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Breakthrough Thinking in how we Educate and Prepare ourselves through Life
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Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect

Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it
It also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?
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Carnegie Leader Calls for Presidential Commission to Guide Higher Education's Future - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Carnegie Leader Calls for Presidential Commission to Guide Higher Education's Future - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Vartan Gregorian envisions a panel of esteemed figures that will show how all kinds of colleges can work together to serve society.

Lincoln's Land Grant College legislation & Truman's GI Bill shifted higher ed, so visionary leadership can make a difference.  The success of this type of group will be determined by the number of innovators thinking 'out of the box'  that will be added to the more conventional higher ed leaders.  The quality disruptors are already rapidly shifting the higher ed landscape today.

 

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Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

One really has to stand back and consider how this begins to change the power base within universities.  For the first time in modern academic times, the world-class teacher rather than the researcher (rarely are they the same) may become famous and wealthy. Interesting to think through all the positive and negative ramifications.  

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Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years | Moneyland | TIME.com

Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years | Moneyland | TIME.com | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it
NANTUCKET, Massachusetts -- As few as 10 years from now, quality higher education will be largely free—unless, of course, nothing much has changed. It all depends on whom you believe.
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Top Futurist: By 2040, All will have Nano Transplant at the Ear Communicating to the Brain

Top Futurist: By 2040, All will have Nano Transplant at the Ear Communicating to the Brain | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Noted Futurist, Ray Hammond, speaking at the recently concluded Intel Capital Global Summit, said that by the year 2040, he expects everyone to have a personal digital assistant sitting in a nano transplant behind their ear continually speaking to the global brain.

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Online Degree Program Lets Students Test Out of What They Already Know - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Online Degree Program Lets Students Test Out of What They Already Know - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Wisconsin is plowing the way to competentcy - based higher ed rather than the old model of counting how many hours one has to have 'butts in seats' to determine course credit.  Wisconsin is also implementing a concept I experimented with a few years ago, breaking the course into units so that you can test out of the things you know and really focus on what you need to learn.  Think of it as mass-customization in the higher ed world.  Today's students just won't continue to accept a one-sized fits all college curriculum--costing the equivalent of a house--when in all other areas of their life they get curated content specific to their informational needs. Looking forward to seeing how well and quickly they can execute!

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In This Online University, Students Do the Teaching as Well as the Learning - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

In This Online University, Students Do the Teaching as Well as the Learning - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

A new entry in peer-to-peer learning, as the higher ed space continues to break open.

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Boston has the capacity to be at the hub on the new Ed-Tech sector...

Boston has the capacity to be at the hub on the new Ed-Tech sector... | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

With over 200 colleges and universities within the 50 miles of Boston, and 400,000 students, can Boston become the hot-bed for innovation in higher ed?

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Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers | Inside Higher Ed

Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers | Inside Higher Ed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Over 1.5 million have signed it to a MOOC, offering by start-ups such as Udemy, Udacity & Coursera, but still there is no obvious revenue generation model.  Possible options:  pay for certification, employer match, even using MOOC as lead generation for other on-line providers.  Nearly $100MM has been invested in the space as the players figure out how to make money.   

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As College Graduates Cluster, Some Cities Are Left Behind

As College Graduates Cluster, Some Cities Are Left Behind | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Metropolitan areas that built its economy on manufacturing jobs without a requirement of a college degree are having a difficult time pivoting to new industries, or keeping the college grads they create.   Educated young people want to join communities with others like themselves that are educated and thriving.  

 

A key stat:

"Historically, most American cities have had relatively similar shares of college graduates, in part because fewer people went to college. In 1970, the difference between the most educated and least educated cities, in terms of the portion of residents with four-year degrees, was 16 percentage points, and nearly all metro areas were within 5 points of the average. Today the spread is double that, and only half of all metro areas are within 5 points of the average, the Brookings research show."

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Deals with banks stack fees on college students

Deals with banks stack fees on college students | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

"As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report to be released May 30."

Another area where financial institutions need to be regulated to ensure they do what's right.  College students are not yet financially sophisticated and are easy targets for unscrupulous actors looking to make a fast buck.   

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Walmart and American Public U. chart new ground with partnership | Inside Higher Ed

Walmart and American Public U. chart new ground with partnership | Inside Higher Ed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Will corporate and for-profit education partnerships become a significant path for a college degree for lower wage workers?  This balanced and thought-provoking article takes a deeper look.  I like what I see.  APU is at the top of the class of the for-profit on-line schools, regionally accredited and providing a strong product predominantly to military personnel. And Walmart is investing money and time to support and educate their workers. 

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Design Lab

Design Lab | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

I love this concept--weekly 30-60 minute design challenges that you take on, to develop and hone design skills.  I'm giving it a try--I'll report back later!

And it's a new start up out of Y-Combinator...

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My Plans to Step Down | Faculty & Leadership | Babson Blogs

My Plans to Step Down | Faculty & Leadership | Babson Blogs | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it
Trish Costello's insight:

I've had the opportunity to work with great academic visionaries and mentors throughout my career, and Dean Dennis Hanno is among the best. Universally adored by his students and respected by his peers.  A true innovator and a steadying presence in difficult times, with a deep authentic core.

Best to Dennis Hanno in whatever he chooses to do next!   

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Gates grant to consider ways to provide credit for MOOC's. Chronicle of Higher Education

Gates grant to consider ways to provide credit for MOOC's.  Chronicle of Higher Education | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

The recent nearly $900k grant to to create the Presidential Innovation Lab to determine processes to support MOOC's is the next important step in bringing out-of-control higher ed expenses to ground, and in a way that enhances the educational product.   Over time, MOOC's will eliminate the thousands of '101' courses repeated in every campus in America, many offered with less than stellar instruction.  MOOCs can enable the basics to be taught by the best teachers in America and broadcast to thousands of students at once, while local faculty to focus on more complex educational projects with students.  Disruptive? yes...but higher edu has been way behind the innovation curve.  

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U. of Texas aims to use MOOCs to reduce costs, increase completion | Inside Higher Ed

U. of Texas aims to use MOOCs to reduce costs, increase completion | Inside Higher Ed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Texas is aggressivley looking at using MOOCs to get more kids through the lower level basic courses to ensure a quicker and cheaper higher ed degree.  But can they ensure quality?  I would suggest that, well managed and executed, they can greatly improve quality.  Some faculty are concerned that their jobs will disappear..  

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Newspapers, higher education both help shape society

Newspapers, higher education both help shape society | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

"It is not enough simply to move the same old content to a new format. We must innovate our services, products, delivery methods and more. Even though we have more competition than ever before, and in all formats, the way to reach our audience is not by being louder but by being more focused, relevant and useful. Simply, we must be indispensable."

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Newspaper Industry Is Running Out of Time to Adapt to Digital Future

Newspaper Industry Is Running Out of Time to Adapt to Digital Future | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Between operational fiascos and flailing attempts to slash costs on the fly, it’s clear that the print newspaper business is struggling to stay afloat. Wake up call to  Public and Private Higher Ed executives and faculty -- if you want to be thriving 15 years from now, you need to go to school on what most newspapers did wrong in handling industry technology and business model disruption. 

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Gates Foundation Gives $9-Million in Grants to Support 'Breakthrough' Education Models - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Gates Foundation Gives $9-Million in Grants to Support 'Breakthrough' Education Models - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Gates Foundation's  investment of $9M seeds new innovations in higher education, including MITx's MOOCs, the University of the People for accreditation services, and My College Foundation for a new model of community college. 

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Innovating on complex challenges with Wiki Speed

Innovating on complex challenges with Wiki Speed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Joe Justice built a 44 person virtual team from four countriesto tackle the X-Prize challenge to build a cheap, road-ready car running at 100 miles per hour.   John Seely Brown  John Hagel suggest this agile based practice is a model for developing talent and dealing with the rapidly changing tech landscape. 

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Earning college credit for MOOCs through prior learning assessment | Inside Higher Ed

Earning college credit for MOOCs through prior learning assessment | Inside Higher Ed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

The beginnings of disruptive business models begin to emerge, with independent organizations stepping up to validate learning/knowledge outcomes for college credit separate from hours sitting in a seat.

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The new global economy

The new global economy | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Interesting graphic showing the changes in the world's top economies over 15 years.  Who do you think jumped from 6th place to 2nd over 10 years?

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LegalNewsline | AGs write Congress over Higher Education Act

LegalNewsline | AGs write Congress over Higher Education Act | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it
LegalNewsline - AGs write Congress over Higher Education Act...

Easy Target #2:  Some on-line for-profit colleges exploit young military families by agressively going after them for their GI education benefits, promising a convenient education, but leaving them with additonal students loans and degrees with no worth in the job market.  The unscrupulous for-profits know that military education benefits are not covered by the same Title IV regulations.

"A U.S. Senate committee study found that military education funding revenue for for-profit colleges rose 683 percent in the past four years. A survey of 20 for-profit colleges found that military education benefits rose to $521.2 million in 2010 from $66.6 million in 2006."  

 

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Come the Revolution

Come the Revolution | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

Friedman on the new boundary breaking on-line start-ups, Coursera and Udacity.  Yet, I see many questions yet to be considered in approach, outcomes, even ownership of content.

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WGU example shows chilly policy climate for competency-based education | Inside Higher Ed

WGU example shows chilly policy climate for competency-based education | Inside Higher Ed | Education & Opportunity | Scoop.it

One of the major areas that needs to be addressed for higher education innovation:  Credit for mastery of a topic rather how many hours a student attends class.  We just need to think outside the box in assessing learning.  The DoE rules allow it, but bureaucracy discourages it....and no one, not even Western Governors University is actually using it.   

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