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A Letter to Career Services Professionals

A Letter to Career Services Professionals | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It's time to embrace social media.
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Life Is O.K., if You Went to College

Despite all the questions about whether college is worth it or not, college graduates have gotten through through the recession and lackluster recovery with remarkable resilience.
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Donna Murdoch's curator insight, May 11, 2013 2:00 PM

I know the alternatives, I know it is not what we are supposed to say now.  But this, despite other options, is what I personally believe will continue to be true in the future.....at least the future that we and even our children will have.

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Is college worth the cost?

Is college worth the cost? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The country's total student loan debt is $1 trillion and counting and rises more than $2,800 per second. Is college worth it?
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ACT to Start Giving Tests Digitally

ACT to Start Giving Tests Digitally | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Starting as early as spring 2015, the ACT college admissions exam will go digital, reflecting students' tech savvy and the demand for quicker results. The tests will still have the familiar multiple-choice options for college hopefuls but they will also expand to include interactive portions, such as a simulated science lab for students to conduct experiments or space for students to explain concepts in their own words.

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Innovation Needed to Support Adults Returning to College

Innovation Needed to Support Adults Returning to College | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The challenges of attracting adult students, especially those with some college experience, must be addressed with innovative engagement strategies if the United States is to meet its degree completion targets.
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ETS new microsite: The Value of Higher Education

ETS new microsite:  The Value of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Value of Higher Education website, created by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is devoted to identifying and highlighting issues and trends in higher education
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In response to recent and ongoing debate over the value, design and future of America's higher education system, Educational Testing Service (ETS) has launched a microsite devoted to exploring these issues and offering a positive platform for discussion.The ETS Value of Higher Education microsite offers links to current news stories, research reports, resources and lists of upcoming events in higher education. It also offers interested parties the opportunity to join the conversation and follow the latest news and postings via Twitter®, @ValueofHigherEd.

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E-Learning Issue on OERs- Volume 10 Issue 2 (2013) Contents

E-Learning Issue on OERs- Volume 10 Issue 2 (2013) Contents | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The journal E-Learning and Digital Media (Vol 10, no. 2) has Open Educational Resources as its theme. The articles look thoughtful and interesting. The introduction (by Markus Deimann and Norm Friesen, giving a preview of the articles) is free, though, and worth reading. See here the issue contents for the Journal of E-Learning ISSN 2042-7530 Volume 10 Issue (2013).
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Selingo’s new book dissects the ‘decay’ of modern-day higher education

Selingo’s new book dissects the ‘decay’ of modern-day higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Veteran D.C. journalist explains the upheaval at American schools in “College (UnBound),” out Tuesday.
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Higher education should be more than vocational training

Higher education should be more than vocational training | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The artistic and the vocational are not in competition — and learning to use them together in both the college classroom and our workplaces will make our lives better in both environments. We need colleges that can train welders and ballet dancers, accountants and poets, and nurses and painters because our practical work is often directly enhanced by those "impractical" arts that allow us to relax, to grow — and sometimes even learn those critical additional skills that enhance our ability to do our jobs.

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Open source at center of digital revolution

Open source at center of digital revolution | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Tom Erickson of Acquia claims that as we watch the next generation digital experience develop, we will continue to see open source at center stage of this digital revolution.
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He writes: "Massive disruption is occurring as marketing goes digital. Business is moving steadily towards providing a fully personalized and truly integrated digital experience—building upon recent advances in user experience, analytics, cloud computing and storage, and an omni-channel experience across mobile platforms and social media".

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Public university accountability system expands ways to report student learning | Inside Higher Ed

Public university accountability system expands ways to report student learning | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Voluntary System of Accountability was born six years ago as a defensive act, seeking to demonstrate to politicians and critics that colleges and universities were willing to show the public how they were performing in key ways. But the two college groups that created the VSA, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, are now revising it, in large part to encourage more public universities to participate. Reboot of Voluntary System of Accountability aims to give institutions more flexibility in reporting student learning -- but new options (including non-standardized one) may not have expanded enough to win many converts.

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The Tech Revolution and the Future of Higher Education

The Tech Revolution and the Future of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Onlinedegrees.org presents how emerging technologies will likely influence higher education in next few years.
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What’s the proper role of MOOCs in higher ed?

As with any new technology, effective use of online learning can improve both the quality and quantity of what we do, but misapplication of the technology can just as surely lead to teaching the largest number of people in the shallowest possible way, which is in nobody’s interest. Using online learning to improve what we are good at, while doing the research to illuminate the opportunities we haven’t yet taken advantage of, are key to sustaining the reputation of quality that has taken nearly a century and a half to build.
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U. of Pennsylvania drafts guidelines to keep professors from competing against it online

U. of Pennsylvania drafts guidelines to keep professors from competing against it online | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In an effort to prevent online companies from competing against it using its own faculty, the University of Pennsylvania drafts new guidelines for faculty.
Editorial Tags: Conflicts of interest
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New Book: Is College Worth It?

For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge. This raises the question: is college still worth it? Who is responsible for debt-saddled, undereducated students, and how do future generations of students avoid the same problems? In a time of economic uncertainty, what majors and schools will produce competitive graduates? Is College Worth It? uses personal experience, statistical analysis, and real-world interviews to provide answers to some of the most troubling social and economic problems of our time.

 

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John Legend hosts TED Talks Education | PBS

John Legend hosts TED Talks Education | PBS | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Public television and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Education one-hour program brings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. These original TED Talks are given by thought leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. See all speakers and performers.

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Ted TV series which addresses the current dropout rates in US

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Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers

Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Coursera is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers. Coursera, the California-based for-profit platform for MOOCs from 62 leading universities such as Stanford, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, planned to announce Wednesday a new range of partners that include education schools and, in a first, non-degree granting institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History that help train teachers. The announcement would give teachers pursuing their continuing education requirements, or courses that could give them a salary boost, a new set of options to learn from master professors at leading education schools such as Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia, along with a handful of museums and other institutions.

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Community college students struggle to meet low academic standards, study finds

Community colleges expect little of their first-year students, study finds, but students fail to meet even low standards.
Editorial Tags: AssessmentCommunity colleges
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC?

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In the end, the crucial thing is that the instructor remains in the driver’s seat—and that takes us back to academic freedom. As long as individual professors are choosing what material to assign or recommend, running their in-class discussions and adding material that they think is not adequately covered in the online lectures, choosing the assignments and tests, and grading those tests, there is no threat to the professoriate, or to the quality of education at universities, public or otherwise.

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5 Trends Guiding Future 'Changemaker Universities'

5 Trends Guiding Future 'Changemaker Universities' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In this post Julie H. Sullivan, the executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, shares the trends reshaping higher education.
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Five broad themes are expected to be relevant to future entrepreneurship education models and university curricula: open systems with continuous access, blended boundaries, human connectivity, integrated wholeness, and a focus on solutions.
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Scheme to boost graduate recruitment

Scheme to boost graduate recruitment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Graduate job opportunities are set to be increased by new links between university and business authorities in Scotland.
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Faculty Backlash Grows Against Online Partnerships

Faculty Backlash Grows Against Online Partnerships | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Faculty at several colleges have pushed back against online teaching collaborations with outside vendors, saying they want to use technology on their own terms. Many professors recognize that online education is changing the landscape of academe. But faculty members at several colleges are making it clear that they will not be steamrolled.

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Essay suggests that MOOCs are losing their original worthy goals | Inside Higher Ed

Proper MOOCs may work for some, others may just choose to use open online materials and some may even have a mission to support affordable education for underserved communities (my favorite). But let’s not kid ourselves. Co-opting a MOOC label does not make an offering edgy. Get strategy and rationale nailed first, worry about the acronym later.
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Are MOOCs a viable replacement for traditional forms of education?

Are MOOCs a viable replacement for traditional forms of education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs are invaluable to personal learning but at this current time, for further career in a given field, it is more viable to be done in conjunction with a traditional learning environment.
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Bringing Higher Education in the Developing World Online

Oliver Rothschild -- Bringing Higher Education in the Developing World Online.youtube.com
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