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10 Predictions for Blended Learning in 2013

10 Predictions for Blended Learning in 2013 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In the ninth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker predict how blended learning programs will evolve in 2013.
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"In the year ahead we will see more public schools adopt blended learning, meaning online learning in physical schools. Blended learning is no longer entirely new or untried, and school leaders are hungry for a way to do more with less. Below are 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013."
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Most Colleges Rely Solely on Tests for Placement

Most Colleges Rely Solely on Tests for Placement | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Most colleges use standardized placement tests to determine readiness for college-level courses, but cutoff scores vary, a study finds.
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Really? Public university hires pornographic poet as English prof

UNC-Wilmington’s English department has sunk to new depths by hiring a new professor whose writing is unprintable.
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How Does an MITx Open Online Learning Course Translate to Community College Students?

Massachusetts community colleges are exploring how an MITx course will work for their students
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What-the-heck Happened in 2012? Review of the Top Three Events in Education

What-the-heck Happened in 2012? Review of the Top Three Events in Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This was an extraordinary year in the education sector providing bloggers and journalists  with much content to write about: ed-tech start-ups, big data, open courses attracting thousands of students and even some institutional drama  in the mix.
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Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests

Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Research backs reformers' criticism of the inadequacy of remedial placement exams, but colleges rely heavily on them, a new study finds.
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Essay on how historians are defining what students need to learn

Giants can move. So can venerable, cautious scholarly organizations like the American Historical Association. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Kevin Carey of the New America Foundation asked "Who Will Hold Colleges Accountable?
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Leader of Pa. Higher-Education System Will Leave for D.C. Colleges Group

Leader of Pa. Higher-Education System Will Leave for D.C. Colleges Group | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
John C. Cavanaugh, who has led Pennsylvania’s 14-university State System of Higher Education since his appointment in 2008, will depart the group at the end of February to lead the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
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EdX Unveils A Broader Spring Catalog Of MOOCs

EdX Unveils A Broader Spring Catalog Of MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
EdX announced its spring course and module offerings today and there's a bigger focus on humanities and social sciences.
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Learning new lessons

Learning new lessons | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Online courses are transforming higher education, creating new opportunities for the best and huge problems for the rest.
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A Reboot of Higher Ed Might Be Just What We Need

A Reboot of Higher Ed Might Be Just What We Need | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As much as we may hate to admit it, maybe we need to look for direction in what some of our own management and business faculty have been telling corporate America about disruptions, because they might just hold valuable lessons for us.
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Interesting conclusion in the article: "Maybe it is finally time to move away from the crippling debate about the nature of leadership in higher education. You know -- the one that says higher ed is a business and needs to be run like one vs. the one that says it is a special, precious thing that needs to be protected from the viciousness of the market to ensure our democracy. Both sides have merit because they are both right. Higher ed is a contradiction. It is a business that denies it is one because accepting it flies in the face of all we believe. But, the reality is that if we want to survive these disruptions, we need to see that higher ed is a highly specialized business, and we need to start thinking and acting that way quickly".
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The Future of Higher Education 2023

The future prosperity of our Nation rests on higher education; thus higher education must continue to adapt to an ever changing global landscape.
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University Ventures Launches Education Technology Development Company: UV Labs | University Business Magazine

UV Labs is funded by University Ventures, and follows its differentiated strategy of “innovating from within.” By partnering with top-tier universities and colleges, UV Labs will create products and solutions for universities to set new standards for student outcomes, rather than competing against them. Through this partnership, University Ventures aims to expand its role in advancing the development of the next generation of colleges and universities on a global scale.
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MOOCs Go International... ¿Qué es un MOOC?

MOOCs Go International... ¿Qué es un MOOC? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Qué significa Un MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) es un Curso On-line, en Abierto y Masivo. Traduciéndolo un poco, lo que quiere decir es que es un curso a distancia, accesible a través de interne...
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Universities and Colleges Must Adapt to Adult Enrollment Increase

Universities and Colleges Must Adapt to Adult Enrollment Increase | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The number of non-traditional students enrolled in colleges and universities is increasing across the United States, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
For those new the Degree Qualifications Profile, commonly referred to as the DQP, this page serves as an orientation or starting point to learn more about the DQP and its potential uses.
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Book: Open Learning Recognition. Taking OERs a Step Further

Book: Open Learning Recognition. Taking OERs a Step Further | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A highly recommended read for those interested in assessing OERs. While OER and Open Courseware have become useful supplementary materials for IHEs students and informal learners, up until now, the vast majority of course materials published as OER online has specifically excluded the option of recognizing such learning. The needs of learners who wish to have formal, quality controlled, transferable recognition of their knowledge and skills for a use within formal education or the employment market has not much been addressed. This book by Anthony F. Camilleri, Anne-Christin Tannhäuser, published by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning addresses interesting points. 

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Report reveals divergent trends in modern language job market: English down, Spanish up

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After two years of growth in both English and foreign language faculty positions, English jobs are harder to find this year while foreign language jobs continue to grow, according to Modern Language Association data released Thursday.
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Kirschner and Stimpson debate pros and cons of digital courses

Kirschner and Stimpson debate pros and cons of digital courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A stalwart of humanities and an online learning pioneer -- Catharine Stimpson and Ann Kirschner -- debate the pros and cons of technology-enabled higher education.
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A New Year’s Resolution for MOOCs

A New Year’s Resolution for MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
How can we use innovations in online learning to better serve the distinct needs of individual students? And moreover, how can technology help to close the gaps that exist in both higher education and K-12? Now that’s a good New Year’s resolution for online education in 2013.
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The Five Greatest Joys of Teaching Adults

The Five Greatest Joys of Teaching Adults | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Adult higher education is typically as rewarding for the educators as it is for the students.
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Is higher education about to go the way of the music industry?

Just as most people now mostly experience classical music by playing back inexpensive recordings by the best musicians, rather than by attending expensive live performances by less-skilled local musicians, most people will eventually get their college education very cheaply from MOOCs produced by the best people, rather than expensively by attending lectures at their local university.
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More Students Thinking Outside the College Box

More Students Thinking Outside the College Box | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
"What is needed to help solve the growing problems in the American system of higher education is in fact the same as what is needed to solve the crisis in the American K-12 education system: a real dose of privatization.  Harness the power of the free market in place of the clumsy and counterproductive command-and-control approach that the government takes".
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Times Higher Education - Futurelearn picks league table stars for debut line-up

Times Higher Education - Futurelearn picks league table stars for debut line-up | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The institutions chosen to feature on the UK's new open online course platform have been selected on the basis of their performance in domestic league tables, according to the vice-chancellor of The Open University, which is leading the project.
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The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story!

The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story! | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We shall miss the rush for MOOCs fame, but since the same fad occurred at the end of the ‘90’s, we know that there is time and room, especially in Europe, to invent another model, a responsible and relevant one for the challenges of our time.
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, December 19, 2012 6:04 AM
This guest entry by Dominique Boullier, Professor in Sociology, Sciences Po Paris, also appears in Inside Higher Ed.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, December 19, 2012 6:12 AM
Interesting point when he writes: Did you hear of any quality assessment for a specific course? No: the only fact of being delivered by the big ones is enough to suspend all critical capacity from media or competitors as well.