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Where is Technology Leading Higher Education?

By Doug Ward The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historic, seismic and revolutionary now pop up in … Continue reading Where is Technology Leading Higher Education? →

Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books

Flickr: wohnai By Katrina Schwartz College students may seem to be well-equipped to learn in a wired world, but despite the enormous growth of tablets, e-readers and digital textbooks, they still prefer heavy, expensive print books. These were the results of a pilot program created to understand why students have been slow to adopt digital … Continue reading Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books →

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, … Continue reading Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students? →

Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job?

Flickr:M.Keefe By Katrina Schwartz The sudden growth of free, top-shelf online education sites has the potential to democratize high-caliber education that’s long been reserved for only those who could afford it. But as these new sites begin to blaze a new path to the possibility of a level playing field, it’s still unclear whether taking … Continue reading Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job? →

What’s On the Horizon in Higher Education

Flickr: Dexterwas How will college life be different in five years than it is today? In its recently released 2012 NMC Horizon Report on Higher Education, New Media Consortium predicts there may be more gesture-based computing, and lots of inter-connected (and Internet-connected) objects packed with useful information. Video games will become more commonplace in classrooms, … Continue reading What’s On the Horizon in Higher Education →

College Students Embrace Meme Madness

By Dan Reimold College memes are suddenly invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. As The Cherwell, Oxford University’s student newspaper, explains, the meme is “an idea or behavior that spreads through a culture by imitation. Internet memes follow this principle, humorous images are copied and … Continue reading College Students Embrace Meme Madness →

Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes?

By Erica Perez, California Watch California State University and University of California campuses are taking new steps to limit what students can do with their class notes: At least one CSU Chico student recently was reported to judicial affairs for selling notes to a website, while a newly updated UC Berkeley policy restricts how students … Continue reading Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes? →

What Does Your School Know About You?

In the information age, data will follow us from the time we first walk into kindergarten to well past retirement. As data is used to guide us in making all kinds of decisions, from what we consume to what health plan we follow, it’s also becoming a powerful tool in education. As more schools and … Continue reading What Does Your School Know About You? →

What’s Your Major? Working Toward the Uninvented Job

This week we feature the most popular MindShift posts of the year. By Ana Tintocalis The U.S. unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1 percent. In that light, what are the “hot” majors among college students today? If you ask college counselors, it’s business degrees. That’s because today’s business degrees cover a wider range of fields … Continue reading What’s Your Major? Working Toward the Uninvented Job →

Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees?

Dave Herholz You can learn anything you want on the Internet, so the adage goes. But even if that’s true, even if it’s now easier than ever to learn about almost any subject online, there are still very few opportunities to gain formal recognition — “credit,” if you will — for informal learning done online. … Continue reading Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees? →

California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books

Every year, the average college student pays about $1,100 for textbooks alone. At this point, most textbooks assigned by college professors average around $150 each. That’s almost the same cost as the course itself at California community colleges. But the free, open-content movement that’s been percolating for the past few years may change all that … Continue reading California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books →

What Colleges Must Do to Stay Relevant

For many Americans, going to college has been the next natural step after graduating from high school. A college degree has served not just as a status symbol, but also proof that graduates have mastered a subject and can put the knowledge they’ve acquired in school to practice. But the value of a college degree … Continue reading What Colleges Must Do to Stay Relevant →

Considering College During a Recession? Think Again.

Flickr:BradleyGee “I’m going back to school.” It’s a common decision when someone wants a job promotion or a career change. And that’s especially the case during an economic downturn. Can’t find a job? Go back to school. More education can mean job re-training, or it can simply mean a time-out from the work world altogether … Continue reading Considering College During a Recession? Think Again. →

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