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A college education isn’t just about job prospects

A college education isn’t just about job prospects | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Good universities prepare students for more than just a payday. At the very least, they should prepare a student for multiple jobs throughout his or her lifetime.
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The corridor of uncertainty: The MOOC debate reaches calmer waters

The corridor of uncertainty: The MOOC debate reaches calmer waters | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It's good to read more and more realistic and thoughtful views on the whole MOOC movement. Maybe we're moving out of the initial hype phase.
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The Voluntary Institutional Project

The Voluntary Institutional Project | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Full reports of what 18 HEIs are trying to do regarding measurement of critical issue areas, including student learning outcomes—telling how effectively an institution delivers and assesses the learning required for a given credential and facilitates comparisons of various institutions’ credential quality. With uniform measurement across these five issue areas, data from each institution can easily be observed and compared through a simple dashboard.
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Tuned Models of Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Abstract: In massive open online courses (MOOCs), peer grading serves as a critical tool for scaling the grading of complex, open-ended assignments to courses with tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
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Jan Lubin's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:27 PM

May be able to adapt and use in multi-section course SLO analysis.

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Accreditor Approves Competency-Based Degree at U. of Wisconsin

Accreditor Approves Competency-Based Degree at U. of Wisconsin | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The program will offer credit to students who can demonstrate mastery of the skills they acquired through jobs, military service, or prior learning.
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xMOOC Communities Should Learn From cMOOCs

xMOOC Communities Should Learn From cMOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For those that may be unfamiliar with the terminology, xMOOCs is a term used to refer to the current breed of elite hyper-centralized Coursera- and Udacity-style MOOCs.
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A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers

A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Colorado State University-Global Campus made the $89 offer but may have to adjust its thinking, officials say.
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Open Course Library's best resource: introductory college course materials

Open Course Library's best resource: introductory college course materials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Open Course Library has now released 81 high quality, free-to-use courses to the public. Users are can adapt and distribute content under a  Creative Commons license and download, remix, or teach using them.
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Problem Solving is a Transferable Skill

Problem Solving is a Transferable Skill | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
by Dan Woychick
Over the past ten years, the nonprofit sector’s growth in total wages and employees has outpaced the growth of both government and business.
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The Future of Higher Education Looks Nothing Like the Present

The Future of Higher Education Looks Nothing Like the Present | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The first two years of a four-year college experience could be very different than they are now. During those early years, students might rely more heavily on online instruction outside of class, while doing more work on teams in class. Faculty could serve as educational coaches rather than instructors, and classwork could be more heavily combined with internships or service-learning experiences
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EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013. Beyond MOOCs

Beyond MOOCs is an online seminar addressing the transformative elements of massive open online courses — connectedness, scale, massive data, and institutional and credentialing models — and the role information technology is playing in this rapidly evolving landscape.
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Voluntary performance measures from Gates-backed group | Inside Higher Ed

Voluntary performance measures from Gates-backed group | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There is a growing belief in higher education that if colleges don’t figure out how to measure the quality and value of their product, lawmakers will do it for them. Eighteen institutions are trying to get ahead of the growing accountability push with the release today of a new set of performance measures.
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'The Retention Agenda': New Compilation of Articles Available

Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about retention.
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The Gates Effect

The Gates Effect | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A look inside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $472-million (so far) effort to rewire higher education.
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Measuring Quality and Peformance: What Counts?

Measuring Quality and Peformance: What Counts? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
I recognize the importance of looking at higher education critically to determine what impact the experience has on individuals and societies but we seem to repeatedly resort to the same fallback strategies of “counting what can be counted.”...
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Colleges Take a Look in the Mirror

Colleges Take a Look in the Mirror | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In light of soaring tuition prices and underemployment for graduates, it’s good to see that colleges are finally starting to take their responsibility to students and their families seriously.
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T.K.'s curator insight, July 13, 2013 3:27 PM

Hmm, great article to read but as well as painful for the countries belongs from the asian side. The country from where i belongs, the quality of study decreases with the rate of educational fees, where as it is the country from where the digit zero occurs in math.... 

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Skills Beyond School: An International Look at American Higher Education

Skills Beyond School: An International Look at American Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Within the United States and abroad, Career and Technical Education (CTE) often exist in a world completely separate from that of traditional postsecondary education. This divide is exacerbated by the sometimes baffling array of options available to students upon completion of secondary school. With such a wide variety of degrees, certifications, credentials, career training, and other learning opportunities, it can be a challenge for students to discern which options provide superior quality, accurately value the benefits of their options, and determine the clearest pathway toward the career to which they aspire.
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Graphic Featuring The 3 Components of 21st Century Learning

Graphic Featuring The 3 Components of 21st Century Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A bsic graphic on 21st century learning that dissects learning into three major areas: foundational knowledge, meta knowledge, and humanistic knowledge.
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Sherry Weaver's curator insight, July 16, 2013 1:48 PM

This graphic reinforces my belief that blended learning is essential cover all three major areas.

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AcademicPub Launches Line of "Intro Books" to Fulfill Low-Cost Needs of Instructors Assigned to Teach Core 101-Level Classes - WSJ.com

AcademicPub Launches Line of "Intro Books" to Fulfill Low-Cost Needs of Instructors Assigned to Teach Core 101-Level Classes - WSJ.com | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
AcademicPub(TM) , the world's largest provider of copyright-cleared content for digital and printed materials in higher education, today launched a line of 12 "Intro Books" to meet instructors' needs when teaching core 101-level college courses. This new series will provide customizable course packets for some of the most popular introductory subjects. Intended to meet an important need in the teaching environment for intro seminars, the first dozen "Intro Books" were carefully researched, developed and compiled by AcademicPub curricula experts, using Open Educational Resources and commercial copyright-cleared material in the AcademicPub Content Library(TM) .
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The Darker Side of MOOCs

Two conclusions may be drawn after this rapid overview. One is that a real revolution is underway, modifying, as it already is, the world’s university scene, reinforcing the weight of the major players to the detriment of the weaker ones. The future alone will tell us if a strategy like that adopted by Amherst is tantamount to that adopted by the entrenched ‘Druids’ Village’ in Roman times or whether today’s institutions will find a niche to survive. The other is that the award of a recognised live course diploma still remains a trump card. The question is – for how long?
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OECD Finds Strengths, Weaknesses in U.S. Career-Related Education

OECD Finds Strengths, Weaknesses in U.S. Career-Related Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The U.S. system of providing career-related postsecondary training has both strengths and weaknesses, according to a report released Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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Taking charge: A state-level agenda for higher education reform

Taking charge: A state-level agenda for higher education reform | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Higher ed reform is necessary and must begin at the state level. Report by AEI.
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Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new platform for existing Blackboard customers.
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Mindy M Walker's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:54 PM

Blackboard waited, and so their MOOC platform may be worth watching. Perhaps they learned from previogap saps or mistakes.

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MOOCs: The Craigslist of College?

MOOCs: The Craigslist of College? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The challenge is that today’s colleges have developed a top heavy administrative structure and a guild-based teaching system on the basis of a fragile revenue model. As the revenue model falters, partly but only partly because of new technologies like the MOOCs, both the large and cumbersome administrative structures and the hypertrophied guild system will have to change.
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timokos's curator insight, July 11, 2013 4:24 AM

 Smart analysis of the possible economic impact of MOOCs on large campus otiented universities. 

 

"Craigslist was the newspaper killer; classified ads used to be a major money spinner for the journalists, but online internet ads were cheaper, more convenient, and worked better for all concerned. MOOCs may have the same impact on colleges; they won’t replace the old model but they could make it uneconomical.

 

MOOCs won’t challenge the campus status quo by replacing every course in the catalog. But they will pressure higher ed’s revenue model. It’s certainly true that there is less professor-student interaction in MOOCs than in small college seminars, but anyone who has been through college can tell you that many courses—particularly for freshpersons and sophmores—are taught in large lecture halls with hundreds of students and little to no contact between students and senior professors. These are the courses where MOOCs can compete—and these are the courses that make money. 

 

Now a smart MOOC company or a McHarvard can offer a for-credit MOOC at $50 a credit hour, less than a tenth of the cost of many private and public institutions.  From the perspective students and parents, it’s fairly obvious what you should do: take cheap MOOCs with good TAs for the intro courses, and only pay top dollar for the things that a MOOC can’t do. 

 

We suspect that the government will end up pressing colleges and universities to accept this kind of transfer credit on a generous basis; it’s a way to reduce student loan debt at both public and private institutions, it is politically popular, and it provides cover for state legislators looking to shift spending from discretionary categories like universities to the massive pension and entitlement obligations coming due.

 

The challenge is that today’s colleges have developed a top heavy administrative structure and a guild-based teaching system on the basis of a fragile revenue model. As the revenue model falters, partly but only partly because of new technologies like the MOOCs, both the large and cumbersome administrative structures and the hypertrophied guild system will have to change. 

 

Ask a journalist what happens when the classified ads go to Craigslist."

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Coursera Snags $43-Million in Venture Capital

Coursera Snags $43-Million in Venture Capital | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The jury may still be out on how much money massive open online courses stand to generate for the companies and universities that offer them, but that has not deterred investors from betting big on Coursera, the largest MOOC company.
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