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Coursera’s CEO on the Evolving Meaning of ‘MOOC’

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology What we see is just a huge blending. Right now we offer MOOCs, we offer specializations (packages of those single courses), we offer master tracks, which are those modules that count towards a degree. We only have three right now, but we’re going to be building up that library. And […]

Federal court rules against Betsy DeVos in student loan lawsuit over for-profit colleges fraud cases

by Maria Danilova, Associated Press A federal court has ruled that it was “arbitrary and capricious” for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay an Obama-era rule meant to protect students swindled by for-profit colleges. The decision is a significant blow to the Trump administration’s attempt to ease regulations for the industry. A judge in the nation’s capital […]

Education is not preparing students for a fast-changing world

By Ann Kirschner and Dana Born, Boston Globe VUCA stands for “volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous,” a handy shortcut used by the military to describe these uncertain times, and a framework to shape its leadership programs. We have a graduation gap, an employment gap, and a skills gap. These are global trends but perhaps most acute in […]

Make Sure Everyone on Your Team Sees Learning as Part of Their Job

Kristi Hedges, Harvard Business Review The reality is that most people are not set up to take advantage of development opportunities. Many organizations view learning as something extra, something to fit in on top of the regular work. But to create a culture that encourages employee growth, managers need to make learning an expectation — […]

RMIT Online launches AR and VR courses using Amazon Sumerian

By Asha McLean, ZDNet Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Online will now be offering short courses in artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), thanks to a new partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). RMIT’s newly launched courses — Developing AI Strategy, Developing AR and VR Strategy, and Developing AR and […]

States’ decision to reduce support for higher education comes at a cost

by Jeff Selingo, Washington Post At the beginning of last decade, college students who went to public universities paid for about one-third of their education. Today, in more than half the states, they pay for most of it. In that time, the College Board has found that the average price of tuition, room, board and […]

The Work You Want to Do After Graduation

by Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan Many readers of this blog know that I have championed pragmatic liberal learning—a broad education that combines skills and contextual understanding to provide a resource for life “beyond the university.” Students at Wesleyan hear me repeat the great line of former Wesleyan president Victor Butterfield: “If these turn out […]

Trustee: U Wyoming needs more distance learning options – Wyoming News Exchange

Rock Springs resident Laura Schmid-Pizzato, who was appointed to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees on Tuesday, told the Laramie Boomerang she’s largely interested in increasing access to UW education for citizens throughout the state.  part-time lecturer at Western Wyoming Community College, Schmid-Pizzato said she thinks the university should be able to increase course […]

University students want profs to consider free options over textbooks

by Kate Bueckert, CBC The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has relaunched it’s #TextbookBroke campaign to highlight the high cost of textbooks and urge professors to choose free alternatives. The group initially launched the campaign in January, and during it, students shared stories about how not being able to afford textbooks impacted their education. “We […]

The Evolving Transactional Nature of Credentialing: Alternative Credentials Today

  by Jonathan Finkelstein , the Evolllution As the distinction between learning at colleges, universities and workplaces continues to erode, credentials are supplanting the traditional role of the degree in terms of skills verification. Unlike the degree, credentials offer individuals the opportunity to showcase all aspects of “life-wide” learning, providing substantially more detailed insight into […]