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Learning new lessons

Learning new lessons | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
Online courses are transforming higher education, creating new opportunities for the best and huge problems for the rest
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StraighterLine is mentioned for a second time this month in The Economist as a low-cost solution to transfering college credits.

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MOOCS, Alternative College Paths, and Future of Higher Education
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Learning new lessons

Learning new lessons | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
Online courses are transforming higher education, creating new opportunities for the best and huge problems for the rest
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StraighterLine is mentioned for a second time this month in The Economist as a low-cost solution to transfering college credits.

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21 Simple Ways To Motivate Your Students - Edudemic

21 Simple Ways To Motivate Your Students - Edudemic | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
So how do you motivate your students? They're an odd bunch with a myriad of distractions just waiting to take their mind off the task at hand.

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What a great way to innovate higher ed, motivate students to learn!

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Burck Smith's CEO Corner | Disruption in Higher Ed

Burck Smith's CEO Corner | Disruption in Higher Ed | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
Transparency for Students – Typically, there are too many unknowns for students entering American higher education. For the most part, when students enrolls in their first year of college, they have little insight into the course, professor or possible add-on fees. Colleges don’t publish course-by-course pass rates, don’t include student comments and reviews of professors and don’t include information about textbook and other fees. With StraighterLine, a student will know the syllabus, course pass rate, professor pass rate, student rating, student comments and itemized additional fees and requirements at the point of enrollment. With this kind of information, students can make enrollment decisions on value – the combination of quality and price – rather than making guesses in the dark
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StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith talks about the problems and solutions in Higher Ed.

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MOOCs to MOCCs | Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs to MOCCs | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
In a previous post we predicted that this year MOOCs will morph into MOCCS (Mid-Sized Online Closed Courses).

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"Online courses taught by “freelance” professors. As mentioned by InsideHigherEd on Friday, StraighterLine is launching “Professor Direct,” - 15 professor-taught online courses. In this direct-to-student model, a self-described “eBay for professors,” the individual professor sets the course price, office hours and class size. Tutors will be available to help students, and some universities will offer credit for these courses.  Sounds MOCCish."

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Two companies give faculty more control of online courses | Inside Higher Ed

Two companies give faculty more control of online courses | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
"Self-employed professor" could soon be an actual job title, thanks to two companies that are helping a small group of college professors market their own online courses, set prices for them and share the tuition revenue.
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StraighterLine's curator insight, December 14, 2012 9:16 AM

Freelance Professors. StraighterLine only hires instructors who have a master’s or doctoral degree in the discipline they will teach, said Burck Smith, the company's CEO and founder.

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Elite education for the masses

Elite education for the masses | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

Washington Post quotes StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith on MOOcs. “Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, have caught fire in academia. They offer, at no charge, what was once exclusive to students who earn college admission and pay tuition.

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The Net-Price Myth - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Net-Price Myth - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

"Colleges engage in price discrimination via tuition discounting." The Net-Price Myth

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Brainstorm in Progress: What Part of MOOC Don't You Understand?

Brainstorm in Progress: What Part of MOOC Don't You Understand? | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

Educators who have not taken a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) and do not understand their history, are currently writing about these courses which is causing them to be inaccurately represented in the press. The main problem is there is all the publicity around Coursera and Edx that ignores other kinds of MOOCs like StraighterLine (which is more of an OC.)


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StraighterLine's comment, November 27, 2012 9:16 AM
Interesting point. Some MOOCs (us included) already solved some of the problems Couersera and Edx face such as proving college credit for the online college courses.
plerudulier's comment, November 27, 2012 11:40 AM
Proving college credit to enter online college courses as well as accreditation of attended online courses are and will be points to seriously address if MOOCs (whatever their kinds, xMOOCs or cMOOCs) want to 'challenge' traditional formats.
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A ‘Disruptive’ Look at Competency-Based Education

Straighterline, a for-profit, nonaccredied company, provides yet another example of how college-level learning can be delivered through a radically low-cost businessmodel using technology.

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Ben Wildavsky: Making MOOCs Mainstream: Will Accreditation be Next?

Ben Wildavsky: Making MOOCs Mainstream: Will Accreditation be Next? | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

The establishment will inevitably take a while to embrace new forms of postsecondary education. And it would be naïve to assume that the excitement around MOOCs means that they will solve all that ails higher ed. But it would be a big mistake not to give them a chance to unleash their potential. A pilot of ACE credit recommendations for Coursera classes (and soon EdX as well) is a key move toward respectability. Full-blown accreditation, if the establishment can seize the opportunity to maintain its relevance in the face of change, would be even better.


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What is Grade Inflation? Teachers Using Grade Inflation to Increase Critical Thinking and Writing - StraighterLine

What is Grade Inflation? Teachers Using Grade Inflation to Increase Critical Thinking and Writing - StraighterLine | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

What is grade inflation in college, grade inflation statitics. Yes, a number of college students do not retain information or improve on critical thinking and writing skills Grade inflation could be the answer...

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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.
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Plagiarism: Stopping word thieves

Plagiarism: Stopping word thieves | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
The Internet and cut-and-paste have made stealing others' writing easier than ever - and technology also makes catching plagiarists easier, too...
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The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story!

The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story! | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
We shall miss the rush for MOOCs fame, but since the same fad occurred at the end of the ‘90’s, we know that there is time and room, especially in Europe, to invent another model, a responsible and relevant one for the challenges of our time.
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, December 19, 2012 6:04 AM
This guest entry by Dominique Boullier, Professor in Sociology, Sciences Po Paris, also appears in Inside Higher Ed.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, December 19, 2012 6:12 AM
Interesting point when he writes: Did you hear of any quality assessment for a specific course? No: the only fact of being delivered by the big ones is enough to suspend all critical capacity from media or competitors as well.
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Boards Who Govern Colleges Have Different Take on Costs

Boards Who Govern Colleges Have Different Take on Costs | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
Caralee Johnson Adams has worked as a journalist for nearly 25 years, covering education, health, parenting, and other issues.
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This is crazy: 55 percent think higher education in general is too expensive, relative to its value. At the same time, 62 percent believe that their institution costs what it should."

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Jump Off the Coursera Bandwagon - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jump Off the Coursera Bandwagon - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
The start-up company is capitalizing on a lemming-like rush among elite colleges, but all it offers is the massification of education.
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StraighterLine is more of a MOCC but we definitely have a revenue model and no crowds.

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An EBay For Professors To Sell College Courses Directly To Students

An EBay For Professors To Sell College Courses Directly To Students | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
In yet another step toward democratizing higher education, StraighterLine, a pioneering provider of accredited, low-cost, self-paced online college courses, has started a new feature called "Professor Direct." The program--which will be eligible...
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Episode 45: How to Get a Degree With Free and 'Laundered' Credit - Say Something - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Episode 45: How to Get a Degree With Free and 'Laundered' Credit - Say Something - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

StraighterLine student Richard Linder first Googled "free college credit." He avoided student loans and took many "laundered" courses to avoid high tuition costs.

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American universities represent declining value for money to their students

American universities represent declining value for money to their students | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

In a great article about the rising costs of education, The Economist mentioned us. "StraighterLine is already selling courses that gain students credits for a few hundred dollars." Read more: http://btfy.me/246gwk

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Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom

Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it
Education that includes at least some online work is more effective than classroom-only teaching, according to a major research review done for the Department of Education. (A study finds #online learning better than the classroom!

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Education Outrage: Why are universities so afraid of on line education?

Education Outrage: Why are universities so afraid of on line education? | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

Here are four things universities are deathly afraid of:

What if the model that “everyone must go to college” stops being pushed by employers and governments?
What if they simply can no longer charge large tuition fees to students?
What if professors, who at top universities are primarily researchers, were actually made to have teaching be their primary activity?
What if the students stop showing up on campus?


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Top-tier universities band together to offer credit-bearing, fully online courses | Inside Higher Ed

Top-tier universities band together to offer credit-bearing, fully online courses | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

A consortium of 10 top-tier universities will soon offer fully online, credit-bearing undergraduate courses through a partnership with 2U, a company that facilitates online learning. Yet they are still behind StraighterLine...

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Access and Innovation in Higher Education for a New Generation of Adult Learners

Access and Innovation in Higher Education for a New Generation of Adult Learners | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

Creating specialized and innovative programs for adult learners is a way to grow enrollments, if it is done correctly.


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Their View: Regulators, accreditors go after online colleges - Las Cruces Sun-News

Their View: Regulators, accreditors go after online colleges - Las Cruces Sun-News | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

The rule lasted one day. News of the clampdown led to a national outcry, and the restrictions were quickly lifted, allowing time for the Minnesota Legislature to update its education statutes. Coursera restored its normal terms of service.
It and other organizations such as Udacity, edX, the Saylor Foundation and StraighterLine offer free or low-cost digital instruction of relatively high quality.

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Colorado Study finds “No Significant Difference” in Online Science Courses

Colorado Study finds “No Significant Difference” in Online Science Courses | Higher Ed Disruption | Scoop.it

StraighterLine has been saying online course content is equivalent across colleges since 2008.

A big thank you to our guest blogger, Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost at the Colorado Community College System and past chair of the WCET Executive Council, who shares with us today a new study of ...

In September 2012, the Colorado Department of Higher Education released a comparison study of CCCS students who took science courses online versus in traditional classrooms, and then tracked those students who transferred into four-year institutions in Colorado. The data set included students enrolled in first year Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for majors.[ii] Data were pulled for academic years Fall 2007 to Fall 2009. The sample of CCCS students totaled 4,585 (2,395 taking science courses online and 2,190 taking traditional science courses in the classroom). The study examined cumulative GPA, cumulative credit hours, and science-only GPA.


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