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Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

| April 16, 2014 | 6 Comments

Recent studies of MOOC completion rates and participation indicate that students with some college experience already do better.

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Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

| January 10, 2014 | 39 Comments

Universities say they’re looking for students who are engaged citizens and independent thinkers with a desire to be a part of the school’s community. But many of the measures used to determine college admission don’t test for those qualities. Instead, colleges look at SAT or ACT test scores, the number of Advanced Placement classes a student has completed, GPAs and the ability to write a strong essay. There is often a disconnect between the kind of student colleges say they want and what students have to do to be admitted.

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Has the ‘MOOC Revolution’ Drifted Off Course?

Has the ‘MOOC Revolution’ Drifted Off Course?

| January 1, 2014

In 2012, “massive open online courses” were lauded as the most important trend in higher education. But this year, educators and even students rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning. Two of the biggest MOOCs say they’re making big changes in how they deliver their classes in 2014.

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Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

| August 16, 2013 | 14 Comments

Universities across the country are experimenting with MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a way to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all students. The premise of MOOCs has, to some, come to mean the democratization of quality higher education, a way of equalizing the playing field for students of every demographic. But that’s not always the outcome.

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Is the University Lecture Doomed?

Is the University Lecture Doomed?

| August 1, 2013 | 14 Comments

As education gets more interactive and personalized will the university lectures survive? Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales hopes it doesn’t.

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MOOCs for Teachers: Coursera Offers Online Teacher Training Program

MOOCs for Teachers: Coursera Offers Online Teacher Training Program

| April 30, 2013 | 6 Comments

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have forced universities to reconsider their value in light of free high-quality education available online. Coursera, a private company founded by two Stanford professors has been at the forefront of that movement, actively courting new institutions of higher education to their portfolio and trying to monetize the effort by […]

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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 | 23 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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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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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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