By favoring knowledge and skill acquisition over seat time, online options and competency-based learning are disrupting the traditional higher education market and perhaps have laid the foundation for a revitalization of American education. Despite the promise presented by these innovations, however, the antiquated higher education accreditation process remains a considerable obstacle to reform.
Please join us Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 pm Eastern to hear about three different but successful faculty development models for encouraging the use of open textbooks and open educational resources (OER) to improve instructional outcomes.
A collection of 12 essays by business leaders and education innovators compiled by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Arne Duncan, Margaret Spellings and Jamie Merisotis are among the contributors.
Universities in the state should consider providing open learning opportunities through online courses along the lines of foreign universities, a draft report on exam reforms through technology has recommended.
Silicon Valley Founder Institute grad Gagan Biyani, Co-Founder and President of Udemy, was recently featured on Founderly to discuss the company’s road to success and provide tips to future entrepreneurs.
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - With increasing pressure for accountability in higher education, outcomes assessments have been an important resource in evaluating learning and informing policy. Today, a report produced by ETS researchers titled "Measuring Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: Motivation Matters" provides evidence that simply modifying the pre-test instructions to increase motivation has a significant impact on scores on a commonly used higher education outcomes assessment, the ETS® Proficiency Profile. The report has been accepted for publication in the journal, Educational Researcher.
StraighterLine announced today that the largest public university in the United States, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), has joined their rapidly expanding network of partner colleges. With over 92,000 students, most of them working adults, UMUC is a formidable addition to StraighterLine's partner school network, which now includes many of the leading adult-focused institutions of higher learning.
The 10-person commission charged with plotting the future of the University of North Texas at Dallas released its recommendations Monday, largely backing a consultant's advice that the university focus on hybrid learning, minimizing the time to degree, and aligning courses of study with regional needs.
The movement toward "open access" publishing -- in which scholarly journal articles are available free -- is taking off without consideration of the impact on humanities scholarship, says a statement being released today by the American Historical Association.
Saylor.org, a clearinghouse for open educational resources (OER), announced on Thursday that it has teamed up with Google to offer its recently unveiled line of free online courses through Google's new massive open online course (MOOC) platform. Google leaped into the MOOC fray earlier this month with Course Builder, which it has pitched as an "open-source," do-it-yourself platform for colleges and individuals that want to adapt their courses to the trendy MOOC format.
America won't be able to sustain its economic strength if 40 million citizens are unprepared to contribute or never know the pride of having a job that provides for them and their families. At a time when our nation is focused on job creation and economic recovery, addressing adult education couldn't be more important. These programs are cost-effective and should be viewed as a necessary investment in our economy. America won't be able to sustain its economic strength if 40 million citizens are unprepared to contribute or never know the pride of having a job that provides for them and their families.
MOOCs and other learning resources are reshaping how people prepare for employment. With clarity around job requirements, lots of learning options, assessments that let learners show what they know, and portfolio and recommendation systems we will see less consumption of traditional higher ed and more consumption of free or cheap just-in-time, highly relevant skills training.
The study is the latest in a series of alarm bells warning that public research universities — which perform the majority of academic science and engineering research funded by the federal government, and educate a disproportionate share of scientists in training — have been weakened by years of eroding state support. Many are losing their best faculty to private institutions, and tuition increases in response to the budget cuts threaten the historically affordable access students have enjoyed.
States should get with the times and switch to digital resources within five years. That's the first of three recommendations the State Educational Technology Directors Association published in its report on Sept. 24,2012. The report shows examples of what states and school districts are doing now, and provides recommendations for government, industry and education.
When higher education institutions partner with corporations and become responsible for providing workplace learning and development, they must recognized it is their ability to develop learning for which their success will be judged by learners, partners, vendors and other stakeholders.
You can’t expect institutions to use archaic learning tools and methodologies when mobile devices, virtual communication, online learning platforms and cutting-edge applications are prevalent and applied in everyday life. Institutions can’t afford to dismiss technological advancements and ideas that appeal to the young, tech-savvy population, enrich learning and progress teaching curriculums.
As a result of interactions with corporations, universities can develop executive and certificate programs for corporations. Such programs will also lead to credentialing opportunities that establish benchmarking for new skill sets. In an era of exponentially increasing information and new learning replacing prior degree knowledge, such midcareer “upgrades” are critical for individuals’ career portability and employers’ assurance of up-to-date employee capacity.
A new blog, MLAJobs.tumblr.com, with the slogan "putting the AACK! back in the tenure track", is a parody of the sort of job postings for which job seekers hope to interview at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association. This comes in he middle of anther controversy regardng the free access to the MLA Job List.
Anvil Academic, a fully digital, non-profit publisher for the humanities, will debut its new website in early October, when it plans to announce an open call for proposals from the scholarly community. It hopes to issue its first publications in the spring/summer of 2013. The press has an ambitious and innovative peer review process in play, and wants to explore publishing partnerships with libraries, colleges and universities, presses and scholarly societies.
Each has answers. But basically it comes down to these: To serve the greater good. To win a public-relations race. And, most especially, to enhance reputations. SAT-prep companies could proctor tests, for example, to make sure nobody cheats; the University of Friedberg, in Germany, has already allowed students to take a proctored version of Thrun's class for credit. And although the courses might not earn you a degree, you could earn a "badge," under one proposal, every time you completed a course. Meanwhile, the course provider that awarded the badge might "sell" information about its high-scoring students to company headhunters, so some of the cost of getting a degree would essentially be borne by employers.