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USA Today: College credit for online courses gains momentum

USA Today: College credit for online courses gains momentum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The American Council on Education, a non-profit organization that represents most of the nation's college and university presidents, is preparing to weigh in on massive open online courses — MOOCs, for short. A stamp of approval from the organization could enhance the value of MOOCs to universities and lead to lower tuition costs for students, who could earn credit toward a college degree for passing a particular course.

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MOOCs, The Dip, and Performance Funding

MOOCs, The Dip, and Performance Funding | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Moments of technological breakthrough are not the times for austerity or jamming the brakes. They’re the times for risk capital and taking chances.

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Gates will fund $1.4 million research project to study MOOC-powered courses at U. of Maryland

Gates will fund $1.4 million research project to study MOOC-powered courses at U. of Maryland | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving Ithaka S+R, the nonprofit research group, $1.4 million to conduct a multicampus study of MOOCs as a deeply integrated instructional resource at an array of public universities in Maryland. “Over the next 18 months, the University System of Maryland will serve as a test bed for various online or hybrid courses, including Coursera, edX, and possibly other MOOCs, in a variety of subject areas on different campuses,” wrote Debbie Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Gates Foundation, in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed.

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MOOCs must be open in both enrollment and licensing

MOOCs must be open in both enrollment and licensing | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

MOOCs have been getting a lot of attention lately and if they promise to provide education to all, they must be open in both enrollment and licensing.

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Coursera will profit from “Free” courses, competition heats up.

Coursera will profit from “Free” courses, competition heats up. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Are MOOC’s really about FREE education? Coursera reveals how it intends to generate revenue off of “freely” available MOOC’s. In fact, many MOOC companies are launching business models where students and institutions will pay.Competition heats up between MOOC’s and traditional LMS companies. According to Gilfus Education Group (2012),  Coursera will profit from ‘free’ courses, competition heats up, Gilfus Education Group blog, undated, accessed November 13.

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Is PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) coming of age?

Is PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) coming of age? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Although there is still a great deal of faculty resistance to PLA, in general it is not an easy or ‘soft’ route to earning credit. Done properly, it is not cheap, either, requiring a good deal of time investment from both students preparing their portfolios, and from faculty who assess it. This is one of several reasons why faculty need to be involved in developing and applying standards for PLA. PLA is not a panacea, but it is important that in a world of lifelong learning, there are effective means of accepting appropriate prior learning. All publicly funded post-secondary institutions should have such policies in place.

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Disruptive Innovation: Current Trends and Future Directions | EDUCAUSE.edu

Disruptive Innovation: Current Trends and Future Directions | EDUCAUSE.edu | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

How are colleges and universities being impacted by disruptive innovations? Are these disruptions peripheral or foundational to the way they function? Will they adapt or become obsolete? This session will discuss a variety of perspectives on the impact of emerging trends on the future of colleges and universities as innovative institutions. In the resources tab inside this article you can find the presenations by: Marsha C. Lovett, Carnegie Mellon University; James G. Mazoue, Wayne State University; Adrian Sannier, Senior Vice President of Product, Pearson; Robert Seidman, Southern New Hampshire University.

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Northwestern looks into providing massive open online courses

Northwestern looks into providing massive open online courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Although Northwestern has yet to join many of its peer institutions in formally partnering with popular massive open online course providers, some NU professors already have begun offering these courses.

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Some Things Don’t Change: The Global Draw of American Higher Education

Some Things Don’t Change: The Global Draw of American Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While the American higher education system faces a great deal of criticism on the home front, am American degrees carries a great deal of weight internationally.

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Thiel Fellowships don't require students to drop out

Thiel Fellowships don't require students to drop out | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A new fellowship has attracted considerable attention for its claim that it pays students $100,000 to skip college, but some of the winners want to earn degrees -- and the program lets them do it.

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Some Parents, Shouldering Student Loans, Fall on Tough Times

Some Parents, Shouldering Student Loans, Fall on Tough Times | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Millions of parents who have taken out loans to pay for their children’s college education make up a less visible generation in debt. There are record numbers of student borrowers in financial distress, according to federal data. But millions of parents who have taken out loans to pay for their children’s college education make up a less visible generation in debt. For the most part, these parents did well enough through midlife to take on sizable loans, but some have since fallen on tough times because of the recession, health problems, job loss or lives that took a sudden hard turn.

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Book by Salman Khan: The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (2012)

Book by Salman Khan: The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (2012) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In his book The One World Schoolhouse (2012), Salman Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things: How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries agoWhy technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more importantHow and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionalsHow we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learningWhy we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.

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Forbes Magazine calls it “The $1,000,000,000,000 opportunity”

Forbes Magazine calls it “The $1,000,000,000,000 opportunity” | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Online education is going strong! It has been around for a few years, but a few indicators seems to be pointing towards an acceleration of the model for 2013. Sal Khan, frontcover of Forbes.

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Private Colleges Boom as California Universities Falter

Private Colleges Boom as California Universities Falter | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

California's public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state's private colleges and universities.

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UK: Our universities have become factories

UK: Our universities have become factories | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A coalition of leading academics and peers gathered last night to launch the Council for the Defence of British Universities. Founding committee member Gordon Campbell explains what is at stake. In the UK, one of the world's greatest systems of universities has come to be threatened by managerialism and oppressive layers of bureaucracy, a plight that puzzles and disconcerts our academic colleagues all over Europe and the Anglophone world. Then we will need policies to commend to this government and its successors, policies based on careful consideration and wide consultation, policies that will return the universities to academics and students, affirm the value of education for citizenship and proclaim the primacy of teaching and research. That is why this Council has been created.

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Higher Ed Establishment Opens Door for MOOCs

Higher Ed Establishment Opens Door for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The clearest path to college credit for massive open online courses may soon be through credit recommendations from the American Council of Education (ACE), which announced Tuesday that it will work with Coursera to determine whether as many as 8-10 MOOCs should be worth credit. The council is also working on a similar arrangement with EdX, a MOOC-provider created by elite universities. Also, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding research projects to be led by ACE, the APLU and a research group that will team up with the University System of Maryland to test and study the use of MOOCs in that sytem.

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American Council on Education Will Review Some MOOC's for College Credit - Technology

American Council on Education Will Review Some MOOC's for College Credit - Technology | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In a pilot project, the American Council on Education will consider five to 10 Coursera offerings and certify them if it finds them equivalent to courses taught by an accredited college.

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Emerging business models for MOOCs

Emerging business models for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

If the Higher Ed institutions are already offering online courses for credit, the institutions could handle the rest, making available very quickly, for free, a vast range of quality online courses, but not for credit, so why would they sign up with Coursera, or even an existing LMS company?

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Debating Pearson's OpenClass

A summary of Pearson's OpenClass strategy by Inside Higher Ed's Joshua Kim.

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Video from EDUCAUSE 2012: Building Disruptive Learning Models

Video from EDUCAUSE 2012: Building Disruptive Learning Models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Next Generation Learning Challenges program sees potential for reshaping education — one novel idea at a time. Through 12 grants to develop what it calls “Breakthrough Models,” the Next Generation Learning Challenges project aims to reshape the higher education teaching and learning landscape.Leaders from two of the grant recipients describe their initiatives and how they will use technology to tackle learning in new ways.Participants include Fred Hurst of Northern Arizona University, Nancy Millichap of EDUCAUSE and Yvonne Simon of Southern New Hampshire University.

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Giving Adult Learners a Competitive Edge

Giving Adult Learners a Competitive Edge | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Delivering continuing education programming to adult learners is key to the long-term success of international branch campus success.

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International Branch Campuses: Adult Students to the Rescue

International Branch Campuses: Adult Students to the Rescue | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Focusing on adult students might provide international branch campuses the enrollments they need to remain viable.

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An Idea Too Sensible to Try, Until Now

An Idea Too Sensible to Try, Until Now | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Elite American universities are badly positioned to give anything but a small fraction of those people what they want and need. That could change, of course, and the rise of elite-sponsored MOOC's over the past year suggests that the top colleges and universities are waking up to the possibility of their impending obsolescence. Can the Minerva Project be the "first elite American university to be launched in a century"?

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Video: After Words with Salman Khan

Video: After Words with Salman Khan | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, spoke inthi video for C-SPAN Books about the benefits of online, universal education and his evolution from hedge fund analyst to public educator.

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All about MOOCs

All about MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Whether you see them as a catalyst for change or mostly as hype, MOOCs are fundamentally different from other forays into open online learning.

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