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Four Key Questions about Grading

Four Key Questions about Grading | Disrupting Higher Education | 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, 12:15 PM

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, 8:51 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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Introducing constructive change in HE, esp for K-12 teachers
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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

One of the greatest disruptions to higher education is the change in K-12 education. As K-12 classroom teachers introduce more digital learning, integrate blended and flipped learning, provide more opportunities for PBL, and help students push the limits of their possibilities, K-12 students are going to have greater expectations for their collegiate experience. If this is the future for the K-12 classroom, just imagine what the future of the higher education learning space should be.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 26, 12:30 PM

I am not as convinced some of these are happening and we are entering the 15th year of the 21st Century.

 

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'College Ready' Is Not Enough for Students Completing Higher Education

'College Ready' Is Not Enough for Students Completing Higher Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The right resources and more support will lead students to make better college decisions.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

The title speaks for itself. Truth is that more students do better in college and are much more likely to graduate if they have individuals who will invest time and energy in helping the students work towards graduation.


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What's Next for E-Textbooks?

What's Next for E-Textbooks? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Technology is moving the digital textbook from print look-alike to next-generation learning platform.

Via EDTC@UTB
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

If this is the direction for texts for college students, then we need to be considering the cascading implications for high school, then middle school, and then elementary students. We also need to be looking towards what's currently happening and what could be happening for various organizations. Are we seeing the last of print products of any kind? Are we seeing movement away from any print sales collateral or marketing materials? Is that "good"? Will it be "better"? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

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Want to help students improve their work? Mark them on their progress

Want to help students improve their work? Mark them on their progress | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

By giving students a mark that reflects personal development – rather than a comparison with peers – we can avoid demotivating lower-achievers."

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I've seen a lot of articles and postings recently about taking advantage of informal learning; not too much on ipsative assessment. Anyone who has done portfolios with their students has probably used ipsative assessment strategies, and many writing teachers employ them. Learning and growth are iterative, and in many situations improvement is measured compared to one's last performance. Why not for [personalized] student learning?

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13 higher ed tech tools and approaches to watch in 2015

13 higher ed tech tools and approaches to watch in 2015 | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Recent awards and listings have raised the profile of a wide range of higher ed technology companies and institutional ed tech efforts.

Via EDTC@UTB
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

It's always good to know what's out there, what's is starting to gain some traction and may start to be somewhat disruptive, and to begin to thinking about if it's worth analyzing for your own institution.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 11, 3:10 PM
This article shares some technology products, and their companies, that might be good to be watching in 2015 and beyond.
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What Harvard Researchers Found Out When They Secretly Photographed Classrooms

What Harvard Researchers Found Out When They Secretly Photographed Classrooms | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
For all the controversy over the study, the findings were fairly mundane. For instance, more students show up for lectures on Wednesdays than on Fridays.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Is it really possible for a LECTURE to be interactive? I think it can be engaging, but, by definition, it's unlikely a true lecture will be interactive. Just an observation. As for this, em, research, I suspect that the highest rated course(s) have a great deal to do with the instructor as well as the structure and elements of the course.

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MOOC Research Learning Curves | Higher Ed Beta

MOOC Research Learning Curves | Higher Ed Beta | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

So much of what we know to be true about instructional design and online learning is applicable to MOOCs. As I've said before, i think they'll continue to evolve. Five years from now we'll see something remarkably different from today's MOOCs as we continue to learn and make refinements not only to MOOCs, but to how we design and implement any form of online learning.

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The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education

The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Though colleges and universities might be threatened by disruption from online courses, the only disruption that matters is supporting students with mentoring, caring professors and deep and experiential learning.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Already overtaxed faculty may find the idea of trying to mentor every student in every class beyond ridiculous. But the WGU approach is to have mentors for students and they've managed to do it reasonably successfully and, I might add, virtually. And that, my friends, may be one of the critical considerations for the brick-and-mortar institutions. Most schools have PLENTY of options for student support, but no one can force students to take advantage of the host of support services offered.

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Education professor shows art ... can be key to boosting literacy - Phys.Org

Education professor shows art ... can be key to boosting literacy - Phys.Org | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to education in reading and writing, many think of burying their noses in books or English composition assignments.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Those are the elements of what we call literacy. Students can hone their literacy and comprehension skills through a wide array of resources. I love books, but I also enjoy the fact that art, music, film, architecture, sculpture, and more also tell me stories. Discussing what we hear and see, and what informed the creation of that work is powerful stuff. At all age levels.

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The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration?

The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education IT leaders and presidents say collaboration, especially in IT, is the next major innovation for colleges and universities.
The post The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration?
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This is about university faculty collaborating with each other and university departments collaborating and the university collaborating with diverse organizations. Maybe some think they are collaborating and need to revisit what constitutes meaningful and worthwhile collaboration.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 1, 7:48 PM

It makes sense, but cooperation and community, much better words, should have been in place from K-12 and in higher ed. It is a failing that they are not.

 

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In defense of college: What Peter Thiel gets wrong, once again.

In defense of college: What Peter Thiel gets wrong, once again. | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education isn't a bubble. It's the driving force behind the development of our best minds.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This prompted a blog post about the value of higher education, regardless of what Peter Thiel had to say. ;)


http://www.irreverent-learning.com/2014/12/in-defense-of-college.html

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How Technology Can Tip the Scales for Higher Ed

How Technology Can Tip the Scales for Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
CNN recently ran a film, Ivory Tower, focusing on the real value of a college education amidst skyrocketing student debt and rising tuition. This blog explores the ways technology can help improve learning for students, lower costs and open education to more students who wouldn't otherwise have access.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

And this post prompted this post: http://www.irreverent-learning.com/2014/11/finding-balance-for-change-in-he.html.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 26, 11:31 AM

The answer might not be simply using digital technologies. That might be part of the answer. There is no question the cost of higher education is limiting its value and we need a different conversation than we have had.

 

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The Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age - Introduction - YouTube

As part of the event, "The Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age," a group of students talked to us about higher education, the ongoing digital disrupt...
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Balance. Finding balance.

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How to prepare for everything - eCampus News

How to prepare for everything - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Just getting used to the Internet of Things? Well, welcome to the Internet of Everything--and what it means for IT in higher education.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Buckle up! Technological possibilities and what the "Internet of Everything" could mean is just going to get more interesting.

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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.

Via John Shank
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I agree that we cannot ignore the possibilities that MOOCs might yield. #edtechchat #edtech #elearning #highered

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John Shank's curator insight, December 15, 9:23 AM

#edtech #elearning #blendedlearning #highered 

drsmetty's curator insight, December 20, 4:24 AM

Maybe it's too early for final conclusions. Let's see what happens during the next 5 years. 

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'Nanodegree' And Boot Camp Programs Attracting Investment

'Nanodegree' And Boot Camp Programs Attracting Investment | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

By Marlene Givant Star Even as the for-profit education sector has been swooning for years under the weight of heightened government regulation, highly focused task-oriented ‘nanodegree programs’ are attracting attention from investors. These programs aren’t really degrees but rather certificates aimed at specific job skills.

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What could be interesting here is the rapidly changing attitude of business towards the nanodegree concept.

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College students: These are the top 6 trends in higher education - eCampus News

College students: These are the top 6 trends in higher education - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
68 percent of students said online classes would be important to their educational experience, and campus administration is all about collaboration.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Mr. Lambert, who wrote this article about public HE losing the public (http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/226345-is-public-higher-education-losing-the-public), should read this article. He does himself little service talking to politicians when he should be interviewing students, faculty, business leaders who (want to) hire graduates, and parents. Those folks are the public HE is at risk of losing. And the trends? Good insight.

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Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training - eLearning Industry

Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training - eLearning Industry | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
ELearning vs Traditional Learning: Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training. 5 Blended Learning Benefits for Corporate Training.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

We've long known that blended learning makes sense in K-12 and higher education, though we're still figuring out how to do it as well as we could and though we're still working through trusting them to learn what we hope they will learn and not be afraid they might learn more. It only makes sense that blended learning should have a presence in the work place.

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Platform Or Publisher? Whatever You Call It, It’s The Future Of Media

Platform Or Publisher? Whatever You Call It, It’s The Future Of Media | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
 There has been a sea change in the way content today is being created, distributed and consumed. The distinction between publishers and platforms online has never been more uncertain.
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Just something to think about, and for which to plan.

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20 Surprising Higher Education Facts - US News

20 Surprising Higher Education Facts - US News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Chronicle of Higher Education's latest almanac offers interesting insights.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This might put a few things in perspective. Note that 23% of all FULL-TIME undergrads, 24 or younger, work 20 or more hours per week.

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The 2018 university: How prepared are you?

The higher education environment is changing and universities need to respond to new student demands and business interests. The 2018 university will need to be a completely different organisation to what exists today and learn how to respond to new digital needs.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

To be ready for 2018, changes need to be formalized (or formalised) and the implementation must begin. . . NOW.


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Interactive learning spaces new campus must-have - eCampus News

Interactive learning spaces new campus must-have - eCampus News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
It’s not the mobile devices and software that are key to building the “soft skills” so valued by today’s workforce—it’s the interactive learning spaces.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Used to hate not being able to rearrange the classroom. Flexible learning spaces need to make allowances for changes in technology advances, too. Check out what's been happening at ACU since 2008: http://www.acu.edu/technology/mobilelearning/.


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What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Leaders need to focus on three basic psychological needs.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Well, yes, but I'd put competence ahead of autonomy (I'd list autonomy last) because, in some work situations, there are degrees of autonomy if it's even possible to promote autonomy at all.


I think there is application for this "new science" in some college classrooms, which may prove to be useful to students once they graduate.

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Unintended Consequences: How The 'College-For-Everybody' Agenda Harms Both Students And The Economy

Unintended Consequences: How The 'College-For-Everybody' Agenda Harms Both Students And The Economy | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many in higher education worry continuously over the fact that only roughly half of students who enroll in college ever graduate, and that those who do graduate often take more than four years to do so. But few seek to go to the roots to attempt to discover the ultimate [...]
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

If this gets much play, what Mr. Lindsay has to say and his reference to Charles Murray's book will be controversial. It flies in the face of so much of what many purport to be true. I've taught kids who should not have been in college, who did not want to be in college, and who should not yet have been in college. There are some whack courses offered in college, and many universities offer such funky courses to attract and retain students, many of whom might rather be elsewhere and doing something else. And yet we've placed such a high priority on kids going to college that we seem to leave them no other alternative.


I don't agree with much of what Mr. Lindsay says and I have not read Mr. Murray's book, but I do agree there are unintended consequences of expecting everyone to go to college.

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'Digital is the missing link in higher education' - Telegraph

'Digital is the missing link in higher education' - Telegraph | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Rather than dabbling with MOOCs, universities need to create a new kind of digital degree experience for students, argues deputy vice-chancellor Ian Dunn
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Ian Dunn (@CovPVCStudents) rightly notes that universities have to have a plan when integrating digital learning just as they have to have communication with organizations that hire their graduates to understand the kinds of technologies and skills that are and might be needed by the time those graduates are seeking full-time employment. Or becoming entrepreneurs or small business owners themselves.

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