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Future of MOOCs is about proving sustainable and scalable business models, says Udemy President

Future of MOOCs is about proving sustainable and scalable business models, says Udemy President | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The landscape of MOOCs is still dynamic and optimistic but continues to be challenging and uncertain. There is increasing competition and higher expectations for finding sustainable models.
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Is It Too Late To Reinvent Our Universities?

Is It Too Late To Reinvent Our Universities? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

It is clearly time for some objective thinking about what’s next for education, but the best solutions seem unreasonable to many of the experts who created the current systems.

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Rutgers U. liberal arts and science faculty join graduate school in Pearson boycott

Rutgers U. liberal arts and science faculty join graduate school in Pearson boycott | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Professors in School of Arts and Sciences joins the Graduate School in shunning online program partnership with Pearson.

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Credentialing the Remote Workforce (Part 1)

Credentialing the Remote Workforce (Part 1) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The rising population of remote workers is a promising market for higher education institutions that can adequately meet their job-specific needs.Companies and organizations are increasingly turning to remote workers to fill vital positions.
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Wisconsin Expands Competency-Based Offerings

Wisconsin Expands Competency-Based Offerings | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Four more institutions will participate in the University of Wisconsin System's competency-based education program, which is dubbed the UW Flexible Option.
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A Wolf at the Door of Academe

A Wolf at the Door of Academe | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The peril in which American colleges and universities now find themselves is a result of decades of complacency mixed with their willingness to exploit students financially and their eagerness to ensnare students in leftist ideology.  Weak academic programs have been oversold; students who lacked the requisite ability and motivation have been shuffled through; and the public has awakened to the reality that families, in many cases, have paid way too much for way too little.  The catchphrase for this is "the higher education bubble."  But let's stick with the wolfish metaphor.  Higher education has made itself the overfed prey of a ravenous predator.

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Welcome to Higher Ed Beta

Welcome to Higher Ed Beta | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Looking ahead in higher ed. A new forthcomingnsection at Inside Higher Ed.
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Colleges Can Still Save Themselves. Here's How.

Colleges Can Still Save Themselves. Here's How. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Despite some predictions, higher education's business model isn't about to collapse. But failure is not unprecedented, and preventive steps can be taken now.
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A Real Opportunity for Higher Education

A Real Opportunity for Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The impact of innovation in higher education is extraordinary and the possibilities are endless. At a time when we are seeing exciting new approaches in higher education, Congress should be working to promote progressive policies instead of creating additional barriers. Technology innovators stand ready to serve, but will Congress listen?

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Pointless Ph.D. Proliferation

Pointless Ph.D. Proliferation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The enormous glut of people who have earned their PhDs. but cannot find secure jobs.

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Humanities Studies Under Strain Around the Globe

Humanities Studies Under Strain Around the Globe | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Financing for college humanities programs has fallen steadily in the United States since 2009, echoing a trend across the globe. 

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Soft Skills for the Workplace

Soft Skills for the Workplace | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

So the 21st century is becoming the era in which we recognize the importance of soft skills, the role education plays in developing those skills, and the way they evolve throughout the life cycle. And we are developing new education, training, and intervention methods and new assessments in recognition of this importance.

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MOOC Attrition Rates -- Running the Numbers

MOOC Attrition Rates -- Running the Numbers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

"Before my MOOC launched, I did a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation of how many students I've ever had in the classroom, since I started teaching in grad school. And the number I came up with was, approximately 1400. The number of students who completed my MOOC is approximately equal to the number of students I've had in the classroom in my entire career."

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A good post by Jonathan Haber @DegreeofFree on MOOCs.

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MIT Sloan Follows Wharton, HBS in Offering MBA Courses Online

MIT Sloan Follows Wharton, HBS in Offering MBA Courses Online | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While MIT has been a champion of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, classes from the university's Sloan School of Management have been absent from MITx.

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MOOCs - Year of the Backlash

A little over 12 months ago, The New York Times famously dubbed 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.” What a difference 365 little days can make. Here at the back end of another calendar year, we wonder if 2013 might come to be thought of as “The Year of the Backlash” within the online higher education community.

 

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"The net contribution of the MOOC phenomenon, for the moment at least, may be a backsliding in the general acceptance of online learning – not least among faculty, who may fear they have the most to lose from MOOC mania, especially in the wake of controversial legislative proposals in a variety of states mandating that MOOCs be deemed creditworthy, thereby threatening further public divestment in higher education."


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The Uncertain Future of Learning Management Systems

The Uncertain Future of Learning Management Systems | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The learning management system marketplace is ripe for change as older providers are being sidelined by new innovators.Learning Management Systems (LMS) are currently alive and well.
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Davidson, edX, College Board To Develop Online Courses For AP Students

Davidson, edX, College Board To Develop Online Courses For AP Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A triumvirate of education parties has come together to offer online supplementation for Advanced Placement coursework.
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Academic Transformation: It’s About Technology, With a Capital “T” (Part 1)

Academic Transformation: It’s About Technology, With a Capital “T” (Part 1) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
New technological innovations have been bursting onto the educational scene for more than a century, but they are rarely created or introduced in such a way that promises real change.Ask the average person to define the word “technology” and he or...
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The disappearance of liberal arts colleges?

The disappearance of liberal arts colleges? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This is a time in American higher education history where we’re really in danger of seeing the disappearance of liberal arts college and liberal arts colleges have, in fact, been the backbone of American higher education.

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Higher ed disruptions doomed to fail without addressing state of the faculty

Higher ed disruptions doomed to fail without addressing state of the faculty | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We need the best ideas advanced for redesigning faculty roles, which can come through garnering ideas from all the key stakeholders and having these groups help move that vision into the overall system. We need courageous funders to invest not just in innovations – but in the capacity to innovate.
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Financing Higher Ed: The Friedman-Oregon Plan

Financing Higher Ed: The Friedman-Oregon Plan | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Oregon House recently approved a plan for experimenting with a new method of financing higher education: providing students with tuition-free education at state universities in exchange for a percentage (around 3%) of future earnings (over the next 25 years).

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Pennsylvania's 14-university system feeling the pain of budget cuts and demographic shifts

Pennsylvania's 14-university system feeling the pain of budget cuts and demographic shifts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed has already cut academic programs and staff members; now it has to cut more programs and professors.  

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An Overview on Competency-Based Education

An Overview on Competency-Based Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

There has been a significant amount of progress and interest in competency-based education. Here is a general overview.

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The MOOC Marketplace Takes Off

The MOOC Marketplace Takes Off | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The MOOC market (Massive Open Online Courses) has exploded. This month Coursera landed another $20M in funding, bringing their total investment to $63M (even more than edX's original $60M funding by MIT and Harvard).
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The Degree Qualifications Profile

The Degree Qualifications Profile | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Concerted efforts have been mounted to bring greater clarity and more widespread agreement about what credentials and degrees should represent by more precisely defining what college students in this country need to know and be able to do and at what level of proficiency. This paper is about the status and aspirations of one such effort, Lumina Foundation's Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).

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