Unbundling Higher Ed | Best universities in the world 2017 | The state of undergraduate education

September 27, 2016

Unbundling and Rebundling: The Lasting Impact of Alternative Credentialing on Higher Ed

The EvoLLLution

  • Alternative credentials are changing the face of the higher education space. Colleges and universities are in a position of having to reflect upon their core product, and how that offering might evolve over time. In this interview, Michael Horn shares his thoughts on how this alternative credential trend is likely to reshape the postsecondary space.

Best Universities in the World 2017

Times Higher Education

  • This year’s list of the best universities in the world is led by a UK university for the first time in the 12-year history of the table; the University of Oxford is the world’s number one university, knocking five-time champion Caltech into second place. The results are calculated using 13 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook.

The State of Undergraduate Education

Inside Higher Ed

  • More Americans are attending college than ever before but a few of them actually have a college degree (only 40 percent of students complete a bachelor’s degree in four years). The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education released its first report, "The Primer on the College Student Journey" using data to lay out a broad picture of students at today's two- and four-year colleges.

LinkedIn Launches Learning Portal With Biz, Tech, & Creative Pathways

Getting Smart

  • The word “Learning” showed up in the toolbar line of LinkedIn, the professional profile site with 450 million users. With this new learning portal LinkedIn (which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion) has fully integrated the learning videos site. The ambitious site with more than 9,000 videos aims to meet the professional learning needs of individuals, businesses, and even HigherEd institutions.

Research Universities Partner on Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Campus Technology

  • The University of California San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University will work together on a new biomedical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Aimed at “advancing human potential and promoting equality,” the center has already initiated two ambitious projects – one of which involves a $3 billion investment over the next 10 years to cure, prevent or manage all diseases.

Online ‘Micro-Master’s’ Programs Extend Their Reach

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • The "micro-master’s" online degree is gaining momentum. More than a dozen institutions, including big names like Columbia and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, announced plans to offer an alternative credential, the MicroMasters, with new paths to a master’s degree and today's top jobs.

Inspiring Imagination and Innovation: Coding Bootcamps in the Postsecondary Environment

The EvoLLLution

  • The traditional models are slowly being recognized as outdated and students are demanding more: more variety, more service, more relevance, more opportunity. In this interview, Jean Floten reflects on the value coding bootcamps bring to the table and shares her thoughts on whether higher education leaders should consider coding bootcamps, and other alternative education providers, a threat.

Shaken By Economic Change, 'Non-Traditional' Students Are Becoming The New Normal


  • A growing number of enrolling students are older, working, have a family -– or all three. Nearly half of those enrolled in higher ed today are so-called "non-traditional" students. One quarter of all students are over the age of 30. The increase is driven mostly by tough financial realities and a changing economy. These realities underscore how outdated the term "non-traditional student" really is.

Designing Your Classroom to Prepare Students for 2020 and Beyond (Sept. 27)
How to implement project-based learning in a blended model: 6 best practices for student success (Sept. 27)
Leading a Literacy Culture (Sept. 27)
Tips to Creating a Project-Based Blended Classroom (Sept. 27)
Using Basic Classroom Materials to Inspire the Next Century of Innovators (Sept. 28)
A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues (Sept. 29)
Seeking a Competitive Advantage (Sept. 29)

2nd Annual Next Generation Learning Spaces Asia 2016 (Sept. 27-28)
World Maker Faire 2016 (Oct. 1-2)
Genius Network 2016 (Oct. 3-4)
Close It Summit 2016 (Oct. 4-6)
DML - Digital Media and Learning Conference 2016 (Oct. 5-7)
Learning with MOOCs 2016 (Oct. 6-7)
Exponential Medicine 2016 (Oct. 8-11)
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)
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