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EVOLVE: California Higher Education - A 20 Million Minds Foundation Conference

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EVOLVE: California Higher Education Student Summit - STUDENTS, be sure to join us and help us spread the word! We need to hear from you! Online ed: what works, what doesn't, and what can we do to better serve students?

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Textbooks prices have increased by 812%! Outrageous!!! #highered

Check out our cool new website and logos! Please share - help us fight the exorbitant cost of college textbooks!

Click on the link to view the new report, "The Right to Educational Access," about online education and bottlenecks in #CA #HigherEd commissioned by the 20 Million Minds Foundation -

MIXING CLASSROOM AND ONLINE LEARNING: In Utah, Senate Bill 79 authored by Republican State Senator Howard Stephenson would provide $ 275,000 in grants for pilot programs for up to 10 selected schools blending online and classroom learning, extending teaching year-round and teacher pay; using data to make instruction decisions instruction; and using competency-based education approaches in which students move to the next level through tests rather than just class time.

APPLE'S ITUNES U REACHES ONE BILLION DOWNLOADS! The free educational content service allows professors to create materials for courses from colleges, libraries, museums. Apple announced that it had surpassed 300 million downloads on the service in August of 2010, a little more than 3 years after the service launched with 60 percent of its downloads originating from outside the United States.

CALIFORNIA EDUCATION 2.0: Gov. Jerry Brown focused on "bringing California back" by investing in education. Focused on keeping tuition low at universities and colleges, reducing reliance on student loans, and increasing funding for the 3 public higher education systems.

COLLEGE DEGREES EXPENSIVE AND DON'T EDUCATE STUDENTS: Instead of requiring college degrees, employers should require massive open online courses where students are evaluated based on exams to illustrate t how well they have mastered the course.

CSU TELLS LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION: Driven by student demands, California State University's Online program has 3 campuses, 6 programs and is fully enrolled.

2-YEAR COLLEGE GRADUATES EARNING MORE THAN GRADUATES FROM A 4-YEAR COLLEGE. According to Georgetown University's Center on Education and Workforce. nearly 30% of Americans with associate's degrees out-earn those who graduated with a bachelor's degree.

20 MILLION MINDS PRESIDENT DEAN FLOREZ AT LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION: Higher education system needs to find cost effective alternatives by looking at Coursera and Udacity models for students to shorten time it takes to graduate and look at technology to provide solutions. MOOCs can provide alternative pathways when students are waitlisted.

DAPHNE KOLLER AT LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) give students flexibility as 60% of higher education students are non-traditional. Peer-grading in MOOCs helps reinforce lessons, opens up new ideas and enables discussion. Military veterans receive credit through credit recommendation service the American Council on Education and 5 Coursera MOOCs are credit-bearing.

SEBASTIAN THRUN AT LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION: Online education should be a compliment to traditional courses. Udacity has a hybrid model with San Jose State UniversityPlus pilot program. Hotlines are available for students to help them with questions and challenges.

ONLINE EDUCATION IS ON THE AGENDA AT THE CALIFORNIA'S LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION (LHC) today. 20 Million Minds President Dean Florez joins panel on MOOCs and Beyond along with Coursera and Udacity co-founders Daphne Koller and Sebastian Thrun. LHC is an independent California state oversight agency created in 1962 that investigates state government operations and promotes efficiency, economy and improved service through reports, recommendations and legislative proposals.

MOOCs FROM A STUDENT PERSPECTIVE: Andrea Zellner, a PhD student in the Ed Psych/Ed Tech Program at Michigan State University, offers tips on choosing a massive open online course and the challenges that come with it.

INKLING WANTS A BITE OF AMAZON'S TEXTBOOK BUSINESS: The SF-based interactive ebook company has designed a layout engine to re-envision textbooks for tablets, smartphones and the web and developed an eveloped an information architecture based on the concept of “cards” or portions of a chapter. Each card also has its own URL, which means Inkling’s cards are what Google indexes resulting in tthe information in its cards to rise to the top of Google search results and get Inkling's books noticed.

90% GRADUATION RATE IN 2020: For the first time in decades, high school students in the US are on pace to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. But, minority students continue to lag, with about one-third of African-American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out before graduation. The report is from Civic Enterprises, a public policy group in Washington, D.C.

PEARSON'S OPENCLASS to focus on teacher-led instruction powered by much more powerful educational support technology and tools than in the past is the future in a setting with low student–teacher ratios -- 1 instructor to between 20 to 50 students, not millions as is the scenario in massive open online courses.

IS IT FAIR FOR POORER STUDENTS TO RECEIVE MORE EDUCATION FUNDING? Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget calls low-income, English-learning or foster-care receive $ 11,656 per student compared to students who attend school in a wealthier area which would receive $ 8,429 per student annually.

CALIFORNIA BEHIND IN READING, MATH AND SCIENCE: The National Center for Education Statistics studied the results of the National Assessment of Educational Program standardized exams given to 4th- and 8th-graders from from 1990 to 2011 in the 5 largest states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas. California has largely trailed the rest of the country.

FORDHAM INSTITUTE: 15 % of children move every year. Students who move a lot usually perform poorly in school. Investing in a shared infrastructure based on a national system of schools and leveraging new technologies to help meet students where they are might help make the educational experiences of mobile students better.

2012 WAS DECADE OF INNOVATION with swift-developments of Massive Open Online Courses happening in just one year. While some believers foresee the arrival an educational golden age, others see the eventual destruction of institutions, Anant Agarwal, president of edX, believes it's about re-imagining the campus with new ways of learning that produce better outcomes. MIT and Harvard fund edX.