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EdX and Aspiring Minds Join Forces to Improve Employability in India through Online Education

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.
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Higher Ed Live – Learning by Doing: Competency Based Learning

Higher Ed Live – Learning by Doing: Competency Based Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Social media coordinator at Oberlin College Ma’ayan Plaut talks with Brent Capriotti of Pearson Learning Solutions. Brent is a Curriculum Consultant on Pearson’s Custom Curriculum team.
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Why (And How) Distance Learning Needs To Change

Why (And How) Distance Learning Needs To Change | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The rise of distance learning has been slow and steady for years now. Things need to change though. Here's a bulleted list of how and why.

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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 5, 2013 11:51 AM
Understand that the paradigm of thinking in education has changed over the last fifty years and will continue to change in the future
Cultural diversity will become increasingly more integrated into formal education 
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The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About

The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Currently, there’s somewhat less buzz happening about MOOCs. But they’re still out there, happening and evolving while we’re busy doing other things
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Pearson, Knewton Expand Adaptive Learning Partnership

Pearson, Knewton Expand Adaptive Learning Partnership | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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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Mozilla to co-host MOOC exploring Open Badges as credentials

Mozilla to co-host MOOC exploring Open Badges as credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

On September 9, Mozilla will co-host a MOOC exploring the growing interest in using badges to document and showcase knowledge, skills and competencies for those pursuing professional credentials.

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Universities Go in Big for Big Data

Universities Go in Big for Big Data | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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."

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Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology

Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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The Balance Sheet Dilemma for Colleges and Universities

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.
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Pieter de Vries's curator insight, August 27, 2013 5:41 PM

In the end it is the money, stupid.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 28, 2013 7:24 PM

" 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.

 

The report “College Financial Grades” published by Forbes analyzes the financials of 925 private not-for-profits, schools ranging from Harvard University to Gardner-Webb University, reporting that 544 schools received grades in the “C” or “D” range, 253 earned a “B,” and only 128 schools were given an “A.”....

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Colleges will offer new exit test to judge job-related skills

Colleges will offer new exit test to judge job-related skills | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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The Student as a Consumer

The Student as a Consumer | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As students begin to behave more like consumers, it’s critical for higher education institutions to respond to their demands in order to increase enrollments and retention.
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Machen: Higher education is under attack

Machen: Higher education is under attack | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.

Via Mark Smithers
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Tuition starts to fall at private, for-profit colleges

Tuition starts to fall at private, for-profit colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Private, for-profit colleges have joined the march of institutions that appear to be lowering their tuition as enrollment flattens out and families become increasingly price conscious.
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Peter Haydon Druery's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:58 AM

Interesting findings emerging from the US. The "for-profit" college/training sector seem focused on making a profit so, they’re cutting tuition!  "There's  got to be something going on,” Gillen, cited in the report claims. “Either they’re trying to build their market share or they’re trying to undercut their competitors.” Read on.......a sign of tings to come here as we enter this brave new world of "marketisation" of TAFE - VET colleges here?

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College Accreditation Regime Putting Roadblocks in the Way of Online Schools

College Accreditation Regime Putting Roadblocks in the Way of Online Schools | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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Some validation of MOOC student patterns graphic

Some validation of MOOC student patterns graphic | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In previous posts from spring 2013 I provided a graphical view on MOOC student patterns based on observed retention over time as well as differing student types.

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StudentGeneratedInduction's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:48 PM

The issue of student retention discussed for MOOC providers.

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edX Lessons

edX Lessons | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Digital Badges Help Learners Demonstrate Accomplishments

Digital Badges Help Learners Demonstrate Accomplishments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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College assessment test poses problems

College assessment test poses problems | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The CLA+, by encouraging students and administrators to view the value of their education merely in terms of employability, could very well knock down the house of cards.
 
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Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT?

Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new test for college seniors that aims to be the SAT for prospective employers is the latest blow to the monopoly long-held by colleges and universities on what it means to be well-educated.
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Scores Improve in New Round of San Jose State's Experiment With Udacity

Scores Improve in New Round of San Jose State's Experiment With Udacity | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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The Changing Role of Students in the Customer-Oriented Higher Education Marketplace

The Changing Role of Students in the Customer-Oriented Higher Education Marketplace | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education institutions must upgrade their approaches to business management to keep up with the demands of today’s students, who behave more and more like customers.
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Massively Online And Offline Too: How MOOCs Will Evolve In The Physical World

Massively Online And Offline Too:  How MOOCs Will Evolve In The Physical World | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The disruption in education is just beginning.  And "educators" aren't the only ones thinking about it.
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Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan

Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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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Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? - PandoDaily (blog)

Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? - PandoDaily (blog) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money?
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