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Jobs, Capabilities and the New Digital Divide

Nov 8, 2012
If the presidential election was about one thing, it was jobs. A few numbers stand out from the campaign: 23 million unemployed, an unemployment rate that has remained over 7% since the last election, and finally 3.7 million unfilled jobs. America remains exceptional in many ways, but unfilled...
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Debating the Dystopian Counterfactual

Oct 23, 2012
Only a few topics in the Presidential debates produced complete agreement between President Obama and Governor Romney. The middle class?(Check. Both candidates seem to be in favor of the middle class.) The importance of families? (We're still waiting for the first anti-family Presidential...
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Oct 11, 2012
"This is the single biggest change in education since the printing press."
- Anant Agarwal, MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and President of edX
"In a MOOC, no one can hear you scream." - Ann Kirschner...
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(Re)Searching for Online Learning 2.0

Sep 27, 2012
Conventional wisdom says - and most analysts agree - that online higher education will continue to grow like a weed, with annual growth exceeding 20%. But how to square conventional wisdom with increasing signs that the online market is plateauing? A new report from Eduventures based...
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Online Learning: This Bud's for You

Sep 11, 2012
Summary: Beer industry market segmentation is employed as an analogy for the online learning market. These segments provide different answers to the question of when and under what circumstances online learning will become the default medium for traditional age students.
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Elitism, Inequality and MOOCs

Aug 31, 2012
"The United States has, overall, the most effective system of higher education the world has ever known."
- Clark Kerr
From a global perspective, the most distinctive characteristic of American higher education is its heterogeneity. While higher education in...
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The Great Unbundling (Popping bundles, not bubbles)

Aug 15, 2012
Over the past decade, sales of recorded music are down 50% and continue to fall each year. The reason isn't online piracy. It's that digital technology has forced a revolution in a business model that had relied on bundling the music consumers wanted (singles) with music they...
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Waystation on the Road to Badges: Double-click Degrees

Aug 2, 2012
"By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world... So tonight I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training... every American will need to get more than a high school diploma." ~President...
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Go with the Flow

Jul 19, 2012
Is online education effective? Over the past decade virtually every study on the question has demonstrated that it is as effective as traditional classroom delivery. But as none of these studies randomly assign students to classroom or online delivery, what they actually mean is that...
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God Bless American online education (Because divine intervention may be...

Jul 4, 2012
Of the many factors contributing to the dominance of the American economy in the 20th century, two stand preeminent. First, the 19th century consolidation of a large national market under one set of rules; by 1890, the most advanced economies - America, Germany, Great Britain...
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