MicroBachelors: the new edX credentials

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“We need a more interdisciplinary education that allows students to graduate with transversal competencies”
Colleen Silva-Hayden, Assistant Director of University Innovation at Harvard University, LASPAU, spoke with the Observatory about the challenges facing universities, the role teachers and students in the future of education,alternative credentials and interdisciplinary education

MicroBachelors: the new edX credentials
The online educational platform maintains its objective of reinventing higher education with the development of a new online program calledMicroBachelors. Although the program has not yet been formally launched, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, announced that these programs will be modular and flexible and will cover 25 to 50% of a conventional bachelor degree. 

A bachelor's degree in the humanities can also lead to a successful career
A new report belies the hackneyed stereotype of humanities students as a group destined to underemployment. The report reveals that the wage gapbetween the humanities and other fields, such as business and engineering, isreduced over time

Do students want a college degree just to make more money?
A recent study conducted by Gallup and Strada Education revealed the main reason why students aspire to have a degree. Is it to learn something new? To shape a better world? or is it just to earn more money? The survey taken by 200,000 adults from more than 3000 post-secondary institutions in the US, revealed that the main reason for studying a career is to have a good job.

Paying MOOC students are on the rise
The pursuit of alternative credentials is on the rise. Platforms like Udacity, edX and Coursera are maturing, and the job market is starting to recognize their certifications. The leading MOOC search engine platform, Class Central, reported MOOC consumption statistics in 2017, and results show anincreasing paid course enrollment

What we are reading

  • Lawrence Bacow Will Be Next Harvard President
    The son of immigrants and former president of Tufts University, Bacow will succeed Drew Faust. (Inside Higher Ed)

  • Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses
    Harvard and the MIT are jointly offering a new course on the ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence. (The New York Times)

  • The 10 Grand Challenges Facing Robotics in the Next Decade
    10 grand challenges that could have major impact in the next 5 to 10 years. (SingularityHub)

  • Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook—and the World
    How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all. (Wired)

  • Berklee College Expands Online, to Graduate Degrees
    The Berklee College of Music is expanding its online degree offerings adding graduate programs to its digital offerings. (The New York Times)

  • How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management
    What does cloud computing allow us to do differently, and how will that change the way we do things in the future? (Harvard Business Review)