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India’s Answer to M.I.T. Presents 268 Free Online Courses (in English)

India’s Answer to M.I.T. Presents 268 Free Online Courses (in English) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
India is making a point of putting free courses on the web. Rather quietly, they’ve amassed some 268 courses, giving anyone with an internet connection access to 10,000+ video lectures
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There's gold in them there hills of online learning

The MOOCs consolidation within prestigious universities follows years during which the open-courseware and online education movements were low-key, collegial affairs promoted as altruistic means of making higher education free and available to all. Now they are increasingly about figuring out how to make (or at least not lose) money.
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Khan Academy Launches Computer Science Academy

Khan Academy Launches Computer Science Academy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Khan Academy turned a major corner in its evolution and development this month as it launches a computer science training program that could rival CodeAcademy and others. Here's a roundup of how the tech media covered the announcement.

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Altius Education

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Altius Education is an online institution that hosts an academic design, institutional model and university community online. It defines itself as a fresh approach to higher education

Part university. Part technology company. 

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World Education University’s Scott Hines on Making a Global Impact

World Education University’s Scott Hines on Making a Global Impact | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
WEU includes a competency-based model requiring students demonstrate industry competencies in their respective subject areas before the graduate. Educational design revolves around industry needs and the needs of each student.
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Time's up for four-year degree

Time's up for four-year degree | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

UNIVERSITIES should be reimagined to allow students to come and go, taking short packages of learning that add up to flexible qualifications, says the chairman of the prestigious Fulbright foreign scholarship board.

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44 Higher Education Experts to Follow on Twitter

44 Higher Education Experts to Follow on Twitter | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Twitter is easily the best way to stay on top of news on the web. These higher education experts will keep you informed and entertained.

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Empowered UCLA Extension: What is a Certificate?

One of the most popular questions we get is, “how does a certificate program compare to a Master’s Degree?” Most Master’s Degree programs take about 2 years to complete, while the Empowered UCLA Extension certificate programs are designed to be completed in-full within one year (sometimes less). Our certificate programs are also significantly less expensive than a Master’s Degree, and as our survey shows, they are widely accepted in the workplace.

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Comparing Talking MOOCs

Comparing Talking MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Throw a brick out a window nowadays and you are liable to hit an article about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

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Top 25 Education Activists in the U.S. Today - Online Universities

Top 25 Education Activists in the U.S. Today - Online Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Here, we highlight some of the most outspoken voices, biggest players, and influential parties shaping education at all levels today.

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‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites

‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

An online-learning group is creating a new kind of free class, known as a mechanical MOOC (for “massive open online course”), that will patch together existing resources from open-learning sites. There's a new kind of massive open online course (MOOC), and it lacks an instructor, The New York Times reported. The course will combine existing materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCoureware project, quizzes from Codeacademy, study groups from Open Study, and will be coordianted by Peer 2 Peer University. With those services, organizers said, an instructor (while central to other MOOC offerings) won't be necessary. The first offering will be on a computer programming language and is called "A Gentle Introduction to Python."

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Are we at the crossroad in Higher Education?

Are we at the crossroad in Higher Education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Is disruptive technology playing as the strange attractor here? Are the sort of investments based on disruptive technology giving more choices for the learners?  Or will education become a commodity managed under a entrepreneurial business setting?
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Coursera Creates a Successful Global Higher Education Community

Coursera Creates a Successful Global Higher Education Community | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What makes Coursera’s online classes different from the countless online lectures that are already out there?

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Affordable education: Re-educating the educators

Affordable education: Re-educating the educators | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Here are the facts: the sticker price of a college degree is steep and getting steeper. An innovative education that employs multiple learning techniques has a much better chance of graduating student innovators -- a group that seems to be in short supply.
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From MOOCs to SOOCs

From MOOCs to SOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

You have heard about MOOCs over the past 2 months. MOOCs are the latest and hottest things in the world of higher education. While the word is that MOOCs are the future of learning or even online learning, a new modality called SOOCs are for some a better response to the professional development needs of higher ed professionals.

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Competency-Based Education: A Primer for Today's Online Market

Competency-Based Education: A Primer for Today's Online Market | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What actually is “competency-based education” and why has it taken so long to expand beyond Western Governors University?

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Universities in ‘panic’ over student recruitment, claims marketing consultant

Universities in ‘panic’ over student recruitment, claims marketing consultant | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Universities are facing a “student recruitment crisis” in clearing and some are 2,000 short of their number targets, according to a marketing consultancy.

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Looking at Ed Tech Companies: 2tor, Inc.

Looking at Ed Tech Companies: 2tor, Inc. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Founded in 2008 by a unique team of education veterans with unparalleled experience, 2tor Inc. partners with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online to students globally.

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Empowered

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Empowered is a for-profit company, which has developed technology and services to enable the delivery of UCLA Extension certificate programs on an iPad app to those seeking a career change or enhancement.

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Blackboard's New Platform Strategy

Blackboard is embarking on a fairly radical, high-risk/high-reward strategy of re-architecting both their platform and their business model. The implications of what they are attempting are much larger than you might infer from the press releases.

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Discovery Invests in Digital Textbooks in Hopes of Growth

Discovery Invests in Digital Textbooks in Hopes of Growth | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Under pressure to expand, media companies are capitalizing on the changes that technology is bringing to classrooms. Education is emerging as an answer, largely because executives see a way to capitalize on the changes that technology is bringing to classrooms — turnabout as fair play, given the way that the Web has upended major media’s own business models."

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Irish Universities call for changes to Leaving, points system

Irish Universities call for changes to Leaving, points system | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Leaving Cert exam and the CAO points system do not promote positive education values or personal development, university presidents have advised Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.

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Udacity Cancels Free Online Math Course, Citing Low Quality

Udacity Cancels Free Online Math Course, Citing Low Quality | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Udacity, a start-up company offering free online courses, last week canceled a course, “Logic and Discrete Mathematics,” that was due to begin this summer, saying the lectures and materials it had prepared on the topic did not live up to its quality standards.

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The Death and Life of Higher Education

Universities as we know them are in a death spiral, but entrepreneurs will reclaim higher education. A portfolio that takes badges and scores and transforms them into a meaningful, deeply personal narrative that has been verified as true by others has the promise of becoming a powerful draw for millions to more deeply embrace the difficult journey of life, as lifelong learners. If educational entrepreneurs do this, and convince millions of volunteer teacher-guides, accountability partners, and students to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, we will change the world.
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