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Udacity Is a 21st Century University: Thrun: Video

Udacity Is a 21st Century University: Thrun: Video | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun discusses the future of education with Emily Chang from the Bloomberg Link Next Big Thing Summit in Half Moon Bay, CA on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)...
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Probing Question: Are MOOCs Here to Stay?

Probing Question: Are MOOCs Here to Stay? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Although the future of MOOCs is uncertain, says Selber, what we can expect to see is the development of multiple types
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College associations introduce new ways to measure student completion

College associations introduce new ways to measure student completion | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Student Achievement Measure (or SAM) involves looking at a number of student cohorts not measured by the federal rate and reporting on multiple success measures for each of them, using different time frames than the federal system.
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A Wretched Defense of the Humanities

A Wretched Defense of the Humanities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has just issued the Heart of the Matter, a 61-page report (plus appendices) aimed at persuading Congress to spend more money on the humanities.
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Google executive: GPA, test scores ‘worthless’ for hiring

Google executive: GPA, test scores ‘worthless’ for hiring | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Grade point averages, test scores, interviews and even resumes are poor indicators of whether a job applicant is right for the position, said a top human resources executive at Google.
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“One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, in a recent interview with The New York Times.
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MOOCs and Online Classes Fuel a Campus Debate

MOOCs and Online Classes Fuel a Campus Debate | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A heated discussion has emerged over whether free online college classes will lead to better learning and lower costs — or to a second-class education for most students.
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Massive Disruption: MOOCs in Higher Education

Massive Disruption: MOOCs in Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Opinions as to how MOOCs will change teaching and learning in higher education are varied, but that they are completely changing postsecondary education is not in dispute.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:47 PM

Los MOOCs son una tendencia cada vez más fuerte entre las Universidades de élite, cuyas consecuencias en la educación superior son aún impredecibles. Unos la consideran el futuro de la educación como bien público, otros el comienzo de un lucartivo negocio de unos pocos. Lo cierto es que hay que entrar a estudiarlos en profundidad para aprovechar adecuadamente muchas de sus ventajas.

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2M Better Futures

2M Better Futures | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Employers need talent; workers need jobs. Open Badges is a 21st Century credentialing approach that connects the two so both businesses and individuals thrive. More learning is rewarded and more employers get the precision, diversity and breadth in talent they seek. By 2016, we envision an Open Badge ecosystem that at least a million workers and a million students can access – the emergence of an assessment approach designed for our times.

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Australian universities to offer fee-based credit for MOOCs

Australian universities to offer fee-based credit for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Two Australian universities announced this week that they would offer assessment and credit of specific otherwise free, open online courses for a fee.

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Pearson collaborates with the MIT Media Lab

Pearson collaborates with the MIT Media Lab | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Pearson is delighted to work with the MIT Media Lab to find new approaches to education. If there is one area that by definition draws on all others, it is education, so we are looking forward to engaging with the great thinkers at the MIT Media Lab. Together we hope to explore such areas as lifelong learning, literacy, and 21st century skills.

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ETS Launches Electronic Certificates for Learning Assessment Exams

ETS Launches Electronic Certificates for Learning Assessment Exams | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In a move that brings the Educational Testing Service (ETS) into the arena of awarding certificates that verify learning and intellectual skills of students, the organization announced Monday that it has begun providing electronic documentation to test takers of their performance on the ETS Proficiency Profile and iSkills tests.

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Proving knowledge by degrees: MOOCs and the challenge of assessment

Re-imagining assessment tasks to be more authentic, authenticated and cost effective has the potential to change the heart of the enterprise. That’s a great challenge in the online space, but MOOCs are already pioneers, and it’s exciting to be part of it.
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Saylor Foundation and Fishtree Announce Partnership to Deliver Personalized Learning Aligned with Common Core State Standards - WSJ.com

Saylor Foundation and Fishtree Announce Partnership to Deliver Personalized Learning Aligned with Common Core State Standards - WSJ.com | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Working together, the Saylor Foundation and Fishtree are able to combine world-class open education resources (OER) with Fishtree's unique personalization platform to help improve student achievement. By incorporating Saylor's work developing high quality open education resources into the Fishtree content library, teachers and students can access personalized lessons that match every learners' unique needs. In addition, the partnership ensures teachers and students can align all content resources with key academic standards, like the Common Core State Standards, while keeping instruction and assessments up to date by integrating real-time content into instruction
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Heading for the student debt cliff

Heading for the student debt cliff | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We all know what happened to the housing market. Student loans are not far behind.
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Monsters University, the parody

Monsters University, the parody | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Here is the mock college website for "Monsters University. The film opens today as a parody an portrayal of a modern college.
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Blackboard Validates Mozilla Digital Badges -- THE Journal

Blackboard Validates Mozilla Digital Badges -- THE Journal | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Mozilla's Open Badges initiative has received the official nod from educational technology company Blackboard, which has integrated digital badges into its learning management systems Blackboard Learn and CourseSites.
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DreamDegree. Courses Online

DreamDegree. Courses Online | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

DreamDegree is a not-for-profit organization with a new approach to higher education, an innovative “Plan-for-Completion” pathway to your dream come true.

While Dream Degree is a nonprofit, its courses are owned by a related company -- Dream Degree Academics, LLC. Clifford said the two entities have a "strategic agreement." And he hopes to license online courses to community colleges through the for-profit side of the operation.
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FutureLearn announces MOOCs international expansion

FutureLearn announces MOOCs international expansion | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

UK MOOC platform FutureLearn announced its first international partnerships with Australia’s Monash University and Ireland’s Trinity College Dublin. The University of Edinburgh also joins the list of top-ranking universities set to offer free, open online courses through FutureLearn.com. FutureLearn’s first courses will come online later this year.

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Bill Clinton Supports Open Badges at Clinton Global Initiative America

Bill Clinton Supports Open Badges at Clinton Global Initiative America | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

 At the annual CGI America conference in Chicago, former President Bill Clinton just announced a groundbreaking new initiative - 2 Million Better Futures - dedicated to helping 1 million students and 1 million U.S. workers access opportunities through Open Badges.

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Big 10 provosts question partnerships with MOOCs and ed tech companies

Big 10 provosts question partnerships with MOOCs and ed tech companies | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The provosts of Big 10 universities and the University of Chicago are in high-level talks to create an online education network across their campuses, which collectively enroll more than 500,000 students a year.

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Domitilla Enders's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:50 PM

More temperance and pause re. MOOCs....

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Badges of honour

Badges of honour | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The fact remains: people love recognition for what they do. Mozilla’s Open Badges initiative leverages this phenomenon by gamifying the learning experience. The initiative allows training providers to issue digital “badges” to the participants in their courses, who thereby earn online representations of their newly acquired skills. Each learner can earn badges from all manner of verified issuers, collect them in their online “backpack”, and show them off by plugging them into their website or blog.
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Student Debt and the Value of College Degree

More California students are taking on more debt to attend college. But a college education is a good investment for the vast majority of them.

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Accreditation for Colleges, Universities Questioned

Accreditation for Colleges, Universities Questioned | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Accreditors that certify the worthiness of higher education institutions may have to change how they operate due to new uses of technology, rapidly changing student demographics, and a growing commitment to competency based learning.

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