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.
This semester, a handful of university programs specializing in data mining are starting up. This week, the University of Virginia launched a new research center called the Big Data Institute. Columbia University will also begin offering a new master’s in big data, in a program technically called "Quantitative Studies."
Online education arguably came of age in the last year, with the explosion of massive open online courses driving the public's (and politicians') interest in digitally delivered courses and contributing to the perception that they represent not only higher education's future, but its present. Faculty members, by and large, still aren't buying -- and they are particularly skeptical about the value of MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed's new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests.
Some colleges and universities need to re-evaluate their financials if they want to remain viable in the long run.
For years, colleges were motivated to expand without really focusing on efficiency, or determining which programs and departments were profitable, and which were expendable. The cascade of recent reports—from Moody’s, Bain/Sterling, Inside Higher Ed, and Forbes—suggests that an institution maintaining the status quo will not be a viable long-term institution.
Next spring, seniors at about 200 U.S. colleges will take a new test that could prove more important to their future than final exams: an SAT-like assessment that aims to cut through grade-point averages and judge students' real value to employers.
Higher education is under attack, University of Florida President Bernie Machen told faculty in his State of the University address Thursday, and it's up to administrators and faculty to fight back by meeting those challenges head on.
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.
San Jose State and Udacity are taking the summer results as progress. Both have put out news releases detailing the results, and the university’s release says it will restart its trials with Udacity in January 2014.
Many observers said the president’s plan -- which seeks to fold all sectors of higher education into the same sort of regulatory regime the White House has pushed with for-profit colleges and vocational programs at community colleges – will have a big rhetorical impact on the debate over accountability in higher education. It could also substantially increase the federal government’s presence in overseeing how colleges do business.
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