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College-aid fraud rises as online study grows

College-aid fraud rises as online study grows | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

College-aid fraud rises as online study grows, As online college classes grow in popularity, financial-aid fraud rings are increasing as well, Arizona authorities say. Online education appears to be a growing target for financial aid fraud, The Arizona Republic reported. Authorities have uncovered three schemes In the last three years at Rio Salado College, an online campus of the Maricopa Community Colleges, and those schemes involved hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, has referred 850 potential fraud cases to federal authorities since 2009, and about 25 of those cases have been prosecuted.
 

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Degrees and Debt: Part I

Degrees and Debt: Part I | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
On one hand, a college degree has become increasingly important in a knowledge economy. On the other hand, costs have increased and more people are borrowing more money to attend college.  This underscores questions that have been raised both from the perspective of what students actually learn and what their earning potential becomes.
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I’m in the Mood for MOOCs

I’m in the Mood for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Until recently, e-learning was most prominently associated with the novelty degree—a degree from a nonexistent university or college (or sometimes a fake degree from an existing university or college). Now we might be heading into a golden age of virtual education, where high-quality courses are available to everyone and not just those who can afford US $40 000 a year for tuition. Now that’s a tune I’d like to study.
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Udemy CEO learned math online in Turkish village

Udemy CEO learned math online in Turkish village | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
On the day his online education startup revealed it raised $12 million, Udemy co-founder and CEO Eren Bali posted a touching and inspiring blog about how as a youth in a one-room school in a small Turkish village he was able use the Internet to teach himself and enable himself to win medals in national and international math competitions.
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Yale suggests faculty offer online courses (Video)

Yale suggests faculty offer online courses  (Video) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
According to the Yale Daily News, faculty members met Thursday to discuss the expansion of the online learning program at Yale. An interesting aspect to the Committee on Online Education presentation was the suggestion for faculty to participate in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Harvard, Princeton and Stanford all offer MOOC courses through edX or Coursera.
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One Takes the High Road, Most Take the Low Road

One Takes the High Road, Most Take the Low Road | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Jay Schalin looks at two famous schools in North Carolina and one that is not so famous. The famous ones are NC State, where a winning football coach was just fired because he didn’t win enough and hadn’t recruited “Alabama-type talent,” and UNC–Chapel Hill, where academic scandal over athletes has badly tarnished the institution. The not-famous school that sets the good example is Belmont Abbey College, where the curriculum is solid, standards are high, and — shockingly — tuition was recently lowered by $9,000.
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The Massive Problem That MOOCs May Help Clear Up

The Massive Problem That MOOCs May Help Clear Up | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There are millions of working Americans who started college but didn't complete their bachelor's degree. After leaving, many took jobs in which they've succeeded, but now they can't move higher up the ladder. Faculty at my own institution, The College of St. Scholastica, are creating a new path that turns disruptive technology to our students' advantage. The essence is that college credit is awarded for demonstrated competency rather than seat time. We create pathways for adult learners to bring life experience, previous college credit, and prior learning -- whether from books or MOOCs -- and have them assessed through methods determined by our faculty experts.
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A Cautious Word about MOOCs

A Cautious Word about MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For too long colleges and universities have cared more about expansion, sports, and prestige than they have about inculcating character and good habits of living in their students. For too long professors have cared more about research than they have teaching.  Throw technology into the mix, and you've got the perfect conditions for the Massive Online Outsourcing of Courses.
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Udemy Receives $12 Million in Series B Financing Led by Insight Venture Partners

Udemy Receives $12 Million in Series B Financing Led by Insight Venture Partners | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Udemy, the leading online education marketplace, today announced the completion of a $12 million Series B financing round led by Insight Venture Partners, with additional support from existing investors Lightbank, MHS Capital and Learn Capital, bringing Udemy's total funding to $16 million. The new capital will be used primarily for expanding the range and types of Udemy's content offerings as well as extending the content catalog across new platforms. Udemy will continue to bring on the best content from the world's leading experts, publishers and universities. In addition, the company announced the hiring of Dennis Yang as president and chief operating officer.
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Dr. Steve Mintz: UT System's collaboration with edX

The Institute for Transformational Learning at UT System.  A catalyst for innovation. The Institute for Transformational Learning works with the University of Texas System'.  Here is a video detailing the impact of the edX partnership.

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Video: High-Tech Higher Ed

At the Texas Tribune's November 29 symposium on higher education at Texas A&M University, there was talk about innovations in online curriculum and the use of smartphones and other technology in and out of the classroom with Steve Klingler of Western Governors University, Steven Mintz of the University of Texas System, Renee Patton of Cisco Systems and Phil Schubert of Abilene Christian University.

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How Social Networks Can Positively Impact the Experience of Adult Learners

How Social Networks Can Positively Impact the Experience of Adult Learners | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Greater use of social networks in higher education will allow adult and other non-traditional learners to feel more integrated into their classes.

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Website recognizes military skills with digital badges

Website recognizes military skills with digital badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

New website creates digital badges for veterans, aiming to recognize military skills and training. Will it be the first badging experiment to catch on?

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Georgetown to join edX

Georgetown to join edX | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The addition of Georgetown to edX, which officials plan to announce Monday, marks the latest development in a fast-growing movement that aspires to connect the ivory tower to the world.
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Degrees offered entirely in English at five universities in Valencia, Spain

Degrees offered entirely in English at five universities in Valencia, Spain | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
UNIVERSITY degrees taught, assessed and examined entirely in English are due to be introduced gradually in the Comunidad Valenciana from the start of the next academic year.
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Role of assessment contested at Educa conference

Role of assessment contested at Educa conference | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Radical modernisers and educational traditionalists clashed at this year’s Online Educa Berlin (OEB) conference in Germany’s capital. Donald Clark, a director of the United Kingdom’s University for Industry, called for a new approach to accreditation. Addressing the motto of this year’s OEB, “Reaching beyond Tomorrow”, participants discussed the motion that “a ban on diplomas and degrees awarded by schools and universities would have a positive impact on competence development and lifelong learning”.
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Mixing it up in MOOCs

Mixing it up in MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Here are five elements that may help MOOCs: Properly set student expectations. Provide more flexible structure. Subsume more elements of DIY-Hacker-Maker movement. Improve peer contact and support. Support self-selection of pacing by offering slower, normal, and accelerated schedules.
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MOOCs at Purdue U: nanoHUB University

MOOCs at Purdue U: nanoHUB University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
NanoHUB-U courses are massive open online courses (MOOCs) broadly accessible to students in any branch of science or engineering. All courses are so far developed by Purdue University professors for worldwide audiences.
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David Clinefelter: Online courses poised to change the face of higher education

David Clinefelter: Online courses poised to change the face of higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a growing trend in education. MOOCs may push higher education more toward competency-based learning. An interviewer asked how the online courses relate to a recent Center for Policy Studies report that recommended basing higher education credits on developing competencies, rather than on time in class. Clinefelter responded that in a MOOC, students must prove competency in order to pass the course. There's a new concept called "badging," in place of a diploma. A badge, which is neither a degree nor a credit, could be a letter or certificate stating that a student completed a course. The question is whether badges will be valuable in the marketplace.
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Finally, a Business Model for MOOCs

Finally, a Business Model for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Course providers have been grappling with the social good of providing free, high-quality education while trying to meet the realistic need to generate revenue. It seems as though headhunting is the answer.
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The Unstoppable MOOCs

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I think a national exit exam provided by the College Board, ACT, anyone creditable (Underwriters Laboratories?) could facilitate this. A resume saying "I am a graduate of XYZ On-Line University and scored a 92 on the NCEE (National College Exit Examination)" might be considered better by employers than a degree from a college where students do poorly on the NCEE. And why doesn't the US Chamber of Commerce or other employer groups promote create the NCEE? Longer term, providing national data on the earnings of graduates by institution would also help employers assess the quality of degrees.
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Georgia Tech Provost Named to Coursera’s University Advisory Board

Dr. Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named to Coursera’s University Advisory Board. Bras is one of nine senior academic officials named to the panel, the company’s first advisory board. Each member represents a university partnered with Coursera to offer free massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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UT for Free: edX opens, enhances curriculum

UT for Free: edX opens, enhances curriculum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The UT System joined Ivy League partners in offering free online classes via edX, a new digital education platform. Through edX, the university plans to showcase its classes throughout the world and enhance the academic experience of students already at UT System institutions.

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Fascination and Questions About Pearson College

Fascination and Questions About Pearson College | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it


Why isn't Pearson College a true blended program? Why not rely on LearningStudio or OpenClass to provide the classroom experience. Wouldn't Pearson want to build the world's greatest online classes for Pearson College, and then open them up for the world to see? Shouldn't all the course content be drawn from the Blue Sky platform?

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The Four E’s of Continuing Education: The First E is for Education

The Four E’s of Continuing Education: The First E is for Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The long-term success of a continuing education unit is dependent on its ability to provide relevant learning opportunities that are in-demand and responsive to workforce needs.

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