Higher Education

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

| July 19, 2013 | 29 Comments

Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.

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Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses?

Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses?

| April 5, 2013 | 22 Comments

Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That’s the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pulled together from available data of some Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. But do completion rates matter? It’s not that course completion rates don’t inform observers about the nature […]

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How Mozilla’s Open Badges May Work In the Real World

How Mozilla’s Open Badges May Work In the Real World

| March 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

After 18 months in the darkness of beta world, Mozilla’s Open Badges project stepped out into the light recently with the unveiling of Open Badges 1.0. But will the concept of organizations bestowing their own virtual endorsements for the mastery of skills hold up to critical examination from a world that, even in an information […]

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Bypassing College? Ideas On Learning Outside the System

Bypassing College? Ideas On Learning Outside the System

| March 19, 2013 | 12 Comments

Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, a movement that challenges the notion that “college is the only path to success,” has some advice for students who are willing to take the nontraditional route between school and work. In his book, Hacking Your Education, Stephens outlines a path that he says will allow students to “ditch the […]

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Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

| March 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Despite a deeply held belief that success in college is crucial for success in life, the traditional path students assume they’ll take is more an exception than the rule, according to a new report. Though most students believe the college path — high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from […]

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Higher Ed Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification, and Wearable Tech

Higher Ed Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification, and Wearable Tech

| February 7, 2013 | 4 Comments

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As tech tools continue to proliferate with new launches and new products, it’s difficult to predict what will stick and what won’t. A recently released report by the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) tries to sift through the fads and find the few that will have a real impact […]

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College or No? Stuck Between Present Realities and Future Promises

College or No? Stuck Between Present Realities and Future Promises

| January 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Holly Korbey Higher education options are changing for all students — not only for gutsy school reformers and tech enthusiasts dropping out with hopes to become the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. As MOOCs proliferate and college costs keep rising, more young reformers and “edupreneurs” are looking for a way around a four-year […]

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Faces of the New Higher Ed: Learning By Working

Faces of the New Higher Ed: Learning By Working

| January 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

Enstitute Going to college used to be the prescribed path to success, but today, students are considering different options. The cost of a college education is soaring and many students are graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in debt. One response to the high cost of secondary education are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) […]

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Five Secrets to Succeeding Without a College Degree

Five Secrets to Succeeding Without a College Degree

| January 15, 2013 | 4 Comments

Getty By Nikhil Goyal British rapper-poet Suli Amoako recently launched a video, “Why I Hate School, But Love Education,” that has been making rounds all over the Internet. He calls for young people to “understand your motives and reassess your aims” and provides outliers in history that have done very well for themselves and society […]

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Should Work Experience Come Before College Education?

Should Work Experience Come Before College Education?

| December 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

Della Rollins By Steve Henn Eighteen months ago Eden Full was finishing up her sophomore year at Princeton University. She was on the crew team as a coxswain. She had spent the previous summer in Kenya building an innovative, low-cost contraption to make solar panels more efficient. Full was glowingly successful — the kind of […]

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