OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

That’s why employers and prospective employees will need to get more comfortable with alternative credentialing like specialized certifications, micro degrees and digital badges. Across the nation and the globe, our economy is shifting.

Give Your Traditional Syllabus a Needed Makeover!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Time to do away with the traditional syllabus and make it more engaging for your digital learners. I actually did this for one of my Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Give digital badges or set it up to where students can level up on a leaderboard !

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. And well beyond the industry’s backing of Code.org , venture capital has continued to flow into “learn-to-code” businesses in 2017, alongside a number of corporate grants (and corporate PR efforts that have sought to encourage the adoption of coding curriculum.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” New: Disclosure forms show top education official Jim Manning previously consulted for student loan org USA Funds [link] pic.twitter.com/LeIW1TwNyV — Annie Waldman (@AnnieWaldman) June 5, 2017. DeVos' Chief of Staff Josh Venable was director of special projects for Windquest Group, DeVos' family investment office, until January [link] — Caitlin Emma (@caitlinzemma) June 7, 2017. The MOOC provider has now raised $210 million total.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” (National) Education Politics.

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” let PM = "signed"; if (PM "signed") { let CODING = "4 All"; } pic.twitter.com/QRKQPgbxjW — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 26, 2017. pic.twitter.com/lfNWyW7z5f — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 28, 2017. Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” (National) Education Politics.

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

Edsurge

And lately, the topic has made its way into discussions around digital credentials in higher education. Komarny, formerly the Chief Digital Office at the University of Texas, kicked off the event explaining why some higher-ed leaders are thinking of applying blockchain technology to credentialing. As EdSurge reported in October 2017, those programs are now creating a situation where learners are accumulating more credentials from different providers.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The key word in that headline isn’t “digital”; it’s “force.”