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Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides

Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Larger class sizes pose significant teaching challenges, not least in the assessment of student learning. Perhaps most troubling, large classes may limit the amount of feedback provided to students.
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Solving the Hiring Disconnect: Focus on Skills

Solving the Hiring Disconnect: Focus on Skills | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Despite the high unemployment rate, many employers still struggle to fill open positions. Employers simply can’t find enough candidates with the necessary skills for the job.
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In Transferring From Community Colleges, Students With Credentials Fare Better

Students who earned either a certificate or an associate degree are more likely to get a bachelor's degree, a report says.
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The ABCs of MOOCs: what it's like to enroll

The question is how the MOOC experience compares to the alternatives they do have. On that, the answer is not bad at all, and likely to improve rapidly as the data on how students learn piles up from the MOOCs, and teachers begin making use of it. That, too, is a potential revolution.
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Page on MOOCs at EDUCAUSE

Page on MOOCs at EDUCAUSE | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE just had an online event (July 30–August 1) in which they "explored the theme of Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age?" Materials from the event are available and there are links to various other resources, such as a recently published (July 2013) document on MOOCs and copyright, and a page of links about MOOCs and learning.
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California Puts MOOC Bill on Ice

California Puts MOOC Bill on Ice | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The decision to put the California bill on hold, which was originally reported by the Oakland Tribune, represents yet another stalled effort to insinuate MOOCs into the existing landscape of credit-bearing higher education. Last month Florida passed a bill that opened the door to public universities’ giving credit for MOOCs, but only slightly. And several institutions that have tried to create nontraditional pathways to credit have seen no takers among MOOC students.

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Drop in number of students accepting university places

Drop in number of students accepting university places | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The number of students accepting places on undergraduate courses has fallen for the first time in more than five years, following the introduction of higher tuition fees.    
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Moving Into the Post-MOOC Era

Moving Into the Post-MOOC Era | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What seems to be happening here is that the MOOC is being divided into its constituent parts (e.g., platform, courseware, textbook) and each of these dimensions is gaining a life of its own. This seems to strongly suggest that the MOOC itself is not nearly the final story. In the end, the MOOC’s big contribution may be the substantial momentum it has imparted to online education and the innovations spawned by that momentum. Adding to this momentum are the current fiscal conditions and the threats of disintermediation. I’d suggest that a major outcome of this momentum is higher education’s being propelled into discussions about scale and student completion. This might well be the MOOC’s most significant contribution to the evolution of higher education.

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AUDIO on MOOCs | The Inter-Institutional Approach to Massive Open Online Education

AUDIO on MOOCs | The Inter-Institutional Approach to Massive Open Online Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The following interview is with Barbara Allen, executive director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The CIC, a consortium of universities from the Big Ten conference and the University of Chicago, recently made waves across the higher education space when they released a report discussing their thoughts on partnering with vendors to create MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). In this interview, Allen sheds light on the work of the CIC, discusses the group’s findings in more detail and explains why these major institutions are looking internally when it comes to joining the MOOC movement.

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Increasing College Completion Rates: It’s About More than Economic Benefits

The economic argument for increasing levels of educational attainment is sound and resonates well with both policy makers and the general public.  But it is important not to forget the many equally important societal benefits that accompany widespread collegiate attainment.  In order to be most effective, the case for higher education should call out all of them.

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MOOCs: the iTunes of academe

MOOCs: the iTunes of academe | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Perhaps the best way to understand this massive open online course revolution is to think of MOOC platforms as the iTunes of higher education.

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American Council on Education Joins InsideTrack to Study Institutional MOOC Strategies

American Council on Education Joins InsideTrack to Study Institutional MOOC Strategies | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The American Council on Education (ACE), the nation's leading higher education association and InsideTrack, an organization dedicated to improving outcomes in higher education, today announced that they have formed a research collaboration to study the strategic decision making of colleges and universities involved in massive open online courses (MOOCs).  The project is designed to support institutional leaders considering the development of MOOCs in conducting a strategic evaluation of their options by arming them with insights gathered from current MOOC-delivering institutions.

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Game-Based Learning: What it is, Why it Works, and Where it's Going

Game-Based Learning: What it is, Why it Works, and Where it's Going | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The gap continues to grow between antiquated, passive training methods and a workforce that lives an ever more interactive, multimedia, user-controlled lifestyle. With game-based learning tools to bridge that gap comes the promise of vastly more productive and engaged students and workers—ones who embrace learning rather than view it as a disruptive burden. 

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The Battle to Come Over the Future of Online Higher Education

The Battle to Come Over the Future of Online Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Sure the MOOCs don’t offer credit or degrees right now, but over time they will figure out a business model to do both and that price point is sure to be much lower than the going rates for online degrees today.

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More Students Are Taking Both the ACT and SAT

More Students Are Taking Both the ACT and SAT | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Looking for every advantage, more students are taking — and retaking, and submitting — both the SAT and ACT.

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Can We Fix The Skills Gap?

Can We Fix The Skills Gap? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The following guest post is by Dennis Yang, president and COO of Udemy.
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MOOC Killer Apps: The Autograder vs. The Syndication Engine

MOOC Killer Apps: The Autograder vs. The Syndication Engine | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
What distinguishes xMOOCs from other LMS is that they can assign a grade (either computationally or through peer assessment) to a wide variety of response types--a technology that most LMS did not develop since they assumed that teachers would be doing that work for the managable numbers of people taking each course. These autograders allow xMOOCs to not just distribute lectures at scale (like iTunes University) but to certify student competencies at scale.
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Learn anytime, anywhere and largely for free: Anant Agarwal

Learn anytime, anywhere and largely for free: Anant Agarwal | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The MIT professor speaks about how online courses are revolutionizing education
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New assessments from testing firms have job-market potential

New assessments from testing firms have job-market potential | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The academy still controls the standards for learning, said David Payne, vice president and COO of the higher education division at ETS. And rightfully so, he said. The new assessments from ETS “really shouldn’t be that threatening” to higher education, Payne said, adding that they will “help institutions prove the great things they’re doing.” The two certificates were designed to measure students’ learning and progress while enrolled in college. ETS officials said they are not intended for use by employers.

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Commonwealth of Kentucky selects Parchment as eTranscript provider

Commonwealth of Kentucky selects Parchment as eTranscript provider | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Commonwealth of Kentucky announced today it has selected Parchment, the leader in eTranscript exchange, to enable “Kentucky eTranscript,” the statewide electronic transcript initiative, with the goal of making the entire college admissions process easier and encouraging more students to pursue a postsecondary education.

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The Future of Online Education Is on Campus

The Future of Online Education Is on Campus | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Coursera and Udacity are known for giving education away for free online. But now they're finding there's money to be made in the classroom.
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States Are Taking the Lead in Prior Learning Policy

States Are Taking the Lead in Prior Learning Policy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Creating a higher education environment more accepting of prior learning credentials requires significant changes in state and federal policy, as well as infrastructure upgrades.
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Building the Ideal Skill Set for 21st Century Employment

Building the Ideal Skill Set for 21st Century Employment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In order for employers to "show you the money," you are going to have to show them well-documented skills and present yourself and your achievements in a realistic an professional manner without self-aggrandizement or too much modesty.

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3 Universities Will Grant Credit for 2U's Online Courses

3 Universities Will Grant Credit for 2U's Online Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

2U has increasingly pitched itself as the anti-MOOC online provider. Professors teach the courses live, via Webcam, to virtual classrooms of no more than 20 students. Tuition is $4,200 per student per course. Southern Methodist, Baylor, and Temple were permitted to join the consortium as affiliates by invitation of the seven “teaching” institutions in the consortium, said Chance Patterson, senior vice president for communications at 2U. The consortium is set up so that the teaching institutions supply high-quality courses, while the affiliates supply high-quality students.

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Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning | MIT Technology Review

Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning | MIT Technology Review | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says more AI is coming to online education, but we’ll still need humans to grade our English essays.
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To the question "Where do you hope Udacity is five years from now?", Thrun responds: "I think we’ll be just like a university, but we’ll be a university for the 21st century."

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