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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.