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Breaking Online Education With Bread

Q (Quanzhi) Guo | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Q (Quanzhi) Guo

I don't think that brick-and-mortar universities will be obsolete soon, but can definitely become better with new initiatives like BreadX. Technology is never a substitute, but a complement to make things better.

College at Its Best (Hint: Small and Real)

John Seery | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
John Seery

Stepping onto their college campuses as frosh, they know to run their paper drafts through computerized spell checks and grammar checks before turning them in to the professor. But they still can't write. Why?

Sign-Up for Free Financing for Development MOOC

Bertrand Badre | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Bertrand Badre

As previous readers know, I am a strong believer in the critical role the private sector has to play in financing the recently adopted Sustainable Dev...

It's Time to Get Informed About Artificial Intelligence

David Schatsky | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology
David Schatsky

If "artificial intelligence" sounds like science fiction or hype to you, it's time to get better informed. A great way to do that is to register right...

The Fish Rots from the Head Down

Otto Scharmer | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Otto Scharmer

Much has been said about the moral dimension of the VW diesel deception. The company betrayed its customers, the public, and the planet by building "defeat devices" into 11 million of its cars (devices designed to switch off emission controls whenever the car is in normal use).

Back-to-School Planning for Returning Students

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

For mid-career workers, education is a great way to remain vital in the workforce. It can also be a risky financial investment. Experienced workers should fully investigate all degree and training programs for maximum payoff.

Replacing Diamonds With Startups -- Entrepreneurship in Botswana

Michael Goldberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Sometimes just getting together for a conversation is what people need to spark a discussion and take action. I am thrilled that I could be a part of starting an important dialogue in Botswana and am eager to see their entrepreneurial community take off!

To Flip or Not To Flip?

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

My goal as a teacher is to help students learn better and become independent learners. Flipped classrooms are gaining popularity and many educators across the country seem to be experimenting with it.

Is There a Business Here? Pushing Social Entrepreneurs Out of Their Comfort Zone in Southern Africa

Michael Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Collins Nyamadzawo walked into a rural Zimbabwean school where he was a volunteer and caught sight of two students sitting on the floor, one using the other's back on which to write.

When a 'Good Enough' Higher Education Isn't Good Enough

Dan Butin | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Dan Butin

Technology offers us the chance to provide a "good enough" education. While the new and shiny model of online learning is incredibly powerful for the transmission model of education, it stinks at the transformational model of education.

MOOC 4.0: The Next Revolution in Learning & Leadership

Otto Scharmer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Otto Scharmer

Last month my colleagues and I completed a pilot of what well may be the most interesting project of my life. It was the pilot of a new type of MOOC that pushes the MOOC design envelope by blending a globally transformative platform with an eco-system of deep personal, locally grounded learning communities.

The End of College? (or Maybe Just the End of Kevin Carey's Career)

John Seery | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
John Seery

Everything will, instead, be online. Education will be free. It will be worldwide. It will be accessible. It will be meritocratic. Gone will be professors. Gone will be PhD degrees. Gone will be Harvard. Carey now knows The Secret of Education.

5 Lessons Government Can Learn from Khan Academy

Steve Ressler | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Steve Ressler

Khan Academy is changing how kids (and even adults!) are learning across the globe. With over 2,400 courses from arithmetic to physics and 100,000+ exercises, millions of people across the globe are learning from the world's top experts at Khan.

Is Learning Increasingly Self-Directed in the Digital Era?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

It is vital that educators be trained to recognize and nurture self-directed learning using technology and be capable of creating learning environments that support it.

What Is Engineering? Learn About Engineering Through a MOOC

Vicki May | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Vicki May

A desire to help people of all ages, particularly K12 students, better understand engineering led me to develop a massive open online course, or MOOC. MOOCs are online courses offered by universities for free to the public.

Moving Beyond MOOCS

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Steven M. Gillon

In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the world.

Why Getting a Liberal Education Matters

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Pursuing a liberal education can be challenging, fun, even exciting and bring with it lifelong benefits. Zakaria's refreshing book is a call for reflection and fresh thinking that hopefully opens the door to a thoughtful, wide-ranging debate on this important subject.

Mental Health for the Masses

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

MOOIs (Massive Open Online Interventions) are mental health and substance abuse interventions, scientifically validated and available online to unlimited numbers of consumers. As with MOOCs, most of these consumers can be expected to drop out, but some will stay -- and get well.

College Students Are Robots?

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

While there are many problems in higher education and each of these issues deserves careful analysis, I focus here on the individual student and her/his educational experience in the electronic age.

U.Lab: Seven Principles for Revolutionizing Higher Ed

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Otto Scharmer

Stepping back, what are we learning? We see that the emerging 21st-century model of higher education is an inversion of the 20th-century model in that it places the learner in the driver's seat of personal, relational, and institutional renewal.

Technology and the Skills Gap in Africa

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

Evidence shows that students learn better when taught in their own languages, and that they retain information more effectively when it is put in a familiar sociocultural context.

Failing a Class for Good

Tim Chartier | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Tim Chartier

Tife Odumosu didn't sit down and immediately draw the perfect cartoon. He started drawing and iterated into his more finalized sketch. Some strokes of his pencil improved his work and others did not. Is this failure? I don't think so.

Victim In MIT Online Course Sexual Harassment Case Comes Forward

Inside Higher Ed | Carl Straumsheim | Posted 01.23.2015 | College

Walter H.G. Lewin’s debut as a massive open online course instructor was announced with some fanfare: “Afraid of physics?” a press release asked...

Blame the Schools!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

If you read enough books and articles, or watch enough news segments about why colleges cost so freaking much (and supposedly deliver little for the price), a consensus emerges that tends to include the following premises.

Why Does College Cost So Freaking Much?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I began to look into this question a bit more deeply, the answers and arguments I discovered seemed as uninformed or contradictory as those surrounding massive open learning.