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New ‘TED Talks Education’ Brings Big Names And Big Ideas

New ‘TED Talks Education’ Brings Big Names And Big Ideas | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson, Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and more take on big topics in the all-new TED Talks Education. Full feature presentation is here.
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New MOOC ‘Instreamia’ Offers Language Learning With A Twist

New MOOC ‘Instreamia’ Offers Language Learning With A Twist | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There's a new MOOC on the block and it's getting ready to help you learn Spanish and perhaps another language in the future.
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Is this really a MOOC?
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India’s Competitive Edge, Not!

India’s Competitive Edge, Not! | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We are constantly told that America needs to import its engineers from abroad—specifically China and India—in order to make up for a perceived talent deficit in the United States. The reality is that out of the 500,000 engineers who graduate per year from India, only 2.6% are employable and over 50% don’t have skills to succeed.  Moreover, About 80% of Indian students have not mastered the basics of reading or mathematics.

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Major Publishers Go MOOC

Several major publishers will experiment with offering free course materials to Coursera users enrolled in the Silicon Valley-based company's massive open online courses.
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OERs increase access, drop book expenses

OERs increase access, drop book expenses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

OER use is new enough that data on student performance are not readily available. Early evidence at SCC shows that students are doing just as well with digital material as with traditional textbooks. TCC has found the same thing.

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Study: Hispanic College-Going Rate Tops White Rate

Study: Hispanic College-Going Rate Tops White Rate | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
An all-time high of 69 percent of Hispanics graduating from high school in 2012 enrolled in college that fall, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center.
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edX president on how MOOCs will change higher education

edX president on how MOOCs will change higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, president of edX, shared his thoughts at a panel on Friday. At the forum, Agarwal dropped the news that edX, the Harvard and MIT-funded MOOC provider, would announce "a significant number" of university partnerships in the "next few weeks." This news has big implications for both online learning and higher education. Many university educators fear MOOCs will replace them, and the new partnerships will only serve to heighten that anxiety. 
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What Is Higher Education For?

What Is Higher Education For? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There is little agreement about what universities’ core competencies actually are. Students want them to emphasize personal growth and amenities; the faculty favors pure scholarship and graduate education; politicians want job training and economically productive research; and so on. None of these constituencies “owns” the university. On the other hand, none can simply be ignored. As a result, nothing much gets done.
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Online Learning System Aims at Predicting Success or Failure

Online Learning System Aims at Predicting Success or Failure | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Computer-based educational systems have long helped impart information to students and assess their understanding of it. The next step, one company in the field says, is using their behavior to make predictions.

That’s the aim of technology being announced Tuesday by Desire2Learn, a Canadian company that specializes in cloud-based based learning systems it markets to colleges, schools and companies.

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A serious disconnect in education

A serious disconnect in education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Students graduating from high school don’t have the math and English skills needed to succeed in their first year at a community college, according to a new report. Meanwhile, two-year colleges are not focusing on the practical math and English skills that students need to succeed in their selected career paths.

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WMU's Haworth School of Business will now allow applicants to take the GRE

More business schools nationwide are moving to accept the GRE, which allows students to apply for multiple graduate programs.
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Ranking Reveals World's Top Countries for Higher Education

The second annual Universitas 21 rankings of countries has been released in London. Overall, the top five countries in the 2013 rankings are: USA (unchanged since 2012), Sweden (unchanged since 2012), Switzerland (6th in 2012), Canada (3rd in 2012) and Denmark (unchanged at number 5). The largest changes in the rankings occurred as a result of improved measures becoming available for a number of non-OECD countries. The largest increase occurs for Malaysia which improves nine places to 27th.
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Faculty who teach online are invisible on campuses (essay)

Faculty who teach online are invisible on campuses (essay) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
To engender that sense of community requires being present on campus and interacting face to face with my students. That’s not possible with the invisible lives of the online world.
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The abscence of faculty in their offices on campus is not just because of new technologies that allow for online classes and online interaction with students.
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Games Win Big in Education Grants Competition | ED.gov Blog

Games Win Big in Education Grants Competition | ED.gov Blog | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Grants go to the increasingly creative field of educational games. There is a growing base of evidence indicating that games can be an important and effective component of our strategy to prepare a highly skilled 21st century American workforce.
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Separate but Equivalent?

More and more college-age students are taking community college classes before transferring to four-year universities.
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Legislation Reintroduced on Graduates' Salaries

Legislation Reintroduced on Graduates' Salaries | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Senators Marco Rubio, Ron Wyden and Mark Warner introduced a bill Thursday to require colleges to disclose data about their students' salaries in the first year after graduation.
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New Study: Degrees of Value

New Study: Degrees of Value | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We are pleased to release Degrees of Value today. This paper aims to provide information on one important aspect of college—the return on investment. While there is certainly more to a college education than the financial payoff, the fact remains that this is an increasingly dominant concern for students. Over 80 percent of students now cite “to be able to get a better job” as a very important reason for attending college.

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Debate Over MOOCs Reaches Harvard

Debate Over MOOCs Reaches Harvard | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At a gathering this week, faculty members expressed interest in innovative teaching methods but questioned the effectiveness of the MOOC approach.
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New study of low MOOC completion rates | Inside Higher Ed

New study of low MOOC completion rates | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The average completion rate for massive open online courses is less than 7 percent, according to data compiled by an Open University doctoral student as part of her own MOOC studies.
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'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available

'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt

As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While a faculty union at SJSU rips one university president over MOOC partnerships, a provost at American University defers action until a formal MOOC policy can be written.

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With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt : NPR

With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt : NPR | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. Hre is the story from NPR's "Morning Edition". Selingo says: "This idea of competency-based education, which I think is perhaps the most disruptive force potentially entering higher education — so, right now we measure learning by time spent in a seat. They test you on the way in, they see what you know, and you basically focus on what you don't know. What I think the disruption will be is that some students could finish in 2 1/2 years. There's nothing really magic about 120 credits in four years. It's just tradition."

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Unspoken Concerns about MOOCs

Unspoken Concerns about MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Many MOOCs are simply educational gifts, if you will, provided for the intellectually curious, as means of knowledge sharing in the purest sense.  The waters get murkier—and more anxiety producing—however, when these MOOCs become legitimate means of bestowing credentials. In this latter circumstance, the structure and boundaries of higher education are breached, shaking the foundation and laying bare myriad paths to intellectual accomplishment.
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600,000 Fewer Students at California's Community Colleges

600,000 Fewer Students at California's Community Colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Opinion & AnalysisHuffington Post

The president of Montgomery College says low-income students are already underrepresented in higher education. Their best bet is often the community college, with the most affordable tuition offerings.
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France's higher education reforms face test

France's higher education reforms face test | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
With the Socialist government rocked by financial scandal and its leader's approval ratings at a record low of 29 per cent, opposition from university leaders to key reforms are growing. These reforms seek to promote "collegiality" between institutions rather than the competition encouraged by Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.
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