven't already taken a MOOC, seriously, what's wrong with you?
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What To Expect From Education In 2013

What To Expect From Education In 2013 | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
What To Expect From Education In 2013: gamification, education start-ups, common core, assessment, MOOC, game-based learning, crowdsourcing
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Terry Heick writes: "In 2013, a theme that is absolutely certain is disruption. Some of that disruption will be through technology, some of it decay of existing power-sets. How it will change education over the next twelve months can be guessed in part by looking at the previous twelve, a time period where we’ve seen iPads capture the imagination of national media, MOOCs catch the eye of the bluebloods in higher ed, and BYOD look like a better and better choice for K-12 public education districts everywhere."

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After Housing And The Stock Market, Is Higher Education The Next Bubble To Burst?

After Housing And The Stock Market, Is Higher Education The Next Bubble To Burst? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Few industries today have a worse business model than higher learning institutions. Simply put, colleges are slowly pricing themselves out of existence.
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Avi Dan, Forbes Contributor, also writes here: "Higher education institutions now face pressures similar to those that reshaped other inefficient industries, like the car industry or the airline. Soon it will be colleges day of reckoning  as they have to balance the reality of high costs, debt burden and lower degree value."

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Study raises questions about common tools to assess learning in college

Study raises questions about common tools to assess learning in college | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
A new study by three researchers at the Educational Testing Service -- one of the major providers of these value-added exams -- raises questions about whether the tests can be reliable when students have different motivations (or no motivation) to do well on them. The study found that student motivation is a clear predictor of student performance on the tests, and can skew a college's average value-added score. The study recently appeared in Educational Researcher, the flagship journal of the American Educational Research Association.
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Disruptive Innovations and MOOCs

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The author argues that while MOOCs can be useful, they don't seem likely to be disruptive.

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In my humble opinion, once MOOCs become part of the larger concept of a true competency-based educational system, with clear and practical student learning outcomes, the important step will be a mechanism for credentialling. This is where the disruptive innovation will play an important part in the current educational landscape.

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Higher education crises and how to beat them

Higher education crises and how to beat them | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
From student loans to graduation rates, higher education is a mess.
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Florida's Higher Education Challenge

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The digital revolution that's shaken so many businesses has not bypassed the hallowed halls of higher education, so it is good to see a new focus emerging on how to improve the range and quality of online classes offered by Florida's universities.
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"Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford this year proposed an audacious idea: create a separate university — Florida’s 13th — dedicated solely to online learning. For sometimes it takes a powerful idea — even a problem-plagued idea — to get people’s attention. Weatherford’s goals are noble. He wants to replicate the success of Florida Virtual School, where more than 122,000 students in grades K-12 “are currently receiving a high-quality education at a fraction of the cost.”
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The Trouble With English Departments

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Hidebound English faculty members who continue to assign and study only pre-computer-based media will quickly be on their way toward becoming themselves a “historical” presence at the university.

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A call for practical curriculum in higher education

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The various hierarchal levels in a corporate business, business mergers, countless statistical formulas for probability, and of course accounting are a few of the topics covered while working on my bachelors in Business Management.
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The author says: "As adults we feel that our time is valuable, not to mention lacking in availability. Yet to enhance our success within the practice of pedagogy, one should consider their student’s time just as important as their own. Therefore being more discriminating in deciding what information is vital, as opposed to, for lack of a better phrase, a waste of time."
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What’s the Business Model for MOOCs? And What Does Online Education Strategically Mean for the Long-Run Rent Structure of Higher Education?

What’s the Business Model for MOOCs? And What Does Online Education Strategically Mean for the Long-Run Rent Structure of Higher Education? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

How do online providers seek to exploit the gap in the traditional university (in liberal arts, anyway) between credential and education?  Essentially by closing it, and then showing that it’s closed on a “revealed” course-by-course basis. The promise of online education in the hands of the new providers is to make the credential not just cheaper in delivery – but actually meaningful in the sense of reconnecting the credential offered with the skills and knowledge gained, and then visible to the employer considering the student.  At the end of the day, I don’t think that the universities will face serious competition simply from a cheaper provider – they can absorb the cheaper provider (or the cheaper provider as a business model) into the existing university structure.  Their online competition will come from a cheaper provider which is also, and much more importantly, able to reunite credential and learning, and reveal that to the world in a reputationally meaningful and efficient way.

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Harvard Law to Offer Not Quite a MOOC

Harvard Law School is preparing to offer a free course through edX -- the platform Harvard University uses for MOOCs (massive open online courses).
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Critical Thinking: Definitions and Assessments

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Despite almost universal agreement that critical thinking needs to be taught in college, now perhaps more than ever before, there is much less agreement on definitions and dimensions.
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Overview: "Critical thinking is assessed in a variety of ways by individual teachers, but unlike many other college-level learning skills, it is also regularly assessed via a battery of standardized tests such as ACT’s Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), ETS’ Proficiency Profile (PP), and a set of scoring rubrics known as the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE)."

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If you want to make it with Moocs, you must stand out from the crowd

If you want to make it with Moocs, you must stand out from the crowd | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Edinburgh's chief information officer offers advice for Futurelearn platform. Chris Parr reports
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Higher ed: an obituary - The New Criterion

Higher ed: an obituary - The New Criterion | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

This article analyzes the future of higher education in the Internet age.

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The conclusion of the article: "Those who have diagnosed a “bubble” in higher education are right. Change is coming, coming fast, and it is not going to be easy for those indentured to this outmoded, unsustainable model."

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Online Courses Look for a Business Model

Online Courses Look for a Business Model | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses—dubbed MOOCs—have lured venture investors and universities, who have put millions of dollars into companies that partner with schools or instructors to offer free courses.
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According to the article: "About 350 companies have signed up to access Udacity's job portal in recent months, though it has placed just about 20 students so far. Recruiters pay for successful matches, and Mr. Thrun says Udacity charges "significantly" less than Silicon Valley headhunters, whose cut he says can be two to three months of a candidate's starting salary."

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