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Cartoon. MOOCs and Business Schools

Cartoon. MOOCs and Business Schools | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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Cartoon in the Financial Times about MOOCs and business schools.

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Accredible: Now Supporting 850 MOOCs

Accredible: Now Supporting 850 MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Millions of students enrolled in online courses can build credibility around their learning and showcase it to the world on Accredible.
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MOOCs, edX and the reinvention of education

MOOCs, edX and the reinvention of education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

What edX is intending to do is to thus expand higher education and not destroy universities.  It aims to provide traditional university models with the tools, research, and pedagogy to succeed in a growing digital culture and face the other challenges with respect to learning and recruitment in higher education.

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Essay on the need to focus higher ed reforms on the right goals, not just quick change

Essay on the need to focus higher ed reforms on the right goals, not just quick change | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
MOOCs, competency-based education and other forms of reform are based on worthy ideas, writes Dan Greenstein. But in the chase for the next big thing, some have forgotten the goal of improving higher education, not just making it more efficient.
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'Watered Down' MOOC Bill Becomes Law In Florida

'Watered Down' MOOC Bill Becomes Law In Florida | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law last week to encourage the state's K-12 and higher education systems to use massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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The Commoditization of Higher Education in Australia

The Commoditization of Higher Education in Australia | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
There are many similarities between higher education in the United States and Australia, but the government support of tuition levels mean Australian higher education institutions must compete on factors other than price.
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Great scoop. You may also enjoy this ranking showing 6 Australian Cities among the Top 50 student cities. With 2 in the Top 5! http://www.topuniversities.com/city-rankings/2013
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Long-term thinking needed in higher education - University World News

Long-term thinking needed in higher education - University World News | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
One can predict that the next set of ad hoc conferences and short-term research projects may be on massive open online courses and other elements of distance education.
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Future Job Seekers Will Need Higher Education

Future Job Seekers Will Need Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The U.S. economy will create 55 million job openings between now and 2020, according to a new study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.
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Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech startup accelerator

Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech startup accelerator | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Pearson Catalyst, the new ed tech startup program launched by publishing company Pearson, has announced the companies in its inaugural class.
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As More Attend College, Majors Become More Career-Focused

As More Attend College, Majors Become More Career-Focused | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

There is now a higher distribution of career-focused college majors, but these degrees may be going to students who would not have gone to college at all in prior generations.  The more important moral and policy question is what academic requirements should be in place, whether in English composition or probability and statistics, among students across all majors – including those who go to college with a specific career in mind.

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interesting perspective

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New OER Exchange Opens with 680,000 Free Learning Objects -- Campus Technology

New OER Exchange Opens with 680,000 Free Learning Objects -- Campus Technology | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Educational technology company Pearson has launched its OpenClass Exchange for instructors. Out of the gate, the new open education resource (OER) catalog will include links to 680,000 instructional and learning items.
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Study suggests careful navigation in move toward massive open online courses

The MOOC Minefield. Higher education should tread carefully.  That is one of the main findings in the first public opinion survey in the United States comparing five key audiences affected by massive open online courses or MOOCs.  The survey, commissioned by Brodeur Partners, was also the first to test messages in support and opposition to adopting a MOOC program.
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Survey: Online learners are starting to resemble on-campus learners

Survey: Online learners are starting to resemble on-campus learners | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Students seeking online degrees might soon resemble traditional on-campus students, according to a new survey sponsored by two companies involved in online education consulting.
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Dear Harvard Arts & Science professors, it is not MOOCs you have to fear

Dear Harvard Arts & Science professors, it is not MOOCs you have to fear | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The excitement about MOOCs is simply a reflection of the fact that we are at a tipping point of unsustainability in the current world order. MOOCs will be one of a range of events that will bring about change to an industry that has so far resisted the transformations happening to all other industries around it.

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A MOOC for AP Computer Science...

A MOOC for AP Computer Science... | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

This week, News Corp.’s education arm Amplify announced a high school MOOC for AP Computer Science. The course, which kicks off in August, is intended to give students two semesters of academic instruction in preparation for the College Board’s exam. The online program, taught by an experienced high school teacher, is free to students. And an added option, called MOOC Local, which provides schools with students in the CS MOOC additional resources, will cost $200 per student but is free to schools for the first year.

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Will MOOCS Wear Out Their Welcome?

Will MOOCS Wear Out Their Welcome? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The real problem is that eventually the new creations (MOOCS) will wear out their welcome. 
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Americans Say Graduates' Jobs Status Key to College Choice

Americans Say Graduates' Jobs Status Key to College Choice | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
A new Gallup Poll has found that the factor adult Americans are most likely to say is most important in selecting a college is the percentage of graduates who are able to find a good job. That factor was picked by 41 percent of those polled, followed by the price of the college (37 percent) and graduation rates (16 percent). The wealthier that respondents were, the more likely they were to say that the job success of graduates was the most important factor.
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Four ways higher education is being ‘unbundled’

Four ways higher education is being ‘unbundled’ | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
More urgent. More crowded. More expensive. Also, more flexible and accessible to millions.
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Coursera under fire in MOOCs licensing row

A prominent member of the open education movement, former Open University Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel, has criticised online education provider Coursera for not making its materials available under creative commons licensing.
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Moocs? They’re a cracking good idea

Moocs? They’re a cracking good idea | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, believes that online learning will not eradicate the role of lecturers but rather change its focus to helping students gain deep understanding.

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Anand Agarwal explains the non-profit nature and the ways to ensure the Financial sustainability of edX and the moove from MOOCs to Spocs:
“I have had five start-up companies in my career…so I do see making money as a good thing,” Agarwal explains. “But for me and the edX founding partners – MIT and Harvard University – education is a basic human right that everyone should have access to”.
“Of course, no firm can survive without revenue, and the former egg seller has hatched a number of plans to try to ensure the financial stability of his company:”
1. the licensing of its online courses to other higher education institutions. The idea is that students can view video lectures at home, or on campus in their own time, before receiving face-to-face instruction and guidance from their institution’s academics.
“For these courses, Agarwal has a new acronym – Spocs, which stands for small, private, online courses. Plans are already in place to license Spocs to a dozen California State University campuses from autumn this year.”
““What we might want to charge a university depends on the number of students, but one could imagine it should be in the order of the price of a textbook per student,” Agarwal explains, suggesting that “$50 to $100 [£32 to £65] per student” would be a “reasonable” figure.”
2. Agarwal says that the next step will be to exploit the revenue potential in “executive education”, known in the UK as continuing professional development, by creating Spocs that firms pay for in order to develop their staff.
“We believe in a non-profit approach to education, but we aren’t opposed to making money or to bringing in revenues,”
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How Technology Will Change Entry-Level Higher Education

How Technology Will Change Entry-Level Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Innovation is just beginning within the terrestrial college campus and I think the next opportunity lies in introductory courses. 101 courses are the building blocks upon which college students learn a new subject, discover interests, and set a course of study.

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Big data goes to college: ed tech startup Civitas Learning scores $8.75M

Big data goes to college: ed tech startup Civitas Learning scores $8.75M | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Civitas Learning, an Austin-based startup, has raised $8.75 million to help colleges and universities make data-driven decisions.
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Why Are So Many College Graduates Driving Taxis?

Why Are So Many College Graduates Driving Taxis? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
It’s a parent’s nightmare: shelling out big money for college, then seeing the graduate unable to land a job that requires high-level skills.
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC? (Me.)

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC? (Me.) | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The MOOA idea was, of course, satire. However, I must report that two educational consultants contacted me to offer their services in bringing my MOOA to the market. Additionally, three separate reporters called to discuss the MOOA concept. When I explained that MOOA was a satire, one asked, "Are you sure?"
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OECD 'Education at a Glance' report considers relationship between recession, education and employment

OECD 'Education at a Glance' report considers relationship between recession, education and employment | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The latest edition of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s "Education at a Glance" report highlights the relationship between educational attainment and employment, finding that the gap in employment rates between those with high and low levels of education widened during the recession.
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