Universities are not ‘Trade Schools’ but they should prepare students for the workforce

October 11, 2016

Universities Are Not ‘Trade Schools,’ But They Should Prepare Students For the WorkForce

The Washington Post

  • Universities are grappling with the best way to integrate traditional classroom learning and workforce training in the face of changing economic demands. Employers want graduates with work experience and competencies beyond the credential they’ve earned. Meeting all of these demands is a challenge for higher education, but not one that is insurmountable.

Online Education Is Now a Global Market

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • MOOCs may have been overhyped, but their impact is far from over, says Simon Nelson, of the online-learning provider FutureLearn. And traditional colleges have a huge opportunity if they are just willing to think a little differently.

Doubling Down on Innovation for Success

The Chronicle of Higher Innovation

  • Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, discusses how his institution has used a combination of global focus and experiential learning to raise its profile, and how colleges should be preparing students for the job market of tomorrow.

Bootcamps Kicking Us Towards Disruptive Credentials


  • Can we imagine a world where postsecondary providers simultaneously impart the most important technical, cognitive and non-cognitive capabilities sought by employers for entry-level positions across a wide range of professions? The answer is yes for both higher education institutions as well as bootcamps.

Apple is Opening an 'Academy' for Software Developers in Italy

Business Insider

  • The academy, said to be the first of its kind, will reportedly teach up to 200 students how to build apps and launch them on Apple devices by the end of the year. The nine month iOS Developer Academy, will open for business on October 6.

MOOC-Based Credential Options Expand in Online Education

U.S. News

  • After piloting the concept at MIT this year, edX announced partnerships with 14 additional universities around the world last month for 19 new MicroMasters programs. Experts say with the development of the edX and Coursera programs, universities can base admissions decisions off of more than just test scores and GPAs.

Students as Customers? A Path to Losing the Market

The EvoLLLution

  • Is an adult wanting to obtain an academic degree a customer? While higher education institutions should endeavor to create a supportive and flexible environment that facilitate and maximize opportunities for academic success for non-traditional students, defining is as “customer service” goes too far.

Personalized Learning in Project-Based Math Classrooms (Oct. 11)
Rethinking Systems of Assessments and Building Educator Capacity (Oct. 12)
The Future of Educational Materials & the Role of the College Bookstore (Oct. 13)
Classroom-Library Coteaching 4 Student Success (Oct. 13)

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium (Oct. 25-28)
Educause 2016 (Oct. 25-28)
ePIC 2016 - 14th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust, Blockchains (Oct. 26-28)
The 13th Annual Open Education Conference (Nov. 2-4)
National Education Week (Nov. 9-11)
ICERI 2016: 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Nov. 14-16)
DevLearn 2016 (Nov. 16-18)
OEB Online Educa Berlin 2016 (Nov. 30- Dec. 2)
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