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Free online courses from University of Oxford: OxfordX

by edX Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It has been at the forefront of understanding the world – and shaping it – for centuries. Students at Oxford enjoy studying at an internationally renowned university with a centuries-old reputation for innovation and outstanding academic achievement. For the intensity, breadth, quality and impact of [...]

Reclaiming the Watch List

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed Professor Watchlist faces challenge from Watchlist Redux, where being named is intended as a badge of honor and where “radical” applies to Socrates, Jesus and Alan Turing, as well as those singled out today. Some professors were troubled by Professor Watchlist when it debuted last month, viewing it as a [...]

Strategy, Differentiation, and Online Learning

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed The place to start an online program is around your school’s strengths. It is doubtful that every student who wants to learn what your school does best can move to where your school is located. Online learning solves this challenge. An online program does not need to be big to [...]

A Faster, Cheaper Master’s Degree – From MIT To Boot

by Kirk Carapezza, WGBH Top colleges and universities around the world are partnering with edX – MIT and Harvard’s online learning platform – to offer MicroMasters. There’s User Interface Design from the University of Michigan, Entrepreneurship from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, and Artificial Intelligence from Columbia University. Industry leaders – including General Electric, [...]

Virginia Foxx Named Chair of House Education Committee

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx, a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s higher education policies, will be the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Foxx, a former community college president, replaces Minnesota Republican John Kline, who is retiring at the end of the 114th Congress. In [...]

MIT task force releases preliminary “Future of Libraries” report

by Peter Dizikes. MIT News Office An MIT task force is releasing a preliminary report featuring a set of proposals aimed at steering MIT’s library system toward becoming an “open global platform” enabling the “discovery, use, and stewardship of information and knowledge” for future generations. The report, based on a year of work since the formation of [...]

Trump’s Choice for Education Secretary

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed President-elect Donald Trump’s pick of the Michigan school choice activist Betsy DeVos as his education secretary drew praise from many conservatives and criticism from liberal groups and teachers’ unions, who said the selection signaled intentions to privatize education. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is [...]

Groups Issue Guidance on Making Digital Learning Accessible to All

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal Two organizations have put together a 20-page guide to help steer state and district education leaders toward thinking about how to embed accessibility into their decision-making. The “Digital Accessibility Toolkit” was published by the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN) and the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD). While accessibility encompasses three [...]

LinkedIn’s CEO says the U.S. cares too much about four-year college degrees

by HAKAN SEL, New Day Post There’s a good reason Weiner has these views: LinkedIn may be more equipped than most to try to bridge this educational gap. That’s because the company bought online learning company Lynda.com back in the spring of 2015, and has spent the last 18 months trying to incorporate the site’s video [...]

OER revolution in higher ed

by Matt Zalaznick, University Business The University of Maryland’s open source textbook initiative, known as “MOST,” has guided faculty through more than 50 OER adoptions. The program helps instructors assemble resources to significantly keep down the cost of course materials. The University of Maryland’s open source textbook initiative, known as “MOST,” has guided faculty through more [...]