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Rescooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN from Educational Technology News!

Trend: Seven Major Universities to offer online Microcredentials or Badges

Trend: Seven Major Universities to offer online Microcredentials or Badges | Change Leadership Watch |

"Traditional colleges have been mostly on the sidelines for the early development of online microcredentials or badges -- the kind that aren't linked to conventional courses and the credit hour. Educational technology companies and other alternative providers have taken the lead in working with employers on these skills-based credentials.

A new prototype from a group of seven brand-name universities could change that."

Tentatively dubbed the University Learning Store, the project involves:

  • the Georgia Institute of Technology, 
  • Northwestern University, 
  • the University of Washington, 
  • the University of California’s Davis, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses, and 
  • the University of Wisconsin Extension.

Officials at Wisconsin Extension, which is playing a prominent role in the work, described it as a joint online platform that will feature modular content, skills assessments and student-facing services, such as tutors, coaches and counselors.


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Is your university or college, alma mater, following the trends?  Check out the list on the skills-based credentials.  ~  Deb

Alex Enkerli's curator insight, August 20, 2015 9:47 AM

Remediating assessment through #OpenBadges, finding value in flexibility and individualisation. /cc @Curtin Teaching and Learning

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, August 20, 2015 12:56 PM

El nivel académico ya no se medirá por las horas en las que un estudiante esté inmerso en una carrera, sino por las competencias adquiridas (y acreditadas).

Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, August 21, 2015 4:11 AM

Seven major North American universities team up to offer nanodegrees.

Rescooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN from Higher Ed Management!

University of Virginia Crisis Reflects Wider Leadership Conflicts

University of Virginia Crisis Reflects Wider Leadership Conflicts | Change Leadership Watch |
Conflict over governing the University of Virginia has become a proxy war in a much larger struggle over control of the nation’s public universities.


“...these are very stressful times to be running a university,”
~ M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.


Around the country, waning state support, rising tuition and the competitive threat of online education have raised fears about the future of public universities.

Trustees and politicians in several states have increasingly flexed their muscles to influence university operations, leading to turf battles with presidents and chancellors who are largely used to having their way.

“In any sector that’s in the middle of stress and change, the relationships between C.E.O.’s and their boards gets more complicated, and these are very stressful times to be running a university,” said M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, who has held several high-level posts in business, government and academia, including president of Michigan State University and chairman of Dow Jones & Company.

He said board members who are executives in their own right are tempted, especially in challenging times, to shift from overseeing to hands-on managing.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This seems to be another sign of the deepening malaise in higher education~ the higher education bubble. Stress at the top may reflect stress all around in higher ed.

In my own circles, there is persistent unhappiness among many I know connected to the university system.  ~ D

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Beginning to See the Light - Universities Adapt

"American universities are exiting a period of denial to grasp that they must remake themselves, beginning by understanding their place in society."

Go to the 30 minutes mark in to hear a 5 minute forecast by Huron [Consulting] managing director, Education leader, Edwin Eisendrath. 

Today there is disequilibrium. Once a few universities get it will be very exciting.



Excerpts (not in order):

American universities are ...making their operations more efficient, deferring capital expenditures, and professionalizing management.


Faculty needs support.  Smart administrations are building easy to travel roads that faculty can use.


Universities are beginning to challenge publish or perish with new incentives, annual review on tenure process, social incentives for faculty - social networks that are institution based rather than discipline based.
Today there is disequilibrium. Once a few universities get it will be very exciting.


Other excerpts:
Examples of turbulence: President Teresa Sullivan - formerly provost of the University of Michigan, at University of Virginia - hired, fired, rehired.

Good news, Universities are figuring this out. The University of Michigan is beginning to prepare for the public engagement for how to reach out and listen.


Questions for universities & colleges what’s changing:

  • Vision (markets, values, direction, needs), 
  • Incentives, support, 
  • Governance
  • Direction of money
  • Capacity to compete
  • National identity, context for the place of universities in society - role will need to be different
  • New or alternative paths to employment:

“A paper on King Lear may lead somewhere, unlike the

rather far-fetched play of the same name. It may be

a stepping-stone to the Local Government Board.

…As long as learning is connected with earning,

as long as certain jobs can only be reached

through exams, [and we]…we take the

examination system seriously.

If another ladder to employment were contrived,

much so-called education would disappear,

and no one be a penny the stupider.”


                                         ~ E.M. Forster, Aspects of a Novel

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This consulting firm director shares examples of how higher education, using technology tools for efficiencies & re-examining how the environment has dramatically changed, is adapting and experimenting with new approaches, now.


Examples include:  

  • Rethinking publish or perish for faculty, and faculty support


  • Administrative  collaboration with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and
  • Georgetown, Washington, DC - Offers short courses on how policy gets made, with government leaders. 


  • Governor of Wisconsin - with its high unemployment rate, is exploring college credits and competencies to build a system that is competency based to help Wisconsin residents get credit for learning and access further online education.

~  D
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