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Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs

Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The rise of the MOOCs will put new cost pressures on institutions, introducing new expenses over and beyond the direct cost of producing and delivering a MOOC.  These additional costs incurred by the MOOC movement may show up in higher tuition prices.
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This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously

This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
2013 is the year universities will stop thinking of online education as just a fad or an inferior option. Internet tools allow higher education to be a continuous process, a university for life.
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The article concludes: "This year, all American colleges and universities will have the chance to make a bold statement of intent and philosophy: is a top-class education something we want to block off, to put behind a velvet rope for only a select few to enjoy? Or is it something that, given the opportunity, we share with anyone with a little curiosity and desire? It may be that Coursera and Udacity, as impressive and advanced as they seem now, will fail. But there is no stopping the movement, just as there was no stopping the mp3. What is desperately necessary is now suddenly possible. It’s time to raise our expectations of what an education can be."

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I agree  "What is desperately necessary is now suddenly possible. It’s time to raise our expectations of what an education can be."  We are now in a position to offer education as a continuous improvement lifelong process, that anyone, anywhere can access in their own time.  No longer are there barriers to learning such as distance, cost and time.  

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MOOC U.

MOOC U. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Does the rise of the “massive open online course” spell the end of the university as we know it? Through its academic and financial partnership with Coursera, Penn has professors in the fray, skin in the game, and a front-row view of higher education’s next big frontier.

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News: Quality assurance of doctoral education

News: Quality assurance of doctoral education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The European University Association (EUA) has published a new report examining internal and external quality assurance of doctoral education in Europe.
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Report: An Avalanche is Coming

A new phase of competitive intensity is emerging as the concept of the traditional university itself comes under pressures. This report offers som of themost important changes taking place in today's higher education landscape. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research in the UK.

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Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources

Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Lumen Learning, using an open-source approach is ready to help institutions eager to phase out traditional textbooks for OERs. Co-founded by David Wiley and Kim Thanos.

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Group work advice for MOOC providers

The most valuable aspect of MOOCs is that the large number of learners enables the formation of sub-networks based on interested, geography, language, or some other attribute that draws individuals together.
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Open Badges and Proficiency-Based Education: A Path to a New Age of Enlightenment - Transhumanity.net

Open Badges and Proficiency-Based Education: A Path to a New Age of Enlightenment - Transhumanity.net | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Badges 101 Badge A major and tremendously promising opportunity has emerged to achieve a new Age of Enlightenment through technology and to enable large numbers of people to desire, seek out, and enjoy learning.
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Can MOOCs Save Academic Freedom?

Can MOOCs Save Academic Freedom? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The value of MOOCs as a powerful force to protect the fundamental purpose of academic freedom has been lost in the current distraction of debating the relative value of online as opposed to traditional classroom teaching.
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Higher Education 50 Years from Now: A For-Profit Perspective

Higher Education 50 Years from Now: A For-Profit Perspective | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It will be critical for for-profit institutions to become more community-minded in 50 years' time in order to thrive in the post-secondary education marketplace.
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Performance Measurement Changes to Heighten Focus on Nontraditional Students

Performance Measurement Changes to Heighten Focus on Nontraditional Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Looking into the future, higher education institutions’ efforts to serve nontraditional students should be recognized and supported by governing bodies, rather than punished. Photo by Randy Bergeron.
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Liberty Is Now Largest Private Nonprofit University

Liberty Is Now Largest Private Nonprofit University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, has doubled its enrollment in the last six years -- twice -- to become the largest private university in the country, The Washington Post reported.
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College Partnership Trend Surfaces

College Partnership Trend Surfaces | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education leaders in Oregon and Georgia have recently formed in-state partnerships that will better-support community colleges students who wish to make the transition to a four-year bachelor’s degree upon earning their two-year credential.
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Open Education Week

Open Education Week | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Open Education Week is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free an open to everyone.
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Colleges' Latest Offer: Deals

Colleges' Latest Offer: Deals | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A growing number of liberal-arts colleges are supplementing their traditional glossy brochures touting ivy-covered libraries and great-books seminars with more pecuniary pitches: Buy seven semesters, get one free. Apply today, get $2,500 cash back. Free classes after four years. The schools are adjusting their marketing to attract students at a time when families are struggling to foot the bill for college—and increasingly concerned about the potential payoff.

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Bosses say American workers fall short

Bosses say American workers fall short | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new survey finds that most think their employees lack necessary collaborative, communication and critical-thinking skills.
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Group Calls for Radical Changes to Standardized Tests - Higher Education

Educational assessments should be revamped to help educators improve teaching and learning instead of being narrowly used—and in some cases misused—for purposes of accountability. That is one of the key ideas that an independent commission proffered Monday as the commission released a new report on what its members envision as a radically transformed “assessment enterprise.”

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Higher education: an era of radical change?

Predictions of a sweeping away of traditional higher education models have become commonplace. The most recent contribution to this genre has come from the UK think tank, the Institute of Public Policy Research. In an essay (An Avalanche is Coming) published this month by the left-leaning Institute, the authors argue that we are about to face ‘an avalanche of change’ in higher education that may ‘sweep the system away.’

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This article is a critique of the "An Avalanche is Coming" report.

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Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A (Revised) Graphical View

Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A (Revised) Graphical View | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In part 1 of this series of posts on MOOC student patterns, I shared an initial description of four student patterns emerging from Coursera-style MOOCs based on new data from professors.
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College Degree, No Class Time Required

College Degree, No Class Time Required | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
University of Wisconsin will grant bachelor's degrees based on a person's knowledge as demonstrated in online tests, not on class time or credits, the first such offering from a public university system.
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Berlin-Based iversity Relaunches As MOOCs Platform, Sets Its Sights On Becoming The Coursera Of Europe | TechCrunch

Berlin-Based iversity Relaunches As MOOCs Platform, Sets Its Sights On Becoming The Coursera Of Europe | TechCrunch | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The fast expanding universe of MOOCs has a new addition. Berlin-based startup iversity, founded in 2011 to offer online collaboration tools for learning management, has relaunched itself as a platform for massive open online courses.
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Commission calls for ‘radically different’ tests

Commission calls for ‘radically different’ tests | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Emerging technology and research on learning have the potential to dramatically improve assessments, if educators and policymakers take a more balanced approach to using them.
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Gazing Through Mud: The Campus and You in 50 Years

Gazing Through Mud: The Campus and You in 50 Years | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Fifty years from now, higher education institutions will be more focused on serving adult members of the workforce than on preparing youth to enter the workforce, as lifelong learning will have become the norm.
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Breaking With Tradition: The Future of Continuing Education

Breaking With Tradition: The Future of Continuing Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As higher education institutions evolve over the next half-century, continuing education units should gain more autonomy as degree-granting units on campus, allowing the institution to capitalize on the particular elements that help these units to...
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"higher education institutions will become increasingly dependent on CE studies to generate revenue and to fund overall institutional operations.

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Institutions Push for Four-Year Completion with Guarantees

The introduction of new graduation guarantees by institutions is an initiative designed to encourage students to complete their degree within the standard four-year time frame.
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