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The Gallup Blog: GPA, SAT, ACT…RIP

To be clear, this is not to suggest that we wholesale abandon standardized testing. These tests should be part of a much more balanced scorecard that includes many other more important measures. But we do need to greatly deemphasize the role these assessments currently play. 
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Experts Say Education Leaders Need to Stick to Task

Experts Say Education Leaders Need to Stick to Task | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In order to improve persistence among diverse groups of students, higher education leaders should shun rhetoric and instead research and attack the root causes of failure. Those were some of the key points that Anthony S. Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, made Tuesday at the annual meeting of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, or SHEEO.
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Why MOOCS won’t revolutionize higher ed

Why MOOCS won’t revolutionize higher ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There are several big reasons MOOCs won't fully 'disrupt' higher ed.
Given the history of universities and colleges in the United States, chances are that many higher education institutions (non-elite and community colleges) will continue to retrofit and transform MOOCs into credit-bearing courses that will yield revenue. MOOCs will not revolutionize higher education.
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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic

The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, July 8, 2013 3:13 PM
Critical thinking and problem-solving
Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
Agility and adaptability
Initiative and entrepreneurialism
Effective oral and written communication
Accessing and analyzing information
Curiosity and imagination
Charise Adams's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:12 PM

Heck, we need these now, not just in the future.

Bill Paxton, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:38 AM

Critical thinking and problem-solving 
Collaboration across networks and leading by influence 
Agility and adaptability 
Initiative and entrepreneurialism 
Effective oral and written communication 
Accessing and analyzing information 
Curiosity and imagination

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Make Way For MOOCs: How Free, Online Courses Could Revolutionize Education - Payvand

Make Way For MOOCs: How Free, Online Courses Could Revolutionize Education - Payvand | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Make Way For MOOCs: How Free, Online Courses Could Revolutionize Education
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Raza is one of the several million learners worldwide to have discovered "massive open online courses," or MOOCs.
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Abdulsalam Al-Mukradi's curator insight, December 2, 2015 1:37 PM

MOOC is indeed a revolution in Education. It helps educators a lot and it gives all the chance to have flexible learning. It is a super tool for all. Thank you MOOC.

 

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MOOCs and the battle to open up higher education

Foundation essay: This article on the rise of massive open online courses by Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation…...
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MOOCs Change Playing Field in Higher Education - India West

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The rapid spread of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, is transforming higher education in the U.S. and worldwide. U.S.
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Why MOOCs Miss the Point With Online Learning

A MOOC serves a purpose -- no one can argue that. But it does not yet serve the purpose of high-quality online education, and until it does, conflating the two only serves to highlight a deeply flawed premise, which gets us nowhere.
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Academics warn of 'social chasm' on university campuses

Academics warn of 'social chasm' on university campuses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Working-class students are less likely to play a full part in university life because of the financial burden of getting through a degree course, according to research.    
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What Can MOOCs Do for American Higher Education?

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What Can MOOCs Do for American Higher Education?
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Has the Tipping Point for Higher Education Occurred?

Has the Tipping Point for Higher Education Occurred? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The tipping point for higher education is occurring. Public opinion dictates that it is time for change and compromise. There must be an acknowledgement that workforce skills training is within the role and responsibility of higher education. There must be a curricular balance struck and until a serious discussion takes place on college campuses around the country about applied learning, students will continue to suffer the consequences.

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Bringing Prior Learning Assessment into Higher Education’s Mainstream

Bringing Prior Learning Assessment into Higher Education’s Mainstream | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is increasingly acknowledged to be an important component of degree completion, particularly for adult students. With the rise in availability of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other ways students can learn outside of a traditional classroom, it is even more important for institutions to find ways to encourage those students with the initiative and maturity to learn independently. However, institutional acceptance of PLA is still generally low.
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Graduate jobs: top 12 degree subjects for getting a job

Graduate jobs: top 12 degree subjects for getting a job | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A-level results and university Clearing are just next month. Find out which degrees really lead to employment with our top 12.    
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Higher ed leaders urge slow down of MOOC train

Higher ed leaders urge slow down of MOOC train | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As scores of colleges rush to offer free online classes, the mania over massive open online courses may be slowing down. Even top proponents of MOOCs are acknowledging critical questions remain unanswered, and are urging further study.
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Congressional Hearings on Competency Ed in Higher Ed

Congressional Hearings on Competency Ed in Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Just in case you want to listen in to the House Education and the Workforce Committee hearings “Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Higher Education through Innovation starring Scott Jenkins, WGU; Pam Tate, CAEL; and, Burck Smith, StraighterLine — click her for the archived video.
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Is Higher Education Still A Good Investment?

Is Higher Education Still A Good Investment? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Rising tuition fees and an ailing job market continue to perpetuate a cycle of spiralling student debt and lost opportunities. Unless this can be addressed, higher education will continue to represent an increasingly risky and uncertain investment in the years to come.
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Wealthy American Universities Start to Invest in Africa

Wealthy American Universities Start to Invest in Africa | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Some of the wealthiest American universities are starting to invest in Africa, seeing the potential for large gains, Reuters reported. Northwestern University, with holdings in companies in Kenya and Nigeria, recently doubled its African investments.
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One MOOC professor won't let students know the right answers

One MOOC professor won't let students know the right answers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs are supposed to democratize education, but some students may never learn the right answers to questions on assignments that they get wrong.
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Make Way For MOOCs: How Free, Online Courses Could Revolutionize Education

Make Way For MOOCs: How Free, Online Courses Could Revolutionize Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Biggest thing since the printing press.
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A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving

A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Connnecting companies with classrooms yields benefits for both. Directly comparing MOOCs to traditional classrooms may prevent us from realizing the true potential of global online education. Perhaps it's time we stop trying to fit MOOCs into old educational molds and start considering how we can harness their powers in new and exciting ways.
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Japan’s Schoo lands $1.5m to broaden its online learning service as it targets 1m users

Japan’s Schoo lands $1.5m to broaden its online learning service as it targets 1m users | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Coursera and its ilk in the US aren't the only ones making big moves in the massive open online course (MOOC) space, over in Japan a series of companies are making progress.
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Is the labor market return to higher education finally falling?

Is the labor market return to higher education finally falling? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Peter Orszag considers that possibility in his recent column. About one in four bartenders has some kind of degree. Orszag draws heavily on this paper by Beaudry and Green and Sand, which postulates falling returns to skill.
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Transforming Education Through Technology HR 521 Bill

Transforming Education Through Technology HR 521 Bill | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Bill HR 521 is focused on education technology and is slowly working its way through the US Legislature. Technology is ever advancing and in order to stay
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, July 2, 2013 11:02 AM
More on this bill here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr521
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Higher education- Other options to four years

There are college alternatives for those who seek a faster path to a career. For instance, career-oriented diplomas and degree programs focus on curricula that train students for high-demand professions, such those in health care, information technology or skilled trades.

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Outcomes Assessment

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Assessment has become a natural part of what we do in education.  I think this accountability is appropriate and I for one wholeheartedly support these efforts and the resulting accountability.
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