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Into the Future With MOOC's

Into the Future With MOOC's | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Some accredited colleges ill start accepting MOOC certificates as transfer credit. They'll see it as a tool for marketing and building enrollment. This is already starting to happen. Pressure to accept MOOC credits will build and gradually move up the higher-education food chain. Public officials eager to offer credible low-cost options to parents and students fed up with rising college prices will pile on. Many will question the quality of MOOC's, but that's the great thing about empiricism—courses can be evaluated and knowledge assessed.

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Global minds descend upon Chinese universities

Global minds descend upon Chinese universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Chinese universities are attracting more foreign students for degree programs, not just study abroad programs for a semester or year, China Daily reported. This year, Peking University has 1,500 new international students -- 900 of whom have enrolled in degree programs.

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4 Reasons Why Tech Investors Should Spend Time on Campus

4 Reasons Why Tech Investors Should Spend Time on Campus | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's influencers and decision makers are today's college students. I'd be worried about investing in any tech company that does not have a higher ed strategy, even if they are not in the ed tech business.
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Professor Craig Mahoney on learning and teaching for higher education today"

Professor Craig Mahoney on learning and teaching for higher education today" | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In the first of a new series, the HEA chief executive talks through the key development priorities for HEIs and the sector at large.
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Webinar: Digital Badges and Meaningful Microcredential

Webinar: Digital Badges and Meaningful Microcredential | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We will explore how informal and nontraditional learning environments are impacting how we think about education. In particular, we'll discuss peer-to-peer learning trends and unpack the need for microcredentials and badge-empowered learning, which Finkelstein is pioneering as part of major initiatives with groups such as the Smithsonian Institution, the New York City Department of Education, Yale University, WCET, and programs for schools, museums, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations across the globe. Finkelstein will share examples of new educational programs and online communities that leverage digital badges to build ongoing relationships with learners, foster engagement, and acknowledge learning that often goes unrewarded or unrecognized. Badges also help learners showcase discrete skills and competencies that have value in their current professional and social lives. We’ll look at how even formal educational programs can leverage the benefits of microcredentials
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Governance in Spanish Universities

This article reviews the current model of governance within Spanish universities, focusing on the areas of state regulation, academic goals, and organizational management. A qualitative approach was adopted for this research, comprising the use of a survey and a focus group. The conclusions of this study provide some insights into the new governance models being applied in Spanish universities and the implications of these models for academics, managers, and policy makers.
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Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway | Report

Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway | Report | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The report, "Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway: Preliminary Insights & Stakeholder Engagement Considerations," examines major themes reflecting attitudes shared by both current and former students, across institutions located in four states. If you are interested in encouraging dialogue and collaborative problem solving among stakeholders on your campus, including faculty, staff, students, and administrators, the last section of the report offers a set of questions developed to do so.
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2012 Education Innovation Summit. Scottsdale, AZ

In April 2012 GSV Advisors and Arizona State University hosted the third "Education Innovation Summit" with presentations on innovation and by new companies seeking to enter the education market. (Presentations are available here).
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A Conversation With Anant Agarwal, President of the edX Project

A Conversation With Anant Agarwal, President of the edX Project | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Agarwal: I think companies today are already moving in the direction of looking at competence. When they interview someone for a job, they are looking at a variety of qualifications. We often see it in software and technology, oftentimes people don’t necessarily look at what degree they have or from what school they graduated. They just look at how good you are and what recommendations you have. I see people sometimes in various fields that don’t even have a degree in that field. They are completely self-taught. I think that over time, as people look for more flexible kinds of skill sets and diverse, interdisciplinary skills, the whole concept of degrees will be changed. Today, degrees are “stovepiped”—you have a degree in mechanical engineering or you have a degree in electrical engineering—but the time is coming where we’re going to have a lot more interdisciplinary talent needed. The jobs will also require knowledge of energy, policy, computer science, writing, business, and so on.
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MOOCs challenge higher education’s business models

MOOCs challenge higher education’s business models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Elite universities with global brands – and those with at least national prominence – will be least affected by the sudden onset of massive open online courses or MOOCs, because they will always have markets for people willing to pay for the elite model of education, says a new report by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.
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Money Won't Solve Online Education's Downfalls, But Certification Will

Money Won't Solve Online Education's Downfalls, But Certification Will | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Certification courses had a significantly higher completion rate (36 percent) than those with a certificate (18 percent) or no certificate (10 percent).
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Rethinking assessment

Rethinking assessment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Traditional educational institutions are very well placed to provide campus as well as online education. At the same time they have to find ways to monetize open online education to cover their expenses. Which are the business models they can develop? Students as well as employers still rely heavily on formal certificates and diplomas provided by accredited institutions. In order to become successful, recognition of informal certificates by employers is essential. What can be done to encourage this? 
Verification of a student’s identity is essential in assessment, notably for institutions that provide accredited diplomas. How can we make online assessment more reliable? So please drop in.

Rethinking Educational Assessment
Thursday 6 September
16.30 - 18.00 CET
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Now In 600+ Schools And Open To Any Student, Lore Gives Higher Ed A Next-Gen Social Network

Now In 600+ Schools And Open To Any Student, Lore Gives Higher Ed A Next-Gen Social Network | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
With social networking having permeated the way we look for jobs, share photos and music, and discover news, a startup named Lore is on a mission to do the same for higher education, and potentially re-shape the way teachers and students communicate. Lore For Students, which launched in time for the new school year, gives college students the ability to create a learning profile to enable them to share what they’ve learned, what they’re studying and what they want to do after school, join class communities, academic groups and use real-time messaging to contact anyone in their network.
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Russia: New bill aims to cut the number of Higher Ed institutions

Russia: New bill aims to cut the number of Higher Ed institutions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As thousands of high school graduates enter universities on Saturday, a hotly debated bill to reform the nation's education system is inching forward. Russian legislators are considering and are expected to approve legislation that would shrink the number of universities, The Moscow Times reported. The idea behind the shift is for the nation to emerge with stronger universities that might fare well in international rankings.

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A Free Online University Tests the Waters

A Free Online University Tests the Waters | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Students worldwide get university education and broader perspectives from University of the People. Here is the NYTimes interviewing the founder of U of the People, Shai Reshef.
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Are Open Badges the Future for Accrediting Skills?

A presentation for the e-Assessment conference 2012 in Scotland on 31 August 2012.
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UND Professor: Jobs Focus Erodes Higher Education's Greater Purpose

UND Professor: Jobs Focus Erodes Higher Education's Greater Purpose | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Donald Poochigian, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Dakota, is upset at what he perceives as attempts by some to “drive a stake through the heart of liberal education.”
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Leaderonomics launches assessment unit

Leaderonomics launches assessment unit | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Leaderonomics, a social enterprise, focused on leadership development has launched its talent assessment business in line with its organisation’s core mission to transforming developing nations through leadership development.
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Mold a Degree From Thousands of Free College Courses

If we can teach and mentor our kids through home school K-12 curriculum if we choose in all 50 states, why can’t we do that for our kids and ourselves when it comes to college? Why can’t we acquire credit for our home schooled self-taught university courses from 100% accredited colleges and be awarded a degree – all for little or no cost? Can we, in fact, promote a college degree and follow up with a graduate degree? Yes, we can.
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Community College Research Center. New Report

Community College Research Center. New Report | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This paper builds on previous work arguing that community college success is dependent not only upon academic preparation but also upon a host of important skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are often left unspoken. Drawing on role theory and on a qualitative study conducted at three community colleges, this paper aims to clarify the role of community college student and the components of that role that must be enacted for students to be successful. Using data from interviews at the study sites, we provide a concrete, actionable description of the community college student role. We also present a framework that practitioners can use to help students learn how to be successful community college students.
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More Venture Capital for Higher Education: $10.75 million for rSmart - e-Literate

More Venture Capital for Higher Education: $10.75 million for rSmart - e-Literate | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education should follow private equity carefully. It may make the investments in teaching and learning that higher education could have made the past decade. It could create, productize, and support implementation of innovation that higher education has not yet done. It could, through public awareness and opinion, engage higher education is a series of failed experiments. Which of these follows depends upon higher education’s productive partnership with the investment community.
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Report. MOOCs and Disruptive Innovation

Report. MOOCs and Disruptive Innovation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
All industries have to cope with the disruption of the unfolding digital revolution, and education is no exception. This multi-faceted disruption can be seen in the new wave of MOOCs. The arrival of ‘massive open online courses’ appears to be another tectonic shift in the evolution of higher education and HE internationalisation. MOOCs are free of charge, designed for large numbers of people to take them at once, encourage peer-to-peer learning, and award certificates rather than academic course credit. This article, the first of a short series on disruptive innovation in HE, describes three new start-ups – Coursera, edX and Udacity – and explores the challenges they pose to traditional models of delivery in higher education.
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The Myths of Online Learning

The Myths of Online Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
More than one-third – six million – of all students in higher education took at least one online course in the fall of 2011.
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Tapping into MOOCs with Smartpens

Tapping into MOOCs with Smartpens | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Since MOOCs are still relatively new to the scene in online education, there hasn’t been much experimentation regarding different forms of technology. As of now, MOOCs develop their curriculum progressively through various online channels, including chat rooms, message boards, Facebook groups, and other mediums of online communication
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EFQUEL Innovation Forum. Sept. 5 -7, 2012.

EFQUEL Innovation Forum. Sept. 5 -7, 2012. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This conference will question why most educational institutions still educate tomorrow’s leaders, experts and workforce with yesterday’s tools. The contemporary education landscape is facing disruptive technological advancements and the promises of web 2.0 to foster a new mode of knowledge creation and collaborative learning among students around the world. We are always online, continuously updating and connecting to electronic information nodes in the globalised digital village of the web. A key issue to develop a balanced view on the topic from all perspectives: strategic, pedagogical, managerial as well as technological. We aim to bring in contributions from different domains and disciplines towards open innovation and thus quality.
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