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If you have the skills, manufacturers have the jobs

If you have the skills, manufacturers have the jobs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute has developed its own solution to the problem: a national manufacturing skills certification system that will ensure students graduating from technical schools will have the skills hiring companies are looking for. Administered by the Institute in more than 125 colleges nationwide, the system involves “stackable” credentials based on competency (rather than courses completed), allowing experienced workers to skip straight to their level of ability.

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MOOC changing universities forever, and for the better

MOOC changing universities forever, and for the better | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Universities are not exempt from the imperative of rapid change: adapt, innovate — or die. It’s unlikely that they will disappear from the educational landscape. But unless they take advantage of new technologies and new ways of learning, they may become mere shells of their former selves. All that will remain of them will be a few research centres, football teams, and a handful of students flitting between the ghostly towers of empty buildings.

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A Bold Move Toward MOOCs Sends Shock Waves, but Details Are Scarce

A Bold Move Toward MOOCs Sends Shock Waves, but Details Are Scarce | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Leaders agree on the urgent need to improve student access to courses. But some are wary of the hopes placed on new technology.
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"If the CA bill is passed by the Legislature and signed into law HEIs could be compelled to accept credits earned in MOOCs, bringing the controversial courses into the mainstream faster than even their proponents had predicted"

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MOOCs, Transform Higher Education and Science

Science, engineering and technology courses have been in the vanguard of the massive open online course movement. These classes also are providing fodder for scientific research on learning

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Open Education Week

Open Education Week | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Open Education Week is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free an open to everyone.
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Colleges' Latest Offer: Deals

Colleges' Latest Offer: Deals | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A growing number of liberal-arts colleges are supplementing their traditional glossy brochures touting ivy-covered libraries and great-books seminars with more pecuniary pitches: Buy seven semesters, get one free. Apply today, get $2,500 cash back. Free classes after four years. The schools are adjusting their marketing to attract students at a time when families are struggling to foot the bill for college—and increasingly concerned about the potential payoff.

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Bosses say American workers fall short

Bosses say American workers fall short | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new survey finds that most think their employees lack necessary collaborative, communication and critical-thinking skills.
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Group Calls for Radical Changes to Standardized Tests - Higher Education

Educational assessments should be revamped to help educators improve teaching and learning instead of being narrowly used—and in some cases misused—for purposes of accountability. That is one of the key ideas that an independent commission proffered Monday as the commission released a new report on what its members envision as a radically transformed “assessment enterprise.”

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Higher education: an era of radical change?

Predictions of a sweeping away of traditional higher education models have become commonplace. The most recent contribution to this genre has come from the UK think tank, the Institute of Public Policy Research. In an essay (An Avalanche is Coming) published this month by the left-leaning Institute, the authors argue that we are about to face ‘an avalanche of change’ in higher education that may ‘sweep the system away.’

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This article is a critique of the "An Avalanche is Coming" report.

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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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OERu versus MOOCs

OERu versus MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The OERu is distinctively open: open peer review, open public input, open educational resources, open textbooks, open file formats, open source software, open enrollments.
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Coursera needs to start acting like a platform

Coursera is now in an enviable position among MOOC providers: they have more students than all the other providers combined (Udacity, edX, FutureLearn, peripheral players like LMS companies).
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elbert chu's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:32 PM

Interesting thought that Coursera has the scale to take advantage of the benefits that come from network synergies: "At this stage, Coursera is most like Google in its positioning (edX most like Apple in its attention to detail and quality)"

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Jumpstarting Adaptive Learning

Jumpstarting Adaptive Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Foundation is soliciting proposals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities for 10, $100,000 grants to help them create the partnerships necessary to launch adaptive courses over the next two years.
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Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs

Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The rise of the MOOCs will put new cost pressures on institutions, introducing new expenses over and beyond the direct cost of producing and delivering a MOOC.  These additional costs incurred by the MOOC movement may show up in higher tuition prices.
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This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously

This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
2013 is the year universities will stop thinking of online education as just a fad or an inferior option. Internet tools allow higher education to be a continuous process, a university for life.
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The article concludes: "This year, all American colleges and universities will have the chance to make a bold statement of intent and philosophy: is a top-class education something we want to block off, to put behind a velvet rope for only a select few to enjoy? Or is it something that, given the opportunity, we share with anyone with a little curiosity and desire? It may be that Coursera and Udacity, as impressive and advanced as they seem now, will fail. But there is no stopping the movement, just as there was no stopping the mp3. What is desperately necessary is now suddenly possible. It’s time to raise our expectations of what an education can be."

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:58 AM

I agree  "What is desperately necessary is now suddenly possible. It’s time to raise our expectations of what an education can be."  We are now in a position to offer education as a continuous improvement lifelong process, that anyone, anywhere can access in their own time.  No longer are there barriers to learning such as distance, cost and time.  

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MOOC U.

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Does the rise of the “massive open online course” spell the end of the university as we know it? Through its academic and financial partnership with Coursera, Penn has professors in the fray, skin in the game, and a front-row view of higher education’s next big frontier.

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News: Quality assurance of doctoral education

News: Quality assurance of doctoral education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The European University Association (EUA) has published a new report examining internal and external quality assurance of doctoral education in Europe.
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Report: An Avalanche is Coming

A new phase of competitive intensity is emerging as the concept of the traditional university itself comes under pressures. This report offers som of themost important changes taking place in today's higher education landscape. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research in the UK.

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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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