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The end of the university? Not likely

The end of the university? Not likely | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Comparing the university of 1988 with the university of 2013, it is remarkable how little these organisations have changed. Of course, the university has adapted to societal, political and economic changes, but at its core the traditional university has remained very much the same.
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MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami

MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A lot can change in a year. Twelve months ago, the traditional universities were doomed, condemned to irrelevance by an onslaught of MOOCs. Each new technology goes through five phases: a) the Technology Trigger, b) the Peak of Inflated Expectations, c) the Trough of Disillusionment, d) the Slope of Enlightenment, and finally e) the Plateau of Productivity.

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An interesting analysis about the xMOOCs.

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Sherry Weaver's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:20 PM

This is a very balanced article describing the impact of MOOCs on higher education.  What do you think about the timeline the author has proposed? Is it a tsunami that we just can't envision yet?  If so, how are we preparing for its arrival.  Are we making the adjustments required to ride the wave?

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Is the University of Virginia Going Private?

Is the University of Virginia Going Private? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

By Richard Vedder. It was bound to happen sooner or later: an important
committee at the University of Virginia (UVA) has recommended the de facto
privatization of the institution.

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SJSU research report confirms MOOCs are online courses

SJSU research report confirms MOOCs are online courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
By reading the SJSU research report (download actual report here), one item that really hits me is that however different the scaling model is for MOOCs, they are still online courses and have similar success factors.
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The Legal Side of MOOCs. Educause Webinar

The Legal Side of MOOCs. Educause Webinar | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This free, hour-long webinar, "The Legal Side of MOOCs," will discuss important legal considerations that come into play with MOOCs. How does copyright apply to the delivery of course materials in the MOOC context? What about laws governing accessibility for persons with disabilities? Are there important privacy issues to address? In this webinar, Madelyn Wessel, associate general counsel for the University of Virginia, will discuss the legal landscape pertaining to MOOCS, including course production, data creation, copyright, privacy, and conduct issues.

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ePortfolios: The Revival of a Powerful Tool for Lifelong Learning

ePortfolios: The Revival of a Powerful Tool for Lifelong Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Creating a web space to fully track one’s academic progress from cradle to grave is unrealistic, but tracking major learning accomplishments throughout a higher education and career is highly feasible.
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Colleges should end outdated policies that don't put students first

Colleges should end outdated policies that don't put students first | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The mission of higher education is student learning, and all of our policies, procedures and practices must be aligned with that mission if our institutions are to remain relevant.  
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Eight Ways to Ensure Successful Skills-Based Training (Part 2)

Eight Ways to Ensure Successful Skills-Based Training (Part 2) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Combining a talking-based strategy with a doing-based strategy will help to create a course to help students gain the skills they need while being able to communicate any difficulties, advice or feedback they might have.
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Accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes

Accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
How can colleges best measure student learning? Should measures focus on subject-matter knowledge, skills such as critical thinking, or both? What roles do faculty members and administrators play in determining the measures? How can students be better prepared to learn well? What is the role of motivation in student learning – and in measuring student learning? This compilation of articles and opinion essays from Inside Higher Ed with the support of ETS offers a range of ideas and perspectives on these issues.
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A Matter of Degrees. The future world of credentialing

A Matter of Degrees. The future world of credentialing | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Traditional college degrees, which cost time and money, are’t the only option for adults seeking to boost their job prospects, writes Anne Kim in the Washington Monthly. Skill-based credentials can offer a cheaper, faster, more flexible alternative.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:03 AM

Si combinas MOOCs, flipped clasrooms, digital badges, realidad aumentada, entre otros, lo que tendrás es una revolución tan grande en el aprendizaje que va a remecer todos los cimientos del sistema educativo tradicional. Es sin duda el final de una era.

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Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning | TechCrunch

Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning | TechCrunch | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Launched publicly last month, Mindsy is a new UK startup that's building a Netflix-style service for consuming e-learning content, specifically online video courses.
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Wharton to feature core courses on Coursera

Wharton to feature core courses on Coursera | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A year after the launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s first online courses, the Wharton School is now featuring part of its core curriculum on Coursera.
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MOOC Spells New Skills For Job Seekers, Can Fill Gaps

MOOC Spells New Skills For Job Seekers, Can Fill Gaps | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Companies struggling to fill high-tech jobs are starting to shift toward people who are educated in the fast-growing massive open online courses.
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Yale pushes online expansion

Yale pushes online expansion | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
With enrollment now open for Yale’s first four courses on Coursera, faculty are leading efforts to expand different forms of online education.
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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Innovative Degrees for Adults

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Innovative Degrees for Adults | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Enrolling in innovative, 21st-century degree programs can be an effective way for adult students to make strategic career moves or update their skills.
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MOOCs keep getting bigger. But do they work?

MOOCs keep getting bigger. But do they work? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Amid all this rush, no one really knows yet how much people learn in a MOOC. What research does exist shows that the success rate of online education, in general, is poor. And one high-profile experiment with MOOC-style teaching in particular has ended in disappointment.

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Global Credentials

Global Credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Groningen Declaration kicked off the global credential

movement, signed by several countries, and identifies many efforts springing up around the world that signify that the hour for the global credential has arrived. See the full report here:

http://groningendeclaration.net/?tag=transcending-the-maze 

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Coursera hits $1M in revenue through verified certificates

Coursera hits $1M in revenue through verified certificates | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For the first time, online education startup Coursera is sharing details on how it’s faring on the money-making front: the company said it’s earned $1 million from the verified certificate program it launched in January.
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Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:35 AM

This is a great example of a big theme in smart Business Development process - trust. While this is about verification for individuals, think about the extent to which you ask your potential customers to take your word for claims about how you will help them. Greater trust comes from greater proof. I predict the 'proof' industry will be huge. 

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A Student’s Guide: MOOCs Present a World of Possibilities

A Student’s Guide: MOOCs Present a World of Possibilities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In addition to teaching new skills, MOOCs can provide prospective students with the opportunity to see whether they are interested in college-level studies in particular subject areas with no risk.
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HarvardX, edX, and MOOCs proving effective at educating

HarvardX, edX, and MOOCs proving effective at educating | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
edX and other MOOC providers expand offerings, assess effectiveness, and move toward course credit.
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Infographic. US News & World Report College Rankings

Infographic. US News & World Report College Rankings | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, September 14, 2013 11:46 AM

That makes it 27.5% relevant for my kid in highschool (if I lived in the USA): 20% student retention, 7.5% Graduation rate performance.

And not the 'left out' list! (Although it is really hard to rate 'what students actually learn'; maybe that's asking too much for the moment.)

Good infographic!

 

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Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs"

Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs" | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Google is teaming up with EdX, an open-source online education nonprofit started by Harvard and MIT, to create a new site that EdX’s president compared to a “YouTube for MOOCs.”

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Essay on context behind the MOOC experiments

Essay on context behind the MOOC experiments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
American higher education finds itself at a pivotal point in its great MOOC experiment. We must continue working to optimize MOOCs so that their promise and potential can be realized. While operational and execution issues remain, MOOCs still represent a tremendous opportunity for people around the world to learn and for educators to study and optimize that learning process.
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Udacity unveils Open Education Alliance focused on tech workforce training

Udacity unveils Open Education Alliance focused on tech workforce training | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Udacity Founder Sebastian Thrun on Monday announced a new Open Education Alliance, where major corporations like Google and AT&T will partner with online education providers on workforce training.
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:54 AM

El mundo de los MOOCs no se queda dormido y las alianzas entre las platafomas educativas y los gigantes de internet y de las tecnlogías de comunicación siguen en aumento, intentando ver cual será su rol y oportunidad en esta megatendencia educativa.

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MOOC Convenes Educators, Employers, and Workforce Developers to Explore Role and Impact of Badges for Academic and Workplace Credentials

MOOC Convenes Educators, Employers, and Workforce Developers to Explore Role and Impact of Badges for Academic and Workplace Credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Mozilla, Blackboard Inc., and Sage Road Solutions LLC will convene a massive, open, online course (MOOC) beginning September 9, 2013, to explore the role that badges are expected to play as academic institutions and employers scramble for new ways to document completion, competency and achievement. During its six-week duration, MOOC participants from around the world will use a variety of distributed technologies to connect and learn more about how to design, use and support these new systems for creating quality professional credentials.

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