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Why Faculty Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones in Classrooms

Why Faculty Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones in Classrooms | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Allowing students to bring mobile devices into class can boost collaboration and improve learning outcomes.
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I'm sorry to know we're still having this conversation. Yes, some faculty might get a bit angsty when they read "Mobile Devices Let Students Learn How They Want To" but if we remind students that their smartphones can be used for more than Snapchat and Instagram then it's entirely possible they'll discover other ways of learning. That's not to say all kids use their phones only for social media, but we do them a disservice by not providing them opportunities to learn how their smartphones can be used for so much more.

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47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University

47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
“No government is prepared,” The Economist reports. 
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We're great a sounding the death knell for what is but less adept at considering and acting on the possibilities for what could be. We're not very good at seeking out potential because we're too busy wringing our hands over what we're about to lose or what we could lose. We need to stop that. We need to examine these prognostications as well as the trends in technology and global workplace changes to determine how to make the best use of the likely changes and perhaps transform those that seem to make less sense.

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Four University Technologies That Will Become Obsolete by 2020

Four University Technologies That Will Become Obsolete by 2020 | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Jason Konesco - While technologies that work on college campuses should be enhanced, here are four that will see extinction in the coming years.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some universities are already moving in this direction; others need to think about how they might follow. I can't help but wonder about the high school student who has worn an ID badge on a lanyard throughout his entire K-12 experience and how he will adjust to a mobile ID system. Which makes me wonder how freshman experience classes and experiences need to change for students, not just in light of technology, but in light of the world in which we live: safe places, trigger warnings, hate speech, "no" really does mean "no," etc. But also in terms in helping students enjoy being in college as well as remembering it is not a parenthetic in life but a critical transitional and growing part of life. They must keep looking forward even as they are being present.

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Business Partnerships Pay Off in a Changing Job Market

Business Partnerships Pay Off in a Changing Job Market | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
For graduates, real-world experience extends the value of a college education.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Just FYI: I still believe in the value of a liberal arts education. Having said that, I think it behooves higher ed faculty to become (more) aware of the realities of the world and how their courses and disciplines fit.

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Dyson Launch a New University to Bridge Skills Gap - Westminster Business Council

Dyson Launch a New University to Bridge Skills Gap - Westminster Business Council | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson is to put his money where his mouth is by helping to bridge Britain’s chronic skills gap with the launch of a new university. Dyson is ploughing £15m over the next five years into the Dyson Institute of Technology as he looks to double his engineering workforce to 6,000 by 2020. 

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

Given the work he does as an inventor and manufacturer, it makes sense for Dyson to have his own institute of technology. Not only could those students learn important skills in engineering, but they should learn about project management and manufacturing. They might learn about patents, robotics, budgeting, and more. They should learn and experience the importance of oral and written communication. This is pretty exciting.

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What Hiring Managers Ask When You're Overqualified for a Job

What Hiring Managers Ask When You're Overqualified for a Job | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
How many times have you seen a job listing that's made you say, "Wow, that looks interesting, but I'm way too experienced?" This used to happen to me a lot-especially
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An interesting perspective especially as we consider how quickly the world is changing, which means that job titles and job descriptions are increasingly fluid. This is some good insight for those nearing graduation and for those in or about to be in search for something new and different.

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Why Learning Innovation Can Seem Invisible | Technology and Learning

Why Learning Innovation Can Seem Invisible | Technology and Learning | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
An unseen renaissance.
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"How much has the conversation on your campus changed about how people learn, and how we should teach, during the past few years? It is nearly impossible, however, to accurately measure all this learning innovation. We have a hard time pointing to, counting up, and making sense of the learning innovations that are occurring on each campus."

And only partially because we don't talk about it, and only partially because there is no clear vision for what "learning innovation" could mean or does mean on our campuses.

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Students Ask the Same Questions as Professionals | Student Affairs and Technology

Students Ask the Same Questions as Professionals | Student Affairs and Technology | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A conversation on digital marketing and social media
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Go where the students and prospective students are more likely to be. Just sayin'

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How To Train 68.8 Million Teachers. Because That's How Many The World Needs

How To Train 68.8 Million Teachers. Because That's How Many The World Needs | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Number four among the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals is providing every child in the world with quality education by 2030. There are currently about 260 million children out of school. It is one thing to get them into school, it’s another to provide quality education.

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68.8 MILLION teachers needed worldwide.

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As College Campuses Grow More Diverse, Technology Can Help or Hinder

As College Campuses Grow More Diverse, Technology Can Help or Hinder | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Diversity considerations don’t stop at the admissions department.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It occurs to me that some of our incoming freshmen may arrive at their campus missing some fundamental digital literacy/citizenship skills because of the absence of resources and opportunity at their high schools. Perhaps freshmen experience classes should address this, if they don't already. Just as there are remediation courses in English and math, perhaps there should be digital literacy remediation courses.

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

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.

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

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

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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Education vs work skills: what do employers really want?

Education vs work skills: what do employers really want? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A panel at Wharton's Reimagine Education conference discusses whether higher education institutions are teaching graduates the skills employers need.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It's interesting that "liberal arts" has a brand trust issue though not completely surprising. I don't know that an MBA is the solution. My impression is that having better expectations of students and their work is a solution. If we think or believe they can't accomplish something they won't because we'll never give them the opportunity.

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We are sending kids the wrong message about adulthood. Here’s what needs to change.

We are sending kids the wrong message about adulthood. Here’s what needs to change. | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
We all know them — the kids who don’t make plans out of high school and then don’t follow a path. They’re closing in on 30 and still living at home.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Universities can contribute to the misconceptions about adulthood and what it means to be an adult. Maybe that needs to change, too.

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The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course

The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Too often I hear of high school administrators and teachers complain of how hard they have worked to integrate technology in meaningful ways only to have their high school graduates tell them about the dearth of technology in their collegiate courses. K12 schools can strive towards future readiness but higher education should be leading the way.

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Why the Future of Content Creation in Higher Education Is Digital

Why the Future of Content Creation in Higher Education Is Digital | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The university system is a multi-billion dollar business. And the future of higher education learning lies in digital options.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Not only should content creation be a part of the higher education norm, but so should content curation skills. There is a lot of information and misinformation in cyberspace. Learning how to evaluate digital sources is of significant importance for anyone, but especially college students who still seem shocked to learn that everything on the internet is not Truth.

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Leaders consider future of tiny liberal arts colleges

Leaders consider future of tiny liberal arts colleges | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Presidents of tiny liberal arts colleges work to make themselves heard above talk of mergers and large institutions.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Challenge to liberal arts education leaders: crush the box. Seriously. Crush it. Of all people you have the opportunity to rethink how our students engage in a liberal arts education. You can take advantage of the power of project-based learning and, I will go so far to say that you can take some of the most interesting and profound advantage of the STEAM movement.

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Let's bridge the divide between lecturers and technical instructors

Let's bridge the divide between lecturers and technical instructors | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
An outdated snobbery still exists in my university – we all want the best for students, so why not just work together?
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Not just in the UK.

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11 Ways to Make an Inquiry-Based Classroom

11 Ways to Make an Inquiry-Based Classroom | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
11 Ways to Make an Inquiry-Based Classroom
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm an instructional coach with some teachers who really, REALLY want to "manage" their classrooms this way. But district policy keeps getting in the way. One of the many on-going challenges for teachers is conflicting district mandates and initiatives. If districts want inquiry-based learning, they have to stop demanding strict adherence to pacing guides and non-stop benchmark testing.

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20 Things Students Say Help Them Learn

20 Things Students Say Help Them Learn | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Anne Curzan describes a class activity where students told the instructors ways to create a productive learning community.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Read. Reflect. Implement.

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10 things not enough kids know before going to college

10 things not enough kids know before going to college | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Take statistics, study abroad, and more advice from a Columbia professor.
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Learn to write well. Learn to speak well. Know that your college experience is but one step of your journey and that the path that follows will rarely be smooth or clear, and that's okay because it's part of the adventure we call life.

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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.

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

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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