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Over-Capacity Class Solutions

Over-Capacity Class Solutions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In California, higher education leaders and government officials are proposing a number of different solutions to address the overburdening of the state’s public higher education system, both at the community college and university level.
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The 12 Myths of MOOCs - Huffington Post

While no one questions the quality of instruction offered by some of the finest minds in higher education, it is reasonable to question the extent of student learning from MOOCs.
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Is College Worthwhile?

Is College Worthwhile? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Billionaires like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg have more in common than their entrepreneurial skills: They were all college dropouts.
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MOOCs and the Autonomous Learner

MOOCs and the Autonomous Learner | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the online learning market adapts and grows to meet the needs of autonomous learners, increasing numbers of non-traditional providers will likely begin to offer courses and credentialing.
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What To Know About The STEM Skills Gap

What To Know About The STEM Skills Gap | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There is a current STEM skills gap and some are even calling it a dilemma. Here's a primer on what you should know about it all.
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New Course Frameworks from Lumen Learning Offer Blueprints for Teaching with OERs

New Course Frameworks from Lumen Learning Offer Blueprints for Teaching with OERs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Lumen Learning and Instructure broke new ground for open education with the introduction of six open course frameworks that make teaching with open content easier and more effective than ever before. Now freely available for anyone to access through the Canvas platform, these frameworks serve as blueprints instructors can use for designing and teaching general education courses based exclusively on open educational resources.

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Why the internet will never replace universities

Why the internet will never replace universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

All the recent hype about online higher education and 'Moocs' misses the point, says Kel Fidler – universities have been doing it for years. Whatever the delivery model, success relies on the same fundamental principles of quality teaching, content and experience – and this is where I believe the debate about MOOCs often misses the point.

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Credits and Credit Hours

Credits and Credit Hours | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
That’s the appeal of competencies.  Let the students demonstrate that they’ve picked up a skill, and let them move on.  Where they picked it up doesn’t really matter.  Some will move faster than others, and probably most will vary their speed depending on the task at hand.  
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Capella Education and the idea of direct assessments

Capella Education Company is the privately owned, for-profit parent company of Capella University, an accredited online university based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Capella University has received approval from its regional accreditor to proceed with a pilot program in competency-based education that does not rely on the credit hour standard, an approach called "direct assessment." The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approved the for-profit institution's "FlexPath" bachelor of science in business and master of business administration. University officials said the direct assessment tracks could reduce the cost of a degree and the time needed to complete it.
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Essay predicting radical change for higher education over next five years

Essay predicting radical change for higher education over next five years | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Rising tuition, declining government subsidies, stagnant endowments, and increased competition are challenging higher education like never before.
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Overcrowding in America’s Colleges and Universities

Overcrowding in America’s Colleges and Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When people think of overcrowding in schools, the first thing that comes to mind is elementary, middle, and high schools buzzing with children running into each other in congested hallways and long treks to portable classroom buildings.
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Understanding Competency-based Approaches

This wiki was created to collaborate and share ideas on competency-based pathways. Competency-based learning is not simply the elimination of seat-time. In fact, eliminating it without replacing it may increase inequities. The time-based system must be replaced with a learning-based or competency-based system, fully aligned with students and what they need to educationally progress.
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Gainful Employment Debate Continues

Gainful Employment Debate Continues | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new chapter was added to the gainful employment saga last week after the United States Department of Education hosted the first of four hearings for different interest groups to voice their concerns about changes to the rule.
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Harvard Professors Call for Greater Oversight of MOOCs

Harvard Professors Call for Greater Oversight of MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Several dozen professors in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences have signed a letter to their dean asking for formal oversight of the massive open online courses offered by Harvard through edX.
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Pearson Details Restructuring

Pearson Details Restructuring | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Education publisher Pearson announced details of Chief Executive John Fallon's £150 million ($225.7 million) plan to refocus the business on core educational categories.
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More Americans have degrees, but lead is slipping

More Americans have degrees, but lead is slipping | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
More Americans than ever have earned bachelor’s degrees, putting them ahead of international rivals, but the gap is narrowing, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Integrate iPads Into Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy With This ‘Padagogy Wheel’

Integrate iPads Into Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy With This ‘Padagogy Wheel’ | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom's.
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Colorado College's education major challenges whether disciplines still define the liberal arts

Colorado College's education major challenges whether disciplines still define the liberal arts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
New education major at Colorado College, a thriving liberal arts college, challenges whether sector should still be defined by traditional disciplines.
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Coursera, edX Continue To Expand

Coursera, edX Continue To Expand | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Coursera and edX, the two major providers of massive open online courses, continue to partner with more institutions.
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Will Think Tanks Become The Universities Of The 21st Century?

Will Think Tanks Become The Universities Of The 21st Century? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

New technologies are changing the optimum size of educational institutions. The evolving scene in higher education and the growth of think tanks will lead to new educational offerings that will have a major impact on the quality and quantity of policy studies and public policy education.

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The Condition of Education - Postsecondary Education

The U.S. Education Department today published its annual compendium of all the data you'd want to know about American education: "The Condition of Education 2013.". Here is the link to the area of higher ed in that report.
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Two-year colleges serve more disadvantaged students with less money

Community colleges struggle to serve a growing share of disadvantaged students, report finds, while public funding skews toward four-year institutions.
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Adult Learners and the Necessary Shifts in University Admissions

Adult Learners and the Necessary Shifts in University Admissions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs have made lifelong learning an attainable goal for adults who otherwise might not have access to traditional higher education institutions.
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Tough Love for Colleges and Universities

Tough Love for Colleges and Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Economic realities have led state budget heads to a set of recommendations for higher education institutions that include funding performance, restricting tuition increases, expanding access, improving information about higher education spending, and increasing cost-efficiency. In other words, the call for reform on higher education is now squarely on the minds of state fiscal officers.

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