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Online Courses Look for a Business Model

Online Courses Look for a Business Model | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses—dubbed MOOCs—have lured venture investors and universities, who have put millions of dollars into companies that partner with schools or instructors to offer free courses.
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According to the article: "About 350 companies have signed up to access Udacity's job portal in recent months, though it has placed just about 20 students so far. Recruiters pay for successful matches, and Mr. Thrun says Udacity charges "significantly" less than Silicon Valley headhunters, whose cut he says can be two to three months of a candidate's starting salary."

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Improving Public and Not-for-Profit Higher Education for Adult Students

Improving Public and Not-for-Profit Higher Education for Adult Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

How to improve public and not-for-profit Higher Education for Adult Students.

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Western Governors graduates those who prove 'competency'

Western Governors graduates those who prove 'competency' “Even with the improvements in online learning platforms and resources, the majority of online education is simply classroom education delivered through the Internet, instructor-led and...
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Top Issues in 2012 on Road to College and Careers

Top Issues in 2012 on Road to College and Careers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Blog posts about the best high schools and new AP courses were among the most popular in 2012 on College Bound.
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Online Degree Programs Pulverize Excuses For Avoiding a College Education

The scope of online degree courses has expanded significantly so much so that virtually every common course can be completed online. There are many different colleges offering their courses through a distance learning program so the chance of finding something that suits your needs and objectives has never been better.

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A Blow to the College-Industrial Complex

A Blow to the College-Industrial Complex | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Heather Mac Donald writes on NRO: The New York Times seems concerned that teens in the fracking belt of eastern Montana are opting to work in the new oil-field economy right after high school rather than going straight on to college.
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Heather Mac Donald writes: "colleges’ own curricular decisions have long since destroyed their right to present themselves as a gateway for precious knowledge of the past."
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Donna Murdoch's curator insight, December 29, 2012 12:26 PM

Not sure why it is either/or?  Can't they go to school later?

Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, December 29, 2012 2:33 PM
Sure, the problem is that the system has been set so young people feel that college is a must do right after high school.
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Rising costs of higher education, solutions major story for students in 2012

Rising costs of higher education, solutions major story for students in 2012 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
College tuition bills grew exponentially for students around the state of NH in 2012.
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According to this article, for every person who lives in New Hampshire, the state contributes $63.19 to support public higher education. That’s the lowest rate in the country. The state that ranks 49th, Arizona, offers nearly double what New Hampshire does, with $125.64 in state appropriations per capita.
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The Future of MOOCs - Online College Courses

The Future of MOOCs - Online College Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the year of the massive open online course (MOOC) winds down, educators and commenters have already begun looking to see what the future of MOOCs will
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Competency-based education has fans, detractors

Competency-based education has fans, detractors | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Mary Carney spent just two years and $10,000 to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing, then landed a job.
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She did it at Western Governors University, a growing online-only college that strongly believes in competency-based education.
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Disruption by the book: the days of $400 college textbooks may soon be over

Disruption by the book: the days of $400 college textbooks may soon be over | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Initiatives from Open Educational Resources proponents, and now publishers themselves, may mean more course content from low or no-cost online resourc
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How Adaptive Testing Works

How Adaptive Testing Works | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
You've heard the term 'adaptive testing' thrown around the classroom and blogosphere for quite some time. But what is it?
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Jobs Compete With College in Montana Oil Country

Jobs Compete With College in Montana Oil Country | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Salaries of $50,000 a year have drawn many high school seniors away from higher education amid the frenzied pace of oil drilling.
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What’s on the Ed-Tech Horizon for 2013?

What’s on the Ed-Tech Horizon for 2013? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
I recently looked at Hack Education’s reflections on what their blogger Audrey Watters predicted would be big in 2012, compared to what actually happened.
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Study raises questions about common tools to assess learning in college

Study raises questions about common tools to assess learning in college | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new study by three researchers at the Educational Testing Service -- one of the major providers of these value-added exams -- raises questions about whether the tests can be reliable when students have different motivations (or no motivation) to do well on them. The study found that student motivation is a clear predictor of student performance on the tests, and can skew a college's average value-added score. The study recently appeared in Educational Researcher, the flagship journal of the American Educational Research Association.
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Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense

Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We've heard many arguments for and against standardized testing in the US. This infographic helps outline why standardized tests don't make sense to some.
The post Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense appeared first on Edudemic.
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The year in education—a look back at 2012

In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technology continued to transform classrooms, and presidential candidates made education an unexpected focus on the campaign trail.
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University of Maryland expands online learning

University of Maryland expands online learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When some University of Maryland, College Park students return to class for the spring semester, they could be attending lectures, taking quizzes and completing group projects without leaving their dorm rooms.
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The Twelve Reforms of Christmas | The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

We offer our final four ways to fix public higher education, especially in North Carolina.
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All this week, the Pope Center’s has been running a series os articles that include twelve Reforms of Christmas for Higher Education, arranged by Duke Cheston. Here is the last post with links to the previous series. The area of assessments is addressed in reform #10 although we coul expand much more using ETS solutions.
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The college textbook bubble and how the OER movement is going up against the textbook cartel

The college textbook bubble and how the OER movement is going up against the textbook cartel | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
From the public policy blog of the American Enterprise Institute: In the face of increasing competition from the “open educational resources” movement, the traditional college textbook model will likely suffer the same fate as the traditional encyclopedia when it was challenged by Wikipedia.
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Manufacturing Institute

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The Manufacturing Institute is the leading research, education, and workforce group supporting U.S. manufacturers.
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The explosion of interest in MOOCs, coupled with the push for alternative credentials like badges and certificates, has some in the tech and manufacturing sectors to see accrediting agencies as dinosaurs unable to adapt to a quickly changing world.
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The MOOC Model for Digital Practice

The MOOC Model for Digital Practice | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Introduction The MOOC Model for Digital Practice responds to the “Building Digital Skills for Tomorrow” section of the consultation paper Improving Canada’s Digital Advantage: Strategies for Sustainable Prosperity by synthesizing the current state...
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Will MOOCs Destroy the Traditional University ?

The higher education systems of the developed world face unprecedented pressures for change. Universities have been confronted with a perfect storm of political and technological forces. In the future, university education will involve a mixture of online learning and face time with the professors.  In fact, this is already the reality at many universities.
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Price Sensitivity Strikes Back

Price Sensitivity Strikes Back | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
College tuition (and other costs) have been rising at most institutions for many years, but a few institutions are bucking that trend. Duke Cheston writes about some schools, most notably Belmont Abbey College, that are making higher education more affordable.
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Now learners don’t need an Internet connection to watch Khan Academy lessons

The Khan Academy has had quite a year and to end 2012 on an even higher note, the organization recently introduced Khan Academy Lite, or KA Lite, which provides a version of the service’s popular educational lessons.
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When College is a "Waste of Money"

As two recent New York Times pieces show, it's becoming increasingly difficult to justify college for everyone.
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