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Ireland can play major role in online education revolution

Ireland has the chance to be at the centre of an online education revolution if our third-level system champions a glaring opportunity to teach the world, the Independent reports. Pioneered in…

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Why online courses have low retention rates-and how to boost them

Academic leaders are notably more worried about retention rates in online courses now than they were a decade ago. Forty-one percent of chief academic officers say they agree that retaining students…

European Commission wants MOOCs providers to help boost regional web skills

The MOOCs movement has generally lagged in Europe compared to the U.S. But regional providers are being established here in the Old World, such as Berlin-based iversity and the U.K.’s…

University of California’s Napolitano joins skeptics over online courses

University of California President Janet Napolitano on Monday joined a growing chorus of higher education leaders who have expressed skepticism about the use and cost-effectiveness of courses that are offered…

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3 Friday Shortcuts

Welcome to Friday Shortcuts, a round-up of the ed-tech news that didn't make it onto the front page of eCampus News this week.

1. Former Yale president heads to…

MOOConomics and the overhaul of higher education

The rising cost and deteriorating quality of American Education has demanded the media’s spotlight numerous times in the past two decades, The Phoenix reports. Despite recent optimistic reports of rising degree…

EdX founder – sheer numbers means MOOCs will stay relevant

An innovator who is changing the face of higher education as we know it will speak Wednesday at Purdue University, Boiler Station reports. Anant Agarwal is founder and president of edX,…

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10 new, free ed-tech MOOCs for March

With all the MOOCs available today, including the number of platforms and higher-ed institutions offering courses, it’s sometimes difficult to navigate the most credible—and most interesting—MOOCs that can cater to…

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9 reasons why badges are better than degrees

There’s nothing quite hotter at the moment on the higher-ed front than alternative credentialing, and proponents, who once said that digital badges are great ‘supplements’ to a traditional degree, are…

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10 new facts about students and distance education

According to a new analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the current national conception that distance education is “booming,” is an exaggeration,…

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