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Size and Prestige Won’t Get You Too Far: The Key to Institutional Survival

Size and Prestige Won’t Get You Too Far: The Key to Institutional Survival | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Institutions will not survive the higher education revolution on the backs of their prestige or size. The defining factor for successful institutions in the coming years will be their ability to adapt to change in the industry.
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Also from the article: "I also believe that we will see the rise of learning assessment as a core feature of the teaching-learning process. Assessment is the process of distilling learning from broad experience. So, a college that chooses to become extremely good at the assessment of learners and learning—including them in the deeply educational process of thinking about what they have learned—could become the safe haven that learners, stymied by the chaos of resources without structure, come to for support or guidance."

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Coursera's fee-based course option

Coursera's fee-based course option | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

University partners and Coursera will jointly issue certificates under the fee-based option, affixing their powerful brands to them but not issuing credit for the courses. Fees will range from $30 to $100, with an initial group of 5 courses getting the deluxe treatment. However, company officials said most Coursera offerings would include the fee-based variety by the end of the year.

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Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities

Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Coursera announces the start of a pilot project to check the identities of its students and offer “verified certificates” of completion, for a fee.

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MOOCs, Outsourcing, and The Cloud: Where are Institutional Missions?

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If a critical mass of learning moves towards the MOOCs model, I am not sure who among that crowd will have the last laugh, but administrators, from presidents to deans and departments chairs and traditional faculty, will probably not be amused.
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Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow

Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Chief academic officers queried about the sustainability of MOOCs as a way of offering courses were deeply divided. Nearly half were neutral, with the rest evenly split between yes and no. There was much more widespread support for the idea that MOOCs could help institutions learn about online pedagogy, with nearly three in five respondents agreeing that they would serve that purpose.

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Accepting Credits for MOOCs: Good for Students, Good for Society

Accepting Credits for MOOCs: Good for Students, Good for Society | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

By granting transfer credits for the completion of a massive open online course, Colorado State University Global Campus has taken a massive step forward in the process of legitimizing MOOCs in mainstream higher education circles.

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Online Enrollments Grow Again, Though Many Colleges Are Undecided on MOOCs

Online Enrollments Grow Again, Though Many Colleges Are Undecided on MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The number of students taking at least one course online grew by 9.3 percent from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2011, according to the Babson Survey Research Group’s latest annual survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities.
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Getting to Know Coursera: Assessments

Getting to Know Coursera: Assessments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Assessments follow this common thread, in that Coursera supports a limited number of assessment types: quizzes, programming assignments, and peer assessments.
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Statewide initiative pushes for priority in higher education

Statewide initiative pushes for priority in higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Florida universities across the state have launched an initiative to show that the state university system is a priority.
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Disruptive Innovations and MOOCs

Disruptive Innovations and MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The author argues that while MOOCs can be useful, they don't seem likely to be disruptive.

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In my humble opinion, once MOOCs become part of the larger concept of a true competency-based educational system, with clear and practical student learning outcomes, the important step will be a mechanism for credentialling. This is where the disruptive innovation will play an important part in the current educational landscape.

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Higher education crises and how to beat them

Higher education crises and how to beat them | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
From student loans to graduation rates, higher education is a mess.
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Florida's Higher Education Challenge

Florida's Higher Education Challenge | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The digital revolution that's shaken so many businesses has not bypassed the hallowed halls of higher education, so it is good to see a new focus emerging on how to improve the range and quality of online classes offered by Florida's universities.
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"Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford this year proposed an audacious idea: create a separate university — Florida’s 13th — dedicated solely to online learning. For sometimes it takes a powerful idea — even a problem-plagued idea — to get people’s attention. Weatherford’s goals are noble. He wants to replicate the success of Florida Virtual School, where more than 122,000 students in grades K-12 “are currently receiving a high-quality education at a fraction of the cost.”
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The Trouble With English Departments

The Trouble With English Departments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Hidebound English faculty members who continue to assign and study only pre-computer-based media will quickly be on their way toward becoming themselves a “historical” presence at the university.

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Video: Welcome to the Brave New World of MOOCs

More top colleges are offering free MOOCs (massive open online courses), but companies and universities still need to figure out a way to monetize them.

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Finding Focus in the MOOC Haze

Universities are quickly aligning themselves with xMOOC platforms or (in some cases) trying to build their own or a variant.  It has changed the institution of education, and thus it will in some way change education, regardless of whether it as a learning system will change the learning in the education system.

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65 MOOCs/Certificate Courses Getting Started in January

65 MOOCs/Certificate Courses Getting Started in January | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It is time for New Year's resolutions and for university courses to get started again. It's happening on campuses.
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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
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The 2012 iteration of the Babson Survey Research Group's annual Survey of Online Learning.
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ghbrett's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:13 AM

A report like this over a span of ten years can provide educators and education administrators a sense where technology in education has been and potential for where it might be headed.

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2013 International CES® Session Details - Making MOOCs Matter: Assessing, Certifying and Credentialing Learning

2013 International CES® Session Details - Making MOOCs Matter: Assessing, Certifying and Credentialing Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

MOOC madness is here! Millions are enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other digital content delivery models. What does this phenomenon mean for students? What's the value of courses without credit? Is it possible to certify learning on such a mass scale? Can technology do more than deliver content?

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Community Colleges: A Cost-Effective Option for Higher Education

Community Colleges: A Cost-Effective Option for Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
With affordable tuition, and ample financial aid available, two year community colleges offer a great alternative to college-bound students.
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My thoughts:

I really had to decide whether it would be better for me to go to a 4- year University or a community college, and it was difficult. I had to think about all the factors going into this decision, like money, my grades, transportation, etc. While reading this short and sweet article, I realized that although a University "looks better," I would be better off starting at a college in the community. My family isn't loaded with cash, and I'm not in desperate need of getting a stable job since I'm only 17; I have all the time in the world so why not take things slow, right? Live life while I'm young, and then settle down a little bit later. This article stated the benefits of getting an education through community college. I completely agree with all of what it is saying and plan on attending a community college soon. If I decide to change my mind, I can always transfer those credits to a university and then continue on from there! Taking the safe road, I learned, is always a better decision than taking the strange one and getting lost. 

Michelle F's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:34 PM

My thoughts: Community college is a great way to save money, especially if you are given financial aid to attend these instiutions. I didn't know community colleges offered scholarships, but I learned from this website that most should even have a financial aid website. I am considering going to community college to save money, which is also why I am applying for three scholarships for my project. I'm considering attending community college to save money, and if I do I should also see what financial aid and scholarships they could offer me. Unfortunately, many people look down upon people who go to community college because anyone can get in. I don't agree with that stigma, some people just need to save money. I think the only downsides to going to a community college would be the stigma, and the fact that you are missing out on two years of the typical college experience.

Gabrielle Smith's curator insight, April 13, 3:09 PM

How you can get higher education with out it digging deep into your pocket, the government provides federal financial aid assistance to those eligible and willing to complete the FASFA form. If you aren't eligible or would like to stay away from costly loans, grants are  another great option because you don't have to pay them back. Also look for available on campus jobs, there you can work and help pay for your tuition. 

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Getting to Know Coursera: Peer Assessments Teaching

Getting to Know Coursera: Peer Assessments Teaching | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Peer assessments are designed to evaluate the kinds of unstructured output—essays, projects, videos, music, art, design challenges, etc.—a student might reasonably be required to complete in a traditional course, but which pose serious problems in a massive online setting more suited to automatically graded quizzes and programming assignments.
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MOOCs and the long-term danger of free knowledg

MOOCs and the long-term danger of free knowledg | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
But just like newspapers, which didn't figure out from the beginning how they were going to use this platform to pay reporters to actually gather the news, if universities don't develop a way to "monetize" this quickly, I think we're in for a rough ride for higher education.
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MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles

MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Why most of what currently excites the ed-tech world is hot air: MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Education Resources, amongst other fads?

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This is a provocative article.

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At MLA, not quite a consensus on reforming doctoral education

For language and literature Ph.D.s to be competitive for these positions, graduate education not only needs to take less time, but to be somewhat different in nature. He and others said that doctoral students need to learn more about finance and management, and to have experience working with administrators, not just assisting professors with courses.
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Colleges step in to fill students’ social-skills gaps

Colleges step in to fill students’ social-skills gaps | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
After final exams are over, MIT students will return from their holiday break to experience something different from their usual studies—but almost as important.
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$10,000 Bachelor's Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation

$10,000 Bachelor's Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The proposal, following similar moves in Florida and Texas, would ask high schools, community colleges, and universities to bear some of the cost.
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According to the article: "In the proposed California legislation, students would start to earn credits in high school, by taking Advanced Placement courses, and after graduation they would enroll full time at a community college. A state university would be required to accept up to 60 credits for transfer. The cost of textbooks is also to be included in the $10,000 cost to the student."

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