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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

Online degrees are nothing new. Since the late 1990’s, a steady stream of online degree programs have entered the market, including many reputable options from top-tier schools. But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX.

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The Flipped Hiring Revolution

One of the most American moments in American literature comes in “Huckleberry Finn,” when Huck fakes his own death to make a clean break from an abusive father, lighting out on his own for a series of adventures. This scene conjures up the national myth of reinvention—that Americans enjoy a certain right to start afresh, becoming who they want to be regardless of their background or whatever baggage they’ve carried in their past.

A Billionaire Benefactor, a Disputed Ballot Issue and a Community College Turnaround

This is the first part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. For more, check out parts two and three coming soon.TEXARKANA, Texas — There’s a saying at the community college here on the border between Texas and Arkansas: “Texarkana College is a great place to start, or start over.”

Drinking, Smoking and Sugar: How Unsavory Ads Wound Up on Edmodo

Beth Freeman logs in to her son’s Edmodo account from time to time to check on his homework assignments.Over the last year, she’s noticed ads peppered throughout the communications app, which is used by most students, parents and teachers at her 13-year-old’s middle school. Most of the ads seem innocuous—a virtual charter school or a set of digital worksheets, for example—and don’t bother her much. She usually looks right past them.But then, in August, she saw something that unsettled her.

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Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech

Imagine you’re an elementary school student. Your teacher has told your class to watch several streaming videos for a class project. You might want to watch some of the videos at home, but your family doesn’t have high-speed internet.

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Three Things Teachers Need to Spot—and Stop—Plagiarism

Ask any educator who teaches five classes of 30 students each per day; there’s a lot of homework to assess. And if that homework involves writing assignments, the hours add up fast. Checking student work for possible plagiarism, specifically, has become a time consuming burden for many educators.

What Students Learned When They Made Robotics Relevant to Their Lives

A few years ago, toward the beginning of my journey into robotics, I mentored a team for a local competition. We were on our way to building a Tetrix Prime robot from a kit, when the unimaginable happened—our team’s laptops went missing—and with them, all of our code and design work. While we were no longer able to compete in the local competition, this blow to our team was but a temporary setback.

Understanding Learner Variability to Personalize Learning

Personalized learning is being heralded as an antidote for much that ails the education system. It is deemed by some as a way to inspire and motivate students, tailor instruction to meet student needs, and scale instruction with the support of technology. Many schools nationwide are exploring ways to personalize the learning experience. But a fundamental question to ask early in the journey to personalize education for students is: What are we actually personalizing for?

The Role Analytics Should Play in Your District's Decision-Making Process

With the rise of digital learning resources comes the increased need for easy, fast, and equitable access for all students, no matter the resource and no matter the device. With this digital expansion, however, comes a pressing need to organize, deploy, and evaluate these resources and their impact on education. Districts need to understand how effectively these tools are being used and which tools are worth the investment for them to better serve their student populations.

The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

For those keeping count, the world is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. That’s the term coined by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to describe a time when new technologies blur the physical, digital and biological boundaries of our lives.

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