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.
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.
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.
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 –
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?
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.
Bill could be another big step forward for the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model. H
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
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"
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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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