Given the high-quality content offered on many platforms, many courses will gain traction for meriting university credit, whether through accreditation, transfers, or new policies and guidelines established by universities.
Entrepreneurial challengers are fast rendering traditional educational systems obsolete.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
According to the author, "Virtual tools—in the form of anytime/anywhere learning, peer learning through social networks, and affordable credentialing systems—will enable billions who have been ill served by public schools and universities to choose alternatives. For the first time, world-class learning opportunities are coming within reach for everyone on the planet."
This six-part series will focus on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States. Some of the most promising advances are coming from outside of the traditional, existing system, with movements such as the Open Education Resources Movement, Massive Open Online Courses, and the edX joint. Interestingly, these movements are all being enabled and driven by the creative use and application of technology.
I can see a day soon where you'll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world -- some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh -- paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion. It will change teaching, learning and the pathway to employment.
For 2013, higher education and cloud computing has become someo of the most buzzed-about tech trends and solutions for schools around the globe. The post The Future of Higher Education and Cloud Computing appeared first on Edudemic.
Technology can help us create a more individualized higher education experience. Degree Compass uses predictive analytics to suggest courses that not only satisfy particular degree requirements, but in which our students are more likely to be successful.
There is a laser-like focus on cool tools and apps these days. Eric Patnoudes encourages you to take a step back and take time to focus on skills. The post Why It’s Time To Focus On Skills (Not Just Cool Tools) appeared first on Edudemic.
Conversations about higher education these days always find their way to MOOCS, otherwise known as Massive Open Online Courses that some think will revolutionize higher education. Here’s an argument that they won’t by Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “As Good As It Gets: What School Reform Brought to Austin.” This appeared on his blog.
On MOOCs, MOODs and the Future of Higher Education Huffington Post (blog) A recent commentary from New York University's Clay Shirky, "Napster, Udacity, and the Academy," linked the potential, or perhaps the pending disruption, of higher education...
Emory University has an interesting experiment going — offering students a voluntary core curriculum that gives them a sound liberal-arts education. The program has been meeting with considerable success.
The federal government could have a role in supporting LiLAs (Lifelong Learning Accounts) by incentivizing individuals and employers to invest in ongoing education and training to ensure everyone is prepared to meet tomorrow’s workforce needs.
On Monday, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced a new initiative during an event at the University of California, Berkeley called the Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education.
With costs rising and returns falling, a degree for $10,000 makes a lot of sense. The 10K-B.A. is exactly the kind of innovation we would expect in an industry that is showing every indication of a bubble that is about to burst
The radical possibility offered in the competency-based movement is that traditional higher education may lose its monopoly on delivery models. Accreditors have for some time put more emphasis on learning outcomes and assessment, but the competency-based education movement privileges them above all else. When we excel at both defining and assessing learning, we open up enormous possibilities for new delivery models, creativity and innovation. It’s not a notion that most incumbent providers welcome, but in terms of finding new answers to the cost, access, quality, productivity and relevance problems that are reaching crisis proportions in higher education, competency-based education may be the most dramatic development in higher education in hundreds of years.
Online learning technologies are rapidly reshaping the future. Schools can ensure such tools work for them, not against them.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
According to the article, Rebecca Griffiths leads Ithaka S+R’s online learning program. She is exploring how interactive learning programs can improve student outcomes and reduce costs within public institutions.
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