In the near future, I would not be surprised to see major corporations, especially in fields that require hands-on, specialized talents, developing individualized, skills-based tests for applicants prior to granting an interview as a way to weed out candidates. At that point, the educational process will have come full circle and the hiring agencies will know whether a candidate's credentials are real or implied - and whether the company is making the best ROI in hiring one person over another outside of the applicant's paper-based qualifications.
Amid all this rush, no one really knows yet how much people learn in a MOOC. What research does exist shows that the success rate of online education, in general, is poor. And one high-profile experiment with MOOC-style teaching in particular has ended in disappointment.
For the first time, online education startup Coursera is sharing details on how it’s faring on the money-making front: the company said it’s earned $1 million from the verified certificate program it launched in January.
Parchment, an electronic transcription service, on Tuesday announced a partnership with the GED Testing Service under which students who pass the high school equivalency test will receive free electronic diplomas and transcripts.
This course is designed to help educators, administrators, and researchers understand and improve assessment of student learning. It covers Assessment Practices, Assessment Principles, and Assessment Policies.
If poorly paid part timers are on balance better teachers than expensive, full time faculty, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the days of unquestioned support for tenure by college trustees and state legislatures are pretty much over.
Comparing the university of 1988 with the university of 2013, it is remarkable how little these organisations have changed. Of course, the university has adapted to societal, political and economic changes, but at its core the traditional university has remained very much the same.
A lot can change in a year. Twelve months ago, the traditional universities were doomed, condemned to irrelevance by an onslaught of MOOCs. Each new technology goes through five phases: a) the Technology Trigger, b) the Peak of Inflated Expectations, c) the Trough of Disillusionment, d) the Slope of Enlightenment, and finally e) the Plateau of Productivity.
By reading the SJSU research report (download actual report here), one item that really hits me is that however different the scaling model is for MOOCs, they are still online courses and have similar success factors.
This free, hour-long webinar, "The Legal Side of MOOCs," will discuss important legal considerations that come into play with MOOCs. How does copyright apply to the delivery of course materials in the MOOC context? What about laws governing accessibility for persons with disabilities? Are there important privacy issues to address? In this webinar, Madelyn Wessel, associate general counsel for the University of Virginia, will discuss the legal landscape pertaining to MOOCS, including course production, data creation, copyright, privacy, and conduct issues.
Creating a web space to fully track one’s academic progress from cradle to grave is unrealistic, but tracking major learning accomplishments throughout a higher education and career is highly feasible.
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