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Introducing constructive change in HE, esp for K-12 teachers
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The College Faculty Crisis

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Community colleges have to do a better job of screening the part-time instructors they hire, because they far outnumber full-time faculty members.
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This "crisis" has been developing for a while. The on-going battle of costs and faculty expense is not a new one, and not an easy one.

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Digital Baggage - is what you share career threatening? - YouTube

AVG's latest study Digital Diaries study called Digital Baggage reveals that many 18 to 25-year-olds don't audit their digital footprint or manage their soci...
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Digital baggage. It's not just for kids.

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The Business of Higher Education: What We Miss by Looking Only at Balance ... - Pacific Standard

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The Business of Higher Education: What We Miss by Looking Only at Balance ...
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Our newspaper op/ed sections have recently been filled with talk of the changing state of higher education.
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For many students, college isn't just about what they might learn in a classroom. It really is about growing up, learning who they are, and making connections.

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Why You Should Start A Business While You're Still In College ...

Why You Should Start A Business While You're Still In College ... | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Tensions ran high as eight college kids mentally rehearsed their pitches before it was their turn to present to a group of judges at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. The students were competing in SXSW's third ...
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"Even if a company fails, the kids got that experience. College is a great time to take that risk."


Experience. Experience risk. Experience failure. Experience managing that failure, and that risk. Or perhaps experience success.


Used to be Junior Achievement offered that opportunity for younger kids. JA is a volunteer organization. Maybe through working with JA and/or Big Brothers & Big Sisters you can offer some options to a community in need.

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Why 21st Century Learning Should Be More Like the 19th Century - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

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Why 21st Century Learning Should Be More Like the 19th Century
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
It's hard to be against Professor Mintz's vision because it's a kind of educational near-Utopia.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I don't think K-12 or higher education should be data-driven. I think we've got so wrapped up in the data we've forgotten the students who generate the data; we've forgotten that students aren't data points and that their hopes, dreams, frustrations, and passions aren't measured by data points.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 7, 11:06 AM

Dewey's work was scientific in that he had a lab school, but he also understood what happened there was not what happened in all settings. We should make sure the community or communities have input into the process. This includes teachers, students, parents, and the community-at-large. Data is not numbers. It can include intuitions based on those who walk the path.

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College Board Plans Revamp of SAT Exam - Wall Street Journal

College Board Plans Revamp of SAT Exam - Wall Street Journal | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
College Board Plans Revamp of SAT Exam
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In a move that reflects the shifting economic and demographic pressures on U.S.
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College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Many students who don't ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.
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"'Human intelligence is so multifaceted, so complex, so varied, that no standardized testing system can be expected to capture it,' says William Hiss, the study's main author"


Wow. Ya think?

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An interview with Canadian MOOC pioneer George Siemens | University Affairs

An interview with Canadian MOOC pioneer George Siemens | University Affairs | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
George Siemens, Canada’s MOOC pioneer, opens up about where the movement is headed.
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MOOCs have not lived up to the hype, but concept is a good one even if the name is terrible. I think it could be fun to be part of the evolution.

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Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It

Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Even as student loan debt continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.
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Higher education educators have to make sure the experience and learning is worth the time and money.

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The surprising reason college grads can’t get a job

The surprising reason college grads can’t get a job | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Employers say millennials lack the job skills and work ethic needed to get hired, a new Bentley University study says. The Fiscal Times Reports.
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Interesting. Freshman experience courses help students make the transition from high school to college. Maybe those senior seminar courses need to be reworked.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 30, 11:33 AM

It speaks volumes for education systems in disarray and not meetin the needs of the world. Is technology paying off? What new structures are needed?

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Teaching From the Bottom Up

Teaching From the Bottom Up | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
It's not unusual to hear a professor say, "My students are just not critical thinkers." To this I would reply, "So what are you doing to make them critical thinkers? What are you doing to develop that skill?
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Professional improvement/development is for ALL educators. If we want students to be engaged, problem solvers, and critical thinkers, we need to be engaging and challenge them to be problem solvers and critical thinkers.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 9:54 PM

All learning is a ground up and recurring process. What is interesting is this is another person who is not in a classroom passing judgement on what is done in a classroom. Maybe he should spend time with today's students.

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How Liberal-Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul

How Liberal-Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
While they start out making less than those in professional and pre-professional majors, that changes by peak earning years, a new report says.
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For all of those folks concerned about the value of the humanities or a liberal arts education.

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Is higher education a waste of money?

Is higher education a waste of money? | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Delegates at the World Economic Forum discuss whether it's worth taking on huge debt to get higher degrees.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

". . .the key problem was that people were not being given relevant skills and were ending up leaving university in huge debt before going off and getting a poorly paid job that they could have done without a degree."


Higher education AND K-12 have to be thinking differently about the future of work. Thanks to my doctoral mentor, Dr. Dwight Allen, for helping me to learn how to think differently and wonder what box people are trying to think outside of.

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Essay considers whether higher education in the U.S. has peaked | Inside Higher Ed

Essay considers whether higher education in the U.S. has peaked | Inside Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

For the record, I don't think HE has peaked. I think some universities have been slow to adapt to changing expectations and needs. I think media too often influences decisions, especially with its "best" and "worst" majors balderdash. Just as K-12 educators need to be looking ahead, so do HE administrators and faculty. JFK once said "those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." We need to honor the past and present, but we need to build for the future.


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Cengage Learning emerges from bankruptcy with focus on digital growth | Inside Higher Ed

Cengage Learning emerges from bankruptcy with focus on digital growth | Inside Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
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A Presentation Isn't Always the Right Way to Communicate

A Presentation Isn't Always the Right Way to Communicate | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Sometimes you just need to start a conversation.
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"Of course, it’s common practice to circulate decks of slides before meetings, but often they’re too opaque to be understood without guidance from a presenter — or they’re so packed with “teleprompter” text that people have a hard time digesting them. Asking everyone to decode your cryptic bullets or plow through a lot of verbiage before you meet is setting yourself up for disappointment. Nobody has the time, and your ideas could get lost in translation. So give people a document that’s meant to be read, not presented. One they’ll grasp quickly and easily on their own" [emphasis mine].

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How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint - Slate Magazine

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How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint
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Digital slideshows are the scourge of higher education. By Rebecca Schuman. 140307_edu_27. REPRINT PRINT EMAIL. Load Comments.
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I remember saying this over 10 years ago. It occurs to me that one of the reasons we don't really teach any more is because we're too busy presenting.

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The future of higher education? Five experts give their predictions

The future of higher education? Five experts give their predictions | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Ahead of the Jisc Digital Festival next week, five experts predict the innovations and trends that are set to change the face of higher education and research in the coming years
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In what ways will/can/should technology change the way we think about higher education and preparing students for their futures?

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20 Signs You've Made a Difference as an Educator - InformED

20 Signs You've Made a Difference as an Educator - InformED | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Remember that professor you had in college who took you under his wing and made you feel like you had something unique to contribute to the world? How do you know if you're doing the same for students?
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Teaching matters. Not lecturing, not pontificating. These are great signs for any teacher.

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University of Maine at Presque Isle drops grades for proficiencies across its curriculums | Inside Higher Ed

University of Maine at Presque Isle drops grades for proficiencies across its curriculums | Inside Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Love, hate, or be perplexed by Common Core, it has reinvigorated the conversation about assessments. The University of Maine at Presque Isle is taking a bold step to best serve its students. Should be fascinating to watch!

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Why There’s No Actual Demand for Higher Education

Why There’s No Actual Demand for Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed. The champions of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other digitally mediated mass-produced education often speak of the “necessity” of transitioning to this model because of all of the increasingly onerous expense of traditional higher ed and unmet demand for education....
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

"Because the demand isn’t for education, per se. It’s for what we believe education can provide: a secure, stable life." While I don't agree with some of what this author writes, I do agree the question is worth discussing.


Just as we seem to be at a point of questioning why we educate our K-12 kids--and it's worth thinking carefully and seriously about that question--it's worth asking how we can articulate the value of higher education.


This isn't about a liberal arts education either. It's broader than that, maybe even bigger than that as we think not just of the heritage of higher education but the shape and sense of it one or more decades from now.


How do we rethink education so it makes sense for today's kids for their futures?

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Bentley PreparedU

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The PreparedU project will feature Bentley University’s groundbreaking Preparedness Survey conducted by KRC Research, which uncovers the “Why, what and how” behind the millennial generation’s challenges in the 21st century workforce.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This is a fascinating study. Informative. Useful for high school educators, college educators, and those hiring for entry-level positions.

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Facing the Facts in Higher Education

Facing the Facts in Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
One of the recurring themes making the higher education circuit these days is that "Paris is burning . . .
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

"The reality is, of course, that the colleges and universities that survive will do so because they thought about their future rather than simply managed their present. Let's hope that the next wave of management solutions for higher education attacks the status quo by recognizing the strength of what underpins it. Let's pray that colleges and universities do more with less but also ask themselves the tough questions that strengthen them."


Dr. Mitchell offers five questions to consider. The first asks universities to think about their core mission and how to support faculty and staff to prepare for a changing world. The last asks how universities can "support creativity by being nimble and adapting to the world around them." In my mind, those are the same question.


Adapt to the changing world and look to the future. Preparing students for today's world is useful, but it's more important to make sure they have the necessary skills to continue to prepare and learn for tomorrow's world; to be themselves nimble, creative, and adaptable. Tomorrow's world is the one they will help shape.

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10 Critical Issues Facing Education

10 Critical Issues Facing Education | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
When it comes to education, there are numerous critical issues that need to be addressed in 2014, and these are ten of them.
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I don't think any of these are a surprise. What we need now is some practical, flexible, forward thinking about how to address these issues.

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Professors find a way without textbooks

Professors find a way without textbooks | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
This first two weeks of class are by far the busiest times for the Central Michigan University's Bookstore employees as students pick up the required materials
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Books aren't dead, not by any means. There are always reasons to have books as resources. But let's be honest: with the wealth of materials being published and shared online, the challenge for educators is finding the content they want and that best fits their learning objectives for their courses. It is part of the #learningevolution.

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