higher education

EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

As students and faculty alike take some well-deserved rest and reflect over the holidays, we’re taking a look back at what stories you read and shared the most over the last year.While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning.

Permission to Launch and to Fail: Building Culture for Academic Innovation #DLNchat

Innovation is about doing things creatively and as Kathe Pelletier pointed out at #DLNchat: “Perhaps counterintuitively, structure for creativity and divergent thinking is needed.” Universities need to set aside time, create processes and, perhaps most importantly, build a culture that allows innovation to flourish. How? The #DLNchat community shared ideas on December 11.

It’s Easy to Fake It on the Internet. So Let’s Focus on Authenticity in 2019.

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Chris Caren was nominated to share his thoughts by Arjun Singh, who wrote for the project in 2017.

Blockchain Could Rewire Higher Ed. But Should It?

Bitcoin is volatile. Even so, a growing number of colleges are exploring how the technology behind cryptocurrencies could change the way students communicate their academic accomplishments to employers.That technology is called blockchain, and it's a way to maintain digital records that can't be tampered with. So what are colleges already doing to experiment with blockchain?

Recalibrating Our Approach to Misinformation

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.

Online Higher Education in India Comes Full Circle

In 2012, the government of India stated that it would need to build 1,000 new universities and an astounding 50,000 new colleges by 2020 to meet expected demand as its population and workforce continued to grow.

In 2019, Let’s Bring the Community Back to College.

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.

Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Classic economic theory predicts that when demand falls, so do prices. But when it comes to the price of college in the past few decades, it’s been just the other way around.As data from the National Student Clearinghouse Center shows, tuition has escalated even as enrollments fell.

Digital Media Has a Misinformation Problem—but It's an Opportunity for Teaching.

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Jennifer Sparrow was nominated to share her thoughts by futurist Bryan Alexander, who wrote for the project in 2017.

Virtual Classes Shouldn’t Be Cringeworthy. Here are 5 Tips for Teaching Live Online

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here.

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