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Working in Australian higher education: resources loosely heaped up behind http://musicfordeckchairs.wordpress.com
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Proposal would create online higher ed common market, set baseline consumer protections

A proposed compact among the states unveiled by educational organizations and state officials Thursday would create a kind of common market for online education and make it easier for institutions to enroll students anywhere in the country.
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The Pearson Think Tank

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Kate Bowles's comment, April 20, 2013 12:02 AM
What it says on the tin.
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Proposal would create online higher ed common market, set baseline consumer protections

A proposed compact among the states unveiled by educational organizations and state officials Thursday would create a kind of common market for online education and make it easier for institutions to enroll students anywhere in the country.
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Kate Bowles's comment, April 19, 2013 10:56 PM
Removing internal obstacles to the online higher education market will strengthen US domination of world online education market.
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What You Need to Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What You Need to Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here's a guide to our coverage of massive open online courses.
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Young Student Loan Borrowers Retreat from Housing and Auto Markets - Liberty Street Economics

Young Student Loan Borrowers Retreat from Housing and Auto Markets - Liberty Street Economics | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
Student loans have soared in popularity over the past decade, with the aggregate student loan balance, as measured in the FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel, reaching $966 billion at the end of 2012.
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Kate Bowles's comment, April 19, 2013 9:38 PM
Solid study of the impact of student debt on participation in other areas of the economy, commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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Today & Tomorrow In The Motion Picture Industry

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"Silent Gents photo gallery of silent film star Roscoe Arbuckle." Except it's not, it's Will Hays, the author of this short promotional article on the global future of the American film industry.

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Kate Bowles's comment, April 19, 2013 9:32 PM
What this has to do with higher education: Will Hays' 1923 speech on the future prospects for the American motion picture industry, especially in terms of world markets, is prescient for higher education: MOOCs101.
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The University vs. the Internet

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Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well...
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Kate Bowles's comment, April 18, 2013 11:52 PM
What, if anything, can universities do to formulate new rules governing conflicts of interest? As faculty stars relocate to cyberspace, how can institutions sustain the community of teachers and students that has been the essence of the university for a thousand years? ... In this brave new world, how can the teaching profession, already well on its way to “adjunctification,” attract young people with a pastoral impulse to awaken and encourage students one by one?
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Design Implications of the testing effect: Online learning: It’s different

Design Implications of the testing effect: Online learning: It’s different | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
By interspersing online lectures with short tests, student mind-wandering decreased by half, note-taking tripled, and overall retention of the material improved, said Daniel Schacter, the William R. Kenan Jr.

 

“What we hope this research does is show that we can use very strong, experimentally sound techniques to describe what works in online education and what doesn’t,” said Szpunar. “The question, basically, is how do we optimize students’ time when they’re at home, trying to learn from online lectures? How do we help them most efficiently extract the information they need?

 

“At the very least, what this says is that it’s not enough to break up lectures into smaller segments, or to fill that break with some activity,” he said. “What we really need to do is instill in students the expectation that they will need to express what they’ve learned at some later point. I think it’s going to be a very sobering thought for a lot of people to think that students aren’t paying attention almost half the time, but this is one way we can help them get more out of these online lectures.”


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:45 PM

The techniques described in this article deal directly with how to miinimize distractions when learning online. Clearly the testing effect can minimize mind wandering.  


However, this insight delt with one of my major concerns, "Another surprising effect of the testing, Szpunar said, was to reduce testing anxiety among students, and to ease their fears that the lecture material would be very challenging."


If short, low stakes, multiple trial testing can lower test anxiety, everyone wins.   do I need to emphasize that short aumtomatic graded tests are something the LMS does very well?  When we get the rare combination of a design that improves student retention, with easy and time savings for the instructor it's time to PAY ATTENTION!

Lynn Dixon's curator insight, April 16, 2013 10:32 AM

Well put- and the comments by Dennis T OConnor are also well received.  A strategy for getting students focused on the content and checking for understanding while ALSO minimizing test anxiety, is a great strategy!

Kate Bowles's comment, April 18, 2013 8:08 PM
For hospitable pedagogy: how do we anticipate that students react differently to the same content delivered in different ways: what adaptive measures are already in our minds?
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Trillion Dollar Student Debt Bubble | Interview with Michael Dannenberg

Abby Martin talks to Michael Dannenberg, of Education Trust, about the trillion-dollar student debt bubble. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheS...

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Student Loans: Do People Really Know What They're Signing?

Student Loans: Do People Really Know What They're Signing? | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
Yesterday I read an article on NPR about the need for more education about student loans. Basically, the article's premise is, “Oh my, there are college students borrowing thousands of dollars. Perhaps we should spend some ...
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Student Debt is Crushing Consumer Spending - The Fiscal Times - The Fiscal Times (blog)

Student Debt is Crushing Consumer Spending - The Fiscal Times - The Fiscal Times (blog) | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
U.S. News & World Report Student Debt is Crushing Consumer Spending - The Fiscal Times The Fiscal Times (blog) Overall college debt totals roughly $900 billion to $1 trillion, and a startling 43 percent of 25-year-old were saddled with repaying...
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Student debt is killing the economy - Washington Post (blog)

Student debt is killing the economy - Washington Post (blog) | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
International Business Times Student debt is killing the economy Washington Post (blog) The paper starts by noting that student debt has grown dramatically over the last decade — some 43 percent of Americans under the age of 25 had student debt in...
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Student Debt May Dampen College Grads' Boost To Economy

Student Debt May Dampen College Grads' Boost To Economy | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
BOSTON -- The overhang of student debt on young workers may inhibit consumption and future borrowing, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York warn, potentially imperiling the economic recovery for years to come.
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Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities?

Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities? | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
Does technological innovation have to come from within the sector? Claire Shaw hears from the current wave of edutech players with their roots firmly in higher education (Is the education sector responsible for technological innovation?
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Is there a connection between college grade inflation and the higher education bubble?

Is there a connection between college grade inflation and the higher education bubble? | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
Background: At the website GradeInflation.com, researcher and retired Duke University professor Stuart Rojstaczer has assembled an historical database on grades and GPAs from more than 230 US colle...
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The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay by Robert Kuttner | The New York Review of Books

The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay by Robert Kuttner | The New York Review of Books | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
RT @nybooks: In 22% of US homes with mortgages, the debt exceeds the value of the house, and student debt now totals $1 trillion. http://t.co/lBh0KvCZuF
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Dean Forbes

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How does regulation impact on quality in international education? My thoughts on the Australian framework http://t.co/xjGYzrOi5z
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NCAT Homepage

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"The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in using information technology to redesign learning environments to produce better learning outcomes for students at a reduced cost to the institution."

 

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Kate Bowles's comment, April 19, 2013 9:36 PM
This is a collection of articles and projects driven by the opportunity to achieve efficiency through online education.
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Conspicuous Consumption in Education - Order of Education

Conspicuous Consumption in Education - Order of Education | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
In America, conspicuous consumption of a college degree is the ultimate form of signifying one's status as a member of mainstream culture.
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Kate Bowles's comment, April 18, 2013 11:49 PM
"If higher ed doesn’t figure out a way to make the process of earning a degree less of a gamble, less an act of conspicuous consumption and more of an equitable transaction for students, people might just reassess its value and decide to stop paying for the “brand name.”"
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MOOC Mania: Debunking the hype around massive open online courses - The Digital Shift

MOOC Mania: Debunking the hype around massive open online courses - The Digital Shift | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
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Shareable: There Is An Alternative

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For as long as there has been such a thing as money, morality and debt have been intimately intertwined. We see this today in discussions about the debt crisis. Do mortgage debtors, credit card debtors, and student loan borrowers have a moral obligation to pay back their debts? Is it unethical for debtor nations to default on their loans?

 


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HE policy blog: higher education in Asia-Pacific | The Pearson Think ...

HE policy blog: higher education in Asia-Pacific | The Pearson Think ... | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
But it is not always clear what's happening 'under the bonnet' when it come to higher education. In this final post based on reflections from visiting the region for the Asia-Pacific edition of Blue Skies, I want to draw out a few ...
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The MOOC Revolution: A Sketchy Deal for Higher Education | Dissent Magazine

The MOOC Revolution: A Sketchy Deal for Higher Education | Dissent Magazine | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it

The fact that we now look to the Silicon Valley to “democratize” education indicates how successful that project has been: even those who care about public goods like universal access to education are willing to let the world of hi-tech entrepreneurship take up the burden.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:11 AM

A rather critical look at MOOCs and their role in the future of education. Well less critical of the MOOCs and more so of the companies that provide them.

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Public policies, prices, and productivity in American higher education - Education - AEI

Public policies, prices, and productivity in American higher education - Education - AEI | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
Policy, prices, productivity in #highered. What if we gave up private loans?? http://t.co/kKJHV5wYqP #reform @StuAidAlliance #finaid
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Young Student Loan Borrowers Are Bagging the Home Mortgage and Auto Markets - MainStreet

Young Student Loan Borrowers Are Bagging the Home Mortgage and Auto Markets - MainStreet | Music for Deckchairs | Scoop.it
What can auto and home mortgage loans tell us about the student debt crisis? (Young Student Loan Borrowers Are Bagging the Home Mortgage and Auto ...
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