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Because of the ADA, Universities May Withdraw Free Online Course Content

By WALTER OLSON, CATO Institute On September 13, the University of California at Berkeley announced that it may have to take down online lecture and course content that it has offered free to the public: content that we have made available to the public. That Berkeley is not just imagining these legal dangers is illustrated by [...]

MicroMasters on a Global Scale

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed Fourteen universities around the world are today launching modular master’s degree programs in which students can complete up to half of the course work online, earn a credential and then decide whether they want to apply to pursue the full degree. The launch of the 19 programs, known as [...]

Experts says education headed for dramatic shift by 2020

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Fast Company describes the five ways that the industry of education is likely to change by the year 2020, with communication, technology and industry driving the rapid shifts over the next four years. According to some experts, remote learning, credentialing, student feedback, and the ability to adapt will be the biggest [...]

Credential Transparency Initiative Intros New Credentialing Tool, Nonprofit Org

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) today debuted its Credential Registry, a tool for documenting and comparing certifications, degrees, certificates, licenses, badges and other micro-credentials. The project includes the formation a new nonprofit organization, Credential Engine, tasked with taking the effort mainstream. Led by a partnership among George Washington University’s Institute [...]

Outsourcing IT in Higher Ed: A Necessary Evil?

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology News that the University of California San Francisco plans to outsource many of its technology functions to an India-based service provider appears to have sparked a blaze of concern that soon the entire UC system could adopt the same contract. While offshoring opponents predict that the plan could set off a [...]

Why It’s Time for Education Technology to Become an Academic Discipline

by David Raths, Campus Technology As Georgetown University prepares to launch a master’s degree program in Learning and Design, a new academic discipline built around the study of education technology, learning analytics and instructional design is starting to take shape. Leaders in the field are “bringing about a set of practices that require a knowledge base, [...]

Digital Badges and Academic Transformation

by Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Review It seems that digital badges are everywhere these days: in fitness apps, on social networking websites, and in company loyalty programs. In higher education, they’re taking the form of microcredentials, representing successful completion of a variety of learning experiences inside and outside of the traditional for-credit course. Institutions continue to experiment [...]

The how’s, why’s and what-to-do’s of cloud security in higher education.

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News According to a number of cybersecurity experts, no platform or industry is immune from data breaches, especially as targeted “hacktivism” is on the rise, says John Wethington, cybersecurity executive at Ground Labs. But if the cloud is “only as safe as the administrative credentials of a single person,” how can colleges [...]

Why it makes sense to study online

by the Sociable In recent years, online learning has gone from strength to strength, with more and more students opting to take their degree courses online rather than attending physical classes. Online learning is becoming more accepted and “normal” in today’s digital world, as opposed to when it was first introduced, which saw a lot of [...]

10 Awesome Online Courses for Only $15

by Entrepreneur What if we told you there was an awesome opportunity to invest in yourself, improve your knowledge, and take your skills to the next level … for only $15? We thought that might get your attention. Udemy offers thousands of online courses that movers, shakers, and entrepreneurs like you can enroll in to better [...]