education's digital future


College for a new age

Kevin Carey has a 4-year-old girl. Carey, the director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, has been thinking about the role of universities in American life for virtually his entire career. But after his daughter was born, that thinking took on a new urgency.

“All of a sudden there is a mental clock,” he told me the other day. “How am I going to pay for her college education? I wanted to write a book that asked, ‘What will college be like when my daughter is ready to go?’ ”

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Ed-tech accelerator to help start-ups bring solutions to market

The educational-technology market is flooded with companies that say their products will “disrupt” or “revolutionize” how faculty and administrators work and students learn. To cut through the noise, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education is launching an ed-tech accelerator that will help start-ups bring their solutions to the market -- if the product lives up to the company’s claims.

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Some of the country's most rigorous research universities have a new obsession: flexibility

Some of the country’s most rigorous research universities have a new obsession: flexibility. As the institutions contemplate a more modular future, experiments with blended learning may provide an early glimpse at their plans.

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In-flight MOOCs, coming to JetBlue

The massive open online course provider Coursera is taking cloud-based education to its most literal interpretation yet. Coursera's users will soon be able to watch 10 educational videos while flying on JetBlue as part of the airline's Fly-Fi onboard wireless internet service. In a blog post, Coursera said JetBlue will offer content from the Berklee School of Music and the Universities of Edinburgh and Pennsylvania, among other partners. The service should be available on any JetBlue flight by the end of the year.

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UC administrators and California governor clash over tuition hikes

University of California administrators are prepared to raise tuition 27 percent by the end of the decade, despite the objections of students and the state’s popular governor.

The debate over the increases for the 10-campus system’s 244,000 students has set up a showdown between the state’s politicians, the Board of Regents and students.

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Education without states

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MOOC U: the revolution isn't over

Three years ago, this headline appeared in The New York Times: "Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course." We all know the rest of the story. When the artificial-intelligence class at Stanford University started that fall, 160,000 students in 190 countries had signed up, touching off MOOC mania on campuses around the world.

Massive open online courses were heralded as the invention that would disrupt higher education’s expensive business model and would become the next big innovation in the tech world. By the end of 2012, the Times declared it "the year of the MOOC."

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MOOC provider gets into college counseling

The providers of massive open online courses mostly cater to adults who already went to college. Now one provider, edX, is setting its sights on high-school students who are trying to get in.

The nonprofit organization just announced a raft of free, online courses for high-school students. Most of the new MOOCs cover material from Advanced Placement courses in traditional disciplines. But one course, called “The Road to Selective College Admissions,” will aim to counsel students on how to produce a successful college application.

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what the future holds for efforts to use technology to "flip" the classroom

This month's edition of The Pulse podcast looks at what the future holds for efforts to use technology to "flip" the classroom.

The podcast is the second of a two-part series on the 2014 Horizon Report. In the first part, Rodney B. Murray, the host of The Pulse, discussed the trends in eLearning pedagogy.

The Pulse is Inside Higher Ed's monthly technology podcast, produced by Murray, executive director of the office of academic technology at University of the Sciences....

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Stanford Online courses from all parts of campus are reaching millions of learners globally

Online education is changing the way we learn, where we learn and how we think of higher education. Stanford Online is pioneering advances in teaching and learning at Stanford – and beyond – as its new report, "2013 in Review," describes.

The 32-page document reveals the explosive growth at Stanford Online – 1.9 million people from almost every country in the world have registered for one or more courses, and learners have spent more than 4 million hours engaging with Stanford Online courses since the fall of 2012.

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