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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”...
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.
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) .
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?
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.
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.
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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