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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Higher Education

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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.

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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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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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How to Get a Job

How to Get a Job | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The rules have changed in today’s labor market. More employers care about whether a worker can add value, not where a college degree was earned. The world doesn’t care anymore what you know; all it cares “is what you can do with what you know.” And since jobs are evolving so quickly, with so many new tools, a bachelor’s degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular job — and, therefore, be hired. So, more employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants’ skills.

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What Type of Personality Do You Have?

What Type of Personality Do You Have? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Have you ever taken a personality test? Did you even know that there were such things?
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The MOOC Moment

“The MOOC Moment” is a collection of articles prepared by Inside Higher Ed — in print-on-demand format — about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

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Documents shed light on details of Georgia Tech-Udacity deal

New details about the internal decision making and fine print of Georgia Tech's revolutionary effort are based on interviews and documents, including some that the university provided to Inside Higher Ed following an open records request.
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Graduate degrees becoming the norm for job seekers

Not only do employers want employees with analytical, technical and communication skills, employees need to be able to adapt and change.
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IKEA Lessons for Higher Ed?

Bringing high quality education to scale is not something that higher ed has figured out. Lots of very smart people are working on this, and maybe this will be in our future.  
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, May 27, 2013 10:50 PM
The ZARA model is even more impressive but bringing quality education to scale requires much more than what a furniture or a clothing enterprise does. Individualization in education is the key and that is the hard part to achieve for now.
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New Forms of College Access

Academic leaders are rethinking the purposes, costs, and consequences of college residence and student co-presence in the digital era.
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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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | 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
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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. 

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Is college worth it?

Is college worth it? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At this event, Bennett and Wilezol will present their book, higher education finance experts Richard George and Richard Vedder will provide discussion, and a coffee reception and book signing will follow.
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Companies Create MOOCs To Fill Skills Gaps

Companies Create MOOCs To Fill Skills Gaps | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Massive online open courses are one answer when your workers need to learn new skills.
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Xerox Tests Workforce Science from Evolv in Its Call Centers

Xerox Tests Workforce Science from Evolv in Its Call Centers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Companies are analyzing more data to guide how they hire, recruit, and promote their employees.

Xerox is screening tens of thousands of applicants for low-wage jobs in its call centers using software from a startup company called Evolv that automatically compares job seekers against a computer profile of the ideal candidate.

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Lots of offerings in online education

Lots of offerings in online education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Several up-and-coming companies -- including Udemy, Udacity, Khan Academy, 2U and Coursera -- are offering ways for people to educate themselves online, with many courses geared toward practical knowledge and skills for a fast-changing and often...
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Freshman courses less rigorous than many high school classes

A student is surprised to find that his freshman courses were less rigorous than many high school classes. When you have high school teachers who prepare students more rigorously than college professors, there is a problem. Maybe it is time for colleges to look at high school AP teachers for inspiration on how to teach at a high level. After all, how are students going to progress and gain knowledge if no one is willing to challenge them?
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Study: Classrooms at universities, empty most of the week

A two-year study by the University System of Georgia shows classrooms at schools within the system are empty most of the week, report shows.
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Forthcoming study: faculty offices at universities closed most of the year.
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Thoughts on College (Un)Bound

Thoughts on College (Un)Bound | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The shame of it all is that Selingo has the opportunity to make a real contribution.  He has a platform, he has access to all sorts of people, and he writes well.  With some serious thought to class stratification, this could have been much more useful than it is.
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Matt Reed takes on Selingo's book.
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