How Online College Classes Alter Student and Professor Performance

October 27, 2015

Changing Distributions: How Online College Classes Alter Student and Professor Performance

Stanford CEPA

  • Online college courses are a rapidly expanding feature of higher education, yet little research identifies their effects.
  • Using data from DeVry University, this study finds that, on average, online course-taking reduces student learning by one-third to one-quarter of a standard deviation compared to conventional in-person classes.
  • The study also found that taking a course online also reduces student learning in future courses and persistence in college.
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Keywords: online education, student success, higher ed

Can a New Coalition of Elite Schools Reshape College Admissions?

The New York Times

  • The coalition wants ninth grade students to be able to upload videos, photos and written work to a portfolio, called a virtual college locker. Selected items from the portfolio could be added to a college application.
  • But some criticism has gone to the very heart of the program: that drawing 14-year-olds into admissions tasks will make a stressful process more so.
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Keywords: higher education, college admissions

How to Update College Admissions Requirements So that High Schools Have More Freedom to Innovate

The Synapse

  • Most colleges and universities were well-intentioned in requiring that high school students take 4 years of English, Math, Social Studies and Science and 2 years of Foreign Language. But as we move forward into the innovation age, these requirements are stifling innovation at the high school level.
  • What if students simply submit a 2–3 page digital resume of their accomplishments and learning in high school with links to their best work samples? What if that digital resume was their LinkedIn page where a timeline of work, endorsements on skills and recommendations by mentors/peers are already built in?
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Keywords: high school, college admissions

Obama Wants Students To Stop Taking Unnecessary Tests


  • President Obama and the Department of Education released a Testing Action Plan, calling on states to cut back on "unnecessary testing" that consumes "too much instructional time" and creates "undue stress for educators and students."
  • "I hear from parents who rightly worry about too much testing, and from teachers who feel so much pressure to teach to a test that it takes the joy out of teaching and learning both for them and for the students. I want to fix that," said President Obama.
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Keywords: k12, standardized tests, education

Moving Innovation in Education Forward

U.S. Department of Education

  • Start-ups are one of the most exciting parts of today’s economy. They foster entrepreneurship, experimentation and innovation. Yet in education, we routinely struggle to lean into educators’ innovative instincts.
  • What if we celebrated great schools the same way that we celebrate great start-ups? The Department of Education is partnering with Medium to launch a series of conversations centered on innovation and education.
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Keywords: innovation, education, Arne Duncan

Bootcamps No Longer Outside Scope for Higher Education Institutions

The Evolllution

  • Bootcamps and other non-institutional higher education providers have taken the postsecondary industry by storm in recent years. Bootcamps’ responsiveness to employer market demands is difficult for higher education institutions to replicate, which is evidenced by the skills gap.
  • In response to this scenario, Northeastern University decided to launch its own bootcamp called Level, which will provide data analytics education to working professionals.
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Keywords: bootcamps, postsecondary education, higher education, Nick Ducoff

Report on Competencies Sought by Employers

Inside Higher Ed

  • A new report from the Committee on Economic Development examines which competencies employers find essential in the workers they want to hire, as well as which competencies are in short supply.
  • The report found more than 90 percent of business leaders found problem solving and the ability to work with others of diverse backgrounds the most important competencies for their organizations. The survey also revealed that critical thinking and problem solving are both essential skills, but also the hardest to find among applicants.
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Keywords: competencies, skills, higher education, employers

A Decade Ago, The Chronicle Envisioned Higher Education in 2015. How’d We Do?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • In 2005 The Chronicle undertook a reporting experiment to predict the state of higher education 10 years in the future. Looking at the decade-old predictions in hindsight reveals missed opportunities, bad choices, and, in some cases, higher education’s glacial pace of change.
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Keywords: higher education, predictions, future of education

No Student Is an Island: Improving Outcomes With Blended Learning (Oct 28)
Where Digital Badges Work Better (Nov 2)

Conferences and Events
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2015 (Oct 27-30)
The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (Oct 29-30)
EmTech 2015 (Nov 2 - 4)

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