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Iowa state legislators mandate course-level 'continuous improvement' reporting, to mixed reactions

Iowa state legislators mandate course-level 'continuous improvement' reporting, to mixed reactions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
If teaching a 300-plus person course isn't enough work, faculty members who do so at Iowa's three public universities have new duties starting this fall. By state law, they must create and use "formative and summative assessments" and submit a plan for using those assessments to improve student learning.
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Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity

Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A stop to MOOCs?
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Johns Hopkins Launches Next Wave of Free Online Course Offerings

Johns Hopkins Launches Next Wave of Free Online Course Offerings | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As part of its growing online educational program, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is launching eight new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in collaboration with Coursera.
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EssayTagger.com - Transform assessment, transform education

EssayTagger.com - Transform assessment, transform education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
EssayTagger is a web-based tool that helps teachers grade essays faster by eliminating the repetitive and inefficient aspects of grading papers. EssayTagger is not an auto-grader. You still do all the grading yourself, but now you can do it faster!
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7 Ways To Create E-Portfolios

7 Ways To Create E-Portfolios | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

E-portfolios are becoming standard practice for academics, students, and professionals and typically include examples of skills and achievements, as well as a reflective blog element. E-portfolios can be developed in a variety of ways, from simple (and free) blogging platforms, to modules in learning management systems, to dedicated software programs and services. Many colleges and universities offer their own e-portfolio services to students, be they proprietary or licensed through an outside provider.

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MOOCs spread quickly, aided by no-bid deals with public universities

MOOCs spread quickly, aided by no-bid deals with public universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The providers of massive open online courses have rapidly expanded in the past year, aided in part by a series of potentially lucrative no-bid deals with public colleges and universities, including for services that may extend beyond the MOOC model. At least 21 universities and higher education systems in 16 states have signed agreements with Coursera, Udacity or edX without going through a competitive bidding process.

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What reputation systems can teach us about badge system design

What reputation systems can teach us about badge system design | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Dan Hickey's recent post Research Design Principles for Studying Learning with Badges  prompted me to reflect on the distinction between reputation systems and credentialing / badge systems. Why does this distinction matter?
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Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit

Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This will be “a global phenomenon,” he said. “We’re on the beginning of something very profound.”

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Ben Wildavsky: "Making up Our Minds on MOOCs"

Ben Wildavsky: "Making up Our Minds on MOOCs" | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Triumphalists and naysayers alike should be humble in the face of rapid educational change. As a cautious optimist about their future, I wouldn’t be in the least concerned if MOOCs didn’t pan out, so long as they morphed into, or were overtaken by, some new, improved, pedagogically superior educational technology. We just don’t know. It’s far too soon to declare that MOOCs will conquer the earth – or that they will die a slow, ignoble death.

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timokos's curator insight, July 16, 2013 5:37 AM

MOOC triumpalists and naysayers could both be right...

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The Gates Effect

The Gates Effect | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A look inside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $472-million (so far) effort to rewire higher education.
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Measuring Quality and Peformance: What Counts?

Measuring Quality and Peformance: What Counts? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
I recognize the importance of looking at higher education critically to determine what impact the experience has on individuals and societies but we seem to repeatedly resort to the same fallback strategies of “counting what can be counted.”...
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Colleges Take a Look in the Mirror

Colleges Take a Look in the Mirror | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In light of soaring tuition prices and underemployment for graduates, it’s good to see that colleges are finally starting to take their responsibility to students and their families seriously.
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T.K.'s curator insight, July 13, 2013 3:27 PM

Hmm, great article to read but as well as painful for the countries belongs from the asian side. The country from where i belongs, the quality of study decreases with the rate of educational fees, where as it is the country from where the digit zero occurs in math.... 

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Skills Beyond School: An International Look at American Higher Education

Skills Beyond School: An International Look at American Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Within the United States and abroad, Career and Technical Education (CTE) often exist in a world completely separate from that of traditional postsecondary education. This divide is exacerbated by the sometimes baffling array of options available to students upon completion of secondary school. With such a wide variety of degrees, certifications, credentials, career training, and other learning opportunities, it can be a challenge for students to discern which options provide superior quality, accurately value the benefits of their options, and determine the clearest pathway toward the career to which they aspire.
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Two-year colleges go open source to seek fix for remediation

Two-year colleges go open source to seek fix for remediation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Community colleges use open-source, MOOC-style content as study guides for remedial courses, and some are choosing homegrown content over courses from MOOC providers.
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Making Sense of Euro MOOCs

Making Sense of Euro MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Our European MOOCs in Global Context Workshop (19-20 June 2013 @ UW-Madison) went very well, in my biased opinion.  The event was kicked off by a provocative and well-crafted keynote lecture by George Siemens of Athabasca University.
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Blackboard MOOC Gains 15 More Colleges

Blackboard MOOC Gains 15 More Colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Blackboard increases online course partnerships and plans to offer specialized massive open online course (MOOC) platform.
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The Facts And Figures Behind Education In America

The Facts And Figures Behind Education In America | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While education in America may seem relatively standardized, there are really quite a wide variety of student experiences that happen across the country.

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Tackling Real-World Problems in a MOOC: The Student Response

Tackling Real-World Problems in a MOOC: The Student Response | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As competency-based learning and MOOCs become more and more popular, it’s important to combine the two so students can gain practical, workforce-applicable skills with low barriers.
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dianataylor's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:13 AM

"students could complete business analyses for real organizations through the course"

 

"In fact, Mukherjee said this final case study was his favorite portion of the entire course."

 

"More than 85 percent of student respondents indicated they felt confident they would be able to help businesses address their strategic challenges. In addition, more than 88 percent said having real-world problem solving would be important to them in future courses."

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Study Finds Spatial Skill Is Early Sign of Creativity

Study Finds Spatial Skill Is Early Sign of Creativity | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A gift for spatial reasoning — the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator — may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published Monday in the journal Psychological Science.

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The Internet Killed the Classroom Star

The Internet Killed the Classroom Star | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As technology advances, industries must adapt or risk being left behind. The music industry faced this with the advent of MTV in the early 1980s, and higher education is becoming affected today.

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Leo Havemann's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:23 AM

Video may have killed the radio star, but what were the implications for live music? I'm not sure equating classroom with radio and internet with music video is telling us that much about what is going on in Higher Education. There is a meme circulating that suggests that HE is 'now' being disrupted by technology and must adapt - but HE has been innovating in the area of distance, blended and flexible modes for many years. The nature of the current disruption, for me, is not really about online or offline, but about the offering of free courses online that are apparently in competition with expensive courses both on and offline. This is not simply about HE adapting to the internet - it also begs the question of whether HEIs are serving their own interests, those of (would-be) 'students', of their actual students, or of corporate platform providers, in participating in this type of provision. After all, somebody has to pay for these courses which are costly to develop and teach - and if they are not then what is being cut? If what we are talking about is teacherless courses then as a 'consumer', you might say, it is OK value for the nothing you paid.

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Study suggests good Advanced Placement scores and personality traits predict college success

Study suggests good Advanced Placement scores and personality traits predict college success | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Colleges might gain much more information about the likely success of undergraduate applicants to science and technology programs by giving added weight to success on Advanced Placement tests, and on personality traits (different ones for males and females) that may hold back some students, according to a new study.

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A college education isn’t just about job prospects

A college education isn’t just about job prospects | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Good universities prepare students for more than just a payday. At the very least, they should prepare a student for multiple jobs throughout his or her lifetime.
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The corridor of uncertainty: The MOOC debate reaches calmer waters

The corridor of uncertainty: The MOOC debate reaches calmer waters | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It's good to read more and more realistic and thoughtful views on the whole MOOC movement. Maybe we're moving out of the initial hype phase.
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The Voluntary Institutional Project

The Voluntary Institutional Project | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Full reports of what 18 HEIs are trying to do regarding measurement of critical issue areas, including student learning outcomes—telling how effectively an institution delivers and assesses the learning required for a given credential and facilitates comparisons of various institutions’ credential quality. With uniform measurement across these five issue areas, data from each institution can easily be observed and compared through a simple dashboard.
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Tuned Models of Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Abstract: In massive open online courses (MOOCs), peer grading serves as a critical tool for scaling the grading of complex, open-ended assignments to courses with tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
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Jan Lubin's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:27 PM

May be able to adapt and use in multi-section course SLO analysis.