MIT’s New Model
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will begin to offer the first semester of a master’s degree through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). On top of potentially allowing students to save money, MIT will also offer a microcredential, called a MicroMasters, to those who complete the MOOC but decide not to finish the degree. Additional articles on these micro-degree programs can be found here and here.
Tressie McMillan Cottom posits in her new book that the country’s growing inequality and higher education’s focus on credentials have worked to give new life to the “for-profit” college sector.
Taking Innovation to Scale: Growing Makers for the STEM Economy
California Community Colleges are hoping to develop a more skilled, creative, and innovative workforce through building a network of campus “makerspaces.” Makerspaces provide students with access to equipment and support to facilitate creativity and collaboration. These spaces will complement classroom learning where students can apply learned concepts, and could help students acquire various skills such as creative thinking, communication, and collaboration.
Revving up the New Credential Engine
The Credential Engine, grant funded by Lumina Foundation, aims to bring order to the current credentials maze. Through building a common language for what each credential means, developing a registry to help compare/relate credentials, and facilitating the development of applications to allow students, employers, educators, and organizations to use the registry, the Credential Engine brings transparency and accountability to the credentialing marketplace.
Competency-Based Education Gains Momentum
Through conversations with educators, administrators, and leaders, this article from Educause Review examines the various ways Competency-Based Education (CBE) serves students and the types of collaborations being developed between institutions and employers.