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Some College Students Are Angry They Have To Pay To Do Their Homework

Some College Students Are Angry They Have To Pay To Do Their Homework | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Digital learning systems now charge students for access codes needed to complete coursework, take quizzes, and turn i
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Huh. Once the bigs figured it out, they figured it out. But I have to wonder how they justify those costs to anyone other than their shareholders.

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5 ways to practically incorporate virtual reality - eCampus News

5 ways to practically incorporate virtual reality - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
How higher education can harness virtual reality for services beyond the campus tour.
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Aside from the title that suggests ways to almost incorporate virtual reality--a situation in which the placement of that adverb really matters--it's important to note that none of these applications of VR are related to actual teaching and learning. Just an observation.

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Higher Ed Business Officers Lack Technology Insights, Survey Says

Higher Ed Business Officers Lack Technology Insights, Survey Says | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Survey results indicate that financial decision-makers don’t have a clear view of how academic and administrative technologies perform, but faculty could help fill in the blanks.
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Yep, faculty could offer some insights on technologies as could the folks slaving away in the IT offices trying to provide a whole host of support services for administration and faculty, and often without being consulting about what might be most/more effective and/or efficient. Maybe having a team with cross-campus representation could be helpful, even useful?

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The Modern Campus Technology Checklist

The Modern Campus Technology Checklist | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Competition for students is fierce, but schools with a modern campus can differentiate themselves from the pack.
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I wouldn't go after the interactive whiteboard. It's a nice tool, but rarely used to its proper extent. Most educators use them as the backdrop for their PowerPoints. Sure there are some cool features, but are other ways to implement some of those cool features and for less money. If your heart is set on an interactive whiteboard, investigate Luidia eBeam. It still has some kinks and flaws, but the idea is rather cool and enables you to use the whiteboard (and other surfaces) and LCD projector you already have.

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Competency-Based Education for Underprepared Students

Competency-Based Education for Underprepared Students | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The key to designing a competency-based education program for underprepared adult students is the need to balance remedial instruction with college work, within a system of effective student support services, says a new paper from Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit group.
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Degree completion programs have long sought ways to meet underprepared adult learners where they are and help them develop the skills as well as knowledge they need to be successful. Work- and life-experience portfolios were intended to serve as a means to bridge the gap of knowledge or capability, but not always skill. We have a long way to go as indicated by this paper, but I suspect CBE will become more than a way for helping underprepared learners. I think CBE will become the way we enable a range of learners to find their ways to being able to do the work that fuels their passion.

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3 key trends to shape the future of higher ed

3 key trends to shape the future of higher ed | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Part of the mix in the thinking about how higher education could/should/might change is competency-based learning and stacked credentials.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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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The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn't Born in America

The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn't Born in America | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Immigrants now launch more than a quarter of U.S. businesses. All entrepreneurs should welcome reform that would make it easier for this class of strivers to stay--and succeed.
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This makes me wonder to what extent our colleges and universities are making adjustments to encourage 1) entrepreneurialism and 2) immigrants, and what needs to be done at both the K-12 and higher education levels to help immigrants complete preparations for and navigate educational pathways.

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The Future Of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring Its Biggest Market

The Future Of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring Its Biggest Market | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
How educational technology can improve academic and scientific progress.
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One of the complaints about higher education that I hear pretty consistently is from high school teachers and administrators who work hard to implement programs and initiatives--many of which that actually make sense--so they can prepare "future ready" students only to have those same students go to college and find themselves in mind-numbingly boring lectures. It's no surprise that too many college faculty do what they do the way they've always done it, without regard to the actual needs of the students, without consideration of the expectations of their future employers. This has got to change. Schools that don't change or improve will soon have to close their doors because they will have little that will attract the interest of potential or even current students.

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Are Today’s Organizational Structures Harming The Future Of Business?  

Are Today’s Organizational Structures Harming The Future Of Business?   | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The digital economy is changing how we work, live, and interact, so it stands to reason that our organizational charts need to change along with it.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Right on! We're having a similar conversation in K-12 education and there should be such a conversation in higher education as organizations grind through the processes that lead to meaningful change. Why even localized synergistic conversations across all of these eludes peoples' thinking perplexes me.

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Despite the hype, virtual reality still years away from making a difference in higher ed

Despite the hype, virtual reality still years away from making a difference in higher ed | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The hype has some colleges wondering if now is the right time to jump in. High costs and development issues suggest the technology is still years away from making a difference.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It's interesting to puzzle about how and to what extent VR could have application in HE. This technology forces some really creative thinking about what the future could hold and requires us to ask questions we're not yet asking.

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Higher Ed Leaders Respond to the Digital Transformation of Education

Higher Ed Leaders Respond to the Digital Transformation of Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
During a technology-focused panel at the Higher Ed Leaders Forum, thought leaders detailed their hopes and concerns for educational technology.
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This is pretty fascinating. Seems like we're past the point of acknowledging that none of us can be the "sage on the stage" if we want meaningful and relevant learning to take place in our classrooms. It's time to "shake it off"--those old models of teaching and the thinking that the professor is the only knower in the room. (Apologies to Taylor Swift.)

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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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