Higher Education

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

| September 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, […]

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Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job?

Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job?

| June 12, 2012 | 16 Comments

Flickr:M.Keefe By Katrina Schwartz The sudden growth of free, top-shelf online education sites has the potential to democratize high-caliber education that’s long been reserved for only those who could afford it. But as these new sites begin to blaze a new path to the possibility of a level playing field, it’s still unclear whether taking […]

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Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

| May 14, 2012 | 10 Comments

More and more Ivy League universities are offering free online courses. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s available to enterprising students.

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What’s On the Horizon in Higher Education

What’s On the Horizon in Higher Education

| February 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flickr: Dexterwas How will college life be different in five years than it is today? In its recently released 2012 NMC Horizon Report on Higher Education, New Media Consortium predicts there may be more gesture-based computing, and lots of inter-connected (and Internet-connected) objects packed with useful information. Video games will become more commonplace in classrooms, […]

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College Students Embrace Meme Madness

College Students Embrace Meme Madness

| February 15, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Dan Reimold College memes are suddenly invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. As The Cherwell, Oxford University’s student newspaper, explains, the meme is “an idea or behavior that spreads through a culture by imitation. Internet memes follow this principle, humorous images are copied and […]

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Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes?

Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes?

| February 6, 2012 | 16 Comments

By Erica Perez, California Watch California State University and University of California campuses are taking new steps to limit what students can do with their class notes: At least one CSU Chico student recently was reported to judicial affairs for selling notes to a website, while a newly updated UC Berkeley policy restricts how students […]

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What Does Your School Know About You?

What Does Your School Know About You?

| January 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

In the information age, data will follow us from the time we first walk into kindergarten to well past retirement. As data is used to guide us in making all kinds of decisions, from what we consume to what health plan we follow, it’s also becoming a powerful tool in education. As more schools and […]

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What’s Your Major? Working Toward the Uninvented Job

What’s Your Major? Working Toward the Uninvented Job

| December 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

This week we feature the most popular MindShift posts of the year. By Ana Tintocalis The U.S. unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1 percent. In that light, what are the “hot” majors among college students today? If you ask college counselors, it’s business degrees. That’s because today’s business degrees cover a wider range of fields […]

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Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees?

Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees?

| December 23, 2011 | 15 Comments

Dave Herholz You can learn anything you want on the Internet, so the adage goes. But even if that’s true, even if it’s now easier than ever to learn about almost any subject online, there are still very few opportunities to gain formal recognition — “credit,” if you will — for informal learning done online. […]

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California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books

California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books

| December 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

Every year, the average college student pays about $1,100 for textbooks alone. At this point, most textbooks assigned by college professors average around $150 each. That’s almost the same cost as the course itself at California community colleges. But the free, open-content movement that’s been percolating for the past few years may change all that […]

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