14 Jul Amid a cycle of hype Coursera MOOC chief speaks common sense: HECG HIGHERED TRENDWATCH

She is no doubt some kind of genius but Coursera chief Professor Daphne Koller doesn’t inhabit some other-worldly dimension in which the enigmatic and the ambiguous are essential vocabulary. She talks common sense, and she talks it good. Coursera has been in the MOOC business since 2011,...

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30 Jun Is there a place in higher education for different approaches to learning? HECG HIGHERED TRENDWATCH

It’s been called “the challenge-driven university” – a new model of higher education that emphasises a different approach to student learning. Traditional methods such as lectures and exams are spurned in favour of team work focused on practical problems, with businesses often sponsoring projects and...

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23 Jun Do university leaders know enough about business? HECG HIGHERED TRENDWATCH

In recent decades higher education has become a major economic force around the globe. But have university managers correspondingly become sufficiently business-like? Well, there may be room for improvement according to one opinion this week. But first, the scale – it’s big. According to a Deloitte Access...

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16 Jun Will university education become as commonplace as mobile phones? HECG HIGHERED TRENDWATCH

The ever-perceptive Simon Marginson posed an intriguing question in a recent speech to the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning conference in Taiwan. It was - Will higher education become as commonplace as mobile phones? While he didn’t outright answer his own question, the...

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11 May Is the Anglo-Saxon view of universities doomed? HECG HIGHERED TRENDWATCH

Tucked away in the stories accompanying the release of the THE World Reputation Rankings 2016 is a thought-provoking comment from Paul Blackmore, professor of Higher Education at King’s College London’s Policy Institute. Reflecting on the strong performance of Asian universities in their continuing climb up the rankings,...

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