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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, Ed.D.
Elaine J 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, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 6, 2014 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, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2014 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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What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed?

What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Educators across disciplines in both higher education and high school: check this out! Students need coaching in soft skills that are RELEVANT to their interests and passions. Students need coaching about how to channel what interests them and ignites their passion, especially if there are what we still consider non-traditional avenues. Read this interview. And start thinking about the changes you can make before school starts this fall.

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Universities are failing to equip enough students with digital skills

Universities are failing to equip enough students with digital skills | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Universities must better integrate digital skills into curricula in order to remain relevant and competitive, argues Jisc's Paul Feldman.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

The UK is not alone in this. Not only are we assuming students have some fundamentals because we wrongly believe they are tech-savvy (they are, however, tech-fearless), we are not doing a very good job of linking practical digital skills that are applicable to what they learn. We seem to be too busy trying to make learning "fun" and we do our students as well as ourselves a tremendous disservice. This is not an irreparable situation.

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How (Over)involved Parents Are Changing College

How (Over)involved Parents Are Changing College | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Colleges are adjusting to increasing contact with adults who are more ingrained in their children’s lives than ever.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Several thoughts but I'll stick with this one: one of my hopes is that these parents of the Parenting 2017 era are also teaching their kids how to do their own life research, how to persevere when they don't get what they think they need, how to make hard decisions, and, perhaps most importantly, how to handle not getting what they think they need or want. Mom and Dad aren't always going to be there or able to fix it.

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Purdue acquires Kaplan University to create a new public, online university under Purdue brand

Purdue acquires Kaplan University to create a new public, online university under Purdue brand | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Indiana institution acquires Kaplan University and its 32,000 students in an unprecedented move to enter online education as many large for-profits continue to slump.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is truly fascinating and marks an important tipping point for how university administrators see online learning. The speculation has begun, of course, with questions about accreditation, recruiting, curriculum management, and so much more.

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3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education’s Reach

3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education’s Reach | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Efforts to increase online collaboration spark cutting edge solutions.
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I suspect some may worry about the cost, but professors can use Skype or Google Hangout to invite far-flung experts to be part of their students' classroom experience. The hard and time-consuming part is reaching out to people and triangulating schedules. But it's not impossible and I know there are many who are willing to reorganize their schedules to accommodate a class schedule so they can share their expertise and answer questions. I would.

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Classroom Labs Are the Next to Go Virtual

Classroom Labs Are the Next to Go Virtual | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Technology expands the lab experience and access to software for college students.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yes, it's happening and will continue to develop. It may come slowly in some areas, but VR certainly makes sense to provide students with a frame of reference and experience. It's not like simulations are new. VR adds layers of depth and complexity.

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Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’

It’s generally understood that Ty Cobb was a jerk. His teammates didn’t like him very much. But he’s still in the Hall of Fame. That’s because baseball keeps score… of hits, of runs and of catches…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is an interesting perspective on what we call soft skills. I'm not sure we all agree what those skills are, how they might be measured, how they might be coached, etc. I do know that plenty of companies require certain of these soft skills in certain positions if that individual is to be successful and contribute to the well-being of the company. So the point that calling them "soft" skills somehow minimizes their importance is a valuable one.

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Why Faculty Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones in Classrooms

Why Faculty Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones in Classrooms | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Allowing students to bring mobile devices into class can boost collaboration and improve learning outcomes.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm sorry to know we're still having this conversation. Yes, some faculty might get a bit angsty when they read "Mobile Devices Let Students Learn How They Want To" but if we remind students that their smartphones can be used for more than Snapchat and Instagram then it's entirely possible they'll discover other ways of learning. That's not to say all kids use their phones only for social media, but we do them a disservice by not providing them opportunities to learn how their smartphones can be used for so much more.

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47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University

47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
“No government is prepared,” The Economist reports. 
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

We're great a sounding the death knell for what is but less adept at considering and acting on the possibilities for what could be. We're not very good at seeking out potential because we're too busy wringing our hands over what we're about to lose or what we could lose. We need to stop that. We need to examine these prognostications as well as the trends in technology and global workplace changes to determine how to make the best use of the likely changes and perhaps transform those that seem to make less sense.

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Four University Technologies That Will Become Obsolete by 2020

Four University Technologies That Will Become Obsolete by 2020 | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Jason Konesco - While technologies that work on college campuses should be enhanced, here are four that will see extinction in the coming years.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some universities are already moving in this direction; others need to think about how they might follow. I can't help but wonder about the high school student who has worn an ID badge on a lanyard throughout his entire K-12 experience and how he will adjust to a mobile ID system. Which makes me wonder how freshman experience classes and experiences need to change for students, not just in light of technology, but in light of the world in which we live: safe places, trigger warnings, hate speech, "no" really does mean "no," etc. But also in terms in helping students enjoy being in college as well as remembering it is not a parenthetic in life but a critical transitional and growing part of life. They must keep looking forward even as they are being present.

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Business Partnerships Pay Off in a Changing Job Market

Business Partnerships Pay Off in a Changing Job Market | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
For graduates, real-world experience extends the value of a college education.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Just FYI: I still believe in the value of a liberal arts education. Having said that, I think it behooves higher ed faculty to become (more) aware of the realities of the world and how their courses and disciplines fit.

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Dyson Launch a New University to Bridge Skills Gap - Westminster Business Council

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Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson is to put his money where his mouth is by helping to bridge Britain’s chronic skills gap with the launch of a new university. Dyson is ploughing £15m over the next five years into the Dyson Institute of Technology as he looks to double his engineering workforce to 6,000 by 2020. 

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

Given the work he does as an inventor and manufacturer, it makes sense for Dyson to have his own institute of technology. Not only could those students learn important skills in engineering, but they should learn about project management and manufacturing. They might learn about patents, robotics, budgeting, and more. They should learn and experience the importance of oral and written communication. This is pretty exciting.

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What Hiring Managers Ask When You're Overqualified for a Job

What Hiring Managers Ask When You're Overqualified for a Job | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
How many times have you seen a job listing that's made you say, "Wow, that looks interesting, but I'm way too experienced?" This used to happen to me a lot-especially
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

An interesting perspective especially as we consider how quickly the world is changing, which means that job titles and job descriptions are increasingly fluid. This is some good insight for those nearing graduation and for those in or about to be in search for something new and different.

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on America's skill gap and efforts to close it

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on America's skill gap and efforts to close it | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Latest labor statistics show number of U.S. job openings rose to more than 6M in April, an all-time high
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Agree with it or not, Weiner's thinking encapsulates why the "future ready" movement is gaining momentum. While K-12 educators might not know what that really is, they are eager to try to make sure their students are ready for their futures and are, therefore, using the 4Cs (collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity) as part of their framework. Many K-12 teachers and administrators do worry, however, that universities are a stumbling block for their students' success.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 23, 12:11 PM
The main point is a question: "what skills do students need to learn?" It is less about content, which becomes a vehicle for learning skills i.e. cooperation, creativity, resilence, etc.
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In Just 3 Words, LinkedIn's CEO Taught a Brilliant Lesson in How to Find Great People

At a recent conference, LinkedIn's chief executive explained how the company is looking for talent in non-traditional places.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Just as K-12 must rethink and redesign how it provides educational opportunities for students so must higher education. And if higher education is going to be forward-thinking in what it means to prepare "future ready" students, so must accreditation agencies. I won't hold my breath.

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3 things to know about the rising "phigital" student-and why their impact is enormous

3 things to know about the rising "phigital" student-and why their impact is enormous | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Why education must adapt now to accommodate the growing generation z.

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

If you've not seen it already, let me be the first to introduce you to the word "phigital"--the combination of "physical" and "digital." The notion of the article, though, is that Generation Z has a very, VERY different perspective of the intertwining of the physical and digital worlds and higher education had better get ready for that shift.

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Transforming higher education’s creative capacity - University World News

Transforming higher education’s creative capacity - University World News | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
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"Employers and others are not only concerned about what graduates know but, equally important, they are concerned with how creative they are in applying that knowledge." Truth.

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Blended learning: what’s in it for the learner?

Blended learning: what’s in it for the learner? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Yet, when the institution surveyed their students recently, they found widespread concern about a lack of consistency in their digital experiences. In findings likely to be replicated in institutions…
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Blended learning isn't just for K-12 and is increasingly global. Let's keep that in mind as we imagine how blended learning can be implemented for student success in our K-12 classrooms.

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What the Ancient Classics Can Teach Us About Leadership

What the Ancient Classics Can Teach Us About Leadership | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Words from classical figures such as Xenophon of Athens can guide today's leaders, according to WSJ Leadership Expert C.L. Max Nikias.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

As I was reading this I was thinking about the countless number of leaders who have said the most important thing a good leader can do is take care of his or her employees. Good leadership, in my opinion, requires vision and planning; it also means being willing to change course when situations demand and it also means admitting you're wrong when you're wrong. Simon Sinek has said that when people know why you do what you do they are more likely to follow you.

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Most colleges enroll many students who aren’t prepared for higher education - The Hechinger Report

Most colleges enroll many students who aren’t prepared for higher education - The Hechinger Report | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

The vast majority of public two- and four-year colleges report enrolling students – more than half a million of them–who are not ready for college-level work, a Hechinger Report investigation of 44 states has found.

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

This is a travesty and unacceptable. Given the state of K12 education with its preponderance of standardized tests, the question is how this could be mitigated and how quickly. Remediation is a multibillion dollar investment, but there other costs to the individuals, to their communities, and to businesses, many of which are harder to measure but no less important.

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Education vs work skills: what do employers really want?

Education vs work skills: what do employers really want? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A panel at Wharton's Reimagine Education conference discusses whether higher education institutions are teaching graduates the skills employers need.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It's interesting that "liberal arts" has a brand trust issue though not completely surprising. I don't know that an MBA is the solution. My impression is that having better expectations of students and their work is a solution. If we think or believe they can't accomplish something they won't because we'll never give them the opportunity.

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We are sending kids the wrong message about adulthood. Here’s what needs to change.

We are sending kids the wrong message about adulthood. Here’s what needs to change. | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
We all know them — the kids who don’t make plans out of high school and then don’t follow a path. They’re closing in on 30 and still living at home.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Universities can contribute to the misconceptions about adulthood and what it means to be an adult. Maybe that needs to change, too.

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The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course

The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Too often I hear of high school administrators and teachers complain of how hard they have worked to integrate technology in meaningful ways only to have their high school graduates tell them about the dearth of technology in their collegiate courses. K12 schools can strive towards future readiness but higher education should be leading the way.

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Why the Future of Content Creation in Higher Education Is Digital

Why the Future of Content Creation in Higher Education Is Digital | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The university system is a multi-billion dollar business. And the future of higher education learning lies in digital options.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Not only should content creation be a part of the higher education norm, but so should content curation skills. There is a lot of information and misinformation in cyberspace. Learning how to evaluate digital sources is of significant importance for anyone, but especially college students who still seem shocked to learn that everything on the internet is not Truth.

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Leaders consider future of tiny liberal arts colleges

Leaders consider future of tiny liberal arts colleges | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Presidents of tiny liberal arts colleges work to make themselves heard above talk of mergers and large institutions.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Challenge to liberal arts education leaders: crush the box. Seriously. Crush it. Of all people you have the opportunity to rethink how our students engage in a liberal arts education. You can take advantage of the power of project-based learning and, I will go so far to say that you can take some of the most interesting and profound advantage of the STEAM movement.

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