Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
April 28, 2015
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Arizona State and edX Will Offer Online Freshman Year Through MOOCs
Inside Higher Ed
  • Arizona State University, in partnership with edX, this fall will begin to offer credit-bearing massive open online courses at a fraction of the cost of either in-person or traditional online education.
  • Anyone can register for and take the MOOCs for free, but those who pay a $45 fee to verify their identity can at the end of each course decide if they want to pay the university a separate, larger fee to earn academic credit for their work. The university has agreed to charge students taking the MOOCs no more than $200 per credit hour.
  • By fall 2016, ASU anticipates it will offer enough MOOCs so that students can complete their entire freshman year online through what edX and the university are calling the Global Freshman Academy. "There are no admissions requirements -- no SAT scores, no GPAs, no recommendation letters,” edX CEO Anant Agarwal said in an interview. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FreshmanYearMOOCs

Keywords: MOOCs, Online Education, ASU, edX
The Catch in Arizona State’s Low-Cost Freshman Year Online: No Aid
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The vast majority of students taking MOOCs already hold college degrees. And that is something that edX is focused on changing with the partnership with Arizona State. But the real question is perhaps more fundamental: Can the online format work for underserved students?
  • Indeed, the challenge facing the new effort will be to do something that MOOCs have so far failed to achieve — creating a lower-cost pathway to help more people complete college. 
  • Many observers see plenty of obstacles for ASU, chief among them that students using the approach will not be eligible for federal financial aid. Officials at the university acknowledge that students in the program will not qualify for financial aid because of a quirk of federal aid rules. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheCatchASUedX

Keywords: MOOCs, Online Education, ASU, edX
French President F. Hollande Announces Unlimited Access to OpenClassrooms for All Jobseekers
  • French President François Hollande made a new announcement on the occasion of his State visit to Switzerland: As of September 2015, all jobseekers in France will have free access to the Premium services of OpenClassrooms, including online courses, MOOCs, eBooks, as well as unlimited access to certifications.
  • By promoting access to career oriented and certified training resources, the government is looking to facilitate job transitions and skill development to meet the demand for qualified profiles in sectors such as the digital industry.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/OpenClassroomHollande

Keywords: Online Education, MOOCs
University of Akron Offers Online Intro Classes at Reduced Price
Education News
  • The University of Akron is cutting tuition fees on several of its general education courses as part of its GenEd pilot initiative. With over a 80% reduction in tuition fees, students can enroll in online classes for as low as $50 per credit hour. 
  • The proposed discount will be on general education courses such as Math, Sociology, Arts and Humanities, Communication and composition. The courses will be based on the blended learning approach which includes online instruction and classroom visits combined with experiential learning.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/UAOnlineCourses

Keywords: Online Education, Blended learning
College for the Masses
The New York Times
  • Back then, a high school education was the new ticket to the middle class. Today, a college education is. Affluent, middle-class and lower-income parents alike, in overwhelming numbers, aspire for their children to finish college.
  • In two new studies, researchers tracked thousands of people over the last two decades in Florida, Georgia and elsewhere who had fallen on either side of hard admissions cutoffs. And the studies have come to remarkably similar conclusions: Enrolling in a four-year college brings large benefits to marginal students.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CollegeMasses

Keywords: Higher Education, Studies
'Most Likely To Succeed': Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize
The Huffington Post
  • The documentary, "Most Likely to Succeed," delivers a message Americans need to hear, and desperately: our schools are failing our children, leaving them unable to think critically and contribute to an innovation economy. 
  • The educational system is broken, says Larry Rosenstock, founding principal and CEO of High Tech High, a network of schools upending the current framework in California. High Tech High's schools strive to foster creative problem-solving with a multidisciplinary curriculum. In lieu of tests, students present collaborative projects that require artistic vision, mathematical prowess and historical understanding. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MosLikelySucceed

Keywords: Education, Innovation, Documentary
Wearable Teaching? College to Experiment With Apple Watch as Learning Tool
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • On Monday researchers at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus announced that they would be among the first to test the device’s usefulness in the classroom. The experiment will begin this summer, with eight Apple Watches the university purchased for the project.
  • "What we’re looking at in this particular research is how can we use wearable technologies like the Apple Watch to help students think about and reflect about how they learn," said Kyle Bowen, director of education-technology services at Penn State.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/PennUAppleWatch

Keywords: Technology, Gadgets, Wearables
College “Bait and Switch”
The Hechinger Report
  • Delia Garcia breathed a sigh of relief when she got news that she’d been given enough financial aid to nearly cover the cost of tuition for her first year at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Then the money stopped. 
  • “They’re using financial aid as a recruiting tool,” says Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president at Edvisors. Financial aid often declines after freshman year. This little-known practice threatens graduation rates, raises debt, say experts. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BaitandSwitch

Keywords: Higher Education, Financial aid
It Takes Courage to Make Schools Better
  • Making one's school better requires honest conversation, and that requires courage. Having these conversations with even a small number of your colleagues almost invariably leads to improvements in the school climate, better experiences for students, and better outcomes. Check out these questions and conversation starters that can be used in faculty meetings or as a professional development activity. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/Takescourage

Keywords: School Leadership, Professional development, School climate
Higher Ed and “The End of Power”
Inside Higher Ed
  • You may have heard about the The End of Power as the first book in Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook book club.  Don’t let this development dissuade you from reading this book. The people that would benefit most from reading this book are presidents, provosts, deans, VPs, and anyone else toiling away in the gardens of elite higher education.  If you are running a high status institution of higher learning, and you are not worried about the future of your institution, then you are not paying attention. The End of Power will disrupt your equanimity. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheEndPower

Keywords: Higher Education, Management, Leadership, Books
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