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What Is Engineering? Learn About Engineering Through a MOOC

Vicki May | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

The 2014 Best and Worst in Higher Education

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 02.23.2015 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

It was an up and down year for higher education, as each of these matters took a turn atop the 24-hour news cycle. While I am not particularly nostalgic, I'd like to review some of the highlights -- and lowlights -- of 2014...

Give Away $100k!

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

How would you like to help give away $100,000? It's not often that an opportunity like this comes your way. But thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Learning By Giving Foundation, we have one.

Proving Grounds for a New Model for Higher Education

Zvi Galil | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Zvi Galil

Having the MOOC coursework constitute a Georgia Tech master's degree is the only way we could have credibly put the Institute's reputation behind the rigor and quality of our online courses.

Emerging Economies Are Exporting Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

With increasing economic growth, and the subsequent expansion of the middle class in regions like Latin America, there is a new market being created for quality post-secondary education.

Distance Transcended: Sharing Ideas on Entrepreneurship with Tehran

Michael Goldberg | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Michael Goldberg

So, one day in April, I was surfing Coursera, which is one of my most favorite websites ever, and, suddenly, a brilliant title caught my eye: "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies."

Creating a Learning Environment With MOOCs

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

The question, in the end, is not whether or not MOOCs are effective teaching tools, but whether or not they can contribute to learning. While this may seem like a minor distinction, it places the responsibility on the learner and the learning context, not on the MOOC.

U-Lab: Prototyping the 21st-Century University

Otto Scharmer | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Otto Scharmer

Summing up the problem: higher education is overpriced, out of touch, and outdated in both curriculum and purpose. The solution? The solution is beginning to emerge in many places today.

College 2.0

Dan Butin | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
Dan Butin

Whether we call it online learning, flipped classrooms, or digital learning technologies, I fundamentally believe that teaching and learning will be transformed in the coming years.

What Education Of The Future Will Look Like

Posted 11.18.2014 | College

Thanks to the Internet, not only has our work and social life been drastically altered, but so has our education system. From online classes to tablet...

Beyond Silicon Valley: Using a MOOC to Build a Community of Support for Global Entrepreneurs

Michael Goldberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Lyubomir Hristev, 24, works at a marketing agency in Sofia, Bulgaria, and sports a neatly cropped black goatee. Tech savvy, creative, bursting with ideas, Hristev hails from a new generation of entrepreneurial Bulgarians.

Higher Ed Slims Down

Kitty Dare | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Kitty Dare

Higher education in America fails mostly for the same reason people get fat. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful no matter how you go about it. But there are options.

Ivory Tower: The Increasing Costs and Decreasing Benefits of Higher Education

Nell Minow | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Nell Minow

Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at higher education today, especially the vertiginously escalating tuition costs and the consequences of those costs, from crushing debt burdens on young graduates to the compromises schools make to attract students who are able to pay full price.

Learning the Real Meaning of Commencement

Stephen Marcus | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Stephen Marcus

Let us be unequivocal in stating how dangerous it is to think that you have ever finished learning. If you believe that after college, that section on your resume labeled "Education" will be checked off forever, you're wrong.