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Companies Paying for Graduate School

Companies Paying for Graduate School | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There is a developing trend right now where companies are doing more to advance their employees’ skills and abilities.  While investing in further education may be costly, many companies look at it as an investment in their future.  Business school is a top choice because it “provides help with consulting assignments that require creative problem-solving.”  Many view an MBA as a way to move up the ranks.
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LOOCs...U. of Maine campus experiments with small-scale, high-touch open courses

LOOCs...U. of Maine campus experiments with small-scale, high-touch open courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
LOOCs, MOOCs' little brother. Amid all this MOOC mania, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is attempting a different kind of free online offering — one that would swap the scale of a MOOC for the high-touch experience of a conventional online course. Michael Sonntag, the provost, calls it a “LOOC”: a little open online course.
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Leveraging Internships for More Than Resume Building

Leveraging Internships for More Than Resume Building | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Internships can be critical for young people today in the tough labor market where 16 percent of Americans age 16 to 24 are out of work and many are underemployed.
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Straigtherline wants to help professors expand reach, while students save

Straigtherline wants to help professors expand reach, while students save | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Burck Smith is so far making good on his vision for revamping the way people pay for and complete college courses. His startup company, Straighterline, enables students to pay $99 a month for introductory college courses — and potentially save tens of thousands of dollars in the process. In November, Smith will embark on another disruptive tack in online higher education. His Baltimore company will allow college professors to pitch their own courses through Straighterline, and even set their own prices above a minimum threshold.

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Essay on how community colleges can do better

Essay on how community colleges can do better | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Community Colleges have awakened to the realities that we cannot continue to deliver higher education in the same way we always have in this country and expect better student outcomes. And, community college outcomes need to improve. The national full-time graduation rate of 28 percent is unacceptably low, and student success rates remain under 40 percent even if you count students who transfer to a four-year college without ever completing community college. And, as has been widely reported, graduation rates are even lower for the large number students who enter community college needing remedial education.

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The Siege of Academe, Updated

The Siege of Academe, Updated | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In Silicon Valley, more than perhaps any other place in the entire world, people have been trained and acculturated to believe that if a huge system doesn’t make sense, it should be swept away and replaced by something better—and that they, themselves, could make that happen, and reap untold riches in the doing, by combining virtually unlimited access to capital with the greatest software engineers in the world, people who are increasingly able to reach out to the entire planet through the Web of telecommunication to give them what they want, when they want, in an instant, for free. How and when those people reach higher education will be one of the fascinating dramas of our time. 

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2 George Mason Economists Introduce Free Online Courses

2 George Mason Economists Introduce Free Online Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The courses will be free and will feature quizzes, tests, and videos that average roughly five minutes in length. The first course, on development economics, will begin in October. It’s not clear if the new effort will have any formal relationship with George Mason.

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14 Best Books About Global Education

14 Best Books About Global Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

One of the best ways to learn about global educational systems is through the wealth of books that are out there on the subject. We’ve chosen a few here that address international education methods as well as how these methods compare (for better or worse) to those being used in our own country.

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New Report: Cracking the Credit Hour

New Report: Cracking the Credit Hour | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

If the U.S. is to reclaim its position as the most-educated nation in the world, federal policy needs to shift from paying for and valuing time to paying for and valuing learning. In an era when college degrees are simultaneously becoming more important and more expensive, students and taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for time and little or no evidence of learning. The new report bythe New America Foundation, "Cracking the Credit Hour", outlines several indications that the credit hour is antiquated.

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How Companies Will Googlefy Your Career

How Companies Will Googlefy Your Career | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Big data increasingly defines how you get hired, fired and promoted. What's happening in higher education assessment today will increasingly define the job and performance reviews of tomorrow. It barely took five years for the iPhone to displace the Blackberry as the corporate mobile device of executive choice. How long do you think it will be before the software used to assess college students will be entrepreneurially transformed into Amazonesque and Netflixed-like services "recommending" whether you deserve a raise or a promotion? Whether the economy improves quickly or sluggishly, the technologies of assessment are going to reshape both your compensation and your opportunities.
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Major players in online education market

Major players in online education market | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
With most new markets comes competition, as is the case with online education. Comparing Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, & edX missions and offerings.
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Ivy walls lower with free online classes from Coursera and edX

Ivy walls lower with free online classes from Coursera and edX | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

More top-notch courses open up to anyone online. Coursera and edX promise virtual equivalents of the real Ivy-league classes.

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The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today

The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We’ve put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research, that will help you learn about and implement educational technologies and curricula that can truly benefit both you and your students.

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edX Offers Proctored Exams for Open Online Courses

edX Offers Proctored Exams for Open Online Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The nonprofit online-learning venture, founded by MIT and Harvard, will let students take on-site exams administered by the Pearson VUE service, which has more than 450 testing centers in more than 110 countries. Students who pass the tests will receive certificates noting that they completed a proctored exam. Another MOOC platform, Udacity, has also announced an arrangement to provide secure exams proctored by Pearson.
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Investors Bet $80 Million On Desire2Learn’s Next-Gen Online Learning Platform

Investors Bet $80 Million On Desire2Learn’s Next-Gen Online Learning Platform | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Watch out Blackboard. There’s a new big fish in the pond. Desire2Learn, a Canadian education technology company founded in 1999, has just announced that it’s secured $80 million in funding. That’s huge for the edtech world.
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A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses

A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A Colorado university is announcing on Thursday that it will give full transfer credit to students who complete a free introductory computer-science course offered by the online-education start-up company Udacity.

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AUDIO | Setting Higher Education Apart as a Training Provider

AUDIO | Setting Higher Education Apart as a Training Provider | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The following interview is with Amertah Perman, the Associate Director of Program Development for Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Southern Maine. Perman works collaboratively on the development of professional and continuing education to businesses and community members in Southern Maine. In this interview, she discusses some of the strategies she implements to win training contracts and what colleges and universities need to do to set themselves apart as training and development providers.

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"Someone is going to write the software that eats higher education"

"Someone is going to write the software that eats higher education" | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Kevin Carey's article offers an excellent overview of the technology and private sector forces driving a great deal of innovation in technology-based applications and services for higher education. His comment about online higher education having been “the province of downmarket for-profit colleges” until the recent rise of the MOOCs, though, betrays a lack of understanding about the extent to which traditional colleges and universities have led the development and evolution of online learning, as well as of the extent to which they have evolved as a result themselves.

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Indiana University announces IU Online, a major new online education initiative

Indiana University has announced IU Online -- a major strategic investment in online education that will accelerate the development and delivery of quality online courses and programs at IU's campuses statewide.
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Brown joins Coursera to pilot online courses this summer

Brown joins Coursera to pilot online courses this summer | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Brown University takes its first step into the realm of online undergraduate education today with the announcement that Brown will join the online course platform Coursera and will also offer some introductory summer classes online for credit. The classes will begin next year. These pilot programs will be publicly announced to the Brown community today in an email from Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron, who informed faculty members of the changes at last night’s faculty meeting.

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The Six Elements of a Successful University-Corporate Partnership

The Six Elements of a Successful University-Corporate Partnership | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Higher education institutions must work to mold their programming, structure and staff to meet the needs of corporations in order to successfully partner with employers to meet workforce training and development needs.

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Current/Future State of Higher Education - An Open Online Course

Current/Future State of Higher Education - An Open Online Course | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In countries around the world, the transition to knowledge and service economies occurring rapidly. Competitive countries are no longer only those that have an abundance of natural resources, but also those with a highly educated populace. Higher education is increasingly recognized as a vehicle for economic development .

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Why Massive Online? by Daniel Luzer

Why Massive Online? by Daniel Luzer | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Do colleges want to offer MOOCs for the public good, or do they want to do this because some fancy colleges are doing it too? Because offering MOOCs is not easy.
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MOOC Brigade: Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education?

MOOC Brigade: Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

MOOC may be a silly-sounding acronym, but this new breed of online classes is shaking up the higher education world in ways that could be good for cash-strapped students and terrible for cash-strapped colleges.

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Before You Jump on the Bandwagon....

Before You Jump on the Bandwagon.... | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Colleges that are contemplating a new venture, such as a MOOC or other online-learning offering, need to ask themselves the fundamental question: Is this consistent with the unique mission of our institution? Not, Are MOOC's a good idea?, or even, Are they inevitable?, but: Should we be offering them right now?

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