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Debunked: Top 5 Myths About Taking Online Classes

Debunked: Top 5 Myths About Taking Online Classes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Making the decision to attend an online school can be a difficult one for some.
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Michelle Spallone's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:52 AM

Online classes are for the well orgainized and serious about learning.  "CIS 120-300 Michelle"

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The 5 Biggest Education Technology Trends To Know About - Edudemic

The 5 Biggest Education Technology Trends To Know About - Edudemic | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There are some major education technology trends that are disrupting the current education model. Here's the breakdown.
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Nicholas Pringle's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:14 AM

I think that the potential of data and learning analytics is enormous and will bring much needed insights into classrooms that educators and education administrators can really use in a pwerful manner.

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Congratulations, College Graduate. Now Tell Us: What Did You Learn?

Congratulations, College Graduate. Now Tell Us: What Did You Learn? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It’s college commencement season. Across the country, moms and dads, grandparents, and other family members are gathering on campus quads, football fields, and in basketball arenas to celebrate
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Key idea: We need more authoritative and accurate ways of measuring the value that a college adds to a student’s life than some arbitrary rankings system created by a magazine that doesn’t even publish anymore.
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The trillion-dollar question: Reinventing student financial aid for the 21st Century

The trillion-dollar question: Reinventing student financial aid for the 21st Century | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This research conference will push past tired discussions to explore opportunities for a more fundamental rethinking of the way aid is designed and delivered.
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How States Are Advancing Competency Education

How States Are Advancing Competency Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Do you have questions about how other states are transforming their education systems to competency-based schools? Here is your chance to hear directly from two state leaders and ask all of your questions.
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Games Win Big in Education Grants Competition | ED.gov Blog

Games Win Big in Education Grants Competition | ED.gov Blog | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Grants go to the increasingly creative field of educational games. There is a growing base of evidence indicating that games can be an important and effective component of our strategy to prepare a highly skilled 21st century American workforce.
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Separate but Equivalent?

More and more college-age students are taking community college classes before transferring to four-year universities.
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Legislation Reintroduced on Graduates' Salaries

Legislation Reintroduced on Graduates' Salaries | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Senators Marco Rubio, Ron Wyden and Mark Warner introduced a bill Thursday to require colleges to disclose data about their students' salaries in the first year after graduation.
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New Study: Degrees of Value

New Study: Degrees of Value | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We are pleased to release Degrees of Value today. This paper aims to provide information on one important aspect of college—the return on investment. While there is certainly more to a college education than the financial payoff, the fact remains that this is an increasingly dominant concern for students. Over 80 percent of students now cite “to be able to get a better job” as a very important reason for attending college.

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Debate Over MOOCs Reaches Harvard

Debate Over MOOCs Reaches Harvard | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At a gathering this week, faculty members expressed interest in innovative teaching methods but questioned the effectiveness of the MOOC approach.
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New study of low MOOC completion rates | Inside Higher Ed

New study of low MOOC completion rates | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The average completion rate for massive open online courses is less than 7 percent, according to data compiled by an Open University doctoral student as part of her own MOOC studies.
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'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available

'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt

As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While a faculty union at SJSU rips one university president over MOOC partnerships, a provost at American University defers action until a formal MOOC policy can be written.

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The death of degrees? 9 alternative credentialing approaches

The death of degrees? 9 alternative credentialing approaches | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As tuition soars at universities across the U.S., the value of a university degree is dropping. Prestigious diplomas are still well-regarded but they only reveal one dimension of a given individual’s educational experience. In response to the problem, alternative credentialing platforms are seeking to quantify skills learned both online and in the real world. As cheap and convenient online competitors pop out of the woodwork, look for these alternative credentialing approaches to provide students with a more comprehensive way to show off what they’ve learned. Badges, certificates and new methods for translating skills to credits are challenging traditional views of college degrees.
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Do Online Courses Diminish A College Degree?

Do Online Courses Diminish A College Degree? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A good example how online schools are going to compete with brick and mortar schools are the cost of the courses plus becoming accredited.
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New York Institute of Management's curator insight, June 3, 2013 1:17 AM

The key difference between colleges and other learning providers is their ability to package courses and confer Degrees that are accredited. It will be interesting to watch how many more institutions will be overcoming their barriers and start confering online degrees.

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Are Universities Above the Law? The great unscrutinized institutions of our time

Are Universities Above the Law? The great unscrutinized institutions of our time | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Corporate governance is a much-discussed topic, and the operation of corporations has proven a fertile field for investigative journalism. But even though many colleges and universities are multibillion-dollar-a-year operations, the subject of university governance has been largely neglected. This is unfortunate because university governance raises fascinating questions of great public interest involving the complex intersection of law, morals, and education. Nasar v. Columbia is a case in point.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 9, 11:52 AM

NotRth Carolina Public Schools and their LawFirm Attorneys are.

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To Harness MOOCs, Focus on the Outcomes

To Harness MOOCs, Focus on the Outcomes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Many states are wrestling with how to achieve the twin goals of making higher education both more affordable and accessible to their citizens.
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Interesting last paragraph about the assessment of MOOCs as a necessary step forward.
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New ‘TED Talks Education’ Brings Big Names And Big Ideas

New ‘TED Talks Education’ Brings Big Names And Big Ideas | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson, Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and more take on big topics in the all-new TED Talks Education. Full feature presentation is here.
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Dr. Miranda's curator insight, September 6, 2014 7:34 AM

Teacher Inspirations...

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New MOOC ‘Instreamia’ Offers Language Learning With A Twist

New MOOC ‘Instreamia’ Offers Language Learning With A Twist | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There's a new MOOC on the block and it's getting ready to help you learn Spanish and perhaps another language in the future.
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Is this really a MOOC?
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India’s Competitive Edge, Not!

India’s Competitive Edge, Not! | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We are constantly told that America needs to import its engineers from abroad—specifically China and India—in order to make up for a perceived talent deficit in the United States. The reality is that out of the 500,000 engineers who graduate per year from India, only 2.6% are employable and over 50% don’t have skills to succeed.  Moreover, About 80% of Indian students have not mastered the basics of reading or mathematics.

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Major Publishers Go MOOC

Several major publishers will experiment with offering free course materials to Coursera users enrolled in the Silicon Valley-based company's massive open online courses.
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OERs increase access, drop book expenses

OERs increase access, drop book expenses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

OER use is new enough that data on student performance are not readily available. Early evidence at SCC shows that students are doing just as well with digital material as with traditional textbooks. TCC has found the same thing.

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Study: Hispanic College-Going Rate Tops White Rate

Study: Hispanic College-Going Rate Tops White Rate | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
An all-time high of 69 percent of Hispanics graduating from high school in 2012 enrolled in college that fall, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center.
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edX president on how MOOCs will change higher education

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Anant Agarwal, president of edX, shared his thoughts at a panel on Friday. At the forum, Agarwal dropped the news that edX, the Harvard and MIT-funded MOOC provider, would announce "a significant number" of university partnerships in the "next few weeks." This news has big implications for both online learning and higher education. Many university educators fear MOOCs will replace them, and the new partnerships will only serve to heighten that anxiety. 
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What Is Higher Education For?

What Is Higher Education For? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
There is little agreement about what universities’ core competencies actually are. Students want them to emphasize personal growth and amenities; the faculty favors pure scholarship and graduate education; politicians want job training and economically productive research; and so on. None of these constituencies “owns” the university. On the other hand, none can simply be ignored. As a result, nothing much gets done.
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