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Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources

Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Lumen Learning, using an open-source approach is ready to help institutions eager to phase out traditional textbooks for OERs. Co-founded by David Wiley and Kim Thanos.

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Group work advice for MOOC providers

The most valuable aspect of MOOCs is that the large number of learners enables the formation of sub-networks based on interested, geography, language, or some other attribute that draws individuals together.
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Open Badges and Proficiency-Based Education: A Path to a New Age of Enlightenment - Transhumanity.net

Open Badges and Proficiency-Based Education: A Path to a New Age of Enlightenment - Transhumanity.net | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Badges 101 Badge A major and tremendously promising opportunity has emerged to achieve a new Age of Enlightenment through technology and to enable large numbers of people to desire, seek out, and enjoy learning.
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Can MOOCs Save Academic Freedom?

Can MOOCs Save Academic Freedom? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The value of MOOCs as a powerful force to protect the fundamental purpose of academic freedom has been lost in the current distraction of debating the relative value of online as opposed to traditional classroom teaching.
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Higher Education 50 Years from Now: A For-Profit Perspective

Higher Education 50 Years from Now: A For-Profit Perspective | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It will be critical for for-profit institutions to become more community-minded in 50 years' time in order to thrive in the post-secondary education marketplace.
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Performance Measurement Changes to Heighten Focus on Nontraditional Students

Performance Measurement Changes to Heighten Focus on Nontraditional Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Looking into the future, higher education institutions’ efforts to serve nontraditional students should be recognized and supported by governing bodies, rather than punished. Photo by Randy Bergeron.
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Liberty Is Now Largest Private Nonprofit University

Liberty Is Now Largest Private Nonprofit University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, has doubled its enrollment in the last six years -- twice -- to become the largest private university in the country, The Washington Post reported.
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College Partnership Trend Surfaces

College Partnership Trend Surfaces | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education leaders in Oregon and Georgia have recently formed in-state partnerships that will better-support community colleges students who wish to make the transition to a four-year bachelor’s degree upon earning their two-year credential.
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Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning

Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Is peer grading an effective assessment method for open and online learning? What about in MOOCs where student feedback may be the only means of determining a pass or fail in a course?
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Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out | Inside Higher Ed

Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Researchers are trying to understand why the vast majority of students fail to finish free online classes and who is signing up for the classes to begin with.

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MOOCs: Beyond the hype

MOOCs: Beyond the hype | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Let's calm the rhetoric and see MOOCs or whatever they will be called in the future as interesting experiments to widen the scope of education. They may add new dimensions to the existing forms of education rather than replacing or disrupting. Let's see it as part of a development rather than a revolution.

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Your first degree course is a MOOC

Your first degree course is a MOOC | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The quest for a sustainable business model for xMOOCs (those open courses offered by major universities) continues with a variety of possible solutions such as offering examination (and a chance to earn credits) or extra tuition for a fee"

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Thomas Friedman is wrong about MOOCs

Thomas Friedman is wrong about MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In her response to Thomas Friedman's article, Carolyn Foster, a professor emeritus of English, she states: "Assessment will continue to be one of the biggest concerns: both assessment of the overall course and assessment of any student work that goes beyond the level of a drill."
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Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A (Revised) Graphical View

Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A (Revised) Graphical View | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In part 1 of this series of posts on MOOC student patterns, I shared an initial description of four student patterns emerging from Coursera-style MOOCs based on new data from professors.
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College Degree, No Class Time Required

College Degree, No Class Time Required | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
University of Wisconsin will grant bachelor's degrees based on a person's knowledge as demonstrated in online tests, not on class time or credits, the first such offering from a public university system.
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Berlin-Based iversity Relaunches As MOOCs Platform, Sets Its Sights On Becoming The Coursera Of Europe | TechCrunch

Berlin-Based iversity Relaunches As MOOCs Platform, Sets Its Sights On Becoming The Coursera Of Europe | TechCrunch | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The fast expanding universe of MOOCs has a new addition. Berlin-based startup iversity, founded in 2011 to offer online collaboration tools for learning management, has relaunched itself as a platform for massive open online courses.
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Commission calls for ‘radically different’ tests

Commission calls for ‘radically different’ tests | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Emerging technology and research on learning have the potential to dramatically improve assessments, if educators and policymakers take a more balanced approach to using them.
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Gazing Through Mud: The Campus and You in 50 Years

Gazing Through Mud: The Campus and You in 50 Years | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Fifty years from now, higher education institutions will be more focused on serving adult members of the workforce than on preparing youth to enter the workforce, as lifelong learning will have become the norm.
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Breaking With Tradition: The Future of Continuing Education

Breaking With Tradition: The Future of Continuing Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As higher education institutions evolve over the next half-century, continuing education units should gain more autonomy as degree-granting units on campus, allowing the institution to capitalize on the particular elements that help these units to...
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"higher education institutions will become increasingly dependent on CE studies to generate revenue and to fund overall institutional operations.

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Institutions Push for Four-Year Completion with Guarantees

The introduction of new graduation guarantees by institutions is an initiative designed to encourage students to complete their degree within the standard four-year time frame.
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Attention for Non-Traditional Students

Attention for Non-Traditional Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Meeting the needs of adult learners is becoming increasingly important at colleges and universities across the United States.
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Stephen Downes on Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Talk by Stephen Downes in Colombia about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today.

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WGU Launches Business Outreach Program

WGU Launches Business Outreach Program | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

WGU Indiana, the eighth state university, has announced an effort to engage business and civic leaders across the state to recognize the growing importance of post-secondary degree attainment as a catalyst to bridge the skills gap in Indiana.

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An Ad Hominem Attack Against Thomas Friedman

An Ad Hominem Attack Against Thomas Friedman | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Friedman’s columns on MOOCs read like infomercials, something made only more obvious by the fact that his most recent one is timed to the release of his “old friend” Sandel’s course. It seems as though Friedman has done precisely zero thinking about the impact MOOCs will have on education, or if he has done so, it is not in evidence in his writings on the subject. Friedman's bias for big ideas and big solutions to complex problems is well on display.

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Another article questioning Friedman's position on MOOCs.

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New Article by Thomas L. Friedman on MOOCs

New Article by Thomas L. Friedman on MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The MOOCs revolution will go through many growing pains, but it is here and it is real.
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Ackn. NYT, Columnist Th Friedman '... it is here and it is real . . .'  MOOCs