The Possible Futures of Higher Education
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Will Universities incorporate technology to reduce tuition and student debt?
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Bryn Mawr's study on the impact of blended learning in their courses!

Well, well, well worth the read

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Where’s the Joy in Learning?

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Flickr:WoodleyWonderworks A school is not a desert of emotions,” begins an article by Finnish educators Taina Rantala and Kaarina Määttä, published...
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Liberal arts college explore uses of 'blended' online learning | Inside Higher Ed

Liberal arts college explore uses of 'blended' online learning | Inside Higher Ed | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast.

 

-addresses the question of motivation- the material is not always available.  There are due dates and videos are time-sensitive.

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New Automatic Translator Could End Language Barrier in Lectures - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Automatic Translator Could End Language Barrier in Lectures - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Coul real-time translation tools make truly global universities possible?  Could students from different countries and different languages learn with each-other, increasing diversity in the digital classroom?

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Back to the Future for UVa - Commentary- the role of University Presidents in times of institutional change

Back to the Future for UVa - Commentary- the role of University Presidents in times of institutional change | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it

This article overviews some of the politics of institutional change, such as:

 

2. Openness and full disclosure of ideas and opinions on a university campus are expected. We have to live with transparency and make it work for us.

 

3. Consideration of diverse points of view is imperative. Whether the thinking comes from the faculty, students, or governing boards, universities rarely if ever march in lockstep. The future belongs to those with a conductor's baton in their hand, rather those with a swagger stick.

 

4. Never underestimate the power of the media to stir the pot. If you don't want to read about it on the front page or on Facebook, don't send that e-mail (witness the UVa rector's and vice rector's messages about Sullivan, now available to all).

 

5. Presidents and board chairs are more than figureheads. Their leadership is expressed in many ways: from setting goals and policies to internally representing one campus constituency to another, as well as externally serving as the university's advocate to the world. Leaders must both seek advice and give direction. When my two sons were young, my wife rarely asked the blanket question, "What do you want for dinner?" She gave direction and then sought their advice: "Would you like chicken or eggs tonight?" They chose from a limited menu.

 

6. It isn't simple when you cry, "Off with their heads!" Don't think no one will notice, especially the person whose head you intend to sever.

 

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Education 2.0: How Online Education Programs Have Disrupted Higher Ed

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Cheaper Than Harvard- the pressure from online learning institutions

Cheaper Than Harvard- the pressure from online learning institutions | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it
An Ivy education online—for free....
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MindShift- what can we learn from Finland's education system? Which takeaways can be globalized?

MindShift- what can we learn from Finland's education system?  Which takeaways can be globalized? | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Audio: College Planners Discuss How They Push for Change - Facilities - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Audio: College Planners Discuss How They Push for Change - Facilities - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting because 'how' universities change is just as important to study as in what direction they will change

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Reacting to the Past | Reacting to the Past

Reacting to the Past | Reacting to the Past | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Integrating gaming and simulations into the classroom:  the changing role of professors.  Online content and forums help professors run sessions.  Is this what classrooms will look like when simple lecture learning can be done through digital resources?

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Changing the Economics of Education

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John Hennessy of Stanford and Salman Khan of Khan Academy talk to Walt Mossberg at The Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference about how technology might be used to make the college numbers add up...

 

-if students can get 'certified' in a specific area, like programming for the internet, what does a degree mean?  

-how does the physicial institution add value? 

-Khan: Using the university brand to 'bless' microcredentials, and then students with those microcredentials can stand on their own in interviews

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Here's a Diploma, With Ball and Chain Attached - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Here's a Diploma, With Ball and Chain Attached - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Who's to blame? In Washington, much of the chatter has been about for-profit colleges that load students with debt in exchange for worthless degrees. And some for-profits, although not all, deserve blame and tighter regulation. But the entire for-profit industry enrolls only 10 percent of students. Most of that $1-trillion was borrowed at traditional nonprofit colleges.

 

When people start jumping out of the pot of water, and they will at some point, it's not clear where they will land. Perhaps at new institutions, built with different cost structures. Maybe at some form of hybrid college, combining in-person and online educations. Or at something altogether new that hasn't been invented yet. It will be a perilous time for higher learning, unless the tide of student debt can be brought under some manner of control.

 

 

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The Future of Undergraduate Teaching - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Future of Undergraduate Teaching - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Possible Futures of Higher Education | Scoop.it

The future of undergraduate teaching, according to this article, will include online lectures that are professionally produced, rather than created directly be the professor.  

 

The growth of online courseware by elite universities is analogous to a 'landgrab' to pull in the masses of students that state colleges used to attract. 

 

 

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THE MINERVA PHILOSOPHY

The Minerva Project is the first elite online university and will start in 2014.

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