The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a legal basis for the creation of an online marketplace for academic credit that could be exploited by massive open online course providers, conference speakers have argued.
Fall enrollment is down officially across the State System of Higher Education for the third consecutive year, with 12 of the 14 state-owned universities registering losses, including all five Western Pennsylvania schools .
California's community college system is considering a controversial effort to offer four-year degrees, a move designed to boost the number of students who graduate and are more prepared for the workforce.
Gloucester County College in New Jersey plans to change its name to more formally align itself with nearby Rowan University, and to create an "exclusive agreement" in which students who enroll in the two-year institution will sign a non-binding...
Are you able to work effectively in a team? That’s the skill employers most want when they are recruiting new college grads. The next most important skill: ability to make decisions and solve problems.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance:
1. Ability to work in a team 2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems 3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work 4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization 5. Ability to obtain and process information 6. Ability to analyze quantitative data 7. Technical knowledge related to the job 8. Proficiency with computer software programs 9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports 10. Ability to sell and influence others
Certifying and Valuing Digital Badges is an important area to consider. Anyone can visit Credly and begin developing digital badges, and this raises the question of validity. Smartly, though, Credly will certify an “issuer” (an individual or institution offering the badge) after a thorough vetting process and an annual fee of $150. This extra layer of authentication is highly recommended.
In order to ensure that students graduate with the skills needed for the jobs that exist, companies need to work with the education system, government and labor. These public-private partnerships are critical because they allow for the marriage of supply and demand.
Badges can be used to supplement more traditional credits so that adult students are recognized for their competencies as well as their knowledge.—Co-written with Andrea Thomas | Technology Writer, Purdue University— Today’s students, post-college...
A majority of Americans believe online instruction is at least as good as classroom-based courses in terms of providing good value, a format most students can succeed in, and instruction tailored to each individual. But they question the rigor of testing and grading, and whether employers will view such degrees positively, a new survey by Gallup shows.
When students make the decision to drop out of college, they typically let go of the idea of ever earning the degree they spent time working toward.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
This initiative involves 64 community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in nine states, including Florida, New York and Ohio, according to the institute's website. Project Win-Win's goal is to identify former students who left school before they could receive an associate's degree. Based on information contained in school records, schools can figure out which individuals are eligible to receive their degrees retroactively.
Uclan to offer credit for Moocs Times Higher Education It is thought to be the first UK institution to allow massive open online courses – known as Moocs – to count towards a university qualification, regardless of which university developed the...
The Assessment 101 workshop presented by the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning will be available soon. This workshop introduces the basics of program assessment as well as the assessment resources and requirements at WSU. It is designed to be useful for any faculty member who is new to assessment and will be especially useful for new chairs or new assessment coordinators.
Read why massive open online courses, social user interfaces and mobility are transforming stodgy learning managements systems, according to Bersin by Deloitte. Summarizing MOOCs, Bersin said they are very good for technical education today and [for] beginning to provide content on professional development and leadership. "Very much worth your time to experiment," he said. "I think employees will find this to be a great value add; a sort of engagement tool for your organization."
The Wyoming Board of Education has written to the Legislature’s select committee on educational accountability, asking to set up a group of stakeholders to develop or choose a new educational assessment for the state. Assessments will be used to determine such things as student progress in some key subject areas.
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