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Competency-based online program at Kentucky's community colleges | Inside Higher Ed

"Kentucky's two-year colleges have added competency and self-paced elements to online offerings for working adults, proving "disruptive" approaches can work for, rather than against, colleges."

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Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online

Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A Web-based education need not involve never leaving the house. Who'll be first to offer the best networking amenities?

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Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interesting interview:


"KH: Your most recent report, and the subject of an upcoming conference, is international branch campuses (IBCs). What are the factors driving the growth of IBC's?


WL: The main drivers identified in our 2009 were: access to a portion of the international student market that do not wish to or cannot afford to study abroad, the revenues associated with that new market, prestige: visibility as an international institution with global ambitions, opportunities for student and staff mobility between campuses, international teaching experience for academic staff, ability for academic staff to maintain research output while working abroad, increased knowledge and understanding of other cultures on the home campus opportunities to develop new curricula, access to local institutions, including government and industry, a competitive edge in the international higher education market. To these we can add what might be a deciding factor in many cases: financial support from the host government. There are governments, notably in east and southeast Asia, that see IBCs as an integral part of their ‘regional education hub’ aspirations."

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Disruptive Innovation, Online Learning and Autonomy

Disruptive Innovation, Online Learning and Autonomy | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How can online learning leaders within institutions operate most effectively inside large institutions of higher education?


"Robert Birnbaum wrote: “The logical conclusion of applying the theses of The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Innovator’s Solution to higher education may be that virtual education can thrive in traditional colleges and universities only if it operates outside their normal management and value frameworks, with the consequent risk of losing institutional control.” ...


As of 2011, few online learning units in traditional institutions have the political clout to demand greater levels of autonomy. Despite the growing enrolment in online learning - five times that of overall enrolment - the majority of institutions still don’t treat online learning as a strategic issue. Indeed, many schools still don’t include it in their strategic plans (according to the most recent Sloan-C/Babson report, released last week).


Nevertheless, it is possible for leaders of online learning to adjust their relationship to the central university systems and its centres of power. But they need to be tactical; focusing change management efforts on the most important parts of the operation such as marketing, course scheduling, student support, integration of online courses with central services, including libraries, bookstores, and career services."

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The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning

The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Media at PNR this week includes a Diane Rehm show about future consequences of mass online learning with guests Selingo, Koller, Cary, and Struck. Audio and text available.


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Early demographic data hints at what type of student takes a MOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Do American MOOCs threaten disruption for international universities?


"The preponderance of international students taking MOOCs, if it persists, could have implications for the strategic directions of their providers. For example, Udacity recently made a deal with Pearson that will enable the young company to use Pearson’s testing centers to administer in-person exams to far-flung students. Pearson owns testing centers in 170 countries


It may turn out that MOOCs from elite U.S. institutions might pose the greatest disruptive threat to foreign universities, says Paul LeBlanc, the president of Southern New Hampshire University. 'It’s a bigger play, perhaps, in Asia than in the U.S.,' he said."

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Colleges Map an Online Future for Foreign-Language Instruction - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges Map an Online Future for Foreign-Language Instruction - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Could it be that language classes are leading edge, in terms of going fully on line, or close to it?


"'You can learn other disciplines by interacting with the material itself. But in a language, you need to interact with human beings.'


Can you recreate that interaction online?

The technology to do so is improving."

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