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Introducing constructive change in HE, esp for K-12 teachers
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TED Ideas in Business aims to shake up the same old thinking on professional development

TED Ideas in Business aims to shake up the same old thinking on professional development | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
For many, the words “professional development” conjure up memories of sitting in a human resources office, watching a series of awkward training videos and then taking a mandatory quiz. The TED Dis...
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Because professional development isn't just for educators, and educators probably need think a LOT differently about professional development.

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The Shift to Mobile Learning - Business Leaders are not Waiting | aragonresearch.com

Mobile Learning is here and L&D departments are sometimes slow to embrace it. Business Leaders are demanding and finding new ways to deliver mobile learning.
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If business leaders really are embracing mobile learning, then higher education has to adapt accordingly by learning more about the expectations of businesses and their leadership to add those kinds of learning and communication skills to students' learning experiences and curricula.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
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TRENDS: Social media, AGILE approaches to change, integration of varied modalities for teaching and learning, students as creators.


CHALLENGES: Lack of digital fluency among faculty, competition, scaling new models, keeping education relevant.

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Four Key Questions about Grading

Four Key Questions about Grading | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
There’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers to four key questions.

Via Rosemary Tyrrell
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Not just applicable to higher education. And thanks to Rosemary Tyrell for her insights.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 6, 9:15 AM

Four questions:

1. Does grading provide feedback to help students understand and improve their deficiencies?

2. Does grading motivate students to learn?

3. Is grading on a curve the fairest way to grade?

4. Do grades provide reliable information about student learning? 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 6, 5:51 PM

Do we need grades the way we have used them in the past? Is it possible to assess student progress in new ways that communicate what they need to know in ways that are more effective in their learning? This may not be more efficient which is what we seem to want most of the

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Predictions For The Future Of Work

Predictions For The Future Of Work | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
As the world changes and technology continues to cause disruption, workplaces must evolve to adapt. Take a look of what your future of work may look like.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

So cool. If any of this is to be remotely true, work places must work with higher education educators who must work with K-12 educators. Deep breaths. Open minds. Let's begin!

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Six reasons to stop panicking about what you'll do after university

Six reasons to stop panicking about what you'll do after university | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Final-year students and recent graduates should spend less time worrying about the future and realise they're not alone
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

As a former student adviser, I know one of the questions students hate most starts with the words "What do you want. . . "? The question ends in various ways: "What do you want to be when you grow?" "What do you want to do with your life?" "What do you want to major in?"


College freshmen are, for the most part, 18, but only a few short months removed from high school. Sure they've taken tests and maybe met with a guidance counselor who gave them a list of apparently unrelated professions or careers for which they tested as suitable.


College is a process of discovery, mostly personal discovery. "Who am I away from friends I've known for years and who have known me for years and who have expectations for what I should say, do, and behave?" "Who am I away from my parents?" "What are my values when I have to make my own decisions?"


And it's important to remember that while many decisions will have permanent (and often unintended consequences), most are not permanent nor are most irreversible.

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Higher education urged to play more of a role in Common Core @insidehighered

Higher education urged to play more of a role in Common Core @insidehighered | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

The New America Foundation self-styles itself as a "radical center." Hmm. Inside Higher Education is reporting on the paper published by the New America Foundation.


In the introduction of the actual paper is this paragraph:

Right now, the pieces of high school and higher education are not fitting. But the new college- and career-ready standards present an opportunity for statesto reexamine and rebuild the connection. To prepare students to succeed in college and beyond, the spirit of these standards—alignment—needs to go to college as
well. And each state needs to plan how to “do it all in one piece” if it is going to be a success.

One of the assumptions of this paper and much of what we do today in education is that the SAT, ACT, and any other standardized test conveys useful information about what students know and what they are capable of learning and doing. And yet, there are colleges and universities that are shrugging of the SAT and ACT as admissions measures.


Yet we know far too many students are NOT ready for college because of the percentage of students who must take remediation courses.


Does it make sense for higher education to have some sort of alignment with Common Core, or with some sort of college and career ready standards? Yes. Should the College Board be deciding those standards for universities? I'd say "no," but evaluating the Common Core high school standards could be a good place to start.

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The One Percent: The Corporatizion of American Higher Education

The One Percent: The Corporatizion of American Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
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Universities have long been on their way to becoming and being corporate enterprises. Either folks haven't been paying attention or have just too much apathy to do anything about it.

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5 Reasons You Should Flip Your Leadership

5 Reasons You Should Flip Your Leadership | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Flipped leadership isn't a silver bullet that will make a school's problems go away, but it is a practical and engaging method to maximize time together with teachers and communicate with parents.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Faculty meetings can be the bane of any educator's existence. I remember being in a faculty meeting during with the dean was going through a stack of paperwork leaving the faculty moderator in charge. But the fact that the dean wasn't really paying attention sent an interesting message.


Whether K-12 or HE faculty meetings, the key word is "faculty." These meetings are for and about the faculty who are charged with educating students. It stands to reason that the meetings might just be about that which matters to faculty and that which they seek to accomplish on a day-to-day basis.

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Five Reasons Why Executives Should Care About Mobile Learning

Five Reasons Why Executives Should Care About Mobile Learning | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
The world is a busy place, and people’s time continues to become more and more scarce. With all the issues they have to deal with, why would—or should—corporate leaders care about mobile learning?
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Worth considering as universities are doing more in work force development and building relationships with organizations in their communities.

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Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014

Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014 | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Diego L. Zawadzky Z.'s curator insight, May 29, 10:58 AM

Many things to learn in this new era!

Leah Irving's curator insight, June 1, 11:37 PM
Trends in personalised learning.
Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, August 21, 6:04 AM

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Spotting good teaching is not a guessing game

Spotting good teaching is not a guessing game | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
It is possible to measure the quality of university teaching in a useful way, argues Graham Gibbs
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

It's easy to tell this article was not written for Americans because we've gotten so squeamish about "'judging" teaching performance. In general, however, the article gets to the complexities of assessing, evaluating, spotting, and/or judging good teaching, and agreeing on what that is.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 5, 8:26 AM

What is good teaching? I doubt there is a set definition. Maya Angelou offered us the idea that great teaching is about the transforming relationships we recall after many years. Mike Rose in his book Lives on the Boundaries talks about the relational aspects of teaching that touched the lives of students. It is not easy work evaluating what teaching and learning are.

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Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?

Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching? | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
We like to talk about the value of pedagogy, but we never seem to get around to rewarding it.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Perhaps this doesn't seem very "disruptive"--the idea of creating a culture that values good teaching. But in our pass-judgment-ask-questions-later cultural mindset, this may be more disruptive than we imagine. It saddens me, though, that we have to think about creating a culture that values good teaching rather than simply being a culture that values good teaching.

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Practice makes professionals

Practice makes professionals | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it

". . .Designed to provide high-quality mentoring to student teachers during their mandatory classroom teaching, the new centre hopes to enhance the practical skill set of young teachers and help set the stage for a satisfying career as pre-school professionals."

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Have you ever thought about the fact that we talk about lawyers and doctors having a "practice"? Lawyers practice law and doctors practice medicine; teachers don't practice teaching. Perhaps that is simply a foible of our language. It's not as though teachers can afford to stop learning about their profession any more than lawyers and doctors can afford to stop learning.


I like the idea that practice builds towards one's profession and that professionalism develops over time. The more we practice what we do and how well we can do it, the better we should be in our profession.

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Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education? | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Earlier this year there were those who were declaring MOOCs a failure, but I'm not sure of the criteria they were using. MOOCs may no longer be the new shiny thing in education, but, as noted in this article, they seem to have become a genre of their own.


I've registered for several MOOC courses. I rarely participate in the forums, though occasionally I'll pop in to share something. I read most of the texts and watch many of the videos. I'm mostly interested in the construction of the courses and how those who sign up for the course seem to engage with the content.


However, I've also noticed that Coursera has recently started a certification process. For a relatively small fee, a participant can get a certification of completion. I've also noticed it's now possible to take a series of courses for a different kind of certification. I think this is incredibly smart for a number of reasons, and not just because it reminds us that a college education is not passe or irrelevant. But it's sure going to look different in the next few years.

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How the 'Digital Skills Gap' Bleeds $1.3 Trillion a Year From US Businesses

How the 'Digital Skills Gap' Bleeds $1.3 Trillion a Year From US Businesses | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Many American workers, young and old, admit they often are not proficient with technology. Employers seem slower to grasp the problem.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This isn't just for higher education, of course. K-12 educators, especially high school educators, need to be aware of digital trends and need to have access to and experience with some of the more dominant digital trends.

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The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation

The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Technology and innovation are creating increasingly attractive options and alternatives to existing systems of education, and consumers are learning how to take advantage of those.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Sigh. It's the "i" word again. Interesting to me how many are thinking about the future of work and the future of higher education, though not necessarily in tandem. Curious. I sense a blog post.

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Can students learn effective learning and problem solving techniques in large introductory science courses?

Can students learn effective learning and problem solving techniques in large introductory science courses? | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
In the past 10 years an active-learning course, called Active Physics, has gradually displaced lecture-based introductory course in physics at Washington University in St. Louis. But are active-learning techniques effective when they are scaled up to large classes? A comprehensive three-year evaluation ...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

"If we want graduates who can really problem solve, innovate, be creative, and lead, we have to teach students to be active learners. It's that active learning and complex problem solving we're trying to bring into introductory courses using techniques such as active learning." Right on!!

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Why college remediation needs to be overhauled

Why college remediation needs to be overhauled | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
An award-winning principal explains why the current model isn't working.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Carol Burris questions the collegiate remediation model, and with good reason. The current model for remediation seems to be at cross-purposes with the best interests of the student.


If a student has a low SAT or ACT score in a content area, what does that really mean? Is the student actually bad at math or were the high school courses insufficient or. . . .? The standardized tests do not really indicate the student's capabilities in and capacities for mathematics. If a student scores poorly in English, is that because of grammar and mechanics or something else? A diagnostic essay offers a better indicator of a student's abilities. Though a diagnostic essay is not a foolproof method, it's better than some.


In my opinion, every teacher responsible for teaching the non-credit-bearing remediation courses should offer some sort of diagnostic on that first day of class. If the student demonstrates the capability and capacity to succeed in a credit-bearing course, that student should be advised post-haste and forthwith to drop the remedial course and enroll in the credit-bearing course.

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After #MassiveTeaching, questions about MOOC quality control @insidehighered

After #MassiveTeaching, questions about MOOC quality control @insidehighered | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Sheesh. Quality control isn't a concern only for MOOCs. The size of a MOOC and the technological expectations for the MOOC simply add variables. Every student in every class, regardless of its delivery method, should be concerned about the quality of the content and the instruction.


I've enrolled in some MOOCs. The experience is partially informed by the platform and that it's a MOOC. However, the content is as good as the people who create the course.


Some of the courses in which I've enrolled have been showcases for the content developers' book. Those were numbingly average. Some of the others are good ideas but don't really launch. And some are likely courses that someone wants to test to see if they can get it beyond the "special" category and offered regularly.


But a course isn't good or bad because it's a MOOC. A course is good or bad because of the quality of the content designers and developers, and the way it's facilitated.

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Introducing the Newest Innovation in Higher Ed: The NanoDegree

Introducing the Newest Innovation in Higher Ed: The NanoDegree | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Unemployment numbers should improve even more, thanks to this simple, fast way to get people trained and working.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

The NanoDegree. Compelling concept. I never called it this, but I've often thought and frequently said that there needs to be such an option for some folks in some content areas.I referred to them as certifications for those who already have degrees but are looking for focused learning experiences that add to, enhance, and/or improve their skills, capabilities, and knowledge.


This article refers to the importance of corporate partnerships, which is significant for quality work force development. The article also refers to being able to update learning: skills learned a couple of years ago may no longer be current.


Working with corporations makes it easier for the content to be specific to an industry, though there is the risk of having too narrow a focus for a specific organization. Even so, savvy curriculum developers and managers can figure out how to repurpose any content for other industries and/or organizations.

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Higher education scrambles to get ready for the Common Core - Hechinger Report

Higher education scrambles to get ready for the Common Core - Hechinger Report | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In sterile, air-conditioned conference rooms across the state, educators will be gathering this summer to prepare for the new standards soon to be in place in most of the nation’s kindergartens through high schools called Common Core. But the people at these meetings won’t be primary- or secondary-school teachers. They’ll be university …
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Data suggests that only about 25% of all students entering college were ready for college-level work in English, reading, math, and science. That suggests considerable remediation, but also challenges retention rates.


"What’s in the Common Core for higher education, its advocates say, is the chance to reduce the frustrating and expensive need to teach students what they already should have learned in elementary, middle, and high school."


Another ACT survey suggests "nearly 90 percent of high-school teachers said students left their classrooms ready for college-level work, but only 26 percent of university professors said those same students arrived on their campuses prepared to succeed."


Well then.

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More West Michigan firms partner with higher education to secure talent

More West Michigan firms partner with higher education to secure talent | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Talent pipelines are more than just buzzwords among West Michigan companies looking to bolster their workforce development activities. While many empl...
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I think this is a smart model. Smart for the businesses, the communities, and the universities.

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
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Some might say (ahem!) that some of these are not just digital skills.

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Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else rose to a record high last year, suggesting there are too few graduates.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Education is ALWAYS worth it.

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