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Job Training: SKILLS Act Would Cut Waste

Job Training: SKILLS Act Would Cut Waste | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The SKILLS Act would redirects job training funds from the bureaucracy to their intended beneficiaries.
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MOOCs and Assessments and Makers, Oh My!

MOOCs and Assessments and Makers, Oh My! | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Coming at you, live from Austin's SXSWedu. Some 5,000 educators and entrepreneurs have been buzzing around the Texas state capitol, talking technology and education.We're learning a lot--and still asking a lot of questions.
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Students and States Near a 50-50 Split on the Cost of Public Higher Ed. Report from SHEEO

Students and States Near a 50-50 Split on the Cost of Public Higher Ed. Report from SHEEO | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Public higher education is about to cross a historic threshold, in which students pay a higher percentage than do states of the operating costs of colleges.Net tuition revenue made up 47 percent of public colleges' educational costs in 2012, an increase of more than six percentage points from the previous year, according to an annual report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

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As Colleges Evolve, So Must Their Presidents

As Colleges Evolve, So Must Their Presidents | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Academe is in a period of profound change, and a new generation of leaders will have to change with it.
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The new change leaders for academe

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The Education Industry Faces A Multi-Decade Peak

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The Education Industry Faces A Multi-Decade Peak
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Higher education is perceived as extremely important, and for most people a college education has become the necessary admission ticket to good jobs and a middle-class lifestyle.
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Partnering to Improve Workplace Readiness and Prepare the Workforce of the Future

Partnering to Improve Workplace Readiness and Prepare the Workforce of the Future | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Workforce partnerships are crucial for institutions that want to provide their graduates with pathways directly from the classroom into a family-wage job or into an advanced degree program.
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Employers Want More Degree Holders

Employers Want More Degree Holders | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Business leaders in the state of Texas expressed their support for the implementation of performance-based funding models for state higher education institutions.
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Expert Panel brings Clarity to MOOCs in Business+MOOCs Hangout

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The discussion on the Business+MOOC: the Hangout video recording with its expert panel is a must see for individuals within organizations considering implementing a MOOC and/or wondering how it might fit in with the orgnization’s strategy.
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21st Century Studies: What's the Matter with MOOCs?

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The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is hosting a roundtable entitled "What's The Matter With MOOCs? A Critical Conversation." MOOCs (or Massively Open Online Courses) are large-scale online learning communities that charge no fee for classes, often have some form of assessment and certification, but do not offer college credit. The aim of this conversation is to raise questions and concerns that may have been ignored or swept aside in the current rush to MOOCs, both nationally and locally.
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CalArts partners with Coursera for free on-line classes

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California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) joins the revolution in on-line education through its partnership with leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform Coursera.
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Getting In Without the SAT

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The list of colleges and universities dropping the admissions requirement of standardized test scores continues to extend each year.
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ED MAP Partners with AcademicPub to Expand Customization Capabilities

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ED MAP, a provider of course materials management services, and AcademicPub have announced a partnership that will help faculty and institutions adopt, manage, and deliver high-quality, cost effective custom content.
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Mission, MOOCs, & Money

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Yet for all the buzz about MOOCs, it is likely that a fair number of presidents, provosts, board members, and others in and around higher education who retain some memory of the dot.com/dot.edu era also have a sense of what Yogi Berra once described as “déjà vu all over again”: We’ve been here before, and not all that long ago.

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, March 2, 2013 9:53 AM

More acceptance coming for online learning....as with any major change, you either find a way to embrace it, or be left behind.... http:www.EducationAtHome.ca 

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SXSWedu.com Conference in Austin, TX

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Creativity and innovation are driving significant growth in SXSWedu’s passionate audience of education stakeholders and practitioners. We look forward to seeing you at SXSWedu 2013, March 4-7 in Austin, Texas.

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FL House Speaker Wants To Change ‘Culture Of Mediocrity’ In Higher Ed

FL House Speaker Wants To Change ‘Culture Of Mediocrity’ In Higher Ed | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

House Speaker Will Weatherford banged the opening gavel in the Florida House this morning, introducing the 60-day session with a speech heavily focused on education. He promised the continued “pursuit of a world-class, student-centered K-12 education system in Florida.” But he said attention must be paid to higher education as well, because “education solves problems that government cannot.” Weatherford encouraged lawmakers to break free from a “narrow vision that has encouraged a culture of mediocrity.”

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NextGeneration Hub - Igniting innovation in student supports

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The Lumina Foundation has unveiled the Next Generation Hub, a portal for the non-profit to share its efforts to improve access to information regarding college-going and access. The site aims to offer transparency for its ongoing and upcoming grants, initiatives, and partnerships to drive this mission. Findings from these projects will be shared on the site. From Sheri Ranis, Lumina's Program Director: "Much of what we’ve put together is basic information about conceptualizing and designing student supports with an eye to leveraging technology and attending to both customization and scale of services."

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Exploring free-market ideas

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Colleges have drifted from the ideal of academic freedom and some nonprofits are supplementing this education.
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ACE doubles down on prior learning assessment

ACE doubles down on prior learning assessment | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Higher education's most powerful association throws its weight behind "disruptions" to the industry. Can the establishment help lead the revolution?
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Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 2)

Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 2) | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
As MOOCs become more popular, instructors have to decide whether to replicate the limited interactivity of traditional correspondence courses or adopt a new, holistic learning format.
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Out With the MOOC, In With the Revenue

Out With the MOOC, In With the Revenue | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
A number of higher education institutions across the United States have begun offering free courses online to capitalize on the growing popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). One institution, however, is taking a stand.
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Common Misperceptions of MOOCs

MOOCs are showing us something significant but unless we understand what it is they are showing us, attempts to replicate MOOCs will falter.  Creating a MOOC is not easy.  Nor is it easy to understand the general idea of “open learning,” the hallmark of MOOCs.  In fact, the only way to understand MOOCs and much of what is going on in the general learning landscape today is by first understanding “open learning.”
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MOOCs and the Myths of Dropout Rates and Certification

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With MOOCs, we have a very different entity in our midst. MOOCs are a very different kind of educational package, and they need different metrics -- metrics that we do not yet know how to construct.
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Opinion: Higher education should not just serve as job factory

Opinion: Higher education should not just serve as job factory | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
American universities are focusing too much on getting students jobs and not enough on making people smarter.
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Weekend Reading: Creative Learning Edition

Weekend Reading: Creative Learning Edition | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in the MIT Media Lab Learning Creative Learning “MOOC.” All the session videos are available online, including a great discussion of Making & Constructionism.
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15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning

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Let's say you start digital learning by encouraging students to use Animoto or just use a device in the classroom. Then what?
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