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Cloud Universities and the Democratization of Higher Ed

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Victor M. Feraru

I spent little time thinking of secondary education. I was too busy trying to survive. I was later adopted, as an adult, and my new mother helped me to go back to school. My story is rare. Most who walked a minute in my shoes will never see the inside of a college classroom.

Independent Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

While I wish I had studied more about finance, management and marketing before I started my own business many years ago, I don't regret having dedicated my college years to "less practical" subjects such as chemistry, history and literature.

Higher Education: The Coming Shakeout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Just as markets over-built housing, mispriced mortgages and bid up prices beyond the real financial capacity of homebuyers, America's colleges and universities have over-expanded and over-priced their product. We are getting an education bubble with dynamics similar to the late housing bubble. As more and more students find themselves with debts that exceed the salaries offered by the current job market, colleges have expanded beyond the capacity of their markets. Some kind of shakeout is coming. The question is: what kind. Clearly, our society cannot afford the current rate of expansion of higher education costs. We've reached the limits of piling these expenses onto students. But as resources become more scarce, as the consequences of over-expansion hit, the social risk is that the shoe will pinch even more intensely in the wrong places.

The 12 Myths of MOOCs

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Dr. John Ebersole

In a recent survey of several hundred educators, only 13 percent of schools today offer MOOCs, but 43 percent plan to offer them by 2016. So if we agree the trend is here to stay, let's take a look at the growing mythology of Massive Open Online Courses.

Instructors Have Little to Fear, and Much to Gain, by Bringing MOOCs Into the Classroom

Jodi Beggs | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Jodi Beggs

Critics of MOOCs are probably not wrong when they lament that the courses are going to create multiple types of instructor, but I wonder how much of their objection is driven by ego rather than reason.

Imminent Chaos

Bruce Judson | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Bruce Judson

The essence of a good education is, to a large extent, the ability to recognize an important issue in a particular field of study, analyze a problem if it exists, and determine the best course of action.

Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses [Worldwide Survey]

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Given the rise of tuitions, can technology like massively open online courses (MOOCs) reduce tuition costs and make education more affordable? Many argue the answer is yes.

College Is Pricey and Irrelevant. Really?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.17.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The college experience can't be fully be realized if the only way students meet is through a screen, or rushing to get credentialed to be a better worker. College is more than learning a trade; it's also about learning to be a better person.

Master's Degree On Sale For Less Than $7,000

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.16.2013 | College

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that it will offer an online master's degree for less than $7,000 through a partnership with Uda...

The Academic Journey: Beyond MOOCS

Jon Kolko | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Jon Kolko

Yet what is lost in the ideological debate of MOOCs and online learning is an understanding of the actual students that are taking so long to graduate, wasting so much of their own and taxpayer's money, and graduating without employable skills.

Commencement 2.0

Bruce Judson | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Bruce Judson

There are specific stages associated with mobile and digital disruption, and higher education is following this surprisingly consistent pattern. Indeed, we now see the new benefits arising for the consumer of education.

New Yorker Takes On Massive Online Courses | Posted 05.13.2013 | College

Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking ...

Hire Education

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Since the 1970s, Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for the Chronicle of Higher Education, acknowledges, plenty of people have predicted the end of colleges and universities as we know them. Now, however, Selingo thinks they may be right.

Crowdsourcing for Credit

Deborah Stambler | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Deborah Stambler

Learning about democracy through a free online platform from a highly respected university gives me hope for where MOOCs could take us.

Coursera Announces New Continuing Education Options For Teachers

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 05.01.2013 | College

-- A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of ...

My Sophomore Year Lineup

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.26.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

I'm now close to a month into the sophomore year of my Degree of Freedom One Year BA project (which will run from April through June), and wanted to give readers a peek at what's on the docket for the next few months.

Toward Sustainable MOOCs

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 06.24.2013 | Technology
Dr. John Ebersole

MOOCS continue to dominate discussions regarding technology, access and cost. The degree to which they can be seen as sustainable appears to be receding as a concern. A variety of applications and business models have started to emerge.

If We Cannot Teach, You Can Keep Your Online Revolution

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

Yes, colleges must explore the power of online learning, but it is not enough to build Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and declare victory.

INFOGRAPHICS: The Growth Of Online Education

Posted 04.12.2013 | College

College classes taught over the Internet have boomed over the last decade as millions of students have taken -- or at least registered for -- Massive ...

Heads Down -- and Heads Up -- About MOOCs

Jon Whitmore | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Jon Whitmore

As long as educators remember that students are flesh-and-blood individuals with unique needs and aspirations, they can animate the best elements of modern technology with the human-to-human connections that have sustained education for thousands of years.

MOOCs: Game Changer or "Tech Ed Du Jour"?

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Indeed, Coursera, another commercial entity, now claims well over a million students and more than 30 institutional partners, many among the so-called elite. And not to be left behind, two existing giants, Google and Pearson, have entered the arena. So what to make of MOOCs?

An Apple for the Apple

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Marty Kaplan

There are good reasons to be skeptical of machines grading essays. Their algorithms can't distinguish between arguments supported by factual evidence and cases built on canards. They're reliable enough to dock points for clichés, but they're not subtle enough to reward subtlety.

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?

MOOCs: A Design Question to Consider

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 06.07.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

MOOCs (massive open online courses) is a relatively recent method of educational delivery -- where thousands of people across the world can access college-level courses for free anywhere there is an internet connection -- is being hailed by some as a revolution, and by others as a fad.

How to Turn $10 into $5,000 in Less Than One Month!

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

It is a feeling of unbelievable joy. We have all felt it, at one time or another. For me, it is at its most palpable in a concert or a sports event wi...