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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 04.30.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 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.