One of the hottest trends in education evolution is the introduction of games into the classroom. Gamification of just about anything has been tried by teachers around the globe.
If you’re interested in using games in the classroom, where should you start? We strongly recommend checking out the following 10 colleges and see what they’re doing. Then build on that and take your game-based learning to the next level! Get it? Levels? Video game joke?
One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) and ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible.
A philanthropist, one of America’s wealthiest men, was worried about faculty pensions. The solution he successfully pushed, with the largesse of his foundation, led to the creation of the credit hour, which has become higher education’s de facto standard unit of measuring academic work.
Andrew Carnegie never intended for the time-based credit hour to be used to measure student learning, according to a new report from the New America Foundation and Education Sector, which tracks the standard’s history. But it has become a measure and a proxy for what students are supposedly learning.
An over-reliance on the credit hour, which links the awarding of academic credit to hours of contact between professors and students, has led to many of higher education’s problems, according to the report.
Sometimes potentially “disruptive” approaches to higher education arrive on campuses with little fanfare. And they can become solid additions to traditional colleges rather than an existential threat.
Take Kentucky’s two-year college system, which three years ago began an online offering aimed at working adults. The project, dubbed “Learn on Demand,” hits most of the buzzwords du jour, featuring modular courses that lead to stackable credentials, with both self-paced and competency-based elements. All that’s missing is a MOOC.
But the program is up and running, with modest, but steadily increasing returns.
It's probably a little bit (but only a little bit) unfair of me to lay blame for the cultural immaturity that is consumerism at the door of American higher education. After all, most of the behaviors and expectations that prevent children (consumers) from becoming adults (citizens) are established well before entry to college or university.
Moody's Investors Service's U.S. Higher Education Mid-Year Outlook, released Thursday, paints a grim picture for higher education in which existing challenges of heightened competition for students, declining revenue sources, and backlogged maintenance get worse, while new problems emerge.
Critical thinking skills are what we want our students to develop. Without these skills we can not guarantee a sound and effective education that will enable our kids to seamlessly blend in tomorrow's job market. Therefore, it is our responsibility as teachers and educators to fully understand the components of this set of skills in order to better focus on them in our instruction...
Here is an example of a somehow similar and common educational practice in Europe that is now getting traction in the U.S. Take Pace University and look at its offerings of a wide variety of programs where students can earn a bachelor’s and advanced degree in less time than earning each separately. The average timeline for these programs is 5 years.
Getting good grades in college is not as important as developing a creative, integrated and lifelong learning style, writes Ken Bain, a university administrator and professor, in What the Best College Students Do, which will be published next month by Harvard University Press. Bain, who is provost, vice president for academic affairs, and a professor of history and urban education at the University of the District of Columbia, says the book looks at about 30 college graduates from all kinds of institutions -- community colleges, liberal arts colleges and big research universities -- who exhibited a lot of creativity and productivity in their post-college lives. In the book, which is geared toward students, he tries to figure out how their approaches to college explain their behavior. He identifies several factors: “One was that they followed their passions,” he says. “They came to realize the power of both being able to look inside themselves and to tap their own unique histories and personalities, and at the same time to realize that they were unique, so was everyone else, and they could learn from a wide variety of people.”
Liberal arts colleges continue redefining their historical missions or flat-out disappearing – a trend that threatens to diminish America’s renowned higher education system, argues a study co-authored by an MSU scholar.
Educational content still looks and feels like mobile apps before the iPhone, argued Rafter CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia at GigaOM’s Mobilize 2012 conference. His thought-provoking take: What education really needs is not more digitized textbooks, but open platforms, where smaller innovators can compete with big publishers.
In Part 1 of this essay, I discussed the ways in which college faculty members can become better teachers by learning about and responding to their students’ backgrounds and needs. There's another part of the equation, though: They can also benefit by thinking in more pedagogically rich ways about their very disciplines -- and their institutions can help them.
The Saylor Foundation has nearly finished creating a full suite of free, online courses in a dozen popular undergraduate majors. And the foundation is now offering a path to college credit for its offerings by partnering with two nontraditional players in higher education – Excelsior College and StraighterLine.
The project started three years ago, when the foundation began hiring faculty members on a contract basis to build courses within their subject areas. The professors scoured the web for free Open Education Resources (OER), but also created video lectures and tests.
A growing number of American colleges and universities are in real financial trouble, and Bain & Company says if trends continue we'll have a higher education system that won't be able to "meet the diverse needs of the U.S.
As social media becomes more integral to students' lives, educational institutions are finally catching on, and catching up. Here's how colleges and universities are leveraging social in the classroom and the recruiting office.
Education Technology is a field that is booming right now. In a world where children are exposed to massive amounts of technology from very young ages, learning from new technology just comes naturally. Teachers who utilize technology in conjunction with instruction create richer classroom environments. At the same time, online degree programs are becoming more and more prevalent. Education technology is an area that deserves study and application. Here are some helpful Ed Tech websites...
I appreciate what Out In Left Field's Katharine Beals was trying to do in this June post, but I think some of her argument is overly optimistic. Follow the links and you'll see that her thesis is that the "21st century skills" movement ...
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