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Where MOOCs Miss the Mark: The Student-Teacher Relationship ...

Where MOOCs Miss the Mark: The Student-Teacher Relationship ... | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson looks at what's missing from massive open online courses - the importance of the student-teacher relationship in successful learning.
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Research That Isn’t Luminous | The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

The demand for college comes from the perception that there is a causal link: If you get a college degree, then you will find a good job. That was never strictly true, but decades ago, before college became a virtual entitlement for everyone, the correlation was pretty strong. Now that we have a surfeit of people holding college degrees (but often no more than a weak high-school education), it’s time to abandon the idea that higher education is the path to success.

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Report on Emerging Technologies in Higher Education

Report on Emerging Technologies in Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program.

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One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education

One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In celebration of the hundredth issue of Academic Questions, the National Associaton of Scholars presented “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education”—a wide range of ideas from a wide range of contributors with a wide range of interests in higher education. Some ideas are ready to be executed immediately, others to be contemplated for future action, some are brand new, others leavened with forgotten wisdom, but as a whole they offer incontrovertible proof of the enormous vitality among those who wish to see improvement and reform in higher education today.

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ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit

ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

From the moment the American Council on Education announced in November that its College Credit Recommendation Service would assess the creditworthiness of a set of massive open online courses, there seemed to be little doubt that such approval would be forthcoming. And indeed, Coursera's announcement today that five of its courses have earned credit recommendations from ACE felt just a little bit anticlimactic.

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Carnegie Mellon Taps NSF Director as New President

Carnegie Mellon Taps NSF Director as New President | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation and a former engineering dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the new president of Carnegie Mellon University.
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Norther Ireland universities earn £100m through businesses links

Norther Ireland universities earn £100m through businesses links | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Universities in Northern Ireland earned more than £100m last year through links with businesses and the community.

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Performance funding adds millions to higher education

Gov. Jay Nixon rolled out his budget last week, which included $34 million in performance funding for the state’s two- and four-year public higher education institutions. Schools that achieved their five performance goals got the maximum allotment allowed, which is 4.3 percent of their core funding from the state.

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Americans Value Higher Education but Question Its Quality, National Survey Finds

Americans Value Higher Education but Question Its Quality, National Survey Finds | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Americans overwhelmingly view a higher education as essential to landing a good job and achieving financial security, but they have doubts about its quality and affordability, according to a new report from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup.They also worry about cost and favor making it easier for working adults to earn degrees, including the awarding of credit for prior learning.

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The End Is Not Nigh for Colleges

The End Is Not Nigh for Colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Doomsayers are predicting that MOOCs, for-profit colleges, or other forces will soon put many colleges out of business. Here's why they're wrong.
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Attract Talent by Building Relationships With Universities

Attract Talent by Building Relationships With Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Success begins with ideas, and educational institutions are incubators where good ideas are born. Both New Hampshire and the Northeast in general are blessed with having excellent colleges and universities, but the key is to connect them to businesses.
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Georgia Tech and Coursera Try to Recover From MOOC Stumble

Georgia Tech and Coursera Try to Recover From MOOC Stumble | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When Fatimah Wirth decided to teach a massive open online course about how to run a virtual classroom successfully, she did not expect it to turn into a case study for the opposite.
But after a series of design flaws and technical glitches turned Ms.
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Skills gap and the Workforce

Skills gap and the Workforce | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This week's PBS Need To Know program focused on jobs and the often discussed “skills gap” many say exists in the U.S. The program reports that twelve million Americans are jobless and looking for work but just what kind of work and where to find it does not yield a definitive answer. Some are of the opinion that the skills gap is not as wide as others may argue and therefore, how best to solve this problem is also an issue of contention. PBS asks two experts to give a better perspective on how outside issues affect or do not affect the problems of unemployment and matching workers with jobs.

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An interesting conversation with Anthony P. Carnevale and  Fred Dedrick.

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The Global Search for Education: If not the SAT, What?

The Global Search for Education: If not the SAT, What? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

According to Harvard University's Dr. Tony Wagner, when it comes to the forward thinking model for American schools and colleges to watch, "The College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA/CLA) is really in a class by itself." Wagner sees CWRA as an essential part of what he calls "Accountability 2.0." But he adds it "should be accompanied by audits of students' digital portfolios which show evidence of progressive mastery of the skills that matter most, such as critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration."

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What Does an Increasingly Diverse Student Body Mean for Higher Ed?

What Does an Increasingly Diverse Student Body Mean for Higher Ed? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A January report by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Knocking at the College Door, indicates that minority enrollment in higher education will increase dramatically between now and 2025.
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NC Governor McCrory calls for change to higher education

NC Governor McCrory calls for change to higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
“I believe education is for two purposes. One is to help exercise the brain and get good critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and understand our past and our future. And the second reason is to teach us skills that will also help us get jobs,” Gov. McCrory said.
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Consumption Amenities in Higher Education

Consumption Amenities in Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A great deal of attention has been paid to the issue of rising costs in higher education, and while there are a variety of explanations, the media often focuses on luxurious campus amenities as a major culprit.
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Udacity, San Jose State University offer online classes for credit

Udacity, San Jose State University offer online classes for credit | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
by Sumi Das, CNET news.com
So you’ve graduated from high school and been accepted at a four-year college. But when you arrive on campus you find out that you can’t pass college entry-level courses, so it’s back to remedial classes.
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$10K degree provides high value

$10K degree provides high value | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
No online lecture can equal "the surprise, the frisson, the spontaneous give-and-take of a spirited, open-ended dialogue with another person,” says Darryl Tippens, the provost of Pepperdine University.
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ClassBadges Now Offering Free Custom Gamification Badges

ClassBadges Now Offering Free Custom Gamification Badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Looking to spice up your lessons? Try out ClassBadges' newest way to create free custom gamification badges!
The post ClassBadges Now Offering Free Custom Gamification Badges appeared first on Edudemic.
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Survey: Americans say college is important but want cheaper, more flexible programs

Survey: Americans say college is important but want cheaper, more flexible programs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Some college presidents and policy makers have gotten behind Lumina’s push for competency-based education and other, more innovative models, but uncertainty about application and accreditation has kept the movement from taking hold. Merisotis says the survey results – looking at the esteem in which people hold academe and the barriers that make it hard to access -- are evidence that the public, at least, is ready for a new direction.

 
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Pacific Research Institute: Educational Impact of the Khan Academy and Provides Recommendations for Greater Adoption in California

Pacific Research Institute: Educational Impact of the Khan Academy and Provides Recommendations for Greater Adoption in California | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

An interesting white paper on Khan Academy and some recommendations for adoption in California.

Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:

Just as it is the case with many MOOC platforms, Khan Academy is a great idea. No question about that. The key now is to find ways to make those great videos part of a larger and more comprehensive educational solution including reliable and valid assessments. 

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The future of academic certification: universities, MOOCs, aggregators, and peer reputation - Trends in the Living Networks

The future of academic certification: universities, MOOCs, aggregators, and peer reputation - Trends in the Living Networks | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There are a number of possible future models for certification.
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MOOCs and Tablet Computing Are Top Tech Trends in ‘Horizon Report’

MOOCs and Tablet Computing Are Top Tech Trends in ‘Horizon Report’ | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs and tablet computers top the list of emerging higher-education technologies in this year’s “Horizon Report,” by the New Media Consortium.
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Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams

Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Free online courses don’t lead to college credit, at least not directly. But students can use free course content from providers like the Saylor Foundation and Education Portal to study for “challenge exams,” which may be the fastest and most inexpensive way to earn credits. The examinations, like those offered by Excelsior College and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), are designed to test whether students grasp the concepts that would be taught in a conventional classroom version of general education courses. In that sense, they combine elements of both competency-based education and prior-learning assessment.

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