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Florida International University attempts to infuse global learning across the curriculum

Florida International University attempts to infuse global learning across the curriculum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Florida International University has embarked on an ambitious effort to internationalize the curriculum and assess students' global learning.
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Number of Students Taking AP Tests Rises Again, Report Says

Number of Students Taking AP Tests Rises Again, Report Says | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Nearly one-third of public high-school students who graduated in the Class of 2012 took at least one Advanced Placement examination, continuing years of increases in the number of students who have taken the tests and also scored well on them.
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Pearson Launches Catalyst, An EdTech Incubator

Pearson Launches Catalyst, An EdTech Incubator | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Pearson Catalyst is a new incubator program aimed at EdTech startups that are nearly product-ready and might be good fits to partner with Pearson brands for pilot programs. Diana Stepner, head of future technologies at Pearson, tells TechCrunch that there are no limits on what kind of areas the startups can cover — as long as they fall into the general category of edtech.

“Pearson is broad and there are a lot of opportunities and challenges,” she said. “We have analytics, K-12, higher education, infrastructure, and more. So we are open to any idea.”

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Alternative Accreditation & the MOOC

One of the longstanding questions around the MOOC movement is financial

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Adult Higher Education: Bridging Your Past to Your Future

Adult Higher Education: Bridging Your Past to Your Future | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Going back to school may seem like a costly way to eat up free time, but it could be a ticket to a whole new life. When you combine real life skills and experience that bridge your past to your future, you can see a new life ahead.
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U.K. MOOCs Alliance, Futurelearn, Adds Five More Universities And The British Library

U.K. MOOCs Alliance, Futurelearn, Adds Five More Universities And The British Library | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Futurelearn, the U.K.'s first large-scale alliance between traditional higher education institutions aimed at testing the waters of MOOCs (massively open online courses), has bolstered the number of partners signed up to offer free courses.
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The five new university signs-up to Futurelearn are the universities of Bath, Leicester, Nottingham, Queen’s Belfast and Reading. The original 12 who formed Futurelearn are:  Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds,  Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick, along with UK distance-learning organization The Open University (OU).

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How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In Education

How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Horizon Report showcases a number of different examples of institutions that are using learning analytics in different ways.
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Harvard’s current thinking on MOOCs

Harvard’s current thinking on MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Interesting view about this hot topic with some comments on assessments.
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Humanities Unraveled

Humanities Unraveled | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Graduate education in the humanities is in crisis. Every aspect, from the most specific details of the curriculum to the broadest questions about its purpose, is in crisis. It is a seamless garment of crisis: If you pull on any one thread, the entire thing unravels. Shore up the financial logic of doctoral programs, and their content will sort itself out.
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New Data on Global Competition for Ph.D. Talent

New Data on Global Competition for Ph.D. Talent | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new paper based on survey data from scientists in 16 countries compares the relative strengths of the United States and other countries in attracting top Ph.D. talent. For obtaining a Ph.D.
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Learnings and Reflections from the Education World Forum 2013

Learnings and Reflections from the Education World Forum 2013 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

On the Education World Forum 2013. One of the areas of interest in that Forum dealt with how scaling approaches across national systems needs to be linked to a comprehensive strategy of workforce development. The ATC21s Workshop presented how an integrated assessment system and online 21st Century Skills learning modules are now being integrated into national education plans in Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden, with full support from PISA.

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Drexel, Bradley universities embrace entrepreneurial spirit

Drexel, Bradley universities embrace entrepreneurial spirit Philadelphia Inquirer Exposing students to real-life business founders, their stories and methods, universities hope for an edge cheap new online skills courses can't.

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Fostering critical thinking via assessment

Fostering critical thinking via assessment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Critical thinking skills have been identified as learning outcomes expected of students. Teaching towards developing thinking skills is quite recent, attempts are observed to find ways to infuse critical thinking into the tertiary curriculum.
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Stanford Venture Lab's MOOCs reach global audience

Stanford Venture Lab's MOOCs reach global audience | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Stanford Daily Stanford Venture Lab's MOOCs reach global audience The Stanford Daily Launched last March, the Stanford-developed platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) has attracted over 170,000 students from over 150 countries.
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Horn and Christensen On Where Are MOOCs Really Going?

Horn and Christensen On Where Are MOOCs Really Going? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Everyone’s going MOOC-crazy these days. The question is not just whether MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are going to disrupt traditional education, but how.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen on MOOCs: "But over time, an approach where users exchange information from each other similar to Facebook or telecommunications (a “facilitated network model”) will come to dominate online learning. This evolution is especially likely to happen if the traditional degree becomes irrelevant and, as many predict, learning becomes a continuous, on-the-job learning process. Then the need for customization will drive us toward just-in-time mini-courses."
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Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen sobre os MOOCs: "Com o tempo, uma abordagem na qual os usuários troquem informação uns com os outros, similar ao Facebook ou telecomunicações (um 'modelo de rede facilitada') dominará a aprendizagem online. Pode-se esperar que esta evolução ocorra se a titulação tradicional se tornar irrelevante e, como muitos predizem, a aprendizagem se torne um processo contínuo, 'on-the-job'. Então a necessidade por customização nos levará em direção a mini-cursos ‘just-in-time’”
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Kevin Carey on POTUS Bold Plan to Reshape American Higher Education

Kevin Carey discusses Higher Ed and the latest SOTU address.

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LearningCounts | College Credit for What You Already Know

LearningCounts | College Credit for What You Already Know | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
LearningCounts can help you obtain college credit for your experience on the job, in the military or through volunteer work.
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Infographic: The Dark Side of MOOCs

Infographic: The Dark Side of MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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The Trouble With Online College

The Trouble With Online College | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Education via the Internet has been overrated and could produce more dropouts than degrees.
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According to the NYT: "The online revolution offers intriguing opportunities for broadening access to education. But, so far, the evidence shows that poorly designed courses can seriously shortchange the most vulnerable students."

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A higher education call to action

A higher education call to action | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
By Margaret Spellings. "We need learning to lead to relevant skills that meet labor market demands. We need to know where the jobs are, what skills are needed to do the jobs of today and the future, and which institutions are producing graduates who can compete for those jobs."
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Need-to-Know News: The Making of a MOOC, College Scorecard and Syllabus Builder Tool

Need-to-Know News: The Making of a MOOC, College Scorecard and Syllabus Builder Tool | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In this ‘Need-to-Know’ blog post series I aim to share noteworthy stories with readers that speak of developments within higher education and K-12 that have potential to influence, challenge and/or transform the traditional model of education.
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5 Free Video Editing Tools For Project-Based Learning

5 Free Video Editing Tools For Project-Based Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We're hoping to save you some time by personally trying out these free video editing tools in hopes of making your life and projects a bit more magical.
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Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching

Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Students regularly drop out of massive open online courses before they come to term. For a professor to drop out is less common.
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Stop polarising the MOOCs debate

Stop polarising the MOOCs debate | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

I regret this flattening of online learning into a simple binary of ‘politically and financially motivated greed’ on the one hand and ‘an opportunity to find out more about learning’ on the other. Some of both in different situations can be true.

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Everything Equals Everything: The Evolution of Higher Education

Everything Equals Everything: The Evolution of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Those who are don't work in higher education -- and, unfortunately, many who do -- will not have heard of the term MOOC (pronounced "mook"). It's a funny name for one of the biggest threats to academia in recent times.

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