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College Readiness - Executive Summary

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The American Association of State Colleges and Universities released a new report titled, Serving America’s Future: Increasing College Readiness, which examines the college readiness challenge: Too many students are coming to college unprepared, and the problem is worsening. The report advocates a comprehensive approach to college readiness that public institutions can take to address this crisis. If colleges want more of their students to be ready for the academic challenges of higher education, then those institutions have to take a more direct role in elementary and secondary education. The report, written by a dozen college presidents and released at the association's annual meeting, calls on its member campuses to begin preparing students as early as preschool, helping children to acquire the building blocks of a successful academic career.

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Expocampus 2012. Program

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On November 16 Expocampus Spain will have a forum on the latest trends in eLearning and the use of technology for eduation. Here is the agenda.

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Book: Abelard to Apple and the Future of Higher Ed

Book: Abelard to Apple and the Future of Higher Ed | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

A wake-up call is the best way to describe this book: Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities (2011) by Richard Demillo.  Main ponts:

 

1) Traditional universities are no longer the gatekeepers. With the recent technological innovations that have created numerous learning options, combined with the higher cost of education, the value of a college education is in question.

 

2) Only the elite have ‘global’ brands that will hold their value, the remaining – the middle, have misjudged their value. Customers (families) will no longer be willing to, or able to pay for a college education.

 

3) As faculty-centered institutions turn their attention inward toward the needs of their profession, they become protective, rigid and inevitably irrelevant.

 

4) The middle-tier has many stakeholders making the system multi-sided and complex, which makes change cumbersome and onerous unless there is a strong leadership presence with a sound strategy.

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Pearson Project Blue Sky

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Pearson's Project Blue Sky is a cloud-based platform that allows users to blend premium Pearson content with non-Pearson content. It is a search engine to help instructors locate free materials from popular OER repositories.

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(CUED): Informe Horizon Iberoamericano 2012 - 2017

(CUED): Informe Horizon Iberoamericano 2012 - 2017 | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The Horizon Iberoamerica report has just been released dealing with emerging higher ed tech trends for 2012-17.
Via L. García Aretio
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Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace

Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses are the educational happening of the moment. Everyone wants in. No one is quite sure what they’re getting into.
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13 Places Offering Teaching Degrees Online

13 Places Offering Teaching Degrees Online | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Whether you're completely new to teaching, a new teacher looking to complete your Master's degree, or you want to further your education or get a certificate in a certain area, an online teaching degree might be a good option for you.
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THE FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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Video footage from the Forum on the Future oh Higher Ed.
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Anglo-Spanish higher education cooperation on the rise

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Recent research by the British Council in Spain, which reviews the UK-Spain higher education relationship, shows evidence of a dynamic and varied range of cooperation.
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Everybody Wants to MOOC the World

Everybody Wants to MOOC the World | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
You may have seen this week’s announcement from Instructure of their new Canvas Network to support MOOCs and other open courses. Blackboard has already been dipping its toe in this water, having had Curtiss Bonk run a MOOC on CourseSites.
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Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Coursera, the largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), has entered into a contract to license several of the courses it has built with its university partners to Antioch University, which would offer versions of the MOOCs for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree program. The deal represents one of the first instances of a third-party institution buying permission to incorporate a MOOC into its curriculum -- and awarding credit for the MOOC -- in an effort to lower the full cost of a degree for students. It is also a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses.
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25 Ways Education Improves Your Life

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Maybe your mother was right. Vegetables are good for you. And going to school (and doing well, or at least well enough to graduate) IS important after all. So call your mother tonight and tell her she was right.
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Great Infographic on the hottest trend in education: online learning

Great Infographic on the hottest trend in education: online learning | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
In the below infographic from Online Universities, you can see how each provider differs in what they currently offer, and even find out what they’ll cost you. Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, or simply a lifelong learner … this infographic is worth perusing. Enjoy!
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UAlberta, Udacity team up for online learning

UAlberta, Udacity team up for online learning | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Last week Udacity and Canada’s University of Alberta signed a memorandum of understanding to begin a research partnership for the collaborative development of systems for delivery, measurement and assessment of online learning courses and experiences. Researchers from the university’s Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning and from the faculties of education and science will collaborate with other experts in online learning technologies and pedagogy to work with Udacity.

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EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference

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EDUCAUSE 2012—on-site and online—offers a robust, member-driven program, focused on providing value you can use all year long. In addition to the general session speakers, networking, and experience you'll gain on-site at EDUCAUSE 2012, here are a few more details about what you can expect.

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Why Compete for Adult Students?

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Continuing Education units must work hard to spearhead their respective university’s efforts in competing for and enrolling adult students.

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The LMS Instructure Enters the MOOC Fray

The LMS Instructure Enters the MOOC Fray | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
With the new Canvas Network, Instructure has compiled a catalog of free, open online classes run on the Canvas LMS by Canvas customers. The network launches with participation from a dozen institutions, including Brown, the University of Washington, and the University of Central Florida. There are 2 dozen courses, including “Introduction to Openness in Education” taught by BYU’s David Wiley and “Gender Through Comic Books” with lectures voiced by Stan Lee.
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Show Me Your Badge

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Information-age credentials may be the first serious competitor to traditional degrees since college-going became the norm.
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Infographic: What Is College Readiness?

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The demands of colleges and careers have changed over the last several years. There's an increase need of technological skills that may include coding, cyber security, IT, and design. The infographic below says that at least 40 percent of college students today take at least one remedial course. What’s more, some of the skills that are required to enter college include things like self motivation, study skills, and time management — all difficult to teach out of a textbook. Our current efforts to ready students for their futures is falling short. How can we better prepare students for college?
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Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business

Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?
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Free online higher ed: voices from the frontier

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Free online higher ed: voices from the frontierWashington Post (blog)Let's hear from students around the country and the world about their experiences with free online higher education.
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Congratulations, You Are a Doctor! Now What?

Congratulations, You Are a Doctor! Now What? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Earning a doctoral degree can be immediately exhilarating, but new graduates should expect to go through a short recovery process.
You have finally done the big “IT”!
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Essay on how MOOCs raise questions about the definition of student | Inside Higher Ed

Classroom walls may disappear as predicted, lectures may go the way of the dodo bird, but what will still define education is the presence of (a) a teacher, (b) students, and (c) a set of agreed-upon goals that they work toward together.
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Graduate students need preparation for life outside university

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In some disciplines, only a quarter of graduate students will go on to faculty jobs. The question is how can we best align the training and potential of these future leaders with rapidly changing societal needs and ever-evolving challenges in the workplace? Some ideas: 1. Universities should systematically equip graduate students with professional skills to help facilitate their transition to various career sectors. 2. Universities should make a strong commitment to internationalization. 3. Universities should make the form and content of graduate programs more flexible
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