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New frontier for scaling up online classes: credit

Take assessment. Multiple-choice online quizzes are simple enough, but on more open-ended assignments, MOOC students now are mostly grading each other's papers. When they have questions, they're mostly asking fellow students. "Crowd-sourced assessment" raises obvious questions. MOOC leaders are exploring artificial intelligence solutions but admit many aren't fully baked.
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Disruptive Technologies Key to Making Degrees Useful Again

The college or university degree remains the major signal for an educated adult, and has been for centuries, but it is coming under increasing pressure and criticism; some even predicting the death of the degree and the end of higher education.
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Learning Analytics for Instructors Need to be Loud and Clear

Learning Analytics for Instructors Need to be Loud and Clear | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Learning Analytics…less data more insight. Analytics primary task is not to report the past, but to help find the optimal path to the desired future.
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Semester Online

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Semester Online is the first-of-its-kind program to offer rigorous, online, for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier colleges and universities. The program will be delivered through a virtual classroom environment and interactive platform developed by 2U, formerly known as 2tor. Here are some more facts about this program.

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College Credit for MOOCs – A Great Possibility? Or the End of College? Or Both?

College Credit for MOOCs – A Great Possibility? Or the End of College? Or Both? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Soon we will hear about colleges struggling to stay alive much in the way many forms of print media are drowning in the online pool. Yet, perhaps this very trauma will be the thing that brings about badly needed change in higher education.

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Disruption will make degrees more valuable, not less (essay)

Disruption will make degrees more valuable, not less (essay) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Degrees will remain the currency of higher education. The most recent evidence of this is the rapid progress MOOCs are making to conform to the degree economy. Degrees will undoubtedly evolve. While many employers today request college transcripts, particularly for entry-level positions, transcripts are used for degree verification, not as indicative of competencies or skills that may or may not match the employer’s needs. This is because transcripts are opaque to employers.

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A Dot-Com Entrepreneur's Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero

A Dot-Com Entrepreneur's Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

With lots of money, a businessman offers a new virtual university that aggregates what is already online. The model takes a different approach than that of high-profile providers of massive open online courses, or MOOC's, mainly in its role as an aggregator of online content into comprehensive courses. Instead of following a professor through a series of video lectures and peer-graded exercises on Coursera, for example, students in Saylor courses read, listen to, and watch material from different sources and grade themselves using answer keys.

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Higher ed's high-tech headache

Higher ed's high-tech headache | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
How do you do more with less? That was clearly on the minds of attendees at this week’s American Marketing Association Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education conference in New Orleans. What’s generating the most interest right now in searches are small, non-profit schools, traditional non-profit schools with online programs, and the MOOCs.
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Higher Education Marketing, Branding, Research & Consulting

Higher Education Marketing, Branding, Research & Consulting | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Recent surveys of higher education consumers reveal they think a college education “works” when it offers programs that are in alignment with the regional workforce’s needs, course material that is relevant to the knowledge and skills employers (or graduate programs) seek, and meaningful experiences that lead to post-graduate success. So any creative concepts designed to promote “the product” must take into account these findings and accurately reflect product authenticity. 
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Next step for MOOCs: Helping with remedial math

Next step for MOOCs: Helping with remedial math | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A free online math course being developed by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse could dramatically reduce the need for students to take remedial math when they start college and put them on a faster, less expensive track to graduation, the UW System announced.

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Access and Innovation in Higher Education for a New Generation of Adult Learners

Access and Innovation in Higher Education for a New Generation of Adult Learners | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Creating specialized and innovative programs for adult learners is a way to grow enrollments, if it is done correctly.

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APLU Announces Plans to Build an Interactive Learning Consortium

APLU Announces Plans to Build an Interactive Learning Consortium | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities today announced a plan to build momentum among public universities and community colleges toward collaborating and advancing a new generation of college course wares intended to personalize students’ learning experiences and improve success rates. This works is being funded with a planning grant of $269,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Ben Wildavsky: Making MOOCs Mainstream: Will Accreditation be Next?

Ben Wildavsky: Making MOOCs Mainstream: Will Accreditation be Next? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The establishment will inevitably take a while to embrace new forms of postsecondary education. And it would be naïve to assume that the excitement around MOOCs means that they will solve all that ails higher ed. But it would be a big mistake not to give them a chance to unleash their potential. A pilot of ACE credit recommendations for Coursera classes (and soon EdX as well) is a key move toward respectability. Full-blown accreditation, if the establishment can seize the opportunity to maintain its relevance in the face of change, would be even better.
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Video: Is a college degree worth the cost? You decide.

Peter Schiff, on location in New Orleans to help answer the question of what $26,600 in debt buys you these days.
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American Council on Education Looking to Recommend MOOCs for Credit

American Council on Education Looking to Recommend MOOCs for Credit | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Last week, the American Council on Education agreed to review a number of massive open online courses being offered by elite universities and may recommend that other colleges and universities grant credit for their completion.
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Networks in Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

This past September the Cornell Forum on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) hosted Daphne Koller and Anant Agrawal for remote video presentations about their.
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Khan Academy founder, Salman Khan, reveals inspiration to free online education organization

In a November 13, 2012 interview, Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy talks about the start and his inspiration to the free web-based education tutorial organization that he started in 2006. The tutorials are viewed by millions of people from around the world.

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The Impact of Brand Name Institutions on Extension Enrollments

The Impact of Brand Name Institutions on Extension Enrollments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Continuing education units at big, name-brand universities may have less difficulty in attracting people through name recognition, but they must work very hard to distinguish their product for their prospective students.

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10 Features Of Semester Online (The New Credit-Awarding MOOC Consortium)

10 Features Of Semester Online (The New Credit-Awarding MOOC Consortium) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Duke, UNC, Northwestern and more than half a dozen other schools have formed a consortium called Semester Online.

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MOOCs: Disruptive Tech via the Experts

MOOCs: Disruptive Tech via the Experts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A video lecture makes the bricks and mortar lecture obsolete but from a learning point of view, lecture-based education (from a theoretical standpoint usually put into behaviorism) is one of the least reliable methods of teaching or learning, perhaps the least reliable. There is an argument to be made that xMOOCs go beyond the lecture. Video lecture and sandbox space are examples of learning styles, the cognitive approach made famous (via multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner) in the early 80s. Someone could even try to say that the addition of message boards (and the encouraging of networking via social media) would be an example of social learning theory.  These arguments would not stand up under scrutiny, but there is at least a conversation to be had that the xMOOC could, in its current state, deliver on these levels.

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How To Search For Open Educational Resources

How To Search For Open Educational Resources | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When you're looking to do something interesting with your class, the internet is the first place that most of us turn for help. Our friend the internet holds the keys to textbooks, web tools, teaching guides, lesson plans, apps, and more.
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2U | Great Universities Unleashed

2U | Great Universities Unleashed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Founded in 2008 by a unique team of education veterans with unparalleled experience, 2U partners with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online to students globally. Today, a group of the nation’s leading universities announced plans to launch a new, innovative program that transforms the model of online education. Consortium members include Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Top-tier universities band together to offer credit-bearing, fully online courses

Top-tier universities band together to offer credit-bearing, fully online courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A consortium of 10 top-tier universities will soon offer fully online, credit-bearing undergraduate courses through a partnership with 2U, a company that facilitates online learning. The elite-branded, massive courses now being rolled out through Coursera and edX have set the stage for the 2U consortium, but the online courses from the consortium will not be MOOCs. The idea is to replicate not only the content and assessment mechanisms of traditional courses, but also the social intimacy.

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'Sluggish' Job Market for New Grads

'Sluggish' Job Market for New Grads | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A new report shows that the job market for new college graduates is expected to increase by only 3 percent. It also finds that many employers believe new graduates have a sense of entitlement and unrealistic salary expectations.

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OER Universtiy – for those who are serious about low cost, socially responsible university credit.

There are a few MOOC players such as Edx/Classto Go,  CanvasNet and others who have a different model and are worth looking at. But surely, if we are serious about a social commitment to education that leads to a real qualification that will help make an actual change to peoples lives we should be looking at the OER University model.
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