news roundup

The Friday 4: Your weekly ed-tech rewind

Catch up on the most compelling higher-ed news stories you may have missed this week

Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting news and thought-provoking developments from the past week.

I can’t fit all of this week’s news stories here, though, so feel free to browse eCampus News and read up on other news you may have missed.

This week, we’re focusing on universities’ commitment to providing excellent education, and post-education opportunities, to students. Whether this is through ensuring top-quality online learning programs, making sure academic programs have staying power, or examining reforms to improve processes, the issue is one of great importance any way you look at it.

Read on for more:

edX universities say ‘NO’ to mediocre online learning
At a conference hosted by Harvard and MIT, schools using the open-source edX platform agreed on a common data structure for their online courses, with the goal of facilitating research on how students learn.

5 ways to tell if your college programs will survive the future
Online undergraduate and graduate college programs are growing at 15 percent a year, but will soon be a thing of the past, as will campus-based programs. Both will give way to an agile approach in which the technology and design of a program are indifferent to modality. Courses will be online, on-campus, or a blend of the two; marketing and recruiting will be integrated, as will student support and placement.

4 reinvention best practices from across the pond
According to a new report from the American Council on Education (ACE), there are unique new opportunities as well as challenges for increased innovative higher education collaboration between United States’ and European institutions.

6 reforms that will move “credentialing” away from “learning”
The federal government should adopt policies that separate learning from credentialing to help individuals more effectively demonstrate educational mastery to prospective employers, asserts a tech policy think tank in a new analysis.

Laura Ascione