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6 Tech Trends on Course to Reshape Higher Ed by 2020

6 Tech Trends on Course to Reshape Higher Ed by 2020 | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
In each of its Horizon Reports, the New Media Consortium (NMC) lays out a vision for the future, based on input from experts in the field. Each year, the NMC releases four global editions of the reports, covering higher education, primary education, museums and libraries.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some of these are not trends any more, but actual strategies for ways of teaching and learning, and not just in K-12 but also beginning to seep into higher education. Some will begin to matter for the way we think about the work place; some have already begun to influence the future of work.

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weknow's curator insight, May 5, 12:31 PM

La educación tiene que ir a la par en la evolución de la tecnología. 

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What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion

What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Americans value higher education. But they’re not so sure graduates are ready for the work force, according to a new survey from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation.

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Eighty percent agreed or strongly agreed that colleges have to change. Great. But change to what? And how? And should every college change in the same ways? The answer to the last question is "no," by the way, and any college implementing any change has to do so with a vision and purpose for what those changes might accomplish FOR THE STUDENTS. Just sayin'

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The ‘Maker Movement’ Goes to College

The ‘Maker Movement’  Goes to College | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Institutions gamble on free-for-all tool shops as engines of entrepreneurship.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

So let's be honest: what we're now calling the "maker movement" has been around in different guises for a long time. What's different is that we're being intentional about how we engage students in a kind of learning that just makes sense. Now that's not to say we don't need liberal arts majors who work with their minds and their hands differently, but it is to say that we have to offer students avenues of opportunity and possibility.

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Sustainability Craze Is Undermining Higher Education - American Spectator

Sustainability Craze Is Undermining Higher Education - American Spectator | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A new report by the National Association of Scholars shows how popular the sustainability movement has become college and university campuses in the United States and around the world, since the movement was formally organized on college campuses...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Sustainability and innovation are two buzzwords that have long since lost their flavor. Just as The American Spectator is bewailing the sustainability bewitchment of universities, Educause and others are touting their paper on sustaining a culture innovation (http://www.2revolutions.net/knowledge.html). I don't see anything wrong with sustainability as long as you know what you're sustaining, and why.

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The Ripple Effects of Competency-Based Higher Education -

The Ripple Effects of Competency-Based Higher Education - | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Keith Hampson explores how competency-based education elevates and challenges teaching and learning.

Via EDTC@UTB
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I think the more open we are to the potential and possibilities of competency-based education, the better able we'll be to manage what it is and what it becomes.

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Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

David Cameron argues we need to train the smartest to teach. But Finnish universities select only 10% of applicants – and not the cleverest

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

1. Teacher education programs in Finland are selective.  2. It's not just about grades but about passion. 3. Becoming a good teacher takes time.

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The Future of Education According to Generation Z

The Future of Education According to Generation Z | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Their brains are wired differently.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Kids think differently today for a variety of reasons. They see their lives differently and have very different expectations for their futures. I've long been a proponent of competency-based education or career tech ed; I don't care what you call it but we have to be more intentional about its integration. And I've often talked about the erratic resurgence of apprenticeships, perhaps slightly different from those of the 18th century in practice--you know I just--but akin to them in purpose.

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What to Do When People Draw Different Conclusions From the Same Data

What to Do When People Draw Different Conclusions From the Same Data | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
“In God we trust; all others must bring data.”
That famous line from statistician William Edwards Deming has become a mantra for data-driven companies, because it points to the promise of finding objective answers.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is worthwhile reading for folks whose jobs require them to analyze and understand data, or the data analysis of others.

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More Corporations are Going Game-based - eLearning Industry

More Corporations are Going Game-based - eLearning Industry | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A well trained workforce can certainly set one business apart from the rest. One way companies are getting ahead via training is using game-based training.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

If corporations are going the route of game-based training, the it seems that higher education faculty should become familiar with this training and explore the ways such learning makes sense in their disciplines and in some of their courses.

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American Millennials are among the world’s least skilled

American Millennials are among the world’s least skilled | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Surprised? So were the researchers who tested and compared workers in 23 countries.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

So we're not failing them just in digital literacy, but elsewhere. No doubt MANY educators are doing what they need and more, but it seems far too many K-20 educators are not. Or are our kids just that blase or over-confident about their abilities and what they need to know and be able to do?

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5 Strategies for Promoting College and Career Readiness

5 Strategies for Promoting College and Career Readiness | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
To most of our middle level students, college and careers seem light-years away. But we old codgers (meaning anyone not in their teens) sense with much trepidation how close our students are to their graduation.

Via Patti Kinney
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I really appreciate this article, and I think the strategies are good even for those who don't buy into Common Core. As far as writing is concerned, the identified modes of writing--provisional, readable, and polished--make sense and many teachers have already implemented those modes intuitively even if not necessarily as purposefully as they might.

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The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking

The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A year after banning students from taking notes on laptops, a professor reports on the results.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

The results do not surprise me, but also encourage to ponder further what we mean today by "learning."

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Flipping the Way Students (and Professors) Do College

Flipping the Way Students (and Professors) Do College | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Being read to, besides being redundant, is demeaning and frustrating. I need a professor not as a middle-man for information, but as a motivating and encouraging figurehead of the classroom....

Via EDTC@UTB
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

If professors are racing through a presentation with no time to answer questions, something is very, very wrong. If professors are posting those same presentations on a class site later, then it is absurd to race through the presentation to which no student is paying an iota of attention. Yes, post the presentation for students to review before class and then do something that equates to actual learning in the classroom. The first few times will go badly, but soon students will realize they have to be prepared for class. And if the activities and discussions are actually engaging, they will do the necessary homework.

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America's "No Confidence" Vote on College Grads' Work Readiness

America's "No Confidence" Vote on College Grads' Work Readiness | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Ninety-six percent of Americans say it is "somewhat" or "very" important for adults in the country to have a degree or certificate beyond high school.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This doesn't surprise me. We talk about the appropriate social and emotional skills as well as the need for problem-solving and critical thinking skills, but too often faculty don't work collaboratively within or across departments nor do they have realistic conversations with the folks who might be hiring graduates. While I don't think the only reason to get a college education is to get a job, I know that's the driving force for most people. In most cases, however, getting a job means being with other people which means those social and emotional skills as well as those collaborative problem-solving and critical thinking skills are pretty important.

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How LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges

How LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The professional-networking giant’s purchase of Lynda.com could allow it to do to colleges what Airbnb has done to hotels and Uber has done to taxis.

Via John Shank
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

What's so fascinating about higher education is how we might be able to witness something truly transformative and amazing though I suspect the impetus will come from without like this LinkedIn/Lynda move. And that's okay.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, April 17, 7:31 PM

Sometimes, little things go unnoticed and yet, in the long run cause major ripples in how we think about communicate among ourselves and about ourselves--thinking of Facebook and how it has both evolved as a digital leader and evolutionized communication and transparencies. Similarly, LinkedIn has been making significant changes in its  audience and its footprint.

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Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core

Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher ed. should be prepared for the common-core learning experiences of college-bound students, write Harold G. Levine and Michael W. Kirst.

Via Mel Riddile
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I remember doing a workshop on Common Core when an exasperated teacher raised her hand but not for the reason you're thinking. She wanted to know when colleges and universities were going to get their acts together. She wondered what was going to happen to her students who she was pushing to be stronger critical thinkers and problem solvers. She worried they were going to all this work and end up in lecture halls with professors droning on and on and on.

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5 universities taking innovation from buzzword to practice

5 universities taking innovation from buzzword to practice | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Are college and university investments in innovation worth the time and money? Only if your incubators lead to scalable, sustainable success, says new research.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

What does it really mean to be "innovative" and to incubate innovation? Good question and not the same for every institution.

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Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching

Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Research into texting between teachers and students shows that it can drive engagement and deliver results.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

For K-12 and for higher education. Cel.ly is an app (iOS or Android) that can be used for precisely this purpose, allowing users to create private and restricted cells or networks.

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Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap

Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
All too often, students in many countries do not get the education they must have to prosper in the twenty-first century. Education technology can help close this skills gap.

Via heather dawson
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Business consulting groups are paying close attention to education technology and its impact and influence on learning, and its ultimate impact on the work place. That seems significant.

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Joran Le Cren's curator insight, March 30, 10:03 AM

A good analysis of the skills required for the 21st century but... we may miss the 21st century because of this:

"Delivering on the potential of technology to address skills gaps will ultimately require effective collaboration among a complex and interconnected group of policymakers, educators, education technology providers, and funders." (sic)


Anything planned for the 22nd century ? or is there any disruptor in the place ?

Cheryl Cruz's curator insight, April 21, 8:28 AM

Companies in the US are finding out they are not getting the talents they need from Americas' education system.  So what could be the most viable solution to this situation? Could/should companies that need this talent do more to invest in education for the students going through the education system now? Could/should companies do more to provide apprenticeships, internships and OJT to curate the type of talent they want/need  from the existing labor pool? The US may not be able to keep up the pace of being in the lead in the world with the current status of the education system in the country.  We are 15 years into the 21st century, let's stop pretending it just started yesterday.  This report takes a look at what other countries are doing to keep the pipeline flowing with students and workers who can deliver the talent and skills of today.

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What Exactly Is a Library?

What Exactly Is a Library? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Thinking in words, writing in books -- if we changed how we perceive, record, and aggregate information, how would our libraries change?
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Libraries have already changed. Some have makerspaces. Many of learning/work pods. They have wifi and computers. Some of spaces for Skype or Google Hangouts. They have DVDs and music. In my local library, there are play spaces for children in addition to the area for read-alouds, and those are juxtaposed nicely so the wiggly ones can still play some even while they listen to the story. Libraries, in my opinion, have always been about learning, exploration, and discovery. That remains true, but not only through pages of a book.

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The Internet of Things Is Coming for Your Children

The Internet of Things Is Coming for Your Children | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

The “Internet of Things” is poised to enter the classroom. If you are not familiar with the Internet of Things, think of it as your everyday objects networked and optimized. The popular NEST thermostat is a handy example.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is fascinating, and slightly terrifying.

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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Too often we don't ask questions because we're afraid we might seem impertinent or because we're afraid others will think we don't know something.

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Where Does Our Digital Literacy Come From? | @insidehighered

Where Does Our Digital Literacy Come From? | @insidehighered | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

These assessments could then be used to create in-house professional development tracks to bolster organizational digital literacy, fill in knowledge gaps, and grow individual skill-sets.


Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Great question. A digital literacy development is hampered by educators at all levels who are not digitally literate. And the label of a so-called digital immigrant is a lousy excuse for an educator who is supposed to be about learning.

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 9, 12:14 PM

Thanks to @Alberto Acereda, Ph.D. for sharing this article on his "Trends in Higher Education" Scoop.it page.  

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Why Do We Need the Humanities?

Why Do We Need the Humanities? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Because we live in a dark wood, and we need to rely on the vision of those who saw deeper to lead us to the light

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Not everyone will agree with Rod Dreher and some will be sidetracked by his promotion of his book and by the need to disagree with his thinking. Which is, oddly, his point. Part of the reason we need the humanities is to have an awareness of our cultures and to learn to weigh arguments, to consider evidence with as much objectivity as we might muster. Too often today there are those who disagree simply to disagree or because, or so it seems, they are unwilling to hear any other viewpoint but their own; as a result, the world is a much more close-minded place.

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Adaptive Learning: The Real Revolution in Online Learning

Adaptive Learning:  The Real Revolution in Online Learning | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it


A few years ago, while Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and others were introducing massive open online courses (MOOCs), a small group of researchers and data scientists at Carnegie Mellon University were quietly focused on something that may prove to be far more revolutionary: understanding the intersection of online pedagogy, educational technology, and rapid advances in the learning sciences.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Adaptive learning kicks up differentiation and taps into personalization. Supporting any of this has to be helping teachers and students know what kids know and can do. KIDS have to know what they know and can do so they can continue to explore learning paths and possibilities.

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