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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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Australian Minister: MOOCs offer enormous potential

Australian Minister: MOOCs offer enormous potential | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, represent an opportunity for students and universities, tertiary education minister Chris Evans said today.

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Rethinking Evaluation Methods for Remedial Education

Rethinking Evaluation Methods for Remedial Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

When it comes to remedial education, too many colleges use a testing system that simply ranks students and does not give much information about them.

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OpenStudy: Study Together

OpenStudy: Study Together | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Now you can earn Certificates of Participation for studying on courses offered by OpenStudy partners: OpenCourseWare Consortium, 20Million Minds Foundation, University of Notre Dame, University of California-Irvine, and TU Delft on their free and open courses.

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Common Core Drives Interest in Open Education Resources

Common Core Drives Interest in Open Education Resources | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Spurred by the adoption of common standards in nearly every state, educators are turning to open digital resources as they re-evaluate and realign curricula.

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Microsoft Introduces Office 365 for Higher Ed

Microsoft Introduces Office 365 for Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Last week, Microsoft announced Office 365 University, a cloud-based service to be made available to students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities. The company says that the service is scheduled to become “[a]vailable in the first quarter of 2013,” and will be free for higher ed users who have purchased Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011. (However, later in that same announcement a price of $1.67 per month is specified, which is still pretty good, but not as good as free).

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MOOCs from the Employer Perspective

MOOCs from the Employer Perspective | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The advisory board for our department consists mainly of successful alumni as well as some other local business leaders who have taken an interest in Trinity and the Trinity CS department. Most of the board was familiar with MOOCs and several had employees who were taking courses through MOOCs. Some were even paying employees to do so in order to acquire job related skill. This fact made it immediately clear that businesses are aware of the power of MOOCs and respect what they can do for continuing education in the field of Computer Science.

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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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Assessing Digital Badges

Assessing Digital Badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Among other benefits, digital badges make it much easier for students to signal their competencies and skills to prospective employers.

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Why is American Higher Education So Averse to Change?

American higher education is broken.At the very top, the most elite and prestigious institutions remain the best—the world still clamors to get into Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford... and a few dozen other households.

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A New Online Associate Degree

A New Online Associate Degree | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The latest model-busting higher education program comes from a novel partnership between a nonprofit college and a nonprofit organization, helped by a push (and some money) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's, announced today, is a new venture designed to provide online associate degrees to students who have more "grit" than traditional academic credentials. The program is a partnership between MyCollege Foundation, a nonprofit that received $3 million from the Gates Foundation as part of a program of grants for developing "breakthrough" learning models, and Mount St. Mary’s College, a Roman Catholic institution in Los Angeles with a focus on serving low-income and Latino students.

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Don't make an economic case for the liberal arts

Don't make an economic case for the liberal arts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In a society in which we expect all people to be effective citizens, all people need to have access to the liberal arts in order to have the knowledge and moral foundation that they need to think about what is a good life and a good society, and the skills necessary to help them work to achieve it here in our democracy.

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Free, high-quality and with mass appeal

Free, high-quality and with mass appeal | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The rise of these MOOC platforms also poses competition to lower-tier programmes, which will have difficulty justifying their prices in the face of free online courses from top schools. A recent report by Moody’s, the credit rating agency, warned that the platforms also posed a threat to for-profit universities.

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