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3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Few were predicting, however, that new certifications or badges would eliminate the value of a college degree.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

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A majority of online students visit campus to access services and support, or to attend events and in-person courses, in a true blending of online and in-person. At Northeastern University, many of our 17,000 online and hybrid students access our campus network with locations in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Toronto. What started as a trickle of pilots has now become a growing tidal wave— with approximately 40 MOOC-based degrees now available worldwide.

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

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That’s why employers and prospective employees will need to get more comfortable with alternative credentialing like specialized certifications, micro degrees and digital badges. Traditional higher-education institutions and technology companies have a significant role to play as well.

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

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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. Santana said in Venezuela, where he grew up, the main obstacle people face when trying to complete school is not availability or accessibility, but affordability.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s Badges.

Hack Education Weekly News

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’” Via Education Week : “ FCC Seeks Comment on Access to WiFi for Schools and Libraries.” Via the Future of Privacy Forum : “ Law Enforcement Access to Student Records : What Is the Law?” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway?