Sept. 27, 2007

Meeting of the Minds

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In one way or another, leaders in higher education have been working for 20
years on trying to find valid and meaningful ways of measuring how well
students learn. Although some institutions have developed their own
measures, most college officials agree that there has been much less
progress in revealing those results to the public and in finding ways to
give students information they might use to compare their chances for
success across different institutions, a point made bluntly and quite
critically in last year's report of the Secretary of Education's Commission
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Sept. 27, 2007

OpenCourseWare Goes Statewide

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); In the six years since
<>  the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology unveiled its OpenCourseWare program, a handful of
individual institutions - among them Johns Hopkins, Michigan State, Rice
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Universities - have posted their course materials online to promote the
(literally) free exchange of knowledge and information. "It's very much one
school here, one school there," says David Wiley, director of Utah State's
Center for Open and Sustainable <>  Learning and an
associate professor in the department of instructional technology. "It's
just not the kind of thing that was going to go on scale if we waited for
everyone to do it individually."

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