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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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Introducing Floqq

Welcome to Floqq. The leading continuous learning marketplace where you can teach and learn what you love.

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MOOCs will never replace traditional higher ed

MOOCs will never replace traditional higher ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

MOOCs are great for supplementing learning but MOOCs will never replace traditional higher education. It can’t replicate the experience, and there are many who still abhor online learning due to its impersonal nature. But, perhaps MOOCs can supplement learning and be a place where students collect knowledge that others on the Internet can openly access.

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Study: Little Difference in Learning in Online and In-Class Science Courses

Study: Little Difference in Learning in Online and In-Class Science Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A study in Colorado has found little difference in the learning of students in online or in-person introductory science courses.

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Coursera, Pedagogy, and the Two Faces of MOOCs

Coursera, Pedagogy, and the Two Faces of MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs to the left of me and MOOCs to the right of me. What does it all mean? A look at Coursera, pedagogical approaches, and xMOOC versus cMOOC.
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No, Minnesota did not kick Coursera out of the state (Updated)

No, Minnesota did not kick Coursera out of the state (Updated) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Minn. law compels education institutions to register, but Coursera isn't one. Despite many media reports that Minnesota has forced online education platform Coursera to forbid Minnesotans from taking classes online, the state official in charge of this policy says it has done no such thing.
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Minnesota Bans Free Online Courses

Minnesota Bans Free Online Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Almost as heartbreaking as burning books, a move by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will rank among those incomprehensible moments in human history when we seem to be handicapping ourselves for no reason.
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How MOOCs Benefit Higher Education

How MOOCs Benefit Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

MOOCs are definitely a good thing–both for online users and higher education. It'll definitely be interesting to see what top universities do over the next few years to increase access to MOOCs and improve their overall quality. The future of MOOCs is uncertain, but it seems pretty bright. It just makes sense for universities to get on board.

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Committed to Online Student Success: Providing Coaching to Help Students Succeed

Committed to Online Student Success: Providing Coaching to Help Students Succeed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Coaches can help adult students navigate their higher education experience with ease, often supporting students to degree completion. In the next decade, the number of adult learners in the U.S.

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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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Udemy rolls out new “dummyproof” course creation platform for teachers

Udemy rolls out new “dummyproof” course creation platform for teachers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Udemy has made a move to further break away from the current pack of online video education providers by releasing a new “dummyproof” publishing platform aimed at teachers to help them create their own quality online courses.

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Measuring Colleges' Impact

Measuring Colleges' Impact | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

State lawmakers increasingly want to tie public funding of higher education to colleges' performance. But measuring sticks that reflect the differences between institutions and who they serve are hard to find. HCM Strategists and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are trying to fill that gap with a series of new research papers and issue briefs. The campaign, dubbed “Context for Success,” attempts to give policymakers and colleges tools to better judge what works in higher education.

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MOOCs: Excitement and Apprehension

MOOCs: Excitement and Apprehension | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

It is hard to review any current news articles or listserv postings on the future of higher education without finding a few prominent references to the potential impact of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). 

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From Socrates to MOOCs: Martin Vetterli at TEDxHelvetia

President of the Swiss National Science Foundation and EPFL Professor, Martin Vetterli takes us on a rollercoaster ride though the history of learning and education.
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Minnesota Decides Not to Suck After All, Legalizes Free Online College Courses - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Minnesota Decides Not to Suck After All, Legalizes Free Online College Courses - Hit & Run : Reason.com | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
That was fast.  Slate is reporting this evening that one day after the Internet lost its collective mind with rage, Minnesota has backed off its announced ban on free online courses like the ones offered by Coursera and Marginal Revolution University.
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The elephant in the chat room: will international students stay at home?

The elephant in the chat room: will international students stay at home? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

With free, quality online education from brand-name universities, will overseas students go to Australia?

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The university experience —then and now

The university experience —then and now | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The old conception of the university, as I experienced it as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne in the mid to late 1960s, is dying or is dead. One may regret its passing, as I do in very many ways, but minimal realism forces one to accept that it will not come back.

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