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Bank of Mum and Dad closed to students

Bank of Mum and Dad closed to students | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
University students will have to rely wholly on student finance in the future as a new survey reveals three quarters of parents are not saving money towards their child’s higher education.
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Has the MOOCs backlash begun?

Has the MOOCs backlash begun? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
SAN Jose State university system now stands at the forefront of making deals with private sector start-ups to package lectures from Ivy League professors and opening some for-credit classes to the masses.
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Five Mistakes Online Students Make (Part 2)

Five Mistakes Online Students Make (Part 2) | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Earning a degree online is no easier than earning a degree via the traditional, in-class route. However, by taking some simple steps, adult learners can give themselves the best environment possible to attain their post-secondary credential.
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MOOCs, Coursera: A path to early college

MOOCs, Coursera: A path to early college | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

 The focus is on incorporating existing MOOCs and newly created MOOCs– covering basic intro level and general education requirements–into the universities’ offerings, flipping the classrooms at public institutions, using MOOCs as a catalyst for collaboration on teaching and learning, and to enhance access to credit-bearing programs.

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Our Discussion of "Higher Ed in 2018"

Our Discussion of "Higher Ed in 2018" | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The response to an essay by leaders of a for-profit business.
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Xerox Tests Workforce Science from Evolv in Its Call Centers

Xerox Tests Workforce Science from Evolv in Its Call Centers | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Companies are analyzing more data to guide how they hire, recruit, and promote their employees.

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State systems and universities in nine states start experimenting with Coursera

State systems and universities in nine states start experimenting with Coursera | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Coursera's New Partners: State University of New York, Tennessee Board of Regents, University of Tennessee System, University of Colorado System, University of Houston System, University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska System, University of New Mexico system, University System of Georgia, West Virginia University.

Universities from New Mexico to New York will join Coursera in a sprawling expansion of the Silicon Valley startup’s efforts to take online education to the masses. Together, state systems and flagship universities in nine states will help the company test new business models and teaching methods and potentially put Coursera in competition with some of the ed tech industry’s most established players.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Higher Education

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
I do not mean to suggest that everything, or much of anything, is rosy for colleges and universities at the moment, nor do I mean to suggest that every graduate or potential student should consider higher education a great value. But people who are concerned about the future of higher education, whatever they think that future may bring, should be able to agree that our reflections on it need to be founded in careful interpretations of the data we have.
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The online MBA comes of age

The online MBA comes of age | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

As top schools continue to move into the online market, the quality of the students opting to earn degrees on the web is increasing as well. Some of the best business schools in the world now offer MBA degrees online. Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business will enroll its first online class this August. Online MBA programs are flourishing at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, IE Business School in Spain, Babson College's Olin School, and Arizona State University's Carey School. Every other week, a new business school seems to be announcing the launch of yet another cyber-MBA program. At several schools, including Indiana and Arizona State, incoming online MBA classes outnumber the new full-time students enrolled on-campus.

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Gregory Smith's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:52 PM

With these new services coming up from colleges making education more widely available, and some things for free. There is a great re-examining of the value that is added for coming to a university and paying the money for an "in-person" education.

TopMBA's comment, November 27, 2013 4:40 PM
Great scoop. you may also enjoy this: http://www.topmba.com/where-to-study/north-america/united-states/10-top-us-business-schools-according-international
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MOOCs Viable for Community Colleges, Officials Say

MOOCs Viable for Community Colleges, Officials Say | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

In response to a question on the availability of general education, or introduction, courses offered on the Coursera platform, Koller said the company wants very much to position its “MOOCs as a technology in a partnership with existing academic institutions,” such as community colleges. She further explained the MOOC content would be “used in the online component, but students still have the ability to engage in meaningful ways with instructors and teaching assistants and staff” at their home institutions.

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Mettl bets big on MOOCs assessment | ZDNet

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) is a hot area in the education sector and Mettl wants a share of the pie, touting its test platform leaves no scope for copying or cheating. The New York Times dubbed 2012 as the year of the MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Today, MOOCs is the hottest topic in education, ZDNet reports. According to the Time magazine, free MOOCs open the door to Ivy League education for the masses. Mettl, an online assessment and testing platform to measure, analyze and improve people skills, has now ventured into the MOOCs arena. Founded by Ketan Kapoor and Tonmoy Shingal in 2009, Mettl focuses on the science of assessments and combines it with advanced technology to deliver valid and reliable tests. “In the case of MOOC, multiple choice questions don’t work. You need more hands-on assessment to check the right skills,” Kapoor said in a phone interview. According to him, assessment is a direct need for the MOOCs industry.” Our platforms fit into the needs of MOOCs. We don’t leave any scope for cheating or copying,” he said. Mettl is providing its product for MOOCs to publishers such as Wiley, Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Macmillan, he added.

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William Doherty's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:57 AM

Really, no cheating or copying in a MOOC??

William Doherty's comment, August 31, 2013 2:14 PM
has anyone used this Mettl Test Platform? Hard to believe it leaves no room for cheating and copying, especially in a MOOC.
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Competency-Based Learning: An Administrator’s Perspective

Competency-Based Learning: An Administrator’s Perspective | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Competency-based education is radically changing the way higher education is delivered and received, and moving past the credit-hour measure is critical in both increasing accessibility to higher education and improving retention and completion rates.

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10 Education Startups To Keep Your Eye On

10 Education Startups To Keep Your Eye On | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Education startups offer everything from MOOCs and blended learning experiences to social networks for students seeking jobs and educators seeking feedback on their teaching.
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Jeff Selingo on Curing the College Dropout Syndrome

Jeff Selingo on Curing the College Dropout Syndrome | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
A conversation with Jeffrey Selingo, the author of “College (Un)Bound,” who argues that the higher-education system is both vital to the American economy and “broken.”    
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Amid coordinated effort to transform higher ed with Coursera, some faculty remained in the dark

Amid coordinated effort to transform higher ed with Coursera, some faculty remained in the dark | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

While administrators at 10 state systems and flagship universities planned major partnerships with Coursera, some faculty leaders say they were in the dark.

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What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

A new report by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). Research shows that the instructors in many of our community colleges expect very little from their first-year students—and a large fraction of those entering these institutions cannot meet even those low standards.

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In the U.S., 21st Century Skills Linked to Work Success

In the U.S., 21st Century Skills Linked to Work Success | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Young U.S. adults who say they "often" developed 21st century skills -- such as real-world problem-solving and global awareness -- in their last year of school are more likely to self-report higher work quality.

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Workers Learned Most Job Skills Outside of Classroom, Study Finds

Workers Learned Most Job Skills Outside of Classroom, Study Finds | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

A majority of professionals who responded to a recent survey about the 21st-century workplace said they had developed most of the skills they use in their jobs outside of the classroom. People with a high-school degree or less were more likely than those who attended college to say they had learned their workplace skills on the job.

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Center on Education and the Workforce. Hart Times. College majors, unemployment and earnings

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications and workforce demands. In the past, a college degree all but assured job seekers employment and high earnings, but today, what you make depends on what you take. In Hard Times 2013, we show differences in unemployment and earnings based on major for BA and graduate degree holders. This year, in addition to the English version, we are proud to announce the release of our first report translated into Spanish. Tiempos Difíciles 2013: Carreras Universitarias, Desempleo e Ingresos is also available on the Georgetown U website.

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JHS Student's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:56 PM

I'm not in it for the money, but it is still something I have to consider. Many people believe teachers don't make that much money. That's not the reason why I want to pursue 2 majors. I want to do it to pursue both of my passions.

JHS Student's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:59 PM

This Center on Education has done a lot of research on this and they seenm trustable (see my other posts)

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MOOCs and more to be led, studied by new Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning

MOOCs and more to be led, studied by new Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The new institute will focus on developing the university’s strategy related to digital learning for courses offered on campus and those offered through MOOCs and other platforms. It will manage the university’s partnership with Coursera and oversee the production of content for Coursera and for other platforms. In addition, the institute will study the medium itself to promote innovations in teaching on campus afforded by digital resources. It will also encourage and support faculty and student research on MOOCs.
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Webinar: Attracting 38 Million Adults With College Credit But No Degree

Webinar: Attracting 38 Million Adults With College Credit But No Degree | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

This webinar will present the findings and implications from several regional studies focusing on understanding the demands and preferences of adult students with some college credit but no degree.

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Academic Article: The Rise of Big Data

The article discusses the effect of increasing quantities of digital information, or big data, on the way humans interact, communicate, and learn, with information on how it has altered the popular perception of data. Topics include the determination of correlative rather than causative relationships in statistical research using large quantities of data, the lack of accuracy and precision of data created through resources such as the Internet, and the ability of technology to produce larger statistical samples.

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What We Need: Fewer Small Colleges, More Big Ones

What We Need: Fewer Small Colleges, More Big Ones | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
One of the more popular predictions about the future of higher education is that hundreds of colleges will go out of business in the next decade, victims of the current economic crisis and an unsustainable financial model.
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A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills

A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is an essential skill in our life.It is through thinking critically that we get to sideline our biases(cultural, racial,ethnic...etc) and see the clear picture.Critical thinking is a sort of meta-thinking, that is thinking about thinking. It is a key to self-reliance : memorize the solution to a particular problem and you may master the solution to that particular problem, but improve your critical thinking and you ll get yourself the tools to create your own effective solutions to a multitude of unfamiliar problems.

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malek's comment, May 29, 2013 4:40 PM
I'm still a fan of critical thinking
Luís Cochofel's curator insight, June 2, 2013 3:43 PM

Interesting proposition!

Davies Molding LLC's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:12 AM

This is a process that should be on the bulletin board of every organization, and a key skill of every manager.