Community colleges and universities are offering online college classes developed by textbook companies, writes Gabriel Kahn on Slate. Faculty members can modify the courses, but usually don’t. This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online […]
Online competency-based education is the most “disruptive” innovation in higher education, write Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen in Hire Education. Online competency-based providers create cost-effective, adaptable pathways to the workforce by breaking learning into competencies rather than courses, they write. The fusion of modularization with mastery-based learning is the key to understanding how […]
“The college of the future is going to need to be more like this,” says Chris Bustamente, president of Arizona’s Rio Salado College. The college — known for its online courses — is trying a “full slate of innovations, all at once,” writes Jon Marcus on the Hechinger Report. There are 600 courses that start on […]
College for America, an online degree program designed for working adults gives credits for competency, reports PBS NewsHour tonight.
Should students loans be available for job training?Accreditation is a higher ed cartel, argues Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, on The Federalist. He proposes letting states accredit alternative postsecondary programs, such as job training, apprenticeships, hybrid on-campus/on-the-job models and distance-learning options. People seeking skills — but not necessarily a degree — could assemble the education […]
Can Khan Academy help community college students learn algebra? With a $3 million U.S. Department of Education grant, WestEd will evaluate the effectiveness of Khan Academy’s resources for developmental math students at 36 California community colleges. Khan Academy is a free, Internet-based learning environment that includes instructional videos, adaptive problem sets, and tools for teachers to […]
Via EdTech Magazine.
Nashua Community College (NCC) and Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America will partner on an advanced manufacturing program that will blend online and competency-based learning, reports AP. The Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design program will create a path for students to move from a certificate in advanced manufacturing to an associate degree in precision […]
A low-cost, online “NanoDegree” earned in six to 12 months could revolutionize higher education, writes Eduardo Porter in the New York Times. AT&T created the new credential with Udacity, the online education company founded by Stanford Professor Sebastian Thrun. For $200 a month, it is intended to teach anyone with a mastery of high school math […]
Starbucks workers will be able to study for a free online bachelor’s degree via Arizona State University, reports the New York Times. Employees anywhere in the U.S. are eligible if they work at least 20 hours a week. Starbucks will pay ASU Online’s full tuition for a barista with at least two years of college credit. […]