The University of Western Australia will offer three free online courses early next year, including one on Australian studies, as it joins the MOOCs movement taking hold around the world. The university has partnered with Stanford, and will offer the courses via the ivy league university’s open-source Class2Go software.
This infographic is based on Cisco's newest thought leadership research: “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges: The Impact of Video in the Education.” The infographic provides a visual summary of the research report on the impact of video in education, how to strategically adopt video technologies into teaching and learning, and how to best guide students in the development of 21st century skills to prepare them for their role as global citizens.
The first website in Europe dedicated to information about the Continent's open and distance-learning courses has been launched. The Distance Learning Portal, part-funded by the European Commission, is designed to act as a one-stop shop for students wishing to explore alternatives to traditional university study. It is operated by Study Portals, which also runs websites that collate information on doctorates, short courses and master's degrees, among others.
Following its partnership with adaptive-learning startup Knewton, Wiley has announced that it will acquire Chicago-based online degree services company, Deltak.edu for $220 million. The acquisition, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the month, diversifies the publisher's higher-ed offerings and adds some fuel to its digital learning strategy.
In July of last year, Jon Bischke and John McGrath co-founded Entelo to help companies large and small identify and recruit technical talent. Entelo’s mission is simple: To revolutionize recruiting with a software solution that gives HR departments, recruiters and really anyone looking to hire an easier way to search for and identify the right candidates.
The Department of Education has no grand postsecondary agenda that I could detect, beyond its stated higher ed completion agenda (in which they got some pushback for the group), and of increasing access, improving quality, and reducing costs. So why ask that participants refrain from directly quoting the speakers and panelists? The reason is that for the participants to be brutally honest we needed to feel that our questions, admissions, and concerns would not show up as quotes in press articles, tweets, or blog posts. One of the goals of the symposium was to create a "safe place" where attendees can talk openly about challenges and frustrations within their institutions and companies. The Department of Education also wanted the participants to be brutally honest about where they felt that government (at any level) is a hinderance to innovation.
Marginal Revolution University (MRUniversity) is a new approach to online education led by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution. The first course offered is Development Economics. Watch the video to learn why MRUniversity is different.
The bread and butter of for-profit online universities such as American Public, Bridgepoint, Capella and the two giants – Phoenix and DeVry – is the working adult population. Not surprisingly, the top priority of this demographic is to improve career prospects, and The Parthenon Group found that for the first time students are willing to pay a premium of as much as $5,000 to get a degree from a high-profile, nonprofit institution that might abet this goal.
MOOCs challenge this perception. To date, the online education market has been dominated by the less prestigious universities, influencing perceptions of off-campus study. Now the world's best educational brands are lending their names, though not their degrees, to online ventures. When the University of Melbourne recently signed up to Coursera, the first line of its media release stressed that Coursera was a "prestigious online course provider".
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience at the National Press Club today that the country is more focused on improving education than ever before and saluted teachers, parents, students and community leaders for embracing real change in a challenging economy.
In the past six months, online education focused on massive open online courses (MOOCs) has taken off and it may have found its metaphor in the live laboratory. edX is experimenting with five practices, seeing what works in the new online environment.
Course Builder is Google's experimental first step in the world of online education. You can use it to create your own online courses, whether they're for 10 students or 100,000 students. Course Builder contains software and instructions for presenting your course material, including student activities and assessments and instructions for using other Google products to create a course community and to evaluate the effectiveness of your course.
Developing countries are striving to expand doctoral education, but may struggle to keep up with the demand for Ph.D.s. That is the conclusion of a European Universities Association report on the first comprehensive survey of trends in doctoral education across East Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa.
Would you like to learn more about Massive Online Open Courses? This week, we’d like to share with you (I) news of an upcoming session courtesy of Chris Luchs, our Associate Dean of Career & Technical Education, and (II) some MOOC news links for further reading. Enjoy!
In 2013, EAIE will convene its 25th annual conference in Istanbul, under the timely theme “Weaving the future of global partnerships”. Extending the networking and professional development landscape for US higher education administrators and faculty is critically important in the current context, and engagement with EAIE provides some exciting and timely opportunities to do just that.
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