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Three New States Join the National State Authorizaton Reciprocity Agreement

Posted: 10/17/2014 - 11:28 AM

from NC-Sara
October 17, 2014

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) announced that Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia are the first states from that higher education compact to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

These states join Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota and Washington as members of SARA.

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Coursera Expands Specializations

Posted: 10/17/2014 - 10:50 AM

from Inside Higher Education
October 16, 2014

Coursera, the massive open online course provider, has announced 18 new specialization certificates offered by their university partners.  Those certificates are in areas ranging from digital marketing to healthcare informatics.  Students complete the MOOCs and receive a Verified Specialization Certificate.  Since January, 1.5 million students have taken MOOCs - 60% have culminated in a Specialization Certifica...
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Online and In Control

Posted: 10/10/2014 - 09:20 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
October 10, 2014
By Paul Fain

Adaptive learning technologies in higher education have focused mainly on the use of data to personalize student learn...
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Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources

Posted: 10/10/2014 - 08:15 AM

from Campus Technology
by Dian Schaffhauser
August 27, 2014

Low-cost, high-quality textbooks may once have been a myth, but no longer: Open educational resources provide a wide variety of free learning content for practically any subject. Campus Technology asked three OER enthusiasts for their favorite tips and tools.

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U.S. online-education company Udacity raises $35 million for 'nanodegrees'

Posted: 9/25/2014 - 04:42 PM

Udacity - the MOOC provider founded by Sebastian Thrun - has found it's niche in 'nanodegrees'.  These are credentials that will take less time and money to acquire - and they have raised the capital to get moving.

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Free Online Course Catalog

Posted: 9/24/2014 - 04:56 PM

Class Central provides a listing of all free online courses available - along with a MOOC report the first week of each month listing all the massive open online courses starting that month.

View it at:

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Umbrella Group Backs Unbundling

Posted: 9/11/2014 - 08:50 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
September 11, 2014
by Paul Fain

The American Council on Education anno...
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How to Search for Open Educational Resources Infographic

Posted: 8/12/2014 - 05:06 PM

from the University of Texas Center for OER and Language Learning

A tutorial on how to find and select OER that could be useful to newbies and OER advocates.

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Shrinking Cal State Online

Posted: 8/8/2014 - 02:45 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Carl Straumsheim
July 22, 2014

Less than two years after the Califo...
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Evaluating Your College's Readiness for Technology Adoption

Posted: 8/8/2014 - 01:58 PM

By: Melinda Mechur Karp & Jeffrey Fletcher

The Community College Research Center has designed a Readiness for Technology Adoption (RTA) tool to help colleges identify steps needed to engage in prior to successful deployment of any technology related reform.  The RTA tool looks at four areas of readiness and provides a rubric to help identify areas of need.  Knowing the areas of concern can increase the likelihood of a successful ado...
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Fall 2012 US Distance Education Enrollment: Now viewable by each state

Posted: 7/21/2014 - 08:53 AM

See report for Michigan and all other states at:

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Net Neutrality Offensive

Posted: 7/16/2014 - 11:04 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
July 11, 2014
By Carl Straumsheim

16 OER Sites for More Engaged Learning

Posted: 7/9/2014 - 11:17 PM

from Campus Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser
July 2, 2014

Open educational resources can not only help students save money in textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in various courses.

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Ed-Tech Companies Oppose U.S. Agency’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

Posted: 7/2/2014 - 10:09 AM



from The Chronicle - Wired Campus Blog
July 2, 2014
by Lawrence Biemiller

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to allow companies to pay an extra fee to have their content delivered faster over the Internet has many in education concerned.  Businesses are now weighing in - including four educational-technology businesses that see this as a way to further divide the haves from the h...
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Education Department Again Delays ‘State Authorization’ Rule

Posted: 6/27/2014 - 01:06 PM
from Inside Higher Ed
June 24, 2014

The Under Secretary of Education, Ted Mitchell, announced that the Department would not meet a November 1st deadline to develop new rules on state authori...
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