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A Stronger Nation through Higher Education 2013

A Stronger Nation through Higher Education 2013 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As the demand for skilled workers continues to grow, a new report released today by Lumina Foundation shows that the rate of college attainment is steadily improving across America. Unfortunately, the pace of progress is far too modest to meet future workforce needs. The report also finds massive and ongoing gaps in educational achievement—gaps tied to race, income and other socioeconomic factors—that must be addressed.

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Star professors start their own 'university' and don't ever plan to make money

Star professors start their own 'university' and don't ever plan to make money | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Tyler Cowen, star economics professor, co-founded online university about a decade after he helped start the popular blog Marginal Revolution. He wants to offer a whole basic economics education online and has no plans to make money from it.
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MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed

MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

At the moment, MOOCs are still in the early part of the hype cycle and discourse is dominated by Manichaean fears of robots replacing professors or venture capitalists taking over higher education.

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, June 13, 2013 4:23 AM

MOOC - Every letter is negotiable ;)

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'MOOC' Plan Could Address Dual-Enrollment

'MOOC' Plan Could Address Dual-Enrollment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Coursera, a Silicon Valley-based company, is joining with 10 universities and postsecondary system to create new "massive open online courses."
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MOOC Research

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The MOOC Research Initiative, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will award grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to researchers seeking to explore issues such as student experiences in MOOCs and the free courses’ systemic impact.

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INNOQUAL Inaugural Issue is Out! | EFQUEL

INNOQUAL Inaugural Issue is Out! | EFQUEL | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Openness is arriving at educational institutions. [...] When knowledge is available one of the important future tasks of educators will be to give orientation about quality and to organize certification and assessment. The intention of this journal is to lead the way to these horizons and discuss new emerging and more open forms and methods of quality development and assessment.”  Ehlers, U. (2013). Learning for Open Innovation –
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The Other Higher Education

The Other Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There are too many countries with highly educated taxi drivers. Not that someone with a university degree shouldn’t drive a taxi but only if this is a choice, not employment for lack of any other. What is the alternative?
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Journal of Research & Practice in Assessment. MOOCs

Research & Practice in Assessment is an online journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarly discussion between researchers and practitioners in the field of student learning outcomes assessment in higher education.
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The Summer 2013 issue of RPA is on MOOCs.

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Essay criticizes pundits who claim there is no value in higher education

Essay criticizes pundits who claim there is no value in higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Devorah Lieberman wants pundits to stop ignoring the evidence that college helps people economically, even in economic downturns.
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CA Bill Mandates Credit for Online MOOC-style Courses to Fill Gaps in Availability

CA Bill Mandates Credit for Online MOOC-style Courses to Fill Gaps in Availability | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Bill could be another big step forward for the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model. H
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According to the article, "the state of California has recently approved a bill (SB 520) that mandates statewide open online courses be approved for college and high school credit. By requiring that these courses be open to all students who require them and cannot get access to them in their own schools, the bill positions 20 MOOC-like courses to become credited by high schools and colleges across the state"
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:49 PM

El estado de California acaba de aprobar un proyecto de ley que establece que los alumnos que no son admitidos en una escuela secundaria o aulas universitarias debido a la falta de espacio en esa clase, se les debe permitir tomar el mismo curso en un formato en línea o fuera de las aulas. Esto hace posible la homologación de MOOCs dentro de los planes de estudio de las universidades. Un punto a favor de los MOOCs aunque la medida no es compartida por muchos académicos del estado quienes no estan convencidos con el nivel de calidad de los aprendizajes que se alcancen con estos cursos en línea.

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EdX Wants YOU To Improve Their Online Learning Platform - Edudemic

EdX Wants YOU To Improve Their Online Learning Platform - Edudemic | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
From Physics to History to Computer Science, many of the world's largest universities and colleges have come together to use the edX online learning platform.
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MOOC as Courseware: Coursera's Big Announcement in Context

MOOC as Courseware: Coursera's Big Announcement in Context | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
One key aspect of this announcement is Coursera’s full-fledged move into courseware as a new business line to complement their standalone courses. Courseware is the combination of “the curriculum, the course materials, the assessments and, in some cases, the analytics to track student progress and make study suggestions”.
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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 5, 2013 7:49 AM

Although posted already a week ago, this is too important a scoop to miss. According to Phil Hill, Coursera's moving into the courseware business is a reflection of a number of different things. First, according to Coursera's Daphne Koller it is prompted by their desire to cater more for HE students' initial education than for professionals who seek to develop themselves. But speculates Phil Hill, another dominant reason could be the desire of the venture capitalists to find a revenue model. Courseware is like books, it allows universities to use them and turn them into genuine course by putting a wrapper around them, i.e. by assigning teachers to them, fitting them into a curriculum, giving credits for them. 

 

Courseware as a notion is at least 20 years old (see my previous Scoop http://sco.lt/4k2TeD). In that sense, Coursera's move is a step back. It brings MOOCs back into the fold of HE as we know it; the claim that MOOCs are a disrupting innovation that makes obsolete almost all universities but a few elite ones (as suggested by among others Sebastian Thrun) immediately falls flat. To me, this is a very welcome move, one that removes the hype and gives us back a sense of proportion, enough to let educational professionals (rather than news papers and Silicon Valley gurus) decide on how MOOCs are going to be useful to improve education across the globe. (@pbsloep)

ifrank's comment, June 5, 2013 8:30 AM
It looks like Coursera has come up with a business model that supports offering courses simultaneously to more than one university at a time across state lines.
Could another company like Blackboard have offered a similar service at attractive rates? Looks like the universities didn't shop around.
Nan Yang's curator insight, June 7, 2013 2:43 AM

A step for chasing profit

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In More Colleges, Credit Hours Giving Way to Competency Based Learning

In More Colleges, Credit Hours Giving Way to Competency Based Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The President of Capella University writes that higher education should move away from the credit hour and to a system that measures knowledge and skills.
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Is the Minerva Project the Real Future of Online Education?

Is the Minerva Project the Real Future of Online Education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Minerva Project uses an online curriculum, but also offers a slightly different twist from a college that’s exclusively online. Minerva Project will mix online learning with offline living in physical dorms; not just in the United States, but across the globe. Theoretically, students will get the best elements of America’s current higher education system — customized online learning at their own convenience, classes led by talented PhD teachers, and the opportunity to experience many of the social benefits of a physical university.

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The Evolving use of Badges in Education

The Evolving use of Badges in Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Badges, trophies, medals and other physical rewards have turned into a business and schools pay a good deal of money for these physical rewards. The digital system of rewards is either free or costs very little. Today students can learn online to supplement traditional class learning and get rewarded for their efforts.

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An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead

An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The next 50 years could see a golden age for higher education―but only if all players take initiative and act ambitiously. If not, an avalanche of change.
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New Test to Measure Faculty Collegiality Produces Some Dissension Itself

New Test to Measure Faculty Collegiality Produces Some Dissension Itself | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Two consultants have devised an assessment to identify good and bad behavior in the academic workplace. Many professors have their doubts.
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Are Free Online Courses an Education Game Changer?

Are Free Online Courses an Education Game Changer? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While they’re still at a relatively early, experimental stage, it’s reasonable to expect that MOOCs will improve further with time and repeated iteration.

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New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs

New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As more and more colleges experiment with massive open online courses, or MOOCs, a new project hopes to cut through the hype and gauge the effectiveness of the courses.
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Will MOOCs Disrupt Higher Education or Level the Playing Field?

Will MOOCs Disrupt Higher Education or Level the Playing Field? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Will MOOCs Disrupt Higher Education or Level the Playing Field?
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Still think that college degree doesn't matter?

Still think that college degree doesn't matter? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Those with increasing levels of postsecondary education are much less likely to be unemployed.

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Northern Arizona Wins Regional Accreditor’s Approval for Personalized Learning Program

Northern Arizona Wins Regional Accreditor’s Approval for Personalized Learning Program | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), NAU’s regional accreditor, approved their application to offer a competency-based degree program that moves away from the credit hour standard to use an approach referred to as “direct assessment” instead.
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18 Things To Know About Education In Brazil

18 Things To Know About Education In Brazil | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Today, we're going to take a closer peek at education in Brazil. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about Brazil in the categories that were defined for the study.
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Open Access to Public MOOCs

Open Access to Public MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
I would urge lawmakers to push the California Universities and State Universities to increase the production of many more MOOCs.  The state legislature should pass a law explicitly stating that all MOOCs produced in California's taxpayer-funded university systems should be considered not just property of the state, but property of the state that has been paid for by the citizens, with the manifest purpose of promoting the social good of widespread higher education of the citizens.
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