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What will education look like in the future? Considering that 10 years ago very few students carried smartphones, and tablets didn’t even exist, it’s impossible to look 20 or 30 years into the future. It is likely, however, that cloud-based technology will be the foundation for educational technology and that remote, online learning will continue to grow at a faster pace.
From postal correspondence courses to radio broadcasts and eventually e-learning, distance education has witnessed a varied and intriguing history. Check out this infographic for a snapshot of how things have evolved.
Accreditation system has morphed into a powerful and rigid system whereby a few large regional and national accrediting agencies have a tremendous amount of power over higher education. The cozy club that is today’s accreditation regime provides very few indicators of quality, yet creates significant hurdles for new upstarts looking to enter the higher-ed market.
Researchers from MIT and Harvard are now analyzing students’ clickstreams (recordings of where and when users click on a page), forum comments, and homework, lab, and exam scores. They hope to use the data to better understand online learners—what their demographic characteristics are, how they use online resources, what factors encourage them to stick with an online course, and what helps or hinders their performance.
The report, “Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges,” by the Alliance Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation examines how digital badges can be used to improve student learning and outcomes. It explains what digital badges are and how they work, provides examples of digital badges that have already been implemented, and speculates on the future of the system.
Facing skeptical customers, declining enrollment, an antiquated financial model that is hemorrhaging money, and new kinds of low-cost competition, some U.S. universities and colleges may be going the way of the music and journalism industries.
Employers are looking for evidence of your practical skills, preferably combining academic studies with hands-on workplace projects. Your collection of diplomas and certificates are of much less value than proven track record in concrete workplace projects and soft skills.
The following interview is with Marie Cini, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). UMUC recently announced they will award credits to students of six ...
Workforce, assessments and MOOCs. Aspiring Minds conducts AMCAT, India’s Largest Employability Test for students to evaluate their employability skills. Having reached the million students mark early this year, AMCAT continues to counsel and guide young graduates and first-time job seekers on means and resources that can help them bridge their skill gaps. Working with edX, Aspiring Minds shall now be able to guide their students towards comprehensive and internationally recognized programs to help them address skill deficiencies found by AMCAT.
Pearson will expands its partnership with the adaptive learning techonlogy company Knewton to offer MyLab and Mastering products to six new subject areas this fall, the education company announced on Thursday.
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