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Will Online Education Kill the University?
from ZDNet
The Washington Post ran an interesting story this weekend by Zephyr Teachout that examined an extraordinary shift already underway in post-secondary education. More

Dropouts Seek a Boost from Equivalency Exams
from The Wall Street Journal
A growing number of Americans are taking high school equivalency tests in their hunt for any leg up in a bleak labor market. Adult-education centers across the country report backlogs and waiting lists for prep courses cramming dozens of topics and years of lessons into weeks or months. More

Obama's Student Loan Plan: A Government Takeover Few Can Argue With
from TIME Magazine
On its face, it would seem to be a gift to Barack Obama's conservative critics, who have spent the summer painting the new Democratic President as a socialist eager to nationalize the entire health care system. After all, the Administration's proposal to restructure the student loan industry is, in many respects, much closer to an actual government takeover than its relatively tame market-driven health reform plan. More

New Training Campuses Will Help Workers Compete in Tougher Global Economy
from Channel NewsAsia
The global job hunt is expected to intensify in the coming years as economies slowly emerge from the recession and Singapore's leaders said the country must ensure it remains competitive after the storm blows over. To do this, more efforts are being put into skills upgrading, including two new Continuing Education and Training campuses. More

Learnscapes in Social Business Design
from Vator News
About a month ago the author read "What Would Andrew Do?" an unbook by Jay Cross and friends. I've mentioned Jay's work in previous posts dealing with e-learning 2.0 and collaboration in informal learning. In particular, its important to remember that focusing on informal learning doesn't mean we must disregard the relevance of formal learning because learning is never 100 percent formal or informal. More

Kingsport's Higher Education Initiative Wins Innovations in American Government Award
from Business Wire via Reuters
The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the Higher Education Initiative of Kingsport, Tenn., as a 2009 Innovations in American Government Award winner. More

Increased Mainstreaming of Games IN Learning Policies
from European School Net
There is now a large amount of evidence available to suggest that the use of Games-Based Learning can make a positive impact on learning outcomes at all levels of education. However, adoption of GBL by policy makers as a mainstream learning remains limited. More

As Job Seekers Head Back to Classrooms, Which Degrees More Likely to Lead to Employment?
from WKTV-TV
With the local Utica, N.Y., unemployment rate at just over seven percent, many people are returning to campuses in an effort to find a new profession. But what kind of degree will reward you with a job? More