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Monetizing free online courses

Imagine someone taking a short, free, objective, informative course on health  insurance and then going to the website of the sponsoring company where she can  explore insurance options. That’s “wicking” from one experience (the free  course) to another (buying a health insurance policy). Des Moines is the perfect  venue to experiment with this. 

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The Sad State of Higher Education in America

The Sad State of Higher Education in America | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The basic question is: Are our universities citadels of knowledge or a huge stage for entertainment? America’s higher education seems to be held hostage to sports, athletic programs, and entertainment.

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MOOCs: How did we get here?

I’m at the Open Education conference in Park City, Utah. The conference is now in its impressive 10th year. I did a presentation following Andrew Ng (Coursera). Slides and video are below.
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Will future college degrees be based more on experience than classroom time?

Will future college degrees be based more on experience than classroom time? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The disruption shaking the business model of higher education continues. It started with the rise of online learning and for-profit institutions, and lately has been seen with the launch of massive open online courses. Now, a new disruptive trend is emerging: more granting of degrees based on life experience, rather than accumulated hours spent in classrooms.

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Stepping up to the Why (Part 1)

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There are a number of strategies post-secondary online educators can put into place to improve classroom performance.Students enroll into online programs for various reasons.
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Give Assessment a Fighting Chance

Give Assessment a Fighting Chance | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

At best, assessment is a process of discovery, a way to enhance teaching and learning, and an opportunity to highlight successful strategies that are already in place at our institutions. To give assessment the makeover it deserves, faculty members must engage in the process with a genuine sense of curiosity. We must ask ourselves what we want to know about student achievement and about how well our measurements of that achievement are working. Furthermore, we must share with our colleagues the ways in which our own teaching practices and philosophies have evolved based on the evidence we have gathered. In that context, assessment truly becomes an opportunity for learning—and for teaching.

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History and Future of Higher Education

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The initiative, called “The History and Future of Higher Education,” is being coordinated by Davidson, co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, or HASTAC. The sprawling collaborative includes dozens of universities across the world, international conferences, webinars, an open online discussion forum and -- of course -- a MOOC.
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Report Lays Out Recommendations for Reassessing Faculty Evaluations

Report Lays Out Recommendations for Reassessing Faculty Evaluations | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A report released on Friday by the American Educational Research Association offers recommendations for reassessing faculty evaluations at a time when colleges have faced serious financial pressures and increased scrutiny about the quality of instruction.
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Credentials for experience

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University has always been a rite of passage; a period of your life devoted to study and network building before entering the world of employment.
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Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You Went

Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You Went | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
College leaders say that by focusing on what people know, not how or when they learn it, and by tapping new technology, they can save students time and lower costs.
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Report on higher education – Fifty years on

Report on higher education – Fifty years on | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The report led by Lord Lionel Robbins also stands comparison with other fundamental interventions in the development of higher education in other countries in the 1960s.
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Next to the book, nothing will change education more than digital learning

Next to the book, nothing will change education more than digital learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
One of history’s earliest education disruptions came with the invention of the printing press.   The book, of course, followed, and both had huge implications for education — just as new technologies do today.
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Carolyn Wiberg's curator insight, November 1, 2013 2:47 PM

“The truth is that today’s education technology does hold immense promise, but what matters far more than the tools are what skilled hands do with them. And that’s where I’m afraid we’ve consistently gotten things wrong, and need to do much, much better.”

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Marketing Higher Education: A Historical Perspective

Marketing Higher Education: A Historical Perspective | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the higher education marketplace becomes increasingly competitive, institutional marketing has never been more important.
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AUDIO | Shifting the Institutional Mindset toward Competency

AUDIO | Shifting the Institutional Mindset toward Competency | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Introducing competency-based learning requires institutional leaders to undergo a cultural shiftBefore any change to an institution’s processes can take place, leaders must redefine their purpose, goals and understanding of education
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The Terrible Erosion of the College Curriculum

The Terrible Erosion of the College Curriculum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

At one time, it was common for colleges and universities to have a core curriculum for all students – courses that were thought to provide the foundation of a well-rounded education. Very few institutions of higher education have curricular requirements that come close to ensuring that their students receive a solid general education.

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Changing the Student Debt Game

Changing the Student Debt Game | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For those already in debt, there are some helpful options you may not know about it – and for future students, there are new initiatives in the pipeline
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Innovations to improve student success

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During a Senate committee hearing Thursday on innovations to improve student success, Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, outlined a four-year effort that is designed to produce a “cultural shift” among the state’s two-year colleges, which serve nearly one in eight adults in North Carolina.

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'Competency Map' Tracks Skills Relevant to Careers

'Competency Map' Tracks Skills Relevant to Careers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Competency maps are a visual dashboard that lets adult students track their demonstration of career-relevant competencies through each of their courses. With the maps, students will have a detailed way to show current and future employers exactly what they mastered in their degree programs as it relates to their professions. When it comes to measuring knowledge and skills, traditional grades provide a limited understanding of a student’s learning. That is why Capella has launched our personalized competency maps.

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Universities to adopt US-style 'grade points' system - Telegraph

Universities to adopt US-style 'grade points' system - Telegraph | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Twenty universities and colleges will mark students’ work using new “grade points” to replace the 200-year-old system of first, second and third class degrees
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Education research association releases recommendations on evaluating faculty

Education research association releases recommendations on evaluating faculty | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Departments should be using "evidence-based criteria" that focus on student learning. These might include teaching portfolios, classroom observation based on protocols, and surveys of students and graduates focusing on what they learned.
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Adding Industry Certifications to Degrees

Adding Industry Certifications to Degrees | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Uniting for-credit degree programming with non-credit industry certifications can be a massive benefit for students looking to gain employment after graduation.Professional and technical certifications are commonly accepted as validation of focused...
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Online Education as an Agent of Transformation

Online Education as an Agent of Transformation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Online education is beginning to show itself as a disruptive innovation, introducing more convenient and affordable services that can transform sectors.
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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:56 AM

As we learn from many examples throughout history, like the steamship example shared,  when change is happening, it is generally resisted by the masses, but as we know from innovative changes throughout history, once people experience the benefits of something new, it reduces the reliance on the "old ways".

Caroline Wood's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:15 PM

There are a lot of floor in these arguments but the use of on-line resources must definitely now be a part of education models. I just don 't believe it will replace class room experience, only enhance it. The example of Harvard in this article is definitely a casing point.

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Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu

Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Coursework to be assessed for academic credit by member institutions
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Students Tuning Out Humanities Professors

Students Tuning Out Humanities Professors | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The humanities meltdown is a huge indictment of the academic fads and trends of the last generation.
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 2, 2013 5:57 PM

"Today’s humanities faculties that can’t build student enrollments are like people who can’t sell umbrellas during a rainstorm: great teachers teaching great books and great ideas are exactly what most students need. Unfortunately, too many people in the field in the last generation were interested in producing bad or indifferent teachers who taught dull and impenetrable books filled with tendentious and superficial ideas. And as for concepts like character and spiritual development, forget it. Fortunately, this seems to be changing among many younger faculty and grad students and there are grounds to hope that the humanities in America will regain some balance and poise."

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Calls from Washington for streamlined regulation and emerging models

Calls from Washington for streamlined regulation and emerging models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Congress starts getting specific about higher education policy changes, with calls for deregulation and the expansion of competency-based education.
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