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Accreditation: Removing the Barrier to Higher Education Reform

Accreditation: Removing the Barrier to Higher Education Reform | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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October 9 OER Faculty Development : Three Successful Models

October 9 OER Faculty Development : Three Successful Models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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Help Wanted 2012: Addressing the skills gap

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.

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State varsities should start offering online courses: report

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.
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FI Grad Gagan Biyani Shares @Udemy's Road to Success Post - FI

FI Grad Gagan Biyani Shares @Udemy's Road to Success Post - FI | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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ETS Study of Higher Ed Outcomes Assessments Shows Student Motivation Has Significant Impact on Results

ETS Study of Higher Ed Outcomes Assessments Shows Student Motivation Has Significant Impact on Results | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Partners With StraighterLine to Serve Working Adults

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Partners With StraighterLine to Serve Working Adults | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Hybrid Learning: Panel Backs Bain-Crafted Plan for U. of North Texas

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.

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Hard unemployment truths about 'soft' skills

Hard unemployment truths about 'soft' skills | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Finding qualified applicants for high-tech jobs would be great. So would finding someone who can answer the phone.

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Historians' organization and publisher issues statement calling for caution on 'open access'

Historians' organization and publisher issues statement calling for caution on 'open access' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

 

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Saylor Teams Up With Google's MOOC

Saylor Teams Up With Google's MOOC | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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California's community colleges staggering during hard times

California's community colleges staggering during hard times | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Demand is up but funding is down for California's community colleges. Many students are shut out of needed classes, making it harder to get their degrees or transfer.
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UQ launches initiative exploring MOOCs and their role in the research university - UQ News Online

UQ launches initiative exploring MOOCs and their role in the research university - UQ News Online | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The University of Queensland has committed to the development of a major online open learning environment.
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How Adult Education Can Help Close the Skills Gap

How Adult Education Can Help Close the Skills Gap | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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Top Colleges for Entrepreneurship 2012

Top Colleges for Entrepreneurship 2012 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Texas ranks as a top state for entrepreneurial studies, as evidenced by the new list of Top 25 Graduate and Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Colleges.
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For Profit Colleges Grow Significantly In Fiscally Stressed California

Highlighting the prominent role that for-profits play in California higher education.

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MOOCs Shift From Curiousity to Employability

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.
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Report: public research universities in peril

Report: public research universities in peril | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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Report: States Should Switch to Digital Resources Within 5 Years

Report: States Should Switch to Digital Resources Within 5 Years | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Measure It, Improve It, Grow It: Higher Education and Corporate Partnerships

Measure It, Improve It, Grow It: Higher Education and Corporate Partnerships | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Why MOOCS Should Be In Your Marketing Plan

Why MOOCS Should Be In Your Marketing Plan | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Corporate Training as a New Old Strategy for Higher Ed Institutions

Corporate Training as a New Old Strategy for Higher Ed Institutions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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If You Want to Laugh at the Languages Job Market

If You Want to Laugh at the Languages Job Market | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Anvil Academic Publishing, a new model for scholarly communication

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.

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Why some of the best universities are giving away their courses

Why some of the best universities are giving away their courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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