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MOOCs and higher education: evolution or revolution? | OUPblog

MOOCs and higher education: evolution or revolution? | OUPblog | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) burst into the public consciousness in 2012 after feverish press reports about elite US universities offering free courses, through the Internet, to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
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I think MOOCs have yet to find their place; I think their value is still evolving. Not too long ago I read about lifelong learning being the 5th most critical skill for 2025. As stacked credentials and digital badges come into their own, I think MOOCs will do the same for on-going learning, for trans- and interdisciplinary learning we're going to see increasingly important throughout our global economy.

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Some interesting insights in this article. I agree that the jury is still out on MOOCs.
 
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Could a liberal arts approach to online learning be more successful? - eCampus News

Could a liberal arts approach to online learning be more successful? - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Bellevue University is using small online learning classes and close oversight by faculty to improve graduation rates and reduce debt defaults.
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Behold! The critical thinker.

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Purdue U gets into competency-based education with new bachelor's degree

Purdue U gets into competency-based education with new bachelor's degree | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Accreditor approves Purdue's new competency-based bachelor's degree, which blends technical disciplines with the humanities and has a customizable approach designed more for a career than a first job.
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I appreciate that universities are delving into the possibilities of competency-based education. I do wonder in what ways they are examining the role of their general education requirements in light of such programs, and how they will conduct on-going program reviews to reflect the inevitable changes.

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Governors State U relies on full-time professors to teach all freshmen

Governors State U relies on full-time professors to teach all freshmen | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Governors State U, with many at-risk students, and without much money, opts to fill freshman program course sections with full-time faculty members only.
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I love that a university is making its freshmen a priority. Seems to make sense but it will be interesting to see if it does make a difference and if any other universities attempt the same.

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Growing number of colleges reach into K-12 to help students prepare for college and their careers

Growing number of colleges reach into K-12 to help students prepare for college and their careers | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Colleges, school districts and college completion groups look to strengthen connections between colleges and K-12 to try to help more students prepare to succeed in higher education.
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Creating partnerships. Building relationships between K-12 school and university communities. Encouraging students to think differently about themselves and about learning. Powerful.

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Millennials Are Shaping the Mobile Workspace of the Future

Millennials Are Shaping the Mobile Workspace of the Future | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The future for higher ed learning is more robust mobile workspaces.
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The way our students engage with and perceive technology, mobile or otherwise, will influence and shape not only how we are expected to provide learning opportunities but how businesses may begin to adapt and adjust. A global economy is only part of that story.

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Using Design Thinking in Higher Education

Using Design Thinking in Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The best designs are human centered. Putting human beings at the center of the process helps us create and maintain humanity as we innovate and move forward.
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What if. . .we thought about higher ed students as end users of learning rather than consumers of knowledge? What if. . .part of our work in higher education was to help ensure that students were able to use and refine their skills and apply their learning? What if. . .we designed assessment tasks to reflect what students might need to know and be able to do?

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Business Professors Need to Spend Time in Companies

Business Professors Need to Spend Time in Companies | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
An externship program can help bridge the gap between research and practice.
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As long as higher ed insists on the archaic requirement of "publish or perish" for the equally archaic practice of tenure, perhaps administrators should require an externship (or two) for all professional areas, including business and education.

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Study questions whether elite college courses are of higher quality than others

Study questions whether elite college courses are of higher quality than others | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
DENVER -- The public -- and heck, many people in higher education -- widely assume prestigious colleges and universities provide the best quality education.
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I appreciate the difficulties of conducting observations to begin to determine what constitutes quality teaching. But I also know that there are some pretty amazing teachers at institutions no one considers top tier. They may not have the research budgets--or pressures--but they have passion for their content areas. They delight in sharing their knowledge but also in encouraging students to take discoveries to new levels. The quality of education may have little to do with the name of the institution.

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Colleges alone can't solve the 'skills standoff' with employers (essay)

Colleges alone can't solve the 'skills standoff' with employers (essay) | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Can you name 50 U.S. colleges or universities that (i) don’t carry the name of a state and (ii) don’t have a Division I football or basketball team? If you can, you’re an elite reader of Inside Higher Ed.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Pre-hire training companies. That is, organizations that work with potential employers to make sure potential employees have the right skills and knowledge to be hired. Fascinating. Sort of like an apprenticeship before being allowed to join a guild.

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The future of college: 10 alternative pathways in higher education - TechRepublic

The future of college: 10 alternative pathways in higher education - TechRepublic | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Despite advances in technology, most colleges and universities still operate using traditional models. Here are 10 alternative routes to help schools integrate classrooms with the digital world.
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Exploring still other interesting options for students of all ages to pursue and complete a college education.

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Tweeting in Higher Education: Best Practices | EDUCAUSE

A survey of literature regarding use of Twitter in the higher education classroom finds substantial support and good advice regarding its usefulness in pedagogy.
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This, and learn how to use a tool like Hootsuite or Twitterfall in your classroom if you want to project a live feed of your class hashtag.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 21, 2015 12:34 PM

This article shares quite a bit of research on the effectiveness of leveraging Twitter within higher education to help teach your students.

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15 Books Incoming College Freshmen Had to Read This Summer

15 Books Incoming College Freshmen Had to Read This Summer | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Classic novels, nonfiction works, and multicultural memoirs topped the list.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm completely intrigued by some of the titles on this list, only a few of which I've read. It would be fascinating to have an online book club of students and faculty around the country, heck, around the world, discussing some of these books. Anyone interested?

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Why This MIT Dean Is Leaving Her Job to Start a New Kind of University

Why This MIT Dean Is Leaving Her Job to Start a New Kind of University | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Christine Ortiz explains how her radical project was sparked by interdisciplinary body-armor research and some time spent on a technology-free retreat.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is cool. Just cool. I want to be a part of this experiment!

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These students wore hijabs for a day to promote tolerance. It didn’t go well.

These students wore hijabs for a day to promote tolerance. It didn’t go well. | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
"France got 99 problems -- But hijab ain't one," one poster held up by French students read.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Just reinforces the challenges of trying to promote diversity on any university campus. Well-intentioned actions and events can have some difficult unforeseen consequences.

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Undergraduate curricular reform efforts at Harvard and Duke suggest there's no one way to do it well

Undergraduate curricular reform efforts at Harvard and Duke suggest there's no one way to do it well | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Amid concerns that requirements may not mean much to students or professors, Harvard and Duke Universities both look to curricular changes to improve undergraduate education.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It doesn't seem as though either Harvard or Duke have figured out what a general education could be let alone what it should be. I agree that general education needs to be reconsidered, but I also believe that historic models should be set aside to think about what general education really could help students accomplish. If there were no constraints, what could general education be for students? Then consider historic models to see if and how any of that informs what the revised and forward thinking model for general education could be.

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Urgent: This innovation myth needs to end - eCampus News

Urgent: This innovation myth needs to end - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

First-ever report reveals the most prolific innovators in the U.S. are not young entrepreneurial college dropouts; rather, highly educated immigrants with STEM degrees.

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I've long thought that "innovation" is one of the most overused and least understood words in the English language. And so it continues.

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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.

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

This is pretty interesting. I like the Polymath University because it reinforces the push towards cross-curricular or transcurricular learning in K-12 schools. As a liberal arts major, I also like the Neo-Liberal Arts College as it's pushing some current liberal arts programs to think more globally and more significantly across disciplines.

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Mobile Consumption vs. Laptop Production

Mobile Consumption vs. Laptop Production | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Why we need to design education for mobile, and why laptops for learning will not be going away.

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

It's an interesting premise that laptops are for production and other electronics are for consumption, though Microsoft might have something to say about that with its Surface Pro. After all, Microsoft purports it has the mobility of a tablet with the power and efficiency of a laptop. The lines continue to blur? And if we are working collaboratively using, say Google Docs, at what point are we producing as opposed to consuming the work and ideas of others? In other words, will those lines continue to blur and, if so, what other complications arise for learning, authorship, citation, plagiarism, etc.?

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Teachers may not like how tech will disrupt education, but transformation is necessary

Teachers may not like how tech will disrupt education, but transformation is necessary | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Schools, colleges and universities must look beyond what they are currently doing well and identify the ideas that will reshape education

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

An important quote in this article: "A transformative education initiative should fundamentally change the way in which it is imparted and not try to use technology to just enable the old ways of learning."

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Why competency-based learning isn’t happening anytime soon

Why competency-based learning isn’t happening anytime soon | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, new outlets reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

How do you know what you know? It's an important question. I've worked with  plenty of folks who readily admit that they don't know what they don't know, so the inverse of trying to articulate that you know what you know is equally complex. I suspect the DOE's Office of Inspector General might find that complexity perplexing in its own environment. I'd go further to wonder how much "regular and substantive" interaction really exists between an employer and an employee because that criterion should also exist for those infernal performance reviews.


It would be lovely, and quite astonishing, if the DOE OIG learned to look  to the future rather than the past.

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Debate: Is there a role for badges in Higher Education? | Teaching and Learning Conversations

Debate: Is there a role for badges in Higher Education? | Teaching and Learning Conversations | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Our next Teaching and Learning Conversation with take place on Monday 26th October (12:30-13:30) and will debate the question "Is there at role for badges in Higher Education?
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

For those of us unfamiliar with anything other than our own time zones, BST is British Standard Time. I'm hoping to participate myself as I think it could be a really interesting conversation. Digital badging and microcredentialing are ideas that continue to swirl in the higher education space. Could be something to them.

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The Big University - New York Times

The Big University - New York Times | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many universities founded as religious institutions have needlessly dropped a key original goal: educating students’ emotional, spiritual and moral sides.
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We do our students and our cultures a disservice by ignoring the humanities. For decades we have struggled to mandate ways for educators and students to work cross-curricularly. The best of our educators already do that because they recognize the import of the social sciences, literature, and arts in the more concrete content areas. Social, political, and religious influences have long been a part of the study and progress in math and science. To ignore that our world is cross-curricular by its very nature is short-sighted and serves no one well.

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Higher Learning Commission Approves Innovative Capella University Pathway for ... - MarketWatch

Higher Learning Commission Approves Innovative Capella University Pathway for ...
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As a gateway is opened to this kind of alternative for degrees and credentialing, other universities and their colleges in other professional areas will be watching to see how it all plays out. Then some will follow suit or build on perceived and actual success.

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Amid competency-based education boom, a meeting to help colleges do it right

Amid competency-based education boom, a meeting to help colleges do it right | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new competency-based education program, are actively creating one or already have a program in place. That’s up from an estimated 52 institutions last year.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Competency-based education (CBE) faces the same speculation and scrutiny personalized and adaptive learning faces in the K-12 space. The concerns are on quality of a student's education, and rightly so, as well as the appropriate depth and breadth of that education. And, of course, the role of the educator who gradually becomes a very different kind of expert with a significant emphasis on being a mentor. Even what it means to be a mentor begins to shift a bit in a CBE environment although, CBE in many ways echoes the (in)famous tutorials at Oxford and Ivy League universities. What? What?

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 11, 2015 3:36 PM

Next month many college leaders will be meeting to share how they are preparing to launch competency-based education options within their institutions.