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5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013

Chris Proulx, President and CEO of eCornell, makes five predictions about what higher education will look like in 2013: 1. Growth in online education will be particularly strong in the top tier of schools. This will be the year when the top tier of schools launch more online offerings – particularly MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) 2. Expect to see more innovation around ‘flipping the classroom’. Classroom time can be put to better use when lectures are assigned as homework. 3. Next year’s buzz words are ‘hybrid program’. Classes that blend some in-person and some online instruction will come to the fore. 4. The race will be on for a new instructional model. With classroom time freed up (see #2, above), how can we make better use of in-class time to deepen the learning experience? 5. Higher ed costs may start to decrease. . . but not quite yet. Harvard’s Dayna Catropa and Margaret Andrews have added a sixth prediction to Proulx’s list: 6. MOOCs will morph into MOCCs (Mid-Sized Online Closed Courses). Proulx. Chris. “5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013.” Forbes Online, 11 Dec. 2012. Read article »

The 11th President of Smith College

Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and founding board member of edX, has been chosen as Smith College’s 11th president. Like Dartmouth President-elect Hanlon, McCartney will begin her presidency on July 1, 2013. At Harvard McCartney led strategic planning that resulted in an innovative doctorate in education leadership, a three-year tuition-free doctoral program designed in collaboration with faculty from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. The program now attracts 500 candidates to 25 slots. “The 11th President of Smith College.” Smith College Online, 11 Dec. 2012. Read article »

Eugene Lang ‘38 Donates Largest Gift Ever to Swarthmore

To support the recommendations of their 2011 strategic plan, Swarthmore College will enhance their engineering and science facilities with a $50 million donation. Eugene Lang, a self-made businessman who graduated from Swarthmore in 1938, provided the largest financial gift the school has ever received in part to “inspire others to participate in ensuring the purpose and future of Swarthmore as articulated in the strategic plan.” Swarthmore’s strategic plan calls for a “reinterpretation of the liberal arts” that will include extending connections between the College’s engineering program and its other liberal arts disciplines. Nicely, Nancy. “Eugene Lang '38 Donates Largest Gift Ever to Swarthmore,” Swarthmore College News & Events, 8 Dec. 2012. Read article »

Siblings, Not Brothers or Sisters

As part of their strategic plan and in preparation for their bicentennial in 2023, Trinity University is requiring all of its Greek Letter organizations to go coed. A committee of trustees, administrators, faculty, and students made recommendations on Trinity’s social life that amount to “a makeover of Greek life.” The committee found that members of fraternities and sororities at Trinity had, on average, higher rates of drinking and lower grades than the rest of the student population. Among their recommendations is a plan to place all incoming students into one of six residential “houses,” or living/learning-type centers. The move has been met with disapproval by members of Trinity’s Greek houses and some alumni and parents, who see it as an act that, in effect, will lead to the demise of the school’s Greek system. Grasgreen, Allie. “Siblings, Not Brothers or Sisters.” Inside Higher Ed, 30 Nov. 2012. Read article »

A shakeup of higher education

MOOCs are "spurring a shakeup of higher education — with dramatic implications." according to Joseph Aoun, President of Northeastern University. "Most significantly, MOOCs are causing higher education to shift from a vertically integrated model to a horizontally integrated one. For centuries, higher education has been a vertical enterprise: Its core functions — knowledge creation, teaching, testing, and credentialing — all have been housed within colleges and universities. MOOCs disrupt this model by decoupling teaching and learning from the campus on a mass scale." Aoun, Joseph. "A shakeup of higher education." The Boston Globe, 17 Nov. 2012. Read article »

A Business Report on Digital Education

MIT Technology Review explores how the trillion-dollar education business may be impacted by different online offerings in the coming years. MOOCs, online textbooks, language learning through crowdsourcing, and webcam proctoring of exams are highlighted as potentially disruptive technologies. Multiple authors. "Business Report on Digital Education." MIT Technology Review, Jan./Feb. 2013, Vol. 16, No. 1, 61-68. Read article »

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