A New College-Rating System Minus the Ratings

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Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
June 30, 2015
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Education Department Now Plans a College-Rating System Minus the Ratings
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The U.S. Department of Education has retreated from its controversial plan to create a giant college-ratings system. Instead, by late summer the department is now promising to produce a customizable, consumer-oriented website that won’t include any evaluations of colleges but will contain "more data than ever before." 
  • The new system will allow students and others to compare colleges "on whatever measures are important to them," said Jamienne S. Studley, deputy under secretary of education. The intention is to give students, families, policy makers, and others the kind of information that would allow them to "compare college costs and outcomes."
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Keywords: higher education, universities, college-ratings system
Blended Learning Emerges as a Leading Trend in Education Technology
The Hechinger Report
  • The annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report’s K-12 2015 Edition, that provides insight into digital learning trends, named blended learning as a key topic to watch in the next two years. The trends included in the report were selected by 56 experts from 22 countries.
  • Two teaching and learning trends expected to accelerate the use of educational technology in classrooms in a year or two, the report said, were the use of blended learning and STEAM (an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.
  • Sometimes called hybrid learning, blended learning enables educators to pursue a variety of instructional models. Ideally, the technology allows the teacher to make the most of face-to-face time with students, leaving some more routine learning tasks to the computer. 
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Keywords: blended learning, K12, educational trends, edtech
The Relationship Between Student Debt and College Completion
Center for American Progress
  • The District of Columbia is the student debt capital of America. At nearly $41,000, the average student loan burden for someone living in Washington, D.C., is $10,000 higher than in any other state. Yet, the nation’s capital is also the most educated state or territory in America. 
  • The major issue is whether students who borrowed completed their education. Data bear out this assertion. Borrowers who earn a degree are much less likely to default on their loans than those who do not, and dropouts represent an estimated 60 percent of all people who default on their loans.
  • The rise of student debt represents the undoing of affordable higher education. While this is a legitimate problem, debt itself is not inherently bad if it allows students to earn high-quality degrees and credentials that they could not otherwise afford. It is only when loan debt is viewed through the lens of college completion that the bigger picture of where it is truly worrying emerges.
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Keywords: higher education, college debt, United States of America, economy
Purdue Polytechnic High School to Provide STEM Pipeline
Purdue University News
  • Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced the university’s plan to open Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, an educational experience designed to provide a bridge for inner-city students and others to succeed in high school and to be admitted directly to Purdue University. 
  • Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School will have a STEM-based curriculum. The first two years will encompass problem- and project-based learning focused on STEM subjects with a connection between those subjects and real-world challenges.
  • Students entering 11th grade will select a specific pathway to master skills, earn college credit and gain industry credentials while learning in the high school classroom and in the workplace. In the 12th grade, students will complete an internship of their chosen pathway.
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Keywords: Purdue University, high school, STEM, project-based learning
Tear Down This Wall! A New Architecture for Blended Learning Success
  • To maximize the benefits of blended learning, we’ll need to rethink not just the system architecture of schooling, but also the physical architecture of schools themselves. Since blended-learning schools leverage multiple modes of learning, their spatial needs differ.
  • Blended-learning “habitats” look nothing like their predecessors. In a blended-learning environment, students are continually rotating between activities in a single space as they engage with a myriad of topics. It is much less passive than a traditional classroom. Consequently, programming a blended-learning school is a four-dimensional exercise where time and space must be tightly integrated.
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Keywords: blended learning, architecture, learning spaces
Harvard, MIT Presidents Share Lessons From Online Learning Experiment
WGBH's On Campus
  • Three years ago, Harvard University and MIT embarked on a unique experiment when they launched a nonprofit called edX. The start-up promised a free online education, with university-level classes for anyone living anywhere across the globe. The Takeaway talked with Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard, and Rafael Reif, the president of MIT, about the most important lessons they have learned from their pioneering venture.
  • “So far we have invested a great deal more in creating these courses than we have generated in anyway from them,” says Faust. But the platform has provided valuable insights about how students learn, according to Faust. Far from replacing brick-and-mortar colleges, edX has improved teaching methods and instruction for students enrolled in traditional residential programs, she says.
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs, edX, Harvard, MIT
Americans View Quality of Two-Year, Four-Year Colleges Similarly
  • Americans are about as likely to rate the quality of education that community colleges offer as "excellent" or "good" (66%) as they are to rate four-year colleges this positively (70%). Americans are about half as likely to rate the quality of Internet-based college programs as excellent or good (36%). These results are based on a June 2-7 Gallup poll.  
  • Gallup has found that though it may be harder to gain acceptance into and afford four-year colleges and universities, Americans view the quality of education they provide as no better than that of community colleges. 
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Keywords: higher education, polls, United States of America
MIT is Trying a New Strategy to Increase Employee Happiness and Productivity
Business Insider
  • Much of the concern about robots centers around the idea that they're stealing our jobs. But at the MIT, robots are helping people keep their jobs — and do them better. For the past year, the executive education program at MIT's Sloan School of Management has been letting its 35 employees work remotely at least two days a week.
  • On the days when employees aren't in the office, they have the option of using a robot to make them feel like they're physically present among their coworkers. The idea came from Peter Hirst, Ph.D., the program's executive director, who explained that even the most advanced videoconferencing technology couldn't replicate the experience of walking around the office.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MITRemotely

Keywords: technology, MIT, employee productivity, remote workers
3 Ways Colleges Are Working to Improve Online Learning
U.S. News
  • Some programs are using innovative methods to foster an online educational experience that is more supportive, engaging, and responsive to student demands. 
  • Among those tactics are the use of big, integrated data and analytics to help identify and support struggling students, the creation of research bodies devoted to studying online learning methods, and the development of collaborative relationships with virtual student clubs and associations.
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Keywords: online education, online learning
Open EdX Now Available From Amazon Web Services Marketplace
Campus Technology
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/OpenedXAmazon

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, Open edX, Amazon
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