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Introducing constructive change in HE, esp for K-12 teachers
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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...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

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
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

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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70-year-old gives it the old college try

70-year-old gives it the old college try | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Senior citizen graduates from UVa after embracing campus life -- including cheering at basketball games and joining a frat
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

"It is never too late to be what you might have become." George Eliot #goforit

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Why tablets are failing miserably in higher education

Why tablets are failing miserably in higher education | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it

While Apple and Google are fighting a FUD war for the hearts and minds of K-12 campuses, there's one area of education that neither has been able to penetrate with success: higher ed. Specifically, I'm referring to the conglomerate of colleges and universities across the US (and likely abroad).

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This is NOT saying there is no place for technology in higher education. The writer IS saying that tablets lack the kind of sophistication needed for creating content rather than just consuming it.


There are options for using technology in higher education, but this article asserts the tablet is not yet it. Let's think about K-12 BYOD implementations and the implications of the transition from high school to higher education.

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One Comic Strip Totally Nails What's Wrong With America's Higher Education System

One Comic Strip Totally Nails What's Wrong With America's Higher Education System | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Talk about misplaced priorities.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Well, this could generate some conversation.

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Active Learning Leads to Higher Grades and Fewer Failing Students in Science, Math, and Engineering | Science Blogs | WIRED

Active Learning Leads to Higher Grades and Fewer Failing Students in Science, Math, and Engineering | Science Blogs | WIRED | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Students have to get their hands on their own learning!!

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Why skipping college means losing $830,000 in income

Why skipping college means losing $830,000 in income | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
College degrees actually gain in value and remain a good investment despite rising tuition rates
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5 Reasons You Need to Go to College

5 Reasons You Need to Go to College | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
College is expensive -- but the alternative is downright destructive. - Justin Loiseau - Investment planning
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

It's not just about the money. College could and should be about discovering your passion. All learning, especially in its most unguarded moments, can prompt joy and delight in the discovery that learning can be.

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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
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 28, 9:07 AM

Personalized Learning Newsletter for May is out and filled with great articles and stories. You see, 2014 is the year of Personalized Learning. The buzz is out. Teacher and learner roles are changing. There are more stories in the news about learners taking responsibility for their learning. There are more examples of teachers creating learning environments that encourage creativity and collaboration. We wrote the 10 Trends of Personalized Learning several months ago and realized we needed to share it with our followers.

 

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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.
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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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A student’s lecture to professors

A student’s lecture to professors | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Can students teach their lecturers a thing or two? Austin Fitzhenry thinks so
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Some outstanding points here, class. And yes, this will be on the test. ;)


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Where Do MOOCs Fit in Higher Education? - US News

Where Do MOOCs Fit in Higher Education? - US News | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Online education providers don't always live up to their promises, critics say.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Repeat after me: "There is no silver bullet to solve any kind of problem, especially in education."

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Critics challenge MOOC leaders to a debate

Critics challenge MOOC leaders to a debate | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education has challenged the leaders of Udacity, edX and Coursera to debate the merits of MOOCs.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This should be interesting.

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How Technology Will Change Entry-Level Higher Education | Innovation Insights | WIRED

How Technology Will Change Entry-Level Higher Education | Innovation Insights | WIRED | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

"Adopt and adapt." This has to be the message for university faculty. "Find balance" is a follow-up message. Perhaps "transform" is a better message in that it's not necessary to abandon the old, but it is necessary to integrate the new and prepare for the newer.


The hard part for many? Making good decisions about the better technologies to adopt and integrate. Not every technology makes sense for every discipline or for every educator or for all learning objectives or for all students. So maybe the third message is about choice.

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Learning Actively: What Games Bring to the Table

Learning Actively: What Games Bring to the Table | Disrupting Higher Education for Educators | Scoop.it
To those in-the-know about the latest and greatest in the board game world, or even many of those higher-ups in the world of International Relations Theory, the COIN series may be something that is...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Gaming: for K-12, for higher education, for corporate America. Done well, the gamification of learning is considerably more than play.

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