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Udacity Just Raised A Staggering $15 Million In Funding

Udacity Just Raised A Staggering $15 Million In Funding | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

One of the leaders in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) industry, Udacity, just raised a staggering amount of money to help propel its vision of increasing the depth and breadth of its online offerings.

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Airbnb, Coursera, and Uber: The Rise of the Disruption Economy

Airbnb, Coursera, and Uber: The Rise of the Disruption Economy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We are seeing such companies as Airbnb, Uber, and Coursera run into more and more regulatory hurdles, but the writing is already on the wall: Service businesses that don’t use social features to lower barriers and increase efficiency will likely not survive long.

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StraighterLine in Scoop.it

StraighterLine in Scoop.it | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

StraighterLine also has its own page in Scoop.it. It is like an online community college, offering credit bearing courses for $99 a month. See it here.

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Udacity. Software Eats Education. An Audacious Undertaking

Udacity. Software Eats Education. An Audacious Undertaking | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Peter Levine, a general partner at the firm who is joining Udacity’s board, throws out some particularly effusive praise–stating in a blog post that it is sinking money into “a team and company that we’re absolutely convinced will change the world.”

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Three Trends in Higher Education That Defy the Status Quo

Three Trends in Higher Education That Defy the Status Quo | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

There are three trends on the horizon in higher education: 1) competency based learning, 2) personalized student learning and 3) the changing role of the instructor.

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Overview of Obama, Romney and federal higher education policy

Overview of Obama, Romney and federal higher education policy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The next president will shape higher education policy on a range of issues. The stark differences between the candidates’ approaches on many subjects -- especially regulation -- do not mean there aren’t points of agreement. In July, Fleming, the Romney adviser, estimated that the two campaigns agreed on “80 percent” of higher education policy, including the importance of college access and completion.

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Why Higher Education System Redesign—and the Credentialing Framework that Supports It—Matters

Why Higher Education System Redesign—and the Credentialing Framework that Supports It—Matters | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We need a new system of credentials to assure that high-quality learning is recognized and rewarded—no matter where or how that learning is obtained. In truth, the shift to a learning-based, flexible, stackable credentialing system has been little more than an intriguing idea for a long time. But it is now an idea whose time has come. In fact, the task of defining and improving learning outcomes has risen to the top of policy agendas in many institutions, systems and states … and many of you can actually take some measure of credit for that.

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Pearson, Future Learning join hands for retail

Pearson, Future Learning join hands for retail | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Pearson TalentLens, provider of assessment solutions, and Future Learning, the talent development arm of Future Group, have joined hands to provide talent assessment and development solutions to the Indian Retail industry. The idea is to offer assessments like Versant English Test for India (VETI), a scientific and automated test to assess spoken English proficiency, mapped to CEFR standards and custom created for India, and SOSIE, a global personality instrument.

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Massive Open Online Courses: What’s the Point?

Massive Open Online Courses: What’s the Point? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Courses are extremely valuable for professionals looking for ongoing learning and development, despite the lack of associated credentials.

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College to Reimburse for StraighterLine Courses

Potomac College will reimburse students for courses they take from StraighterLine, an online provider that offers 42 entry-level courses, according to a StraighterLine announcement.

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The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson

Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression.

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Harvard dean of Academic Affairs to lecture on MOOCs

Harvard dean of Academic Affairs to lecture on MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Dr. David Hunter, dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health, will lecture on "Disruptive Innovation In Public Health Education: Should We Be Spooked By MOOCs?" Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the second floor ballroom of the Johnson City Millennium Centre.

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Are MOOCs a game-changer for higher education?

Are MOOCs a game-changer for higher education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Each university will need to assess its strengths and challenges and choose a path that enables it to make the most of on-campus and online education opportunities. MOOCs may well play a small part for some, a larger part for others. Some universities will be prepared to offer credits for their MOOCs, for their own students or for others, and some may shy away from the challenges that this poses. Ultimately, quality will be key in a world of open education. Flexibility and agility will be required to respond to new opportunities, for universities but also for national regulatory agencies. MOOCs will not change higher education on their own, but they do seem to be part of a process of change – the outcome of which may be radical.

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Will MOOCs Destroy Academia?

Will MOOCs Destroy Academia? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

To understand the real significance of MOOCs you must consider the financial situation in which U.S. colleges and universities have found themselves in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

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StraigtherLine: Higher Ed Disruption

StraigtherLine: Higher Ed Disruption | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Our friends from StraighterLine have just created a Scoop.it topic on Higher Ed Disruption talking about MOOCS, Alternative College Paths, and Future of Higher Education... Glad to see them here!

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Startup Udacity Builds Bankroll for Online Learning

Startup Udacity Builds Bankroll for Online Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Pessimism about education is easy to find. Sebastian Thrun is a pretty persuasive antidote, and the funding seems to be following. The startup Udacityhas really elevated its profile, and the financiers have taken notice. On Thursday, Udacity is announcing a $15 million venture-capital round led by the ubiquitous Andreessen Horowitz. The new infusion brings its total raised to date to $21.5 million.

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Who Are You Marketing: Your Unit or Your University?

Who Are You Marketing: Your Unit or Your University? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

When marketing continuing education, it can be difficult to know whether to focus on the capacity of the division itself, or to ride on the larger name recognition of the university.

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8 Years From Today: When the Uneducated Become the Unemployed

8 Years From Today: When the Uneducated Become the Unemployed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The jobs crisis is an education crisis and if not dealt with will create dire circumstances for America. To solve the education crisis, all must be brought to the effort. Whether you live in an affluent community or reside in a district with low-performing schools, we all must look at every American school and community like it is our own. The stakes are too high to continue not paying attention. The damage will soon be irreversible if we do not act. And the boy who sits in his chair will not be given the chances he deserves if we turn a blind eye to his silent struggle.

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Report raises questions about quality of British Ph.D.s

Report raises questions about quality of British Ph.D.s | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Academics as well as industrialists expressed widespread concern about the narrowness of British Ph.D.s, with one university figure recalling that "he had seen new postdoctoral researchers struggle to teach introductory undergraduate courses because they no longer had a sufficient understanding of the breadth of their field."

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Assessing Collaborative Skills in the Workplace

Assessing Collaborative Skills in the Workplace | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

If implemented effectively, this ACT21S method of assessment of collaborative skills, tested and verified by academics around the world, will not only communicate useful and relevant information about job-seekers to employers, but will help employers assess and enhance the collaborative skills of their employees.

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The Floating University

The Floating University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Floating University is a new educational media venture. They create and distribute online multimedia curricula, rich in text, video, animation and graphics, that feature today's biggest thinkers, practitioners and leading scholars. Video lectures are paired with related texts to introduce complex multidisciplinary subjects in an entertaining and engaging way.

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Survey finds that professors, already liberal, have moved further to the left

Survey finds that professors, already liberal, have moved further to the left | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A survey being released today suggests that they are moving even more in that direction. Among full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, the percentage identifying as "far left" or liberal has increased notably in the last three years, while the percentage identifying in three other political categories has declined. The data come from the University of California at Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute, which surveys faculty members nationwide every three years on a range of attitudes.

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ETS in the Spanish Press: Una apuesta segura de futuro

ETS in the Spanish Press: Una apuesta segura de futuro | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Educational Testing Service (ETS) es la empresa global líder en la evaluación y análisis científico de la educación y la formación para instituciones y organizaciones, tanto públicas como privadas. Ofrece numerosos servicios en este ámbito y a nivel internacional.

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The Future of Scholarship

The Future of Scholarship | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A non-profit venture, edX was created to further a mission of accessible education started by MITx in 2011. With $60 million in startup capital provided by Harvard and MIT, edX constitutes one of the largest investments made in online education. Evidence suggests it will need the money. Online, accessible education has so far proved a lethal industry for some of its entrants: Columbia attempted its own program that failed in 2003, and a similar effort by Yale, Oxford, and Stanford closed six years ago due to insufficient funds. We can only hope that edX does not suffer a similar fate, as the status quo is in desperate need of change.

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