Category Archives: policy

Advising in a New Media World — The Next Frontier

As education is increasingly mediated through technology, how can we provide a model for advising that can keep pace?  In a related discussion on pedagogy, the structure of the opportunity was framed by Terry Anderson and Jon Dron: McLuhan 1964 … Continue reading

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Chronicle Profiles 12 Tech Innovators in HigherEd

Among the 12 tech innovators honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Candace Thille at Carnegie Mellon University stands out for the real pact she is having on the higher education model. Her work is improving education quality by using … Continue reading

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Peer Certification via “Open Badges” Attracting Attention from MIT, Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Eduction takes a look at this rising popularity of “Open Badges” for certification.  MIT has been an active supporter, as well as the MacArthur Foundation, but according to the Chronicle, But the biggest push for badges … Continue reading

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Will Open Education Turn the Corner in 2012?

The “open revolution” in higher education — much anticipated in 2010 — finally began taking root in 2011.  Some observers, including Paul Stacey at BC have anointed 2011  “The Year of Open”: It’s not just publications, research, theses and other … Continue reading

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MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT accelerates the online course arms race among elite universities.  Starting in spring 2012, students who participate in MIT’s free online courses will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion from MIT: Millions of learners have enjoyed the … Continue reading

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California Evaluating an “Education Bill of Rights”

An unbelievable statistic from http://www.gettingsmart.com, the recently relaunched blog by Tom Vander Ark; “More than one million high school students in California – upwards of 50% — attend schools that do not offer sufficient courses for admission to [California] state … Continue reading

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Education Leaders: John King

NY Times provides a great profile on Dr. John B. King, Jr. on the occasion of his appointment as New York State Education Commissioner. via New York Names New State Education Commissioner – NYTimes.com. Related articles John King, Jr. appointed … Continue reading

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Federal Regulation and Distance Learning

For anyone tracking the impact of the Higher Education Opportunity Act on distance learning, I highly recommend this resource from WICHE. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been a model for inter-state cooperation…and a leading innovator on … Continue reading

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