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What's in a Degree?

Kinne Chapin | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Kinne Chapin

There's a rumble going through the world of higher education. A sense that providing your undergraduates with a traditional degree may not be enough to keep your university atop the rankings much longer.

The Global Search For Education: The Education Debate 2012 - Richard Wilson Riley

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The last presidential debate offered little in the way of focus on education and related policy. Today in The Global Search for Education series, I continue my conversations with education luminaries to discuss the issues that we believe will be a priority for the next President of the United States.

Hedgefunders, Hedgehogs, and Higher Ed

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

My own guess is that we are headed for a soft disaster, where most of the 3,000 colleges and universities in America, still offering a variety of learning places that is the world's envy, will not survive.

Caveat E-Emptor -- Let the Online Student Beware

Jay Halfond | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
Jay Halfond

When it comes to online learning, the public conflates a complex and varied attempt at innovation into one gross oversimplification.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

Closing the Capacity Gap in Saving Lives at Birth

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

I have always believed that all game changing solutions are inherently multidisciplinary. Learning from higher education, using the tools of information technology and applying them to public health may prove to be the most potent of solutions to permanently end preventable maternal and child mortality.

Back to School Across the Globe

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 11.21.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Technology has paved the way for innovative and creative approaches to learning that will soon make obsolete the traditional notions of teaching and learning occurring in the same manner and at the same time for all kids.

Higher Education's Decision for the Future: Discomfort or Irrelevance

Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2012 | College
Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D.

Universities that choose not to or are unable to adapt to revolutionary changes in the way higher education is delivered will simply not exist in the decades to come.

Why a Liberal Arts School Has Joined Coursera

Michael Roth | Posted 11.20.2012 | College
Michael Roth

The idea that Wesleyan will be offering free, massive online classes will strike some as paradoxical. We are a small university at which almost three quarters of the courses are taught in an interactive, seminar style. How is that related to online learning?

What Colleges and Newspapers Have in Common

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I lead an institution of higher education. That means I am the equivalent of a newspaper publisher circa 1997. We all know now what only the most astute publishers knew then: The Internet had arrived.

More Top Universities Offer Free Classes Online

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 11.19.2012 | College

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seventeen leading universities in the U.S. and abroad will start offering free cyber courses through the online education platf...

Why Students Who Plagiarize Get Away With Nothing

Annie Murphy Paul | Posted 10.23.2012 | College
Annie Murphy Paul

How many times have you borrowed the opinion of a political pundit? How often have you retailed the wisdom of a best-selling book or an expert on TV? The ethical infraction is minor, but the crime against our intellectual lives is great.

Online Courses: The Perpetual Student

Tom Teicholz | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Tom Teicholz

Universities around the world are taking their courses online in ways that may disrupt our notions of how and what we learn, who learns what, what we pay for education and even the value of a specific college degree.

15 Schools Awarding The Most Online Education Degrees

Posted 08.08.2012 | Education

Four of the country’s largest education schools operate mostly online, according to a USA Today analysis of newly released Department of Education d...

Michael Horn: Online Learning, Teaching And Misleading Opinions

| Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Digital blog. A couple of pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post have attracted...

For-Profit College Lures 14-Year-Old, Dumps Him, Sticks Him With the Bill

David Halperin | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
David Halperin

But the more citizens become aware of bad practices in this industry, and the more they make clear that they are tired of members of Congress defending these bad actors, the more likely it is that the corruption will end.

A College Just For Undocumented Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 08.08.2012 | College

With help from professors in California, undocumented immigrants are closer to accessing an affordable college education. University of California...

Massive Online Open Courses: From McLuhan to MOOC

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.22.2012 | Education
Jonathan D. Moreno

The precise contours of the massive online open courses experience and its implications for higher education remain a mystery to everyone, including the investors, institutions and instructors.

Online Classrooms: Trash or Treasure?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 09.12.2012 | College
Victor M. Feraru

Any sensitive theatergoer will tell you that live theater is a completely different experience than watching the same thing on TV or your computer screen. Can the energy that an inspiring teacher calls forth be funneled into a computer screen?

Trick Teacher Knows How To Get Class's Attention

Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

For all the fanfare made about online learning representing the ruin of education, one teacher actually managed to use technology to his advantage —...

College in My 40s: A Hard Road, But a Sweet Reward

Leandro Lampa | Posted 09.04.2012 | College
Leandro Lampa

Before I left I promised my mom I would earn my degree eventually so she could hang it on her wall at home. Twenty years later I had a wife, two kids, and a good job working as a plant operator. The last thing on my mind was sitting in a classroom.

What the UVA Squabble Tells Us About Higher Ed for the Masses

John M. Eger | Posted 08.27.2012 | College
John M. Eger

Unless we use technology to reinvent our current systems of education, we all will suffer as more and more people are left behind the learning curve, and left behind the mainstream of world economic development.

6 Ways To Take Charge Of Your Life In Retirement

Mel Walsh | Posted 08.23.2012 | Fifty
Mel Walsh

Though retirement is stereotyped as a geezer Garden of Eden furnished with recliners and a flat screen TV, it can be tough. You'd never know it, though, from the ads. You've seen them --beautiful Botoxed models with silver hair, riding bikes on a country lane or sitting in seaside bath tubs waiting for the moment to be right.

Addressing Vision, Challenges, Pace of Change in Academe

Jeff Abernathy | Posted 08.21.2012 | College
Jeff Abernathy

At Alma College, the pressures are many as well and considerably more existential in nature than for the elite institutions across the land.

Live, Learn, Love

Naomi Troni | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education
Naomi Troni

It's a pretty safe bet there's information about virtually any area of interest somewhere on the Internet. The question now is not what you can learn online, it's how well you can learn it.