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Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years | Inside Higher Ed

President of McGraw-Hill:


"... I’m willing to put my stake in the ground.


As I see it, the publishing industry needs to do all it can to ensure that within 36 months, higher education in the U.S. will be completely digital. I’m not talking about a slight or even gradual increase in e-book adoptions or the use of adaptive learning. I’m talking about a total transition from a reliance on print textbooks to a full embrace of digital content and learning systems. Aside from the college library, you hopefully won’t be able to find a printed textbook on a college campus in three years. And if you are, we should all be disappointed."

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Where the College Graduates Are: Degree Attainment in Metropolitan Areas

Where the College Graduates Are: Degree Attainment in Metropolitan Areas | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Using findings from an analysis on educational attainment, Alan Berube explains a growing divergence in college degree attainment among metropolitan areas.

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is. The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo muses:


"With some real dollars at stake, do these elite universities know something about the future of higher education that the rest of us don’t? Or with their billions in endowments, do they have the luxury of throwing money at ideas, to see which ones stick? Or are they simply altruistic, and want to provide free education to the world?


From where I sit, it doesn’t seem like any of these universities have a business plan for these massive open online courses or MOOC’s, as they are known. In recent weeks, at various gatherings, I’ve heard plenty of ideas for a business model, although I’m not sure all of them are viable. They could eventually follow the iTunes model and sell access to a course for $1.99. That starts adding up to real money if you get 100,000+ people to sign up. Depending on the course subject, they could sell access to corporate recruiters. That’s essentially what Sebastian Thrun did last fall, when he sent the résumés of his best students from his Stanford MOOC to Google and other Silicon Valley companies.


Perhaps the best idea I’ve heard so far is that the universities could use these courses as an alternative admissions system."

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20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic

20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We're not sure that we agree that all of these are either (a) disruptive or (b)n different from each other. What do you think of this (alphabetical) list?

  • Apple Textbook Initiative
  • Charter Schools
  • Common Core Adoption (i.e., one set of national standards)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Gender-specific Classes
  • Growth of homeschooling
  • iPad Implementation
  • iTunes U
  • Khan Academy
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
  • MITx
  • New Learning Models
  • Personalized Learning
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Race to the Top
  • Service-based Learning
  • Smartphone Integration
  • Social Media Integration
  • Teach for America
  • Traditional Differentiation
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Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nilsson, Elisabet M. (2011). The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.


Keywords: maker-space, open lab, peer-to-peer learning, co-design, socio-cultural theories, social and technological innovation, co-production

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#dayofhighered | Calling all Academics: April 2 as the Day for Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed

Lee Bessette, writing in Inside Higher Ed, feels beset by public criticism of higher ed and especially faculty, and suggests April 2 as Higher Ed Day, with its own hashtag:


"We need a Day of HigherEd (hashtag #dayofhighered). While many of us have written posts broadly outlining what we do in a day (and how disgusted we all are by the at best misleading and at worst dishonest portrayal of our work), few of us have ever taken the time to actually record, in minutia, what we do as professors from the moment we wake up to the minute we fall asleep. All the work we do that contributes to our job as educators."

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book: Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation

Amazon.com: Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation (9781934742877): Ben Wildavsky, Andrew Kelly, Kevin Carey: Books...


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1934742872/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=sociforcollan-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1934742872

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Higher education priorities for developing countries: For Elites or For Everyone | Inside Higher Ed

This is a good question: "Should developing nations expend their money and energy trying to build "world-class" universities that conduct job-creating research and educate the nation's elite, or focus on building more and better institutions to train the masses?"


We think the question doesn't have to be aimed outside of US borders.

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A STEM Without a Bloom (Humanities, Arts) Cannot Reproduce and Sustain

The world of education is somewhat obsessed on the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math. But they aren’t enough for any student. Here’s why.
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Universities are bringing Occupy into the classroom

Universities are bringing Occupy into the classroom | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The Occupy movement is starting to set up camp in university course catalogs, syllabuses and classrooms. There are new course offerings and a new focus in older ones."

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Capsule lodgings hit Hong Kong

Capsule lodgings hit Hong Kong | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Each pod, which measures 1.9 meters (6.3 feet) long, 1 meter wide and 1.15 meters high, is slightly larger than a twin bed. They come complete with bed, air conditioning, light switches, computer tables and power outlets. Wong said he expects his main customers to be tourists. The average hotel room rate was HK$1165 a night in 2010, according to the city's Tourism Commission. But he added that about a dozen local students had expressed interest in a capsule college dormitory near campus, offering pods for HK$3,500 a month. 'Students are affected by a severe lack of space in university housing, so we thought, why not do dorm rooms as well?' Wong said." 


Speaking of Hong Kong:


Pods are probably not coming to a campus near you soon? However, that could be be a topic of discussion at the HEPA (Higher Education Planning in Asia) conference in Hong Kong which is sharing several simultaneous presentations with SCUP’s 2012 Pacific Regional Conference at Stanford University March 25–28.

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 17, 2013 1:16 PM

Reading this made me more appreciative of what Rhodes University Residences offer. Imagine living in a pod as big as a twin bed. This might sound convenient when trying to accomodate many students or tourists however this does not seem like a practical living environment for a couple of years. The design of these pods are very clever just maybe a little bit boxed  up.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely

A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It's K-12, but relevant:


"A new school system in Sweden eliminated all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters children's "curiosity and creativity."


Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden, wanted learning to take place everywhere in its schools -- so it threw out the "old-school" thinking of straight desks in a line in a four-walled classroom.


Vittra most-recently opened Telefonplan School, in Stockholm. Architect Rosan Bosch designed the school so children could work independently in opened-spaces while lounging, or go to 'the village' to work on group-projects.


All of the furniture in the school, which looks like a lot of squiggles, is meant to aid students in engaging in conversation while working on projects."


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Michele Ivanisevic's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:06 PM

An alternative form a education in Sweden. What an interesting design. 

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Online course startups offer virtually free college

Online course startups offer virtually free college | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Online entrepreneurs are trying to lower higher education costs to nearly nothing, with influential help.

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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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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources

As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is."

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Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt

Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Nearly everyone pursuing a bachelor’s degree is borrowing money, and as prices soar, a college degree often comes with an unprecedented financial burden.
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The Game Has Changed (EDUCAUSE Review) | Must-Read

A must-read by Charles Henry and Brad Wheeler in EDUCAUSE Review. The list of 8 things the academy can do to rethink and relabance sound like a list of integrated planning tenets.


  1. "Stop thinking about projects as isolated, local activities. Rather, every major project is an element of a much wider environment of activity that needs to be federated at some level as a functional facet of the whole."
  2. "Promote large-scale efforts that bring together multiple elements of higher education (libraries, IT departments, scholarly societies, administration, research centers, publishers) and eschew proposals that rely on a single community or profession to solve a major challenge."



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$25 million investment backs startup aiming to create elite university | Inside Higher Ed

by Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed: (Here's a Chronicle report by Nick DeSantis.


"Whatever becomes of the Minerva Project, you have to give the big names behind it credit for aiming high (at least with its rhetoric, which is the only way to judge it thus far).


"This is not a technology play, it's not a disruption, and I'm not saying, 'Forget your degree, you don't need one,' " like Peter Thiel's experiment offering students $100,000 to forgo college, Nelson said. 'I'm not saying any of those things may be invalid; there are plenty of good reasons to have badges [as an alternative to college credentials], and to expand existing programs beyond their reach.'
What hasn't been done yet, though, is an effort to put a truly rigorous higher education in the hands of many more students at a lower price, he said."

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Top Planning Trends of 2011-2012 | Planetizen

Top Planning Trends of 2011-2012 | Planetizen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A really nice review with plenty of application to campus planning.


"Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development. Here are our picks for the most notable planning trends of the past year, and the topics that we’ll be paying special attention to in 2012.


A survey of the last year’s planning and development landscape reveals that the fallout from the economic downturn and housing crisis are still being felt. Not only have the repercussions given planners and designers an occasion to reconsider fundamental questions regarding suburban development patterns and the “American Dream” of homeownership, they also provide an opportunity for local governments to rethink how they provide services in a new economic era. With a presidential election looming this year, we’re sure to see more reflection on the urban policies of the Obama Administration, and the politicization of urban issues continue to intensify."

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The Student Swirl - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle:


"We’ve seen in the disruption of other information industries in recent years that change has resulted in the decline of the middleman—record companies, newspapers, and book publishers. The relationship is increasingly between the producer (in the case of higher ed, the professor) and the consumer (the student). It makes physical campuses and institutions less important, at least to those students who need to move around."

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Digital Treasures | University Business Magazine

Digital Treasures | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Monetizing digital assets translates to revenue potential, but an institution’s leaders must weigh the challenges and risks of charging for access to captured audio, video, and images.
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Adulthood, Delayed: What Has the Recession Done to Millennials? | The Atlantic

Adulthood, Delayed: What Has the Recession Done to Millennials? | The Atlantic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Why won't Millennials grow up? she wondered.


The biggest reason is they can't, according to the Pew Research Center's fantastic new survey 'Young, Underemployed, and Optimistic.' It begins with school."

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Why MITx may herald the dawn of disruption for higher education

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Steven Schwartz Blog (Why MITx may herald the dawn of disruption for higher education http://t.co/NJRNZYGs #SCUP: disruption tsunami on its way...)...


It's pretty simple: "MIT plans to create a not-for-profit body that will offer certification for online learners of MIT coursework. In other words, with MITx there will be structured study leading to a credential." Not from MIT, but from MITx. Worthless, right? Hmm

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Does the Mass Extinction of Higher Education Institutions Begin in 2012?

Justin Marquis is predicting that. He matches The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo's recent predictions with some of his own that are far darker and disturbing.

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MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency http://t.co/hwm1Aorv #SCUP...


MIT is now competing with everyone else, offering a form of credit to people who take courses using its open courseware. It's a big deal.

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