Are universities failing their graduates?

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“Our universities are failing us.”

By Richard Kirby: Universities are failing their graduates in many ways. My purpose in addressing such topics is not to chastise higher education, which I don’t believe can be reformed, but rather to warn future educational consumers and help more recent graduates improve their odds of career success.

 

 

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Top 7 neuromyths that many teachers believe

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About half of the educators surveyed believed that people only use 10% of their brains.

Surveys of teachers in the UK, Turkey, Holland, Greece and China have revealed that many believe seven common myths about the brain, likely because the simple explanations are often attractive, even if totally wrong. The results of the surveys were reported in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

 

 

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Online competency-based education is going to revolutionize the workforce, not MOOCs

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We already know that recruiting is an imprecise activity, and degrees don’t communicate much about a candidate’s potential and fit, but now data is confirming this. Employers need to know what a student knows and can do.

 

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Top 11 facts shaping the global mobile industry

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MEF findings paint a global picture of the mobile content and commerce industry.

MEF is the global community for mobile content and commerce. They will launch their findings of their 4thannual Global Consumer Survey in November at MEF Global Forum 2014, which connects international mobile leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley.

 

 

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Why this is the best moment in history to be born in 23 charts

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There seems to be bad news everywhere you look these days. Sometimes it seems like the world is falling apart. Between Ebola, climate change, Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, and the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria.

 

 

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LinkedIn reranked top colleges for most desirable jobs

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LinkedIn used its massive dataset of professionals to see what colleges where producing employees at the most desirable firms.

Only a few of the conventionally prestigious schools made the top of the list when colleges are re-ranked by how graduates do in the job market. LinkedIn mined its massive dataset of professionals to see what colleges where producing employees at the most desirable firms in a handful of industries, including finance, tech, marketing, and media.

 

 

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Study: Online classes really do work

 

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Online classes really can teach as effectively as traditional classroom courses.

Two years ago, a New York Times article declared it the “year of the MOOC,” short for “massive open online courses.” For the first time every, researchers have carried out a detailed study that shows that these classes really can teach at least as effectively as traditional classroom courses—and they found that this is true regardless of how much preparation and knowledge students start out with.

 

 

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Alpha Cards – ABC flash cards especially for boys

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Alpha Cards

Alpha Cards have silly words with hilarious illustrations. They appeal to a boy’s sense of humor. The gross factor makes them that much more memorable! Alpha Cards is the first of many products that He’s All Boy hopes to create. He’s All Boy will be the brand that will appeal to boys and make them laugh out loud as they learn.

One of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase is Alpha Cards. The Inventor Showcase will take place November 14-15, 2014 at the Denver Mart. You will have a chance to take a look at Alpha Cards and many other amazing inventions.

 

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SlideRule searches for the best online courses

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SlideRule is a fantastic new tool that will save you some serious time as you search around for the best online course that suits your needs. The service is free to use. SlideRule lets you search for courses based on your specified criteria but also narrows down your search based on your needs. Best of all, you can actually leave a review for courses to better inform other users.

 

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Understanding the value of a Massive Open Online Course

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The beauty of the on-demand MOOC format is that the student is in the driver’s seat.

Elliott Masie: After 30 years in a corporate learning setting, I wanted to try something different. So, I decided to experiment in the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs), knowing I could share my passion of big data and learning with an even larger audience (after all, the “M” in MOOC stands for “massive”).

 

 

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How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

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Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning?

When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go to school for at least 13 years (K-12), plus “some” college or post high school education in the U.S. In  schools in developing countries, we hear about children who can’t go to school past a young age (sometimes around 8 years old) because they need to make money for their family’s survival, because they don’t have the opportunity to do so, because of their gender, or because it would be dangerous or prohibitively expensive to do so.

 

 

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