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Academic Article: The Rise of Big Data

The article discusses the effect of increasing quantities of digital information, or big data, on the way humans interact, communicate, and learn, with information on how it has altered the popular perception of data. Topics include the determination of correlative rather than causative relationships in statistical research using large quantities of data, the lack of accuracy and precision of data created through resources such as the Internet, and the ability of technology to produce larger statistical samples.

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What We Need: Fewer Small Colleges, More Big Ones

What We Need: Fewer Small Colleges, More Big Ones | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
One of the more popular predictions about the future of higher education is that hundreds of colleges will go out of business in the next decade, victims of the current economic crisis and an unsustainable financial model.
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A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills

A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is an essential skill in our life.It is through thinking critically that we get to sideline our biases(cultural, racial,ethnic...etc) and see the clear picture.Critical thinking is a sort of meta-thinking, that is thinking about thinking. It is a key to self-reliance : memorize the solution to a particular problem and you may master the solution to that particular problem, but improve your critical thinking and you ll get yourself the tools to create your own effective solutions to a multitude of unfamiliar problems.

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malek's comment, May 29, 2013 4:40 PM
I'm still a fan of critical thinking
Luís Cochofel's curator insight, June 2, 2013 3:43 PM

Interesting proposition!

Davies Molding LLC's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:12 AM

This is a process that should be on the bulletin board of every organization, and a key skill of every manager. 

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Is college worth it?

Is college worth it? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At this event, Bennett and Wilezol will present their book, higher education finance experts Richard George and Richard Vedder will provide discussion, and a coffee reception and book signing will follow.
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Companies Create MOOCs To Fill Skills Gaps

Companies Create MOOCs To Fill Skills Gaps | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Massive online open courses are one answer when your workers need to learn new skills.
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Xerox Tests Workforce Science from Evolv in Its Call Centers

Xerox Tests Workforce Science from Evolv in Its Call Centers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Companies are analyzing more data to guide how they hire, recruit, and promote their employees.

Xerox is screening tens of thousands of applicants for low-wage jobs in its call centers using software from a startup company called Evolv that automatically compares job seekers against a computer profile of the ideal candidate.

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Lots of offerings in online education

Lots of offerings in online education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Several up-and-coming companies -- including Udemy, Udacity, Khan Academy, 2U and Coursera -- are offering ways for people to educate themselves online, with many courses geared toward practical knowledge and skills for a fast-changing and often...
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Freshman courses less rigorous than many high school classes

A student is surprised to find that his freshman courses were less rigorous than many high school classes. When you have high school teachers who prepare students more rigorously than college professors, there is a problem. Maybe it is time for colleges to look at high school AP teachers for inspiration on how to teach at a high level. After all, how are students going to progress and gain knowledge if no one is willing to challenge them?
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Study: Classrooms at universities, empty most of the week

A two-year study by the University System of Georgia shows classrooms at schools within the system are empty most of the week, report shows.
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Forthcoming study: faculty offices at universities closed most of the year.
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Thoughts on College (Un)Bound

Thoughts on College (Un)Bound | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The shame of it all is that Selingo has the opportunity to make a real contribution.  He has a platform, he has access to all sorts of people, and he writes well.  With some serious thought to class stratification, this could have been much more useful than it is.
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Matt Reed takes on Selingo's book.
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OERs, MOOCs and the Future

OERs, MOOCs and the Future | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Overview discussing open educational resources (OERs) and massive open online courses (MOOCs) as they relate to the future. Issues considered include varieties of openness, licensing and combining resources, access, the nature of definitions, types of MOOCs, change and the future.
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Higher Education: The Coming Shakeout - Huffington Post (blog)

Higher Education: The Coming Shakeout - Huffington Post (blog) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As more and more students find themselves with debts that exceed the salaries offered by the current job market, colleges have expanded beyond the capacity of their markets. Some kind of shakeout is coming. The question is: what kind.
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Exciting Developments in Uses of 3D Printing in Education

Exciting Developments in Uses of 3D Printing in Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This fascinating emerging technology is finding its way into colleges, universities, and high schools and bringing powerful possibilities to teaching various disciplines
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Mettl bets big on MOOCs assessment | ZDNet

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) is a hot area in the education sector and Mettl wants a share of the pie, touting its test platform leaves no scope for copying or cheating. The New York Times dubbed 2012 as the year of the MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Today, MOOCs is the hottest topic in education, ZDNet reports. According to the Time magazine, free MOOCs open the door to Ivy League education for the masses. Mettl, an online assessment and testing platform to measure, analyze and improve people skills, has now ventured into the MOOCs arena. Founded by Ketan Kapoor and Tonmoy Shingal in 2009, Mettl focuses on the science of assessments and combines it with advanced technology to deliver valid and reliable tests. “In the case of MOOC, multiple choice questions don’t work. You need more hands-on assessment to check the right skills,” Kapoor said in a phone interview. According to him, assessment is a direct need for the MOOCs industry.” Our platforms fit into the needs of MOOCs. We don’t leave any scope for cheating or copying,” he said. Mettl is providing its product for MOOCs to publishers such as Wiley, Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Macmillan, he added.

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William Doherty's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:57 AM

Really, no cheating or copying in a MOOC??

William Doherty's comment, August 31, 2013 2:14 PM
has anyone used this Mettl Test Platform? Hard to believe it leaves no room for cheating and copying, especially in a MOOC.
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Competency-Based Learning: An Administrator’s Perspective

Competency-Based Learning: An Administrator’s Perspective | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Competency-based education is radically changing the way higher education is delivered and received, and moving past the credit-hour measure is critical in both increasing accessibility to higher education and improving retention and completion rates.

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How to Get a Job

How to Get a Job | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The rules have changed in today’s labor market. More employers care about whether a worker can add value, not where a college degree was earned. The world doesn’t care anymore what you know; all it cares “is what you can do with what you know.” And since jobs are evolving so quickly, with so many new tools, a bachelor’s degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular job — and, therefore, be hired. So, more employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants’ skills.

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What Type of Personality Do You Have?

What Type of Personality Do You Have? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Have you ever taken a personality test? Did you even know that there were such things?
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The MOOC Moment

“The MOOC Moment” is a collection of articles prepared by Inside Higher Ed — in print-on-demand format — about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

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Documents shed light on details of Georgia Tech-Udacity deal

New details about the internal decision making and fine print of Georgia Tech's revolutionary effort are based on interviews and documents, including some that the university provided to Inside Higher Ed following an open records request.
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Graduate degrees becoming the norm for job seekers

Not only do employers want employees with analytical, technical and communication skills, employees need to be able to adapt and change.
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IKEA Lessons for Higher Ed?

Bringing high quality education to scale is not something that higher ed has figured out. Lots of very smart people are working on this, and maybe this will be in our future.  
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, May 27, 2013 10:50 PM
The ZARA model is even more impressive but bringing quality education to scale requires much more than what a furniture or a clothing enterprise does. Individualization in education is the key and that is the hard part to achieve for now.
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New Forms of College Access

Academic leaders are rethinking the purposes, costs, and consequences of college residence and student co-presence in the digital era.
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How Emerging Technology Is Transforming Higher Education

From smartboards to immersive virtual environments like Second Life, higher education is fertile ground for new learning technologies.
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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:04 PM

Although focussed on higher ed, I think that this has some interest in our area of education as well.

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Is college still worth what it costs?

Is college still worth what it costs? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A college education can still be the right decision for young Americans, provided they make informed decisions about their educational path. But massive inefficiencies in the system jeopardize the value of higher ed for all students.
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