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U.Va. and 11 others become latest to plan MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

U.Va. and 11 others become latest to plan MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Already the largest platform in the still-young field of MOOC providers,  Coursera could increase its reach by a factor of four with the new partnerships.  After initially forming in the shadows of fellow MOOC providers Udacity, which got more press, and edX, which got more money, Coursera has grown much more  quickly than its peers. It now has 16 institutional partners, with more than 150  open courses in the works.

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So You've Got Technology. So What? - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

So You've Got Technology. So What? - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

By Richard A. DeMillo

 

Some of us are still waiting for higher education's Nicholas Carr moment—the point at which it becomes clear to everyone that technology doesn't matter. Carr's 2003 Harvard Business Review article, "Why IT Doesn't Matter," threw sand in the gears of the information-technology industry by pointing out the obvious: Building strategy around a competitive necessity is simply a bad idea.

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20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic

20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

In the May issue of Edudemic Magazine for iPad (that won’t be available for a few days, so no pushing and shoving please), we talk about (among many other things) the concept of disruption in education.

 

Change of all kinds depends on key episodes of disruption–even those that aren’t all roses at the time. For our May issue (which will also be available in our store for those iPad-less), we chose a handful (okay, 21) of the most recent initiatives in education and ranked them according to their potential for disruption–their ability to change education in powerful and even unpredictable ways.


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Building professional accreditation into traditional degrees

Building professional accreditation into traditional degrees | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

With students seeking out degrees that set them apart from their competitors in a crowded graduate job market, academics and higher education managers should recognise the value of and demand for courses offering a more business-orientated education. Embracing a tighter integration between business and higher education is one way to meet this demand.

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Mind the digital gap

Mind the digital gap | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

The potential of the net for education, cooperation and communication is clear to many of us but we are reminded daily that we are in a minority. Even in a country like Sweden with high broadband penetration there are over a million people who either lack internet access or who do not know how to get online. No matter what advances are made in net technology and service development we must ensure that everyone is able to benefit. Otherwise we are creating a new and potentially dangerous class divide. As more and more services like banking, travel, education, healthcare, shopping and government go digital there is often little regard for those left behind, often the elderly and low income families.

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A Future Full of Badges - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Future Full of Badges - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Mozilla, a nonprofit organization built around the ethos of the open Internet, created the popular Firefox Web browser, which anyone can download, free. Along with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla is sponsoring a competition for the development of digital "open badges." The first winners were announced last month, and one of them was the UC-Davis sustainable-agriculture program.

 

What is a digital badge, exactly? The MacArthur foundation says it's "a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest," which calls to mind the colorful pieces of cloth that Girl Scouts sew onto their sashes. But that's a simplification that borders on meaninglessness. The winning Davis entry describes something far more sophisticated and important.

 

Instead of being built around major requirements and grades in standard three-credit courses, the Davis badge system is based on the sustainable-agriculture program's core competencies—"systems thinking," for example. It is designed to organize evidence of both formal and informal learning, from within traditional higher education and without. 


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The Online Education Revolution | Marvels

The Online Education Revolution | Marvels | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it
Revolutionaries outside the ivy walls of elite colleges are hammering their way not onto campus but straight into class.
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What Makes a Top-Tier Online Education? A Dose of Hollywood - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Makes a Top-Tier Online Education? A Dose of Hollywood - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Highly selective colleges have been slow to experiment with online learning, in part because of an unresolved question: How do you create a blue-ribbon experience that would rise above that of lower-cost competitors?

An upstart company named 2tor believes it has the answer: Inject a dose of Hollywood into cybercourses.

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The future of academic libraries: An interview with Steven J Bell | Education Futures

The future of academic libraries: An interview with Steven J Bell | Education Futures | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Steven thinks new learning initiatives like MITx and Udacity’s massive open online courses are an opportunity for academic libraries to serve non-traditional, potentially unaffiliated students, who he refers to as higher education’s new majority learners. In a recent article from his From the Bell Tower Library Journal column he suggested two possible scenarios for academic libraries within this emerging unbundled higher education landscape.

 

- A very interesting article on unbundling services of academic libraries.

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Moving Beyond Technology -- Campus Technology

Moving Beyond Technology -- Campus Technology | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon Project has released a new list of metatrends that will impact education over the next 10 years.
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Universities leading the way with education technology

Universities leading the way with education technology | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it
Steven Schwartz praises the early adopters of learning technologies, and asks what the rest of the sector needs to do to catch up with them...
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Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division | Inside Higher Ed

Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division | Inside Higher Ed | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

In a turn that shocked many in the higher ed tech world, the e-learning giant Blackboard on Monday announced that it has acquired two companies that provide support to Moodle, the leading open-source alternative to Blackboard’s proprietary online learning platform.

 

This bear hug of the open-source movement marks a dramatic departure in strategy for Blackboard, which previously has brushed off the threat of open-source LMS alternatives, even as they have chipped away at the company’s market share in recent years.

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Why Aren’t We Adopting Next Generation Student Support Technologies?

Why Aren’t We Adopting Next Generation Student Support Technologies? | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

During the seven years I’ve worked on college campuses, very rarely have I seen vendor technology successfully implemented in a way that changes how we work, or reaches the full potential impact on student success. By and large, I don’t think this is the fault of the vendor or the product. I think it’s our fault.

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A new way of thinking about higher education performance (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

A new way of thinking about higher education performance (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Superb essay by Louis Soares from the Center for American Progress and Amy Ostrom from Arizona State University:

 

A new “College as a Service” (CaaS) logic can help reframe a substantive debate that pulls together what seem to be very disparate strands of thinking regarding practices and policy. CaaS provides a systemic way of thinking about nettlesome challenges such as how a student’s customer profile of preferences, needs and active participation leads to student success; how information yields accountability; and how self-service can improve higher education.


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Learning Analytics: Lots of Education Data... Now What?

Learning Analytics: Lots of Education Data... Now What? | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

It was a sentiment repeated several times throughout the Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2012 conference: this could the beginning of a new discipline. It’s something I’ve heard at recent big data events too (namely at O’Reilly Media’s Strata conferences): we are forming a new field, one with new tools and new practices and new objects of inquiry.

 

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That makes a question that George Siemens asked during his keynote particularly significant: “Are we at a stage where learning analytics is going to lock down and reinforce everything we don’t like about the current education system?”

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The Learning Analytics Cycle: Closing the loop effectively

The Learning Analytics Cycle:Closing the loop effectively


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3 Examples Of Crowdsourcing Science - Next Scientist

3 Examples Of Crowdsourcing Science - Next Scientist | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it
The time for crowdsourcing science has arrived. From idea generation to job hunting, crowdsourcing science can have an impact in your research.
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TechCrunch | OpenStudy Wants To Turn The World Into "One Big Study Group"

TechCrunch | OpenStudy Wants To Turn The World Into "One Big Study Group" | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it
Education-focused startup OpenStudy is a platform for "massively multi-player study groups." What this means is that students who are studying the same subject like math or writing can ask and answer questions on OpenStudy, which uses Facebook...
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Venture-Backed Enterprise Seeks to Satisfy Global Demand for an Elite Education, Online - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Venture-Backed Enterprise Seeks to Satisfy Global Demand for an Elite Education, Online - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

An example of disruptive innovation to Ivy League universities: the Minerva project by Ben Nelson.

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Elite American universities maintain their prestige by turning away a huge percentage of applicants every year. And the education entrepreneur Ben Nelson sees an opportunity in this demand for top-flight education: He wants to reach talented students across the world and to build a new university that could remake the image of Ivy League education.

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Start-Ups Try to Crack Education Market

Start-Ups Try to Crack Education Market | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it
Education, long a favorite cause among Bay Area philanthropists, is also starting to attract technologists who want to make money in it. That's generating a boom in start-ups trying to make education more efficient.
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The Ultimate Hack: Re-coding Textbooks and Other Learning Content (Introduction)

The Ultimate Hack: Re-coding Textbooks and Other Learning Content (Introduction) | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

"This is a book about making things. More precisely, it is a book about making things better. In this case, the “things” I want to improve are textbooks and other types of learning content.

I want to re-envision these things because they have outlived their purpose and because their design is based on constructs that are no longer relevant to education or the learning process."

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Professor Hopes to Support Free Course With Kickstarter, the 'Crowd Funding' Site - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professor Hopes to Support Free Course With Kickstarter, the 'Crowd Funding' Site - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Free online courses for the masses are all the rage—and many are being run by start-ups hoping to profit by selling related materials and services. Jim Groom thinks that’s too commercial, so he’s raising money for the online course he co-teaches at the University of Mary Washington using Kickstarter, the popular “crowd funding” service.

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How can Technology Enable Personalized Learning?

How can Technology Enable Personalized Learning? | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

In a recent article, "Personalising Learning in Teacher Education through the use of Technology", Australian Journal of Teacher Education the authors, Mellita Jones and Karen McLean write about how "teacher educators need to consider how they too can incorporate personalising learning approaches in their courses to ensure graduate teachers are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement personalising learning approaches in their own classrooms.

 

Findings indicate that meaningful student learning experiences can be achieved through a personalised approach which also supports the emerging tenets of effective, pedagogical use of ICT for learning. These findings led to a model of Technology for Personalising Learning (TPL) which is presented as a planning framework through which personalising learning with technology can be achieved in higher education."


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Athabasca University Press - The Theory and Practice of Online Learning

Athabasca University Press - The Theory and Practice of Online Learning | On Higher EDge | Scoop.it

Today, online learning is the most accessible pathway to the new knowledge
economy and related jobs for the majority of working people. To be effective for
the next generation, online learning has to include mobile learning, e-gaming,
online communities, and learning management systems that engage each user.
Athabasca University is a leading institution in the design, testing, and
application of new e-learning environments. The contributors to this second
edition of The Theory and Practice of Online Learning exemplify that
leadership. With this book, Athabasca University, its faculty, and staff share
their expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the learning tools and techniques
that promise to extend access, while retaining high-quality learning
opportunities.


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Jenny Pesina's comment, March 29, 2012 4:36 PM
Thanks, Ana Crisina - looks like a very useful book to have on hand!
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ScienceDirect.com - The Internet and Higher Education - Student–student online coaching: Conceptualizing an emerging learning activity

Stefan Hrastinski, Stefan Stenbom

The aim of this paper is to describe student–student online coaching, defined as “an online service where a student gets support on a specific subject matter from a more experienced student”. Student–student online coaching emphasizes learning a subject matter by giving a student the opportunity to get coached by a coach, i.e. a more experienced student. Online coaching is encouraged by an organization, but the control of learning is primarily in the hands of the student. An example of online coaching is described, i.e. math coaching by instant messaging. A key challenge for coaches is to interpret the students' competence level, despite that they often do not know the students beforehand, in order to coach on a level that is within their zone of proximal development.


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