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September, 2013:

Free First-Year MBA Online Courses from Wharton

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has put their first-year MBA courses on the online learning platform Coursera for free. This new system will potentially save prospective students upwards of $200,000 on tuition and other related expenses, as well as two years worth of time needed to spend at Wharton.

Though some may be skeptical about the quality of these courses, and some of those worries may be true due to the fact that the free courses will not provide the full Wharton on-campus experience (internship, career services, alumni network, etc.), Wharton has stated that the courses themselves are direct duplicates of the actual on-campus courses. This means that those who attend these MOOCs are studying genuine first-year MBA coursework from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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ECAR’s “The State of e-Learning In Higher Education” report

ECAR’s recent report on e-learning investigates the challenges and concerns of e-learning in higher education, the important factors to consider when selecting technologies to use in e-learning situations and scenarios, how accreditors view and approach e-learning, and the steps higher education institutions can take to make progress in their e-learning goals.

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Tools That College Students Wish Their Instructors Used Either More or Less

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Gartner’s 2013 Hype Cycle Maps Out Relationship Between Humans and Machines

Gartner, Inc’s “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2013” is an annual report discussing and assessing the benefits, growth, and projected futures of over 2000 technologies, grouped into 98 fields of study. By providing a cross-industry perspective on rising and current technologies and trends, senior executives, CIOs, strategists, innovators, business developers, and technology partners are able to gain a valuable insight into the next innovative technological ventures.

This year’s report focuses on the growing relationship that is present between human beings and machines. The report urges its audience to look beyond the pessimistic perspective that humans will one day be replaced by machines and realize that a cohesive existence will soon become a reality between humans and technology. Humans and machines will work together and become better, individually and as a society as a whole.

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