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Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education - Forbes

Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education - Forbes | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Matthew LeBar writes about a new alternative to higher education--the nano-degree.
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I think there is value in the nano-degree. I think it's a form of certification for those who do not need or want a four-year degree, for those who have a degree but are looking for something that indicates specialization (aka certification), for those who don't want a Master's degree or a doctorate but are looking for some sort of additional education that is punctuated with appropriate documentation.

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Are MOOCs and eLearning Just Fads? - eLearning Industry

Are MOOCs and eLearning Just Fads? - eLearning Industry | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs and eLearning: eLearning is cost effective, efficient and delivers results to companies. In the same way MOOCs are THE new way to study.

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

I agree we can safely say "No, MOOCs and elearnings are not fads." I also agree we can safely say that the effective in either is how they are designed and deployed, and with the user in mind.

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Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. 

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Non-judgmental, present-moment awareness. Sounds like something of value for anyone in any situation. Perhaps it should be discussed in organizational on-boarding and in freshman/college success classes. Perhaps students, educators, administrators, employees, and managers should be occasionally reminded of the value and importance of mindfulness. Which is all very well and good until someone builds a program around it and manages to formalize and institutionalize how to be mindful.

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Are Millennials Mucking Up The Mentor Pool Or Are We?

Are Millennials Mucking Up The Mentor Pool Or Are We? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
This nation’s mentors can be kindly or they can be curmudgeons, but apparently these once vital — often volunteer — internal company coaches, advisers and tutors are heading the way of the typewriter ribbon, according to some high-level business...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I was intrigued to find another article about mentoring. We talk frequently about coaching and about mentoring (often mistakenly synonymously), but it is indeed rare to find mentors in the work place and for all students to have an equally fair shot at getting a mentor in college. I don't think video is a good substitute for a good mentor, but I do think GOOD video--well-conceived and well-executed, both of which are harder than they sound--can be an excellent complement to occasional mentoring. And I do think GOOD video might be the best option some employees, millennials or otherwise, might have.

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First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind - The Atlantic

First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind - The Atlantic | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Kids who are the first in their families to brave the world of higher education come on campus with little academic know-how and are much more likely than their peers to drop out before graduation.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Yes, this is too often the case. Kids don't get enough or accurate information in college and their parents don't have enough experience or knowledge to help. A mentor course and program, then, is imperative for college freshmen. They may still be behind, but at least a mentor can direct them to campus resources and help them figure out how to try to catch up and keep up.

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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science - New York Times

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science - New York Times | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A small but growing number of universities have adopted a more engaging, demanding form of the standard introductory courses, and research suggests the new style works better.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Lots of college profs have taught this way; they just haven't gotten any media attention. A gatekeeper controls access. We tend to see the role as keeping someone from passing through the gate; the gatekeeper as pathway bouncer. But what if we see faculty gatekeepers as individuals who are guiding students so they have the knowledge and skill to pass through the gate?

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Developing Talent Through The Power Of Mentorship

Developing Talent Through The Power Of Mentorship | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
When I first started in consulting, career development was easy. Each professional level and path was very well-defined, with an analyst moving predictably from team lead to project manager to partner.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Why  promote this for higher education? Because many universities have freshman mentoring programs that stop formally at the end of the 1st semester, yet informal mentor relationships are often formed for the entirety of some students' careers. Mentoring matters and makes a difference. If it's important for the work place, why shouldn't it be important for the university? The pool for potential mentors? Retired and former faculty, community members, local businesses and churches. It could happen.

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The Longer View: Edtech and 21st-Century Education

The Longer View: Edtech and 21st-Century Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A forward-thinking Baby Boomer reflects on the need to accept the opportunities offered by technology to educate the generations who embrace it.
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"Being connected as an educator empowers us to learn how to become more impactful in our teaching. Technology provides educators with the ability to connect and collaborate with other educators and thought leaders. It invites them to examine and reflect on the changes needed in education." I'd say this sums up the importance of embracing change, making good decisions about what resources and strategies to use when, and being supported by strong administrators to get what you need and when you need it, including training and time to learn/prepare. True for K-12 and true for higher ed.

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IFAP: Eligibility of competency-based programs

Question and Answer (Q&A) format, guidance to institutions regarding the eligibility of competency-based education programs, which include direct assessment programs, under existing statutory and regulatory requirements for the Title IV, Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) student assistance programs.


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How to prepare for everything - eCampus News

How to prepare for everything - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Just getting used to the Internet of Things? Well, welcome to the Internet of Everything--and what it means for IT in higher education.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Buckle up! Technological possibilities and what the "Internet of Everything" could mean is just going to get more interesting.

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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.

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

I agree that we cannot ignore the possibilities that MOOCs might yield. #edtechchat #edtech #elearning #highered

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John Shank's curator insight, December 15, 2014 9:23 AM

#edtech #elearning #blendedlearning #highered 

drsmetty's curator insight, December 20, 2014 4:24 AM

Maybe it's too early for final conclusions. Let's see what happens during the next 5 years. 

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'Nanodegree' And Boot Camp Programs Attracting Investment

'Nanodegree' And Boot Camp Programs Attracting Investment | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

By Marlene Givant Star Even as the for-profit education sector has been swooning for years under the weight of heightened government regulation, highly focused task-oriented ‘nanodegree programs’ are attracting attention from investors. These programs aren’t really degrees but rather certificates aimed at specific job skills.

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

What could be interesting here is the rapidly changing attitude of business towards the nanodegree concept.

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College students: These are the top 6 trends in higher education - eCampus News

College students: These are the top 6 trends in higher education - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
68 percent of students said online classes would be important to their educational experience, and campus administration is all about collaboration.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Mr. Lambert, who wrote this article about public HE losing the public (http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/226345-is-public-higher-education-losing-the-public), should read this article. He does himself little service talking to politicians when he should be interviewing students, faculty, business leaders who (want to) hire graduates, and parents. Those folks are the public HE is at risk of losing. And the trends? Good insight.

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What Do Great Entrepreneurs Do?

What Do Great Entrepreneurs Do? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
I was reading Seth’s new book – What to do when its your turn [and its always your turn] and came across the section, where he writes –
Great work is the result of seeking out tension and not avoiding it..
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Entrepreneurs resolve tension situations creatively. . .and make money doing it. I think while many entrepreneurs pursue ventures for financial gain, many also engage in these ventures precisely because they have the opportunity to solve a problem creatively.

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The future of online learning - Financial Times

The future of online learning - Financial Times | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

In the first of an occasional series featuring two experts debating a hot topic for students, Anant Agarwal and Chip Paucek, chief executives of online learning providers edX and 2U respectively, share their predictions for business education. . . .

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My question is if the opportunities through these platforms will drive the changes and perceptions or if user and organizational expectations and demands will drive the changes and perceptions.

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10 Digital & Social Trends for Higher Education Marketing in 2015

10 Digital & Social Trends for Higher Education Marketing in 2015 | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

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We’ve been immersed in all of the latest marketing communication trends recently as we pull together content for our brand new Future Index Academy sessions. With so much knowledge at our fingertip...

Via Leona Ungerer
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People, people, people: so much of what we see today is NOT only for one single area. We work in silos because we think in silos, and you can quote me on that. Many of these trends are applicable to other parts of higher education--like, I don't know, being taught in the disciplines. Call me crazy.

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Finding The Elusive Big Wisdom In Big Data

Finding The Elusive Big Wisdom In Big Data | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
 You probably already know ‘Big Data’ is top of mind heading into 2015. How could you not? You are hearing about it constantly from vendors and journalists alike (guilty as charged). And you know what that hype says, right?
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But it's just data. Bits of information that may or may not be useful without someone who is sufficiently skilled and knowledgeable to analyze that data and to make sense of it, and to have the wisdom to realize there is more than one way to examine and use data. This is the stuff we should be teaching and practicing.

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Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Salvage Higher Education - US News

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Salvage Higher Education - US News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Some say bringing high technology to higher ed makes it less, not more, efficient.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

As is the case for K-12, do NOT start with the technology. Technology cannot "rescue" anything. It is a tool, a resource. University faculty need support, just like K-12 educators. University faculty need time to figure out how best to use technology and how what technology suits the learning objectives, just like K-12 educators. University faculty need opportunities for training/PD to learn how to use whatever technology more effectively, just like K-12 educators. Technology, by itself, will have no impact on the classroom. How faculty integrate it and invite their students to use will make all of the difference.

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Hacking Education; Project-Based Learning Trumps the Ivory Tower - Hackaday

Hacking Education; Project-Based Learning Trumps the Ivory Tower - Hackaday | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Project-based learning, hackathons, and final projects for college courses are fulfilling a demand for hands-on technical learning that had previously fallen by the wayside. . . 

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

And this kind of learning influences thinking about CBE and CTE as students work their ways through college, some more literally than others. This kind of thinking about learning should influence thinking about teaching and learning in high school, if not the entirety of K-12.


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How m-Learning is Changing the Future of e-Learning

How m-Learning is Changing the Future of e-Learning | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
We’re approaching the year 2015, which is also the year by which research firm IDC predicted the number of U.S. mobile Internet users would surpass their wired counterparts.
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The possibilities for learning through augmented reality are really quite thrilling and, in my opinion, worth investigating.

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Eduventures Reveals Top Predictions for Higher Education | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Eduventures Reveals Top Predictions for Higher Education | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Analysts Explore Issues That Should be on the Radar of Every Higher Education Leader in the New Year | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Competency-based education. Online learning. Student debt. Technology and more technology to support #CBE and online learning plus other technology-supported or -enhanced approaches faculty use for their students' learning.


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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

One of the greatest disruptions to higher education is the change in K-12 education. As K-12 classroom teachers introduce more digital learning, integrate blended and flipped learning, provide more opportunities for PBL, and help students push the limits of their possibilities, K-12 students are going to have greater expectations for their collegiate experience. If this is the future for the K-12 classroom, just imagine what the future of the higher education learning space should be.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 26, 2014 12:30 PM

I am not as convinced some of these are happening and we are entering the 15th year of the 21st Century.

 

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'College Ready' Is Not Enough for Students Completing Higher Education

'College Ready' Is Not Enough for Students Completing Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The right resources and more support will lead students to make better college decisions.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

The title speaks for itself. Truth is that more students do better in college and are much more likely to graduate if they have individuals who will invest time and energy in helping the students work towards graduation.


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What's Next for E-Textbooks?

What's Next for E-Textbooks? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Technology is moving the digital textbook from print look-alike to next-generation learning platform.

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

If this is the direction for texts for college students, then we need to be considering the cascading implications for high school, then middle school, and then elementary students. We also need to be looking towards what's currently happening and what could be happening for various organizations. Are we seeing the last of print products of any kind? Are we seeing movement away from any print sales collateral or marketing materials? Is that "good"? Will it be "better"? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

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Want to help students improve their work? Mark them on their progress

Want to help students improve their work? Mark them on their progress | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

By giving students a mark that reflects personal development – rather than a comparison with peers – we can avoid demotivating lower-achievers."

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I've seen a lot of articles and postings recently about taking advantage of informal learning; not too much on ipsative assessment. Anyone who has done portfolios with their students has probably used ipsative assessment strategies, and many writing teachers employ them. Learning and growth are iterative, and in many situations improvement is measured compared to one's last performance. Why not for [personalized] student learning?

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