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‘Bill Of Rights’ Wants To Keep Massive Online Classes From Being ‘Instagram Of Higher Ed’

A group of educators, including online course startup Udacity, today released a “Bill of Rights” meant to protect the interests of students in online education.

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Revolution Hits the Universities

Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty — by providing them an affordable education to get a job or improve in the job they have.

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A Conversation with Tony Bates

Tony Bates is the author of 11 books in the field of online learning and distance education. In addition to his most recent title, Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Co. 2011), Bates moderates a widely read blog about online learning and distance education resources at www.tonybates.ca. Popular with audiences at education conferences around the world, Bates will be a featured speaker at UBTech 2013 in Orlando.

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Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit

In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program.

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A Financially Viable MOOC Business Model

Type “MOOC” (massive open online course) into Google, and you get 2.7 million hits. Type in “MOOC business model,” and you get about 110,000 hits, most of them considering what a viable business model will or should be. More concretely, referring to the websites of the most popular online course providers—Coursera, Udacity, or edX—one is hard pressed to find a clear business model that works, in particular for the institutions that provide the course content.

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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It

Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it.

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U Of California Regents Pledge To Expand Online Education In Next Few Years

The regents are under pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown to offer more online classes to provide wider access to college education and keep costs down.

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A College Experience You Can Count On

A wristwatch metaphor for higher ed in the age of MOOCs

Will residential liberal arts colleges follow the path of the wristwatch? I sure hope so. With all of the talk about MOOCs, online instruction, and game-based learning models, many of us working at residential liberal arts colleges are uncertain about our future. The reports are scaring us into conversations about fundamentally restructuring—perhaps even abandoning what we do and how we do it.

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Seven Trends that Will Shape Digital and Web in Higher Ed in 2013

UB's Internet Technology writer Karine Joly looks back on the last seven years to make seven technology-driven predictions for higher ed in the coming year.

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California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial

Udacity, a Silicon Valley start-up that creates online college classes, will announce a deal on Tuesday with San Jose State University for a series of remedial and introductory courses.

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