American colleges and universities have adopted a variety of strategies to promote educational innovation. Let’s take a look at what works and what doesn’t, beginning with the strategies that haven’t proven particularly effective.
If there is any career in which practitioners particularly love to learn, I’d put learning designers high on the list. It’s nearly a requirement for working as a learning designer, considering that we often work with content that others find dry.
Instilling innovation deep into your organization’s culture requires patience, persistence, and a long-term commitment to get it right. Management should work to redefine the behaviors recognized, rewarded, and promoted among employees. Are those behaviors linked to innovation? If not, you may need to refocus values, or perhaps create your own innovation road map to drive and manage the change you seek to create.
As more opportunities and solutions get thrust in front of academic leaders, they need to demonstrate an understanding of instructional value with a sensitivity towards how these different opportunities will or won’t succeed within the institutional setting.
ASU and edX is aiming at the package of general course requirements, enabling students to assemble an accredited set of mainly first-year classes to use at ASU or to gain credits that they can transfer to another college or university.
Only 13% of Americans strongly agree college graduates in this country are well-prepared for success in the workplace. That's down from 14% two years ago and 19% three years ago. This is effectively a "no confidence" vote in college graduates' work readiness, and if we don't work to fix it, there will be catastrophic effects for the American education system and economy.
Last May, I used this column to argue that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are more like health clubs than hospitals: Providing free access to a gym will encourage lots of healthy, motivated people to use it and get healthier. And that would be a good thing; healthier people [...]
Most people are familiar with economies of scale, which we discussed in a recent post. The Network Effect, sometimes called “Metcalfe’s Law”, is less well-known, but equally relevant if we want to understand how the unique economics of the Internet are influencing higher education.
But the walls around higher education are becoming more porous; sometimes by design, sometimes not. Piece-by-piece, components of the university experience are becoming knowable outside of university walls. Students rate professors on commercial sites like "RateMyProfessor", universities set up Facebook groups in which all-comers can contribute, and ranking systems by the likes of US News and World Report are becoming common destinations, as well as easier to interpret.
Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.
In this context, clear and relevant analysis of the online higher education space becomes more valuable. One source of analysis, Tyton Partners (formerly Education Growth Advisors) (link), has distinguished itself from other private consulting firms by focussing much of their growing body of work on instructional issues. For good reason: it's here, rather than in the areas of marketing and administration (the primary focus for many private firms), that higher education needs to make changes if it's going to bend the "iron triangle" (link) of costs, quality and access.
We’ve written about the role of good design in educational technology and media before. See here and here. Former RSID President, John Maeda, provides an excellent overview the growing integration of design (and designers) and technology. File (Slide deck): Design in Tech Report 2015
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"Rethinking something, tinkering with it, breaking it apart and starting over, all requires an innovator’s mindset. But how can higher education institutions cultivate that? And who is already doing work in this area to make it happen? That’s what this report works to uncover and share."
This new publication aims to build on that methodology to be a valuable resource for universities, colleges, community colleges, not-for-profits, and other organizations that serve postsecondary institutions by providing best practices for catalyzing, enabling and sustaining innovation culture.
We can approach this on two levels: we can ask, first, what structural and system-wide obstacles are in place that make changes of any sort difficult, regardless of their intention, tactics, or context. We can also, though, "get into the weeds" and consider how specific innovations or attempts at innovations run up against specific obstacles. The answers are closely related, and are best tackled in tandem.
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