Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future

January 5, 2016

Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future

The New York Times

  • Ten years ago, it may have sufficed to offer a few entrepreneurship courses and workshops, but undergraduates now expect universities to teach them how to convert their ideas into business or nonprofit ventures. As a result, colleges have become engaged in an innovation arms race.
  • Yet campus entrepreneurship fever is encountering skepticism among some academics who say that start-up programs are simply parroting an “innovate and disrupt” Silicon Valley mind-set and promoting narrow skill sets without encouraging students to tackle more complex problems.
Read more: http://bit.ly/TheHERace

Keywords: higher education, startups, entrepreneurship, leadership

The New College Degree: In an Unbundled World, Curation is King


  • The college degree, as a measure of workforce readiness, faces unprecedented skepticism. But employers still value degrees because the experiences universities curate can signal professional disposition, higher-level critical thinking and disciplined time management.
  • So what does a curated degree of the future look like? The success of the “coding bootcamps”, with their immersive-curated programs, may provide a window into this future. General Assembly, for instance, curates academic pathways that cultivate non-cognitive capabilities in addition to teaching technical skills.
  • The university-curator of the future will embrace the role of curator, translator and intermediary, helping students to not only identify the competencies that matter but also to discover the most efficient pathway to acquire the “bundle” that employers seek.
Read more: http://bit.ly/NewCollegeDegree

Keywords: higher education, skills, coding bootcamps

MOOCs: International Credit Transfer System Edges Closer

Times Higher Education

  • Six universities: Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich, the Australian National University, the University of Queensland, the University of British Columbia, and Boston University are set to pilot a global credit transfer system that will allow students to use courses taken online to count towards their degrees.
  • Similar to the European Credit Transfer System, this Mooc credit transfer system would enable students to take modules with a number of institutions, whose marks could be put towards a degree programme.
Read more: http://bit.ly/InternationalMOOCs

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, credentials

What Will Doctoral Education Look Like in 2025?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Today graduate school is gripped in a vise. One jaw of that vise is the ever-tightening academic job market, and the other jaw is the increasing corporatization of the academy.
  • Some predictions and hopes for the future of Ph.D. training are: the possibility of a more flexible dissertation requirement; that the lab-centered, grant-driven model will be put into question; and that doctoral programs in the sciences replace more research grants with training grants (which emphasize teaching).
Read more: http://bit.ly/DoctoralEdu2025

Keywords: graduate education, predictions, PhD, academy

3 College Trends the Class of 2021 Should Expect

U.S. News

  • For students who are about to begin applying to college, there are several emerging trends that may have a significant impact on the application process and the overall college experience.
  • These developments mirror shifts in the larger world that emphasize personal expression and individuality. Here are three to watch out for: Specialized degrees, personalized learning, and a changing role of social media in the admissions process.
Read more: http://bit.ly/AdmissionsTrends2016

Keywords: college admissions, personalized learning, social media, trends

MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers


  • More people signed up for MOOCs in 2015 than they did in the first three years of the “modern” MOOC movement. In 2015, 1,800 new courses were announced, taking the total number of courses to 4,200 and the total number of students who signed up for at least one course has crossed 35 million.
  • In 2016, we can expect to see a lot more credentials and credits. But as MOOC providers try to aggressively monetize, critical components of the learning experience will no longer be free.
Read more: http://bit.ly/MOOCsin2015

Keywords: online education, MOOCs

5 Tech Trends that Could Supercharge Education in 2016

Campus Technology

  • The technologies of tomorrow are already being tested in select classrooms today, laying the seeds for the future of how students could learn. We’ve reviewed a few of these trends through the lens of how they could affect classrooms in both K–12 and higher education.
  • In short, these trends are: Virtual Reality (VR) adds new dimension to learning; the 3D printing's audience is on track for growth; the Internet of Things (IoT) finds its place; wearables go mainstream; and tech is going to become smarter and more interactive.
Read more: http://bit.ly/5EdTechTrends2016

Keywords: technology, education, trends, virtual reality, internet of things, 3d printing

5 Higher Ed Trends to Watch in 2016

Education DIVE

  • The explosion of competency-based education development that we saw in 2014 is going to reach many new classrooms in 2016. Administrators will find new ways to use predictive analytics to improve student outcomes. Accreditation reform may actually be decided in 2016. And, competition from alternative providers such as coding bootcamps, will continue to challenge traditional higher ed.
Read more: http://bit.ly/5HE2016trends

Keywords: higher education, trends

Education in 2015 Visualized

The Atlantic

  • Here are some of the visuals from around the Internet this past year that helped visualize what mattered—student debt, early-childhood education, regional inequality in schools, campus protests, and so on—in a way that was engaging and provocative.
Read more: http://bit.ly/Educationin2015

Keywords: education issues, infographics

Conferences and Events
TransformingEDU CES 2016 (Jan 6-9)
FETC 2016 - Future of Education Technology Conference (Jan 12-15)
Bett (Excel London) (Jan 20-23)
TCEA 2016 Annual Convention and Exposition (Feb 1-5)
SXSWedu (Mar 7-10)
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