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UNC will offer 4 MOOCs in fall

Starting this fall, students in any country across the world can log onto a computer and enroll in a lecture taught by a UNC professor — at no cost.
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The MLA and the Crisis of the Humanities

If professors really want to address the deteriorating material conditions of their fields, they better learn to ask, if only tentatively, the reflexive question: "Did we do something wrong when we invested so much in race, class, sexuality . . .?"  Unless they take seriously the complaints of critics about the substance of their work, they will find themselves helpless to do anything about the decline of their own vocations.
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McGill to enter the MOOCs era : McGill Reporter

McGill will be joining several other universities around the world as a member of the not-for-profit edX consortium and plans to begin offering “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) in 2014. MOOCs represent a fast-growing ...
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ETS releases data on GRE averages by country

ETS releases data on GRE averages by country | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
ETS releases country-by-country GRE averages, and results point to importance of foreign students in U.S. graduate schools.
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MOOCs – The Opium of the Masses

MOOCs – The Opium of the Masses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
“MOOCs are the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. They are the opium of the people.
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The Damage That Accreditors Do

The Damage That Accreditors Do | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Rich Vedder gives his top ten reasons why our accreditation system is worse than useless.
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MOOCs and Digital Diploma Mills: Forgetting Our History

Since the very beginning, open education has been about enabling and empowering. Including empowering faculty – not replacing them. Free and legal access for faculty, their students, and everyone around the world to high quality educational materials that can be legally adapted and customized specifically for your particular circumstances, and then shared broadly, openly, and freely. Ultimate flexibility. Zero cost. Increased dependance on faculty as curators, customizers, and contextualizers – real people who have relationships with students and understand what they need. Unlocking the potential of faculty and unlocking access for students. Allowing for any and all uses of educational materials a learner sees as valuable. That’s the vision of open education the wider world apparently has not yet seen. Unfortunately, much of the world seems to have seen the more limited xMOOC vision and accepted it as the state of the art regarding what is possible.
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Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 1)

Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 1) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs have taken the traditional correspondence course and brought them to a whole new level.
If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you likely remember those TV dinner nights when your parents were out or when there was nothing else in the fridge.
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Thomas Edison State College & Saylor Foundation Collaborate on Creating Flexible Pathways to Earning College Credit With Open, Online Courses & Assessments

Thomas Edison State College & Saylor Foundation Collaborate on Creating Flexible Pathways to Earning College Credit With Open, Online Courses & Assessments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Thomas Edison State College and the Saylor Foundation have announced an agreement to enhance access for adults to earn college credit through Saylor's high-quality, free, open courses and the college's nationally renowned expertise in assessment.

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How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses

How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The nonprofit is giving university partners two options for sharing in the money its MOOCs bring in. But first, they have to bring it in.
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New edX universities announced

Six new universities have been announced as new members of the edX consortium, including prominent members of the OCW community, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and Rice University in Houston, Texas.
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When MOOCs melt down

It raises the question – just how much thought is given to instructional design issues when MOOCs are drawn up? And a related question – how much peer review is given to MOOCs, and their professors, before they go public ...
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How To Get College Credit For Online Learning

How To Get College Credit For Online Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Now we're hearing that more and more students are using services to get college credit for online learning.
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Does it Pay for Adults to Return to Higher Education? (Part 2)

Does it Pay for Adults to Return to Higher Education? (Part 2) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
While higher education is becoming an increasingly expensive proposition for prospective students, there are a growing number of ways for non-traditional and adult learners to fund their educational pursuits.
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MOOCs at UW Madison

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MORE MOOCs: Count UW-Madison among the schools jumping on the MOOC express: UW-Madison announced this week it would offer four courses through Coursera. UW-Madison was just one of 29 schools added by Coursera.
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The Real War on Higher Education - Washington Monthly (blog)

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The Real War on Higher Education
Washington Monthly (blog)
But what if education innovation can also be a means to destroy higher education?
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About some Politics and possibilities that could be behind the MOOC movement
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Online Learning in Higher Education

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Higher education in the United States, especially the public sector, is increasingly short of resources.
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Skills for the Wired World: Information Technology Class Gets Hands On

Skills for the Wired World: Information Technology Class Gets Hands On | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In the Data and Networks class taken as part of Globe University’s information technology degree program, students recently learned how to install terminating hardware on cables.
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Of MOOCs and Mousetraps

Of MOOCs and Mousetraps | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Karen Head, a guest blogger for Wired Campus, is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the institute’s Communication Center.
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The History of Education [Infographic]

To understand where we’re heading in education and edtech, Boundless decided to take a quick look back at our educational roots
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Duke proposes a mandatory, short video pitch to accompany dissertations

Duke proposes a mandatory, short video pitch to accompany dissertations | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Should universities require graduate students to pare down years of research into a soundbite that can be understood by non-scholars?
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Interesting idea about communication of results ‘in plain English’ accessible to people outside of the academy
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ETS Shares Data on First Crop of Students Who Took Revised GRE Tes

ETS Shares Data on First Crop of Students Who Took Revised GRE Tes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The report offers breakdowns on scores by gender and racial backgrounds, and a glimpse into the examinees' intended fields of study.
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Coursera and edX add universities and hope to expand global reach

Coursera and edX add universities and hope to expand global reach | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Two providers of massive open online courses are expanding their course catalogs to try to find a larger global audience. Coursera and edX both announced this week they are doubling the number of universities offering classes through their sites, which already reach a few million people across the world.

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Paying for Performance

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Many campuses in the UNC system have a hunger for additional students. Administrators want their schools to grow, and, historically, specific state appropriations geared to growth have helped them do it.
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Colleges take new approach to anticipating—and meeting—workforce needs

Colleges take new approach to anticipating—and meeting—workforce needs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A handful of colleges think they’ve found the secret to closing the gap between the types of graduates they’re turning out and the types employers say they need.
Spiders.
Not the hairy, creepy kind.
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