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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

Ivory Tower | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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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Europe leads the way in new ranking of online and distance MBA programs

Europe leads the way in new ranking of online and distance MBA programs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Europe’s top business schools are currently outstripping their North American counterparts when it comes to the reputation of their online and distance MBA programs, a new global ranking shows.
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California: Time for a new higher ed plan?

California: Time for a new higher ed plan? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Leaders of California’s three state higher education systems met this week with Gov. Jerry Brown to pledge cooperation, especially in helping community college students transfer to state universities, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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General Education Maps and Markers

The AAC&U is working to redesign general education pathways, which it says are becoming obsolete and need to be better grounded in learning outcomes, or competencies. With a $2.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities is leading the ambitious effort. The goal is to “develop a portable and competency-based framework for general education,” the association said in this written statement. The General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project began last month. It will focus on both online and in-person academic programs.
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Coursera Flirts With Diplomas: Online 'Specialization' Is $250

Coursera Flirts With Diplomas: Online 'Specialization' Is $250 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Coursera's new Signature program brings online education a step closer to the traditional university approach toward diplomas and tuition.
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Eductional innovators will continue to experiment with ways to offer people what they want from an education.

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How LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook changed college admissions

How LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook changed college admissions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Want to get into college? Turn on your computer-- increasingly students and admissions counselors are using social networks and online tools in the admissions process.
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A Plan for State-Based Accreditation of Alternative Higher Education

A Plan for State-Based Accreditation of Alternative Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The point of higher education policy should be to make it easier and more affordable for good teachers to teach, willing students to learn, the economy to grow, and civil society to flourish.
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The idea is to allow the states to create their own accreditation bodies in addition to the federal one, which, crucially, would not be limited to degree granting programs. Instead, these could accredit any courses they deem fit be they MOOCs, corporate training courses, or even knowledge certification tests.
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President Obama set to convene meeting of large group of college leaders

President Obama set to convene meeting of large group of college leaders | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
One of the topics that administration officials have focused on in planning meetings with college presidents -- and have discussed publicly -- is the issue of undermatching: a phenomenon education researchers have said occurs when high-achieving low-income students fail to apply to or enroll in the college to which they are best-suited.
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Top Issues Facing Higher Education In 2014

Top Issues Facing Higher Education In 2014 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The last several years have seen much white water in higher education. The currents of change have propelled the sector toward, or onto, one rock after another. This year offers no prospect for relief.
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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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DQP draft version 2.0 open for public comment until March 15

DQP draft version 2.0 open for public comment until March 15 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Field tests of the Degree Qualifications Profile at more than 400 colleges have informed DQP version 2.0. Lumina is now accepting feedback on this improved draft. Leave feedback now »
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2014: The Year of Competency-Based Education

2014: The Year of Competency-Based Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the dust settles from the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) hype, higher education is ramping up to embrace a significantly different learning method.
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Bursting the MOOC bubble

Bursting the MOOC bubble | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
 by Isabel Bloedwater
After a couple of years basking in the spotlight the tide seems to have turned in MOOCland and we seem to be heading for the dreaded trough of disillusionment (now that's what I call a metaphor-rich opening!
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A Short History of Higher Education

A Short History of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The trend of colleges serving only the rich will be reversed.
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Colleges move to digital transcripts managed by outside firms

Colleges move to digital transcripts managed by outside firms | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it


 small group of private firms are seeing increasing demand for their repositories for e-transcripts, as colleges move away from paper versions for both incoming and outgoing students.



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seekUT - data and information for students in TX

seekUT - data and information for students in TX | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The University of Texas System just unveiled an ambitious data tool that gives current and prospective students a wealth of information about how recent graduates like them have fared in the job market. 
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How to Make MOOCs Work

How to Make MOOCs Work | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For MOOCs to work, a couple of things need to happen. First, MOOC providers must figure out how they can package their products for credential-granting institutions. In turn, a given institution must determine how, where -- and if -- MOOCs fit into an institution's general competitive advantage.  That will depend on the nature of the institution.  A top-tiered research institution employing renowned faculty of its own would probably have no place for MOOCs. In fact, such institutions are the very ones exporting their products to institutions on lower tiers of the higher education hierarchy. 
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Evidencing Employability Skills with Open Badges

Evidencing Employability Skills with Open Badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Can Open Badges provide a useful way of highlighting employability skills and attributes employers are looking for?
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