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Harvard accuses 125 students of cheating

Harvard accuses 125 students of cheating | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Harvard University is investigating about 125 undergraduates accused of jointly submitting responses, some word-for-word identical, on a spring take-home final exam in an introductory government class that prohibited collaboration.

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Isn't it time for curricular innovation in Latin America?

Today, Latin America is participating more actively in the complex, competitive international economy.  Brazil and Mexico are now counted amongst the world’s largest economies.  Recent economic growth in many Latin America countries surpasses the US and much of Europe. More young people in the region have access to higher levels of education.  If the region is to depend less on the north for innovation, technology, products, and ideas than in the past, local talent must be cultivated.  This talent is less likely to flourish within the current pattern of university education that delivers and tests detailed knowledge of a single discipline. 
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Silicon Valley's Siege of Higher Ed -

Silicon Valley's Siege of Higher Ed - | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

According to the National Venture Capital Association, investment in education technology companies increased from less than $100 million in 2007 to nearly $400 million last year. For the huge generator of innovation, technology, and wealth that is Silicon Valley, higher education is a particularly fat target right now.

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Is College’s Stone Age About to End?

Is College’s Stone Age About to End? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Excessive specialization has created a culture of expertise that has distorted higher education and had a negative impact on faculty members, students and the broader society. When education is more and more about less and less, it becomes counterproductive. Universities have moved at a glacial pace but change is now occurring at warp speed. The way knowledge and institutions are structured is not set in stone but changes with new technologies of production and reproduction.

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UK. In the wider view, colleges sparkle and sputter

UK. In the wider view, colleges sparkle and sputter | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Further education colleges are doing better than expected in attracting students from areas with low rates of higher education participation, but they also have higher-than-predicted dropout rates from some types of student. These are the main findings of a report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Widening Participation and Non-Continuation Indicators for Further Education Colleges, released on 22 August.

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20 Things To Know About How Big Data Is Changing Schools

20 Things To Know About How Big Data Is Changing Schools | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This infographic from Online Degrees sheds some light on projects currently underway at colleges, the pros and cons of ‘big data’ and a whole lot more.

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MOOCs and the Changing Face of Higher Education

MOOCs and the Changing Face of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Although universities are usually slow to change, in recent months several high-profile institutions have begun to experiment with offering courses to unprecedented numbers of simultaneous learners anywhere in the world for free. Long-term, sustainable funding is a concern. None of the major players has yet to establish a viable business model, although Udacity and Coursera are experimenting with several options. Udacity offers students the possibility of being connected with potential employers at no cost to students. They are also partnering with Pearson VUE to offer proctored exams for students participating in classes counting towards official certification. These exams will be offered for a “nominal fee.”

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First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As the first humanities MOOCs hit the ground, professors and students contemplate the limitations of Coursera's peer-grading system.

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Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model?

Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The idea of free online education and degrees has also garnered skepticism along with enthusiasm. Experts are concerned about the financial sustainability of such a purely non-profit model, and it seems that no clear answer is available, other than to charge students modest fees for certain aspects of their education.
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The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education

The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A lengthy literature estimating the returns to education has largely ignored the for-profit sector. Students who complete associate’s degrees in for-profit institutions earn around 22 percent, or 11 percent per year, and we find some evidence that this figure is higher than the returns experienced by public sector graduates. Our findings suggest that degree completion is an important determinant of for-profit quality and student success. "Recent work assessing the costs of a for-profit college education (Cellini 2012) suggests that the earnings gains we find may be enough to offset the costs for associate’s degree completers, but this is likely not the case among dropouts or attendees more generally."

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The higher-ed boom continues

The higher-ed boom continues | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The newest data on state and local employment from the Census shows that municipal jobs in America, as measured by full-time workers and full-time equivalent workers, have declined by about 2.6 percent, or 441,000 jobs, from the peak in 2009 through 2011. Some of the biggest cuts have come in administrative government jobs. But the biggest gains have been in public higher education.
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The Revolution: Top Ten Disruptors of Education

The Revolution: Top Ten Disruptors of Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
New online learning models are bursting from startups and top universities, bridging the educational divide.Here are the leading new platfoms disupting the education world.
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American Colleges' Tenuous Business Model

The key thing you have to understand about the threat that Massive Open Online Courses pose to the business model of traditional colleges is that traditional colleges have a business model. It's a bit of a strange business model because the colleges aren't organized as businesses, but it's a business model all the same.
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New Study Finds 11 Real Ways Technology Is Affecting Education Right Now

New Study Finds 11 Real Ways Technology Is Affecting Education Right Now | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Research shows that majority of students are more likely to bring a laptop than a print textbook to class with 53% of device owners reading eTextbooks frequently.
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Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data

Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There’s a lot to unpack about learning analytics — everything from how student data is captured to how it will be used. For all of its promises — and there are many, as evidenced below — the two biggest areas of concern regarding using student data are around issues of privacy, as in who has access to student information and what are the possible negative ways that information could be used, and how student data might be used against educators. Privacy is addressed in this otherwise mostly positive infographic, created by Australia’s informED, which takes a crack at explaining all the different aspects.
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2013 Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Conference

2013 Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Conference | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association cordially invites you to attend the 2013 International HETL Conference to be held at the University of Central Florida, in cooperation with the UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.  Early bird registration is open from June 23 to October 1, 2012. Regular registration is open from October 2 to December 15, 2012. On-site Registration is January 13 - 15, 2013.

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A Graduate Program Guide for Students. New Website

A Graduate Program Guide for Students. New Website | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The design of the site is clean and intuitive. It’s made for young people on the go. Students will be able to rate on a scale from one to ten stars their graduate programs in the areas most important to those in graduate school: Academic Rivalry, Athletics, Campus Housing, Campus Safety, Campus Food Services, Career Support, Education Quality, Extracurricular Activities, Faculty Accessibility and Support, School Use of Technology, Social Life, Student Diversity, Surrounding City/Town, and Transportation. Then, students can leave a short comment.

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4 (Good) Reasons to go to Grad School

4 (Good) Reasons to go to Grad School | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Whether it crosses your mind while you are still an undergrad or after you are years out of college, almost every college graduate contemplates going to graduate school. Whether it’s law school to get a jd or a phd program in sociology, the idea of having an advanced degree is something that many seriously consider. How can you avoid going to graduate school “just to go?” What are good reasons to go to grad school? Here are some of the better reasons to go to grad school.

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U.Va. president calls for academic changes

U.Va. president calls for academic changes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is calling for measures aimed at improving faculty and changes in curriculum, including peer review and merit-based raises.

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Canadian universities warned of sex-industry recruiters

Canadian universities warned of sex-industry recruiters | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Recruiters could show up at British Columbia colleges and universities this year looking for students to work as strippers, says the province’s minister of advanced education, Naomi Yamamoto.
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Reshaping Innovation into the 21st Century: What is the Role of Higher Education?

Reshaping Innovation into the 21st Century: What is the Role of Higher Education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There is a critical role that universities, with their units of continuing and professional learning can play in societal innovation for the future. This topic is quickly becoming an urgent need. We need to think ‘outside the box’ and quickly, in order to make this happen!
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Massively Online Open Courseware – Massively Off Course?

Massively Online Open Courseware – Massively Off Course? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The dean of CLAS at The U of Connecticut mulls the prospects of a hot trend in higher education. His main idea is that for individuals working in higher education, staring at technological change and reading alarming editorials and features in the newspapers, there’s a temptation to panic. That’s a mistake -he argues. Good universities confronting technological change should play to their strength: a talent pool with a broad perspective and deep expertise. If we stay current, try new things, and keep a critical, but not overly critical eye on the opportunities, we’ll find that technology only makes us stronger.
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25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Higher Education

25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
From pivotal figures in higher ed history to surprising facts about the development of colleges to dark secrets about our educational past, here is an assortment of facts about the history of higher education in America
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Education reform in the next White House- AEI Event

While education has been largely sidelined throughout the U.S. presidential campaign trail, a well-trained, highly skilled and globally competitive workforce is crucial to solving some of America’s biggest challenges. Whoever wins the 2012 presidential election will set the federal education mandate for states, districts and schools, but the true test will be whether America can successfully close the domestic
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MOOCs: What are they and why should we pay attention?

Right now massive online open courses, or MOOCs, are one of the hot topics in the education world. This sliding scale of MOOCs also raises questions as to how course participation and completion can be accurately accredited and valued. If not all MOOCs are created equal, what does that mean for the ability to list a MOOC on a resume or professional profile? Some systems are already beginning to emerge, such as the Open Badge system from Mozilla that offers external indicators of achievement or course completion in the form of badges that are not specifically linked to any particular course management system.However, this verification of both the course itself and the completion and participation of the student will undoubtedly continue to evolve. Ultimately, it might prove relatively important on the lasting presence and influence MOOCs will be able to have in the online education community.
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