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The Changes We See: A Survey of College Presidents - Forbes

The Changes We See: A Survey of College Presidents - Forbes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A recent survey of higher education chief executives had two interesting findings. On one hand it suggested that some may finally be recognizing that learning does take place beyond the classroom.
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Top universities drop English exams

China's top universities began their annual independent recruitment exams yesterday, with English no longer included among compulsory subjects.
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Encouraging Credit for MOOCs

Encouraging Credit for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Legislation introduced on Wednesday could change the landscape of higher education in California.
Senate Bill 520 proposes that state public universities should be required to issue credit for completion of courses that are not their own.
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Cash-Strapped Universities Turn Entrepreneurial

Cash-Strapped Universities Turn Entrepreneurial | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Thomas Lindsay and David Sym-Smith write here about the entrepreneurial moves some colleges and universities are making in this new era of tightened belts.
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ACT Spearheads New College and Career Readiness Awards

The ACT is launching a new college and career readiness campaign and awards in seven states to honor students, community colleges, high schools, and exemplary employers.
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MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education

This report sets out to help decision makers in higher education institutions gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and trends towards greater openness in higher education and to think about the implications for their institutions
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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education | MIT Technology Review

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education  | MIT Technology Review | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Putting free U.S. college courses online is only the first step to filling higher education needs around the world.
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OERu versus MOOCs

OERu versus MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The OERu is distinctively open: open peer review, open public input, open educational resources, open textbooks, open file formats, open source software, open enrollments.
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Coursera needs to start acting like a platform

Coursera is now in an enviable position among MOOC providers: they have more students than all the other providers combined (Udacity, edX, FutureLearn, peripheral players like LMS companies).
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elbert chu's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:32 PM

Interesting thought that Coursera has the scale to take advantage of the benefits that come from network synergies: "At this stage, Coursera is most like Google in its positioning (edX most like Apple in its attention to detail and quality)"

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Jumpstarting Adaptive Learning

Jumpstarting Adaptive Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Foundation is soliciting proposals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities for 10, $100,000 grants to help them create the partnerships necessary to launch adaptive courses over the next two years.
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Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs

Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The rise of the MOOCs will put new cost pressures on institutions, introducing new expenses over and beyond the direct cost of producing and delivering a MOOC.  These additional costs incurred by the MOOC movement may show up in higher tuition prices.
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This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously

This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
2013 is the year universities will stop thinking of online education as just a fad or an inferior option. Internet tools allow higher education to be a continuous process, a university for life.
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The article concludes: "This year, all American colleges and universities will have the chance to make a bold statement of intent and philosophy: is a top-class education something we want to block off, to put behind a velvet rope for only a select few to enjoy? Or is it something that, given the opportunity, we share with anyone with a little curiosity and desire? It may be that Coursera and Udacity, as impressive and advanced as they seem now, will fail. But there is no stopping the movement, just as there was no stopping the mp3. What is desperately necessary is now suddenly possible. It’s time to raise our expectations of what an education can be."

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:58 AM

I agree  "What is desperately necessary is now suddenly possible. It’s time to raise our expectations of what an education can be."  We are now in a position to offer education as a continuous improvement lifelong process, that anyone, anywhere can access in their own time.  No longer are there barriers to learning such as distance, cost and time.  

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MOOC U.

MOOC U. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Does the rise of the “massive open online course” spell the end of the university as we know it? Through its academic and financial partnership with Coursera, Penn has professors in the fray, skin in the game, and a front-row view of higher education’s next big frontier.

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3 Takeaways From The Global Education And Skills Forum

3 Takeaways From The Global Education And Skills Forum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We were given the pleasure of attending the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai this weekend where we got a glimpse into the international world of edtech.
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EdX Considers Compensation Models | The Harvard Crimson

EdX Considers Compensation Models | The Harvard Crimson | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As universities are increasingly looking to incorporate MOOCs—massive open online courses—and platforms like edX into their pedagogical infrastructure, educational leaders have begun to discuss how to compensate faculty who transfer their traditionally taught courses to the online platform. Although edX does not have a universal compensation policy, each of its partner institutions can decide how it will give back to instructors.
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Young People's views on Open Badges

Young People's views on Open Badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Open Badges sound like a great idea on paper but what do young people think? Would they be interested and motivated to earn badges? Where would they want to share them once they had them? What would they want badges for, and why?
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Making Public-Private Partnerships Work in Higher Education

Making Public-Private Partnerships Work in Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Making Public-Private Partnerships Work in Higher Education
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My fellow panelist Brian Kibby, President of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, told the story of meeting with a university president in 2011.
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Infographic: The Future of Higher Education

Infographic: The Future of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This week, like so many lately, our team thought a lot about how to transform the higher ed learning experience. Like this infographic, we believe the landscape will change drastically in the next few years.
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Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for Learning

Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:

More than 600 organizations are already participating in Open Badges, according to Mozilla. Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Empire State College of the State University of New York all offer badges through the software, as do organizations like NASA and the Smithsonian Institution.

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If you have the skills, manufacturers have the jobs

If you have the skills, manufacturers have the jobs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute has developed its own solution to the problem: a national manufacturing skills certification system that will ensure students graduating from technical schools will have the skills hiring companies are looking for. Administered by the Institute in more than 125 colleges nationwide, the system involves “stackable” credentials based on competency (rather than courses completed), allowing experienced workers to skip straight to their level of ability.

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MOOC changing universities forever, and for the better

MOOC changing universities forever, and for the better | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Universities are not exempt from the imperative of rapid change: adapt, innovate — or die. It’s unlikely that they will disappear from the educational landscape. But unless they take advantage of new technologies and new ways of learning, they may become mere shells of their former selves. All that will remain of them will be a few research centres, football teams, and a handful of students flitting between the ghostly towers of empty buildings.

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A Bold Move Toward MOOCs Sends Shock Waves, but Details Are Scarce

A Bold Move Toward MOOCs Sends Shock Waves, but Details Are Scarce | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Leaders agree on the urgent need to improve student access to courses. But some are wary of the hopes placed on new technology.
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"If the CA bill is passed by the Legislature and signed into law HEIs could be compelled to accept credits earned in MOOCs, bringing the controversial courses into the mainstream faster than even their proponents had predicted"

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MOOCs, Transform Higher Education and Science

Science, engineering and technology courses have been in the vanguard of the massive open online course movement. These classes also are providing fodder for scientific research on learning

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Open Education Week

Open Education Week | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Open Education Week is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free an open to everyone.
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Colleges' Latest Offer: Deals

Colleges' Latest Offer: Deals | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A growing number of liberal-arts colleges are supplementing their traditional glossy brochures touting ivy-covered libraries and great-books seminars with more pecuniary pitches: Buy seven semesters, get one free. Apply today, get $2,500 cash back. Free classes after four years. The schools are adjusting their marketing to attract students at a time when families are struggling to foot the bill for college—and increasingly concerned about the potential payoff.

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