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Disrupting Higher Education
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‘Master-Apprentice’ Coding Boot Camp, Higher Ed Join Forces to Address Skills Gap

‘Master-Apprentice’ Coding Boot Camp, Higher Ed Join Forces to Address Skills Gap | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Software Guild is a coding boot camp provider that offers intensive 12-week programs on the ground, and is fast expanding online.
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This makes sense to me.

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Sustaining the liberal arts requires organizational restructuring (essay)

Sustaining the liberal arts requires organizational restructuring (essay) | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The real obstacles to sustaining the liberal arts have to do with traditional organizational structures and curricular approaches, argue Peter Stokes and Chris Slatter.
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Ideas worth considering.

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Research: Students value college, but not for the reasons you’d think - eCampus News

Research: Students value college, but not for the reasons you’d think - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Bigger paychecks and school reputation score lower with students than a meaningful college experience, according to "Value of College" research.

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What is also note-worthy is the students who value college for a meaningful experience are generally more prepared academically. However, according to the AACU, students struggle to articulate concrete outcomes for a college education other than "gaining a sense of maturity, time-management skills, strong work habits, self-discipline, and teamwork skills. With the exception of teamwork skills, however, the students did not recognize these skills as being direct outcomes of the college curriculum as much as they viewed them as products of their own ability to handle the greater independence, freedom, and responsibility gained at college."

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Virtual Reality Invites a New Era of Learning to Higher Education

Virtual Reality Invites a New Era of Learning to Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A team of technology experts at the University of Maryland see an endless horizon of opportunities in education through virtual reality applications.
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I wonder how many will accept the invitation and on what kinds of adventures they'll embark. Let's go boldly!

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How This New ‘Mixed Reality’ Microsoft Innovation Will Change Employee Training Forever

How This New ‘Mixed Reality’ Microsoft Innovation Will Change Employee Training Forever | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Microsoft demonstrates how its HoloLens, a holographic computer, can be applied in a business setting to create mixed realities to help improve employee training.
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NOT just employee training. This could be amazing in higher education and CTE but I suspect that's just scratching the surface of the potential applications.

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EdTech I Will Never Use in the Classroom | Just Visiting

EdTech I Will Never Use in the Classroom  | Just Visiting | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Surveillance isn't the answer.
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Can technology be a distraction? Yep. Does it take self-control and a learning curve to figure out how to manage that distraction? Yep. (My learning curve is a roller coaster, by the way.) Can technology, including phones, help students learn? Yes. Does the pedagogical practice of the instructor (at all grade and learning levels) matter? Yes. And yes, bad choices by students is part of the learning process. How we help them learn how to make better choices may be an even more important lesson.

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Time To Replace Your Chief Innovation Officer

Time To Replace Your Chief Innovation Officer | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The danger of putting people in charge of innovation is that other people feel it's not their job. Innovation should be part of everyone's role.
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I'm not sure I'd call that person the Innovation Enablement Leader as this writer suggests, but I agree that too often the Chief Innovation Officer seems to believe he or she carries the burden of coming up with every innovative idea in all of the organization. In fact, in most organizations including higher education, some of the best ideas come from the rank and file, as it were. The folks who are likely most affected by any innovation. Even if you don't change the name of this role, make sure this person is out and about, having meetings with different folks in different areas of the organization to encourage and hear their ideas and, even better, discover where the synergy is for like ideas across the organization.

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The Next-Generation Analytics Function: Six Skills That Will Make Your Team Future-Proof

The Next-Generation Analytics Function: Six Skills That Will Make Your Team Future-Proof | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The days of specialists and generalists are over. Today’s analytics pros must have substantial depth in a field, but also understand the business.
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What intrigues me about this is the subtext that the employee/employer model frequently goes through changes. I wonder how many HE courses address the analytics of being prepared for changes in one's field. It's one thing to be a lifelong learner, but it's another thing to be sufficiently aware that changes will come and how to manage those changes for one's own career path or simply to keep one's job.

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Speaking heresy – 21st century teaching

Speaking heresy – 21st century teaching | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

"As academia shifts to competency as a measure both of faculty and students, the traditional, calcified structures that have been patched and re-patched since 1088 in Bologna are starting to crumble."

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As the world changes so must the entire scope of the educational model. Why is this so hard? How is it that academia can espouse the ideas of change and yet so stubbornly fail to embrace them?

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What Learning People Really Think About Lecturing | Technology and Learning

What Learning People Really Think About Lecturing | Technology and Learning | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A response to the Atlantic piece, Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture?
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Please let there be balance.

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The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn't Born in America

The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn't Born in America | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Immigrants now launch more than a quarter of U.S. businesses. All entrepreneurs should welcome reform that would make it easier for this class of strivers to stay--and succeed.
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This makes me wonder to what extent our colleges and universities are making adjustments to encourage 1) entrepreneurialism and 2) immigrants, and what needs to be done at both the K-12 and higher education levels to help immigrants complete preparations for and navigate educational pathways.

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The Future Of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring Its Biggest Market

The Future Of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring Its Biggest Market | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
How educational technology can improve academic and scientific progress.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

One of the complaints about higher education that I hear pretty consistently is from high school teachers and administrators who work hard to implement programs and initiatives--many of which that actually make sense--so they can prepare "future ready" students only to have those same students go to college and find themselves in mind-numbingly boring lectures. It's no surprise that too many college faculty do what they do the way they've always done it, without regard to the actual needs of the students, without consideration of the expectations of their future employers. This has got to change. Schools that don't change or improve will soon have to close their doors because they will have little that will attract the interest of potential or even current students.

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Are Today’s Organizational Structures Harming The Future Of Business?  

Are Today’s Organizational Structures Harming The Future Of Business?   | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The digital economy is changing how we work, live, and interact, so it stands to reason that our organizational charts need to change along with it.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Right on! We're having a similar conversation in K-12 education and there should be such a conversation in higher education as organizations grind through the processes that lead to meaningful change. Why even localized synergistic conversations across all of these eludes peoples' thinking perplexes me.

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How Colleges Should Adapt in a Networked Age

How Colleges Should Adapt in a Networked Age | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
In a Re:Learning podcast, The Chronicle talks with Joshua Cooper Ramo, who points to a shift in attitudes toward college and authority figures in general.
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Restructuring departments. Thinking differently about how universities provide education in a networked age. It's a lot to consider to determine what works best for the mission of that particular institution. Not all restructuring nor all adaptations need be, or should be, the same.

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3 forces shaping the university of the future

3 forces shaping the university of the future | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Higher education is essential for a thriving society: it is the strongest, sturdiest ladder to increased socio-economic mobility and the locus, through research universities, of most of the major discoveries of the last two centuries.

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The influence of technology has changed the shape of learning as well as knowledge. I think it condescending and protectionist to suggest that research universities are of the few sources for major discoveries; although, admittedly, they have more funds and more personnel. However, if educators are doing what they ought to do and challenge their students to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers, students ANYWHERE can collaborate with others ANYWHERE and become the nexus for something remarkable.

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A telling experiment reveals a big problem among college students: They don’t know how to study.

A telling experiment reveals a big problem among college students: They don’t know how to study. | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Nobody taught them how to plan, either. Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at new research on the problem.
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It is so depressing that academic felt compelled to conduct an experiment to demonstrate and prove what hundreds of college professors have known for decades. I'd wager that more than a few middle and high school teachers tried to teach these kids how to study and how to plan, they simply chose not to learn. What happens in the classroom, any classroom, is not just teaching. There has to be some learning and of these fundamental skills: that's on the students.

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A Repeatable Methodology For Innovation

A Repeatable Methodology For Innovation | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Using this four-step process, anyone with the right tools and training can consistently produce innovation in business.
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NOT just for business but for higher education or colleges/departments within that are searching for but struggling to find ways to identify relevant and future-forward ways to change.

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Change The Work; Work The Change

Why we can't just throw technology at our problems any more.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Sociologists discuss how departments should consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions

Sociologists discuss how departments should consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
American Sociological Association report suggests standards by which departments may consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions.
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Well then.

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Hillary Clinton’s preschool revolution?

Hillary Clinton’s preschool revolution? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

This story is the last story in a six-part series about how little the United States invests in the education of young children.

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Love her or hate her, the fact is that Clinton has brought preschool to the fore and forces a conversation about the quality and cost of preschool. While some may fret about the expectations of preschool and kindergarten, others fret that their children cannot or will not get the social, emotional, and academic opportunities offered in preschool. Why are we so reluctant to invest in this country's future? I have to wonder how much attention our university education programs pay to the practical business matters of preschool as well as its curriculum.

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The Future of the University: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education

The Future of the University: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
This essay proposes five models of innovation in higher education that expand our "Ideas of the University," envisioning educational start-ups in the spirit of entrepreneurial experimentation. The author seeks to realize each of these feasible utopias as a way to disrupt higher education.
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This was originally published in 2015 and is worth revisiting, especially as higher education is often forced to defend its purpose and its structure.

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The Classroom of the Future

The Classroom of the Future | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The seats, space, and stuff that idyllic learning environments are made of
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As we think about designing the classroom of the future, I wonder if it's worth thinking about what is likely to be the work space of the future.

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Some College Students Are Angry They Have To Pay To Do Their Homework

Some College Students Are Angry They Have To Pay To Do Their Homework | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Digital learning systems now charge students for access codes needed to complete coursework, take quizzes, and turn i
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Huh. Once the bigs figured it out, they figured it out. But I have to wonder how they justify those costs to anyone other than their shareholders.

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5 ways to practically incorporate virtual reality - eCampus News

5 ways to practically incorporate virtual reality - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
How higher education can harness virtual reality for services beyond the campus tour.
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Aside from the title that suggests ways to almost incorporate virtual reality--a situation in which the placement of that adverb really matters--it's important to note that none of these applications of VR are related to actual teaching and learning. Just an observation.

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Higher Ed Business Officers Lack Technology Insights, Survey Says

Higher Ed Business Officers Lack Technology Insights, Survey Says | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Survey results indicate that financial decision-makers don’t have a clear view of how academic and administrative technologies perform, but faculty could help fill in the blanks.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yep, faculty could offer some insights on technologies as could the folks slaving away in the IT offices trying to provide a whole host of support services for administration and faculty, and often without being consulting about what might be most/more effective and/or efficient. Maybe having a team with cross-campus representation could be helpful, even useful?

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