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EdX expands platform, announces first wave of courses for spring 2013

In its second semester, edX expands its online courses to a variety of subjects ranging from the ancient Greek hero to the riddle of world poverty, all taught by experts at some of the world’s leading universities. EdX is also bringing back several courses from its popular offerings in the fall semester.
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Why MOOCs are good for higher ed

Slides on MOOCs.
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Great presentation, including comments on the importance of MOOCs for the development of assessments in the area of competency-based education.
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Where xMOOCs and Adaptive Analytics Both Fail (For Now)

Where xMOOCs and Adaptive Analytics Both Fail (For Now) | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
there’s assessment. This is harder to scale. It’s only a little harder if you’re content with multiple choice questions, moderately harder if you want to see students actually solve problems that have cut-and-dry right answers, and a lot harder if you’re trying to assess the student’s thought process and writing skills. xMOOCs are definitely doing assessment. There’s an open question about how well they are doing assessment—I think it varies from subject to subject and class to class—but they are doing it.
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A Quick Guide To The History Of MOOCs

A Quick Guide To The History Of MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
So what is a MOOC? What's the history of MOOCs? How are they growing? What are some significant events in the world of MOOCs?
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Opening Up Education

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Given the abundance of open education initiatives that aim to make educational assets freely available online, the time seems ripe to explore the potential of open education to transform the economics and ecology of education.
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What are Community TAs?

Community TAs are student volunteers who have done exceptionally well in one iteration of a course and are then invited by Coursera to help out the nexr time the course is taught
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Video: The Diploma Divide

Video: The Diploma Divide | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Angelica Gonzales graduated at the top of her high school class and headed off to one of the nation's top universities. Four years later she is back home, but without a degree.
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MOOCs Go International... ¿Qué es un MOOC?

MOOCs Go International... ¿Qué es un MOOC? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Qué significa Un MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) es un Curso On-line, en Abierto y Masivo. Traduciéndolo un poco, lo que quiere decir es que es un curso a distancia, accesible a través de interne...
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Universities and Colleges Must Adapt to Adult Enrollment Increase

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The number of non-traditional students enrolled in colleges and universities is increasing across the United States, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

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For those new the Degree Qualifications Profile, commonly referred to as the DQP, this page serves as an orientation or starting point to learn more about the DQP and its potential uses.
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Book: Open Learning Recognition. Taking OERs a Step Further

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A highly recommended read for those interested in assessing OERs. While OER and Open Courseware have become useful supplementary materials for IHEs students and informal learners, up until now, the vast majority of course materials published as OER online has specifically excluded the option of recognizing such learning. The needs of learners who wish to have formal, quality controlled, transferable recognition of their knowledge and skills for a use within formal education or the employment market has not much been addressed. This book by Anthony F. Camilleri, Anne-Christin Tannhäuser, published by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning addresses interesting points. 

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Report reveals divergent trends in modern language job market: English down, Spanish up

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After two years of growth in both English and foreign language faculty positions, English jobs are harder to find this year while foreign language jobs continue to grow, according to Modern Language Association data released Thursday.
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Kirschner and Stimpson debate pros and cons of digital courses

Kirschner and Stimpson debate pros and cons of digital courses | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
A stalwart of humanities and an online learning pioneer -- Catharine Stimpson and Ann Kirschner -- debate the pros and cons of technology-enabled higher education.
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Three-year degree programs shorten the path to rewarding careers

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Three-year bachelor’s degree programs are gaining popularity as many students look for ways to enter the workforce faster. Though these programs are common in Europe and Canada, condensed programs are now attracting greater interest in the United States as students and education providers realize the unique benefits.
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The Biggest Story of 2012 May Also Be the Most Overhyped

While MOOCs have captured the media attention, it’s the other, less-glamorous stories–things like accreditation and remediation–that will really make the difference.  As Dawson predicts, “Online higher education 10 years from now (or even two), may have leapt past MOOCs and could look very different from what we conceive of today.”
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Higher Education Is The Next Big Bubble

Higher Education Is The Next Big Bubble | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
A bubble is inflating, one that experts predict will be worse than the housing bubble. Those who can’t afford to contribute thousands to the trillion dollar student deficit are starting their own businesses instead. As costs rise, people are questioning the value of school. Is it the right place to get an education? Not likely.
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MCC president offers his take on higher education

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MCC president offers his take on higher education. Community college allows students to adjust slowly to the demands of higher education.
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MOOC MOOC | Canvas Network

MOOC MOOC | Canvas Network | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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Hybrid Pedagogy, an online journal of teaching and technology, has announced it will host its second MOOC MOOC on the Canvas Network by Instructure, starting January 6, 2013. The course is open to the public and is currently accepting enrollments at MOOC MOOC course page. “Our goal with this second MOOC MOOC is to work even deeper into the ideas behind MOOCs. We’re not yet satisfied that MOOCs are a solution to the current educational crisis, but they may point the way to something very interesting indeed,” said Sean Morris, director of educational outreach at Hybrid Pedagogy. “We’re hosting the course on the Canvas Network because it allows us the flexibility to design the learning experience in a way that is meaningful to us.”
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Sal Khan Maps Out Blended Learning

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In his signature visual style, Sal Khan sketches a plan for how digital learning tools can make room for teachers and students to embrace more real-life creative learning experiences, and how Khan Academy and the Discovery Lab summer camp fit into...
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10 Predictions for Blended Learning in 2013

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In the ninth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker predict how blended learning programs will evolve in 2013.
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"In the year ahead we will see more public schools adopt blended learning, meaning online learning in physical schools. Blended learning is no longer entirely new or untried, and school leaders are hungry for a way to do more with less. Below are 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013."
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Most Colleges Rely Solely on Tests for Placement

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Most colleges use standardized placement tests to determine readiness for college-level courses, but cutoff scores vary, a study finds.
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Really? Public university hires pornographic poet as English prof

UNC-Wilmington’s English department has sunk to new depths by hiring a new professor whose writing is unprintable.
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How Does an MITx Open Online Learning Course Translate to Community College Students?

Massachusetts community colleges are exploring how an MITx course will work for their students
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What-the-heck Happened in 2012? Review of the Top Three Events in Education

What-the-heck Happened in 2012? Review of the Top Three Events in Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
This was an extraordinary year in the education sector providing bloggers and journalists  with much content to write about: ed-tech start-ups, big data, open courses attracting thousands of students and even some institutional drama  in the mix.
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Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests

Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Research backs reformers' criticism of the inadequacy of remedial placement exams, but colleges rely heavily on them, a new study finds.
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