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The 3 Biggest Ways Technology Is Disrupting Education Forever | Edudemic

The 3 Biggest Ways Technology Is Disrupting Education Forever | Edudemic | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Here are a few other disruptive things happening right now that will changed education as we know it.
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Meet The Woman Leading The Online Education Revolution

Meet The Woman Leading The Online Education Revolution | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
How does it work? Professors save their course, give out homework and tests. Each video is translated into six to 10 foreign languages by student volunteers. Interactive platforms (quizzes, forums, peer reviews) engage the student users. And the machine “learns” from users’ suggestions. What is its economic model? Coursera is using what is known as the “freemium” business model: courses are free to access but students need to pay from 100 to 150 dollars to obtain their certification. In the long run, Coursera intends to connect both students and companies and become a recruitment network.
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Online and On the Move

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Does the technology assist students in achieving the objectives of the course? Does it improve outcomes? Increase learning? Improve access? As educators we should carefully consider the move toward mobile learning, including some key issues.

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Harvard accuses 125 students of cheating

Harvard accuses 125 students of cheating | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Harvard University is investigating about 125 undergraduates accused of jointly submitting responses, some word-for-word identical, on a spring take-home final exam in an introductory government class that prohibited collaboration.

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Isn't it time for curricular innovation in Latin America?

Today, Latin America is participating more actively in the complex, competitive international economy.  Brazil and Mexico are now counted amongst the world’s largest economies.  Recent economic growth in many Latin America countries surpasses the US and much of Europe. More young people in the region have access to higher levels of education.  If the region is to depend less on the north for innovation, technology, products, and ideas than in the past, local talent must be cultivated.  This talent is less likely to flourish within the current pattern of university education that delivers and tests detailed knowledge of a single discipline. 
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Silicon Valley's Siege of Higher Ed -

Silicon Valley's Siege of Higher Ed - | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

According to the National Venture Capital Association, investment in education technology companies increased from less than $100 million in 2007 to nearly $400 million last year. For the huge generator of innovation, technology, and wealth that is Silicon Valley, higher education is a particularly fat target right now.

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Is College’s Stone Age About to End?

Is College’s Stone Age About to End? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Excessive specialization has created a culture of expertise that has distorted higher education and had a negative impact on faculty members, students and the broader society. When education is more and more about less and less, it becomes counterproductive. Universities have moved at a glacial pace but change is now occurring at warp speed. The way knowledge and institutions are structured is not set in stone but changes with new technologies of production and reproduction.

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UK. In the wider view, colleges sparkle and sputter

UK. In the wider view, colleges sparkle and sputter | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Further education colleges are doing better than expected in attracting students from areas with low rates of higher education participation, but they also have higher-than-predicted dropout rates from some types of student. These are the main findings of a report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Widening Participation and Non-Continuation Indicators for Further Education Colleges, released on 22 August.

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20 Things To Know About How Big Data Is Changing Schools

20 Things To Know About How Big Data Is Changing Schools | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

This infographic from Online Degrees sheds some light on projects currently underway at colleges, the pros and cons of ‘big data’ and a whole lot more.

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MOOCs and the Changing Face of Higher Education

MOOCs and the Changing Face of Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Although universities are usually slow to change, in recent months several high-profile institutions have begun to experiment with offering courses to unprecedented numbers of simultaneous learners anywhere in the world for free. Long-term, sustainable funding is a concern. None of the major players has yet to establish a viable business model, although Udacity and Coursera are experimenting with several options. Udacity offers students the possibility of being connected with potential employers at no cost to students. They are also partnering with Pearson VUE to offer proctored exams for students participating in classes counting towards official certification. These exams will be offered for a “nominal fee.”

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First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

As the first humanities MOOCs hit the ground, professors and students contemplate the limitations of Coursera's peer-grading system.

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Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model?

Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The idea of free online education and degrees has also garnered skepticism along with enthusiasm. Experts are concerned about the financial sustainability of such a purely non-profit model, and it seems that no clear answer is available, other than to charge students modest fees for certain aspects of their education.
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The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education

The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

A lengthy literature estimating the returns to education has largely ignored the for-profit sector. Students who complete associate’s degrees in for-profit institutions earn around 22 percent, or 11 percent per year, and we find some evidence that this figure is higher than the returns experienced by public sector graduates. Our findings suggest that degree completion is an important determinant of for-profit quality and student success. "Recent work assessing the costs of a for-profit college education (Cellini 2012) suggests that the earnings gains we find may be enough to offset the costs for associate’s degree completers, but this is likely not the case among dropouts or attendees more generally."

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MOOCs are Setting the Course to Transform Higher Education

MOOCs are Setting the Course to Transform Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Though all of the previously mentioned MOOCs are not necessarily accredited, they do provide options for certification if the student fulfills the necessary requirements to become certified. So what does this all really mean for the traditional university model?  With rampant unemployment and unprecedented student debt, higher education institutions of today are forced to evolve. So the free online class models may not necessarily be helping the universities bottom line, but can increase the overall recognition that the university receives in expanding their educational reach. It will be interesting to see how many universities choose to take part in the MOOC model and what results will actually come from students that are participating in these classes. 
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MoocDonalds: Are MOOCs Fast Food?

MoocDonalds: Are MOOCs Fast Food? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

In our eating, we don’t choose one path or the other. Those of us who can afford to, combine meals at home with dining and take out. We base our decisions on many factors that change on a daily if not hourly basis. Education, I predict, will be more like that. Transcripts will be replaced by collections of badges that learners acquire, and they will get those badges from a variety of sources – learning some things in MOOCs and some in face-to face sessions designed to develop skills and refine performance into the nuanced expertise required for success in most fields. We won’t be buying “meal plans” or signing a contract with an “all you can eat” buffet. We’ll be recognizing an educational need and finding and engaging in options that make sense, personally.

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Stanford Creates New Office Designed To ‘Fundamentally Reshape Education’

Stanford Creates New Office Designed To ‘Fundamentally Reshape Education’ | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Stanford University, the hotbed of education innovation, has just announced the creation of a new department and Vice Provost dedicated to online learning. It’s crystal clear that online learning is the future of education at this point … and Stanford is not messing around.

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New Study Finds 11 Real Ways Technology Is Affecting Education Right Now

New Study Finds 11 Real Ways Technology Is Affecting Education Right Now | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Research shows that majority of students are more likely to bring a laptop than a print textbook to class with 53% of device owners reading eTextbooks frequently.
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Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data

Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
There’s a lot to unpack about learning analytics — everything from how student data is captured to how it will be used. For all of its promises — and there are many, as evidenced below — the two biggest areas of concern regarding using student data are around issues of privacy, as in who has access to student information and what are the possible negative ways that information could be used, and how student data might be used against educators. Privacy is addressed in this otherwise mostly positive infographic, created by Australia’s informED, which takes a crack at explaining all the different aspects.
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2013 Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Conference

2013 Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Conference | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association cordially invites you to attend the 2013 International HETL Conference to be held at the University of Central Florida, in cooperation with the UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.  Early bird registration is open from June 23 to October 1, 2012. Regular registration is open from October 2 to December 15, 2012. On-site Registration is January 13 - 15, 2013.

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A Graduate Program Guide for Students. New Website

A Graduate Program Guide for Students. New Website | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The design of the site is clean and intuitive. It’s made for young people on the go. Students will be able to rate on a scale from one to ten stars their graduate programs in the areas most important to those in graduate school: Academic Rivalry, Athletics, Campus Housing, Campus Safety, Campus Food Services, Career Support, Education Quality, Extracurricular Activities, Faculty Accessibility and Support, School Use of Technology, Social Life, Student Diversity, Surrounding City/Town, and Transportation. Then, students can leave a short comment.

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4 (Good) Reasons to go to Grad School

4 (Good) Reasons to go to Grad School | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Whether it crosses your mind while you are still an undergrad or after you are years out of college, almost every college graduate contemplates going to graduate school. Whether it’s law school to get a jd or a phd program in sociology, the idea of having an advanced degree is something that many seriously consider. How can you avoid going to graduate school “just to go?” What are good reasons to go to grad school? Here are some of the better reasons to go to grad school.

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U.Va. president calls for academic changes

U.Va. president calls for academic changes | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is calling for measures aimed at improving faculty and changes in curriculum, including peer review and merit-based raises.

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Canadian universities warned of sex-industry recruiters

Canadian universities warned of sex-industry recruiters | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Recruiters could show up at British Columbia colleges and universities this year looking for students to work as strippers, says the province’s minister of advanced education, Naomi Yamamoto.
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Reshaping Innovation into the 21st Century: What is the Role of Higher Education?

Reshaping Innovation into the 21st Century: What is the Role of Higher Education? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
There is a critical role that universities, with their units of continuing and professional learning can play in societal innovation for the future. This topic is quickly becoming an urgent need. We need to think ‘outside the box’ and quickly, in order to make this happen!
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Massively Online Open Courseware – Massively Off Course?

Massively Online Open Courseware – Massively Off Course? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The dean of CLAS at The U of Connecticut mulls the prospects of a hot trend in higher education. His main idea is that for individuals working in higher education, staring at technological change and reading alarming editorials and features in the newspapers, there’s a temptation to panic. That’s a mistake -he argues. Good universities confronting technological change should play to their strength: a talent pool with a broad perspective and deep expertise. If we stay current, try new things, and keep a critical, but not overly critical eye on the opportunities, we’ll find that technology only makes us stronger.
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