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Accreditors weigh into the growing political debate in DC over their field

Accreditors weigh into the growing political debate in DC over their field | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Accreditation, in the eyes of reformers, needs to change to put higher education on a path of booming innovation that will expand access and lower costs. The CHEA Conference in DC.
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Book - The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself

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The 19th century educational concepts we imported from Germany are not working well any more.That is the big argument that University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds makes in his just-published book.

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Google, Nest and Higher Ed

Google, Nest and Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
What new edtech opportunities this $3.2 billion acquisition might signal.
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Colleges Are Measuring Learning, But Not Because of Students. Is That a Problem?

Colleges Are Measuring Learning, But Not Because of Students. Is That a Problem? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It’s great that colleges are engaging in more learning assessment for their own reasons or due to pressure from groups like accreditors. Hopefully that will translate into higher-quality educational offerings. But  simply saying “if you improve it, they will come is not enough.” Consumers should play a more active role in demanding these kind of efforts too and rewarding those colleges that are willing to do such hard work.
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How To Tackle Competency Based Education in 5 Easy Steps - Edudemic

How To Tackle Competency Based Education in 5 Easy Steps - Edudemic | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Competency based education (or competency based learning) is one of those buzzwords that I hear thrown around often in the education world, but I talk to a lot of people who don't really grasp the concept well .
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New report urges more emphasis on adjunct faculty conditions in accreditation

Accreditors "can and should be doing more" on site visits and in their standards to address concerns about adjunct faculty employment and its effect on student learning, says a report out today from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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'Schools should do more to prepare students for work'

'Schools should do more to prepare students for work' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Employers, schools, colleges and careers advisers need to work together to inspire young people or we risk failing them, says Anne Thompson
    
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Colleges look to 'pathways' to enhance general education

Colleges look to 'pathways' to enhance general education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Administrators make the case for general education pathways at conference session.
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Facing the Facts in Higher Education

Soon, the recession will end and the aftermath will demonstrate that the place of higher education in a global economy will be different. Higher education must stake out its turf, add value, differentiate and admit that external forces washing over it represent unprecedented opportunity.
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Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable Online Learning in Institutions

Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable Online Learning in Institutions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The key opportunity for institutions is to take the concepts developed by the MOOC experiment to date and use them to improve the quality of their face-to-face and online provision, and to open up access to higher education. Most importantly, the understanding gained should be used to inform diversification strategies including the development of new business models and pedagogic approaches that take full advantage of digital technologies.

 

Beyond MOOCs Sustainable Online Learning in Institutions (PDF)

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Employer: “Many of the 'best universities' produce the worst employees.”

Employer: “Many of the 'best universities' produce the worst employees.” | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Employers put more faith in standardized test scores, which may be administered by others or, increasingly, by their own firms.
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Create and Publish Your Own Apps Featuring Digital Badges and Credentials

Create and Publish Your Own Apps Featuring Digital Badges and Credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Create and Publish Your Own Apps Featuring Digital Badges and Credentials: Credly announces the latest release of Open Credit, the world’s leading API for digital credentials and badges.
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Ivory Tower

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Ivory Tower questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the U.S.
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Billionaire Slim Translates Stanford Classes Into Spanish

Carlos Slim, the world’s second- richest person, forged a partnership with Coursera Inc. to translate online classes from colleges such as Stanford University into Spanish.
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Is Higher Education Worth The Price?

'Page One' filmmaker Andrew Rossi explores disruption in higher education in his latest documentary film, 'Ivory Tower.'
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Federal government needs to experiment with competency-based education (essay)

Federal government needs to experiment with competency-based education (essay) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Competency-based education holds much promise, but many questions remain -- which is why we need a federal program to experiment with it, Paul LeBlanc writes.
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The Governance Challenge for Ibero-American Universities

The Governance Challenge for Ibero-American Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Latin America has 8.5% of the world's population and produces 8.7% of global GDP, its universities represent only 2.2% of the top 500 in the Shanghai ranking.
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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. 2014 Report

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. 2014 Report | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Assessment of student learning continues to climb higher on the national agenda. There are multiple reasons for this, including persistent prods from external bodies such as accrediting and governmental entities and institutions recognizing that they need more and better evidence of student accomplishment.
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European Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges

European Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The report on higher education sets out how quality assurance is helping to establish quality goals and address challenges such as the expanding student population in Europe, which has grown by more than 25% to 20 million since 2000. It underlines the importance of making the most of ICT-based technologies. Transparency is also vital: quality assurance results should be publicly available and feed into strategic decision-making.
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Frequent Tests can Enhance College Learning

Grading college students on quizzes given at the beginning of every class, rather than on midterms or a final exam, increases both attendance and overall performance, scientists reported Wednesday.
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Colleges need better ways to evaluate courses

Colleges need better ways to evaluate courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Indeed, nobody really knows how well professors teach — or how much their students learn — in college. And that might be the biggest scandal of all.
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"In other words, professors with lower expectations got rewarded, even though their students didn’t learn as much. The professors who assigned more work taught their students more, but they were punished for doing so.

So should anyone be surprised that students’ grades keep rising? About 43 percent of college letter grades in 2011 were A’s, up from 31 percent in 1988 and 15 percent in 1960, a 2011 study found. "


Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/01/27/4004477/column-colleges-need-better-ways.html#storylink=cpy";
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AACU conference shows plenty of uses for e-portfolios

AACU conference shows plenty of uses for e-portfolios | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Electronic portfolios may help academic officers plug gaps in their programs, advisers guide students to a degree, and graduates find employment, but at a daylong conference on the increasingly popular tool, presenters urged their audiences not to get caught up in the hype.
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Have MOOCs Replaced the Classroom?

Have MOOCs Replaced the Classroom? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The studies on MOOC users concur: students come to MOOCs not as replacements for college, but as supplements. The average MOOC user is more likely to work from an office desk than a classroom desk. Many of the colleges that extend transfer credits for MOOCs have seen a tepid reception. Traditional students who participate in MOOCs see them as complements to their classrooms--as do most of the professors who've incorporated MOOCs into their syllabi.

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Tests to get into college now being followed by tests to get out

Tests to get into college now being followed by tests to get out | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
On weekend mornings all this winter, anxious high school juniors and seniors will be filing into school cafeterias to sweat through the SAT, ACT, and similar college entrance examinations as stern-looking proctors hover over them.
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Big Data and Higher Education | Visual.ly

Big Data and Higher Education | Visual.ly | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In this infographic, datascience@berkeley and the Global Agenda Council have teamed up to paint a picture of the higher education online landscape —
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