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12 Principles Of Modern Learning -

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12 Principles Of Modern Learning by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen  put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013–a chart that lays out three categories of a...

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Thinking Digital with External Review Materials – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

For many, the academic tenure process begins over the summer. Even if your institution’s internal review process and material submissions seem to be lurking months away in August or September, the process of preparing for and submitting materials for external review is likely already underway or on the summer to-do list. Just picking a list of external reviewers can be a challenge: Nels wrote a great post a few years ago discussing the process of selecting appropriate reviewers, and Karen Kelsky has a great advice post on external tenure letters (as well as a post addressing what to do in the event of a negative review.) But the challenges don’t end after letter writers are chosen and agree to the review: depending on your institution, you may receive extensive guidance on the exact format of materials to send to these reviewers, or you might be on your own.
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Emerging challenges in digital higher education

Emerging challenges in digital higher education | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The team at Harvard’s Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Research hosted digital-learning practitioners from around the nation to discuss common challenges in their work.
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Looking for the good: appreciative inquiry in early childhood education

A group of early childhood education services in Auckland took part last year in a range of projects using appreciative inquiry processes to improve teaching and learning. Education Gazette finds out more.
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The Uberification of the University: How much further could the public university be disrupted?

The Uberification of the University: How much further could the public university be disrupted? | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
As a natural extension of wider trends towards greater privatisation and deregulation, plans are currently underway to make the UK a global centre for the so-called ‘sharing economy’. Gary Hall examines the potential effects of this transformation on higher education. The data available on certain platforms could be used to develop an intermediary business model for education services. Higher education workers would have little choice but to sell their cheap and easy-to-access courses to whoever’s prepared to pay for them in the ‘alternative’ education market.

Talk about being careful what you wish for. A recent survey of UK vice-chancellors identifies a number of areas of innovation with the potential to transform UK higher education. Among them are ‘uses of student data analytics for personalised services’ (the number 1 innovation priority for 90% of VCs), ‘uses of technology to transform learning experiences’ (MOOCs, flipped classrooms etc.), and ‘student-driven flexible study modes’, leading not least to the ‘demise of the traditional academic year’. Responding to this survey, an editorial in the Times Higher Education laments that, ‘the UK has world-leading research universities, but what it doesn’t have is a higher education equivalent of Amazon or Google, with global reach and an aggressive online strategy.’ Yet one wonders whether any of those proclaiming the merits of such disruptive innovation have stopped to consider what a higher education institution emulating the expansionist ambitions of Amazon and Google would actually mean for those currently employed in UK universities.
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In education at any level, does uberfication mean we contract out teaching? Is that prudent? Hannah Arendt warned that it was unethical to simply leave children and youth to their own devices.
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How a university became a battle for Europe's identity

How a university became a battle for Europe's identity | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This is a line in the sand that must not be crossed, says the president of a threatened Budapest university.
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For academics with depression, the student feedback process is hell

For academics with depression, the student feedback process is hell | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
If students often reflect biases or personal discontent at the expense of constructive feedback, and if only a quarter of the students from a class complete the evaluations (as is often the case at my institution), then reflecting on individual responses is not a helpful way for me to improve my teaching.

And by not directly addressing the ways in which lecturers with mental illness might respond to and internalise student criticisms, my university is not only overlooking an important health issue but is having an impact on student learning. Second guessing my teaching approaches out of fear of negative evaluations often limits my willingness to challenge students’ biases and assumptions, to remain firm on course policies and deadlines, and to give as low grades as I might do otherwise.
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Tracking Key Issues in Teaching and Learning: What Matters Most in 2017

Tracking Key Issues in Teaching and Learning: What Matters Most in 2017 | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
ELI conducts the annual Key Issues survey and shares the results broadly with the teaching and learning community so that higher education professionals may work with a global awareness across these issues. The key issues function as navigation points for the community at large, while also informing institutions’ future directions. A broad context is valuable for framing our day-to-day work and activities, and knowing the community’s top issues enables all of us to prioritize and sync our work against a comprehensive picture. The relative priority of these areas may correspond with institutional investments such as allocation of time, staff, or funds, and demonstrate where the community’s opportunities and challenges reside. Our professional work should be social and collaborative — and by sharing this work, along with insights and best practices, we labor collectively to promote a more effective higher education teaching and learning environment.
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Success by design

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Improving outcomes in American higher education

Article Sections


- Building an institution designed for student success
- An epidemic further compounded by demographic shifts
- High-impact learning
- Comprehensive support services
- Student-focused operations
- Strategic external partnerships
- Foundational capacities to drive student success
- Getting started

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Make teaching more doable - Christensen Institute

Make teaching more doable - Christensen Institute | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
In my latest paper, “Teaching in the machine age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better,” I discuss how innovations that commoditize some element of teacher expertise can also amplify teacher effectiveness. Teach to One: Math, which is featured in the paper, is a prime example of this phenomenon.

Teach to One’s computer algorithm is just one way in which educators can use technology to both improve instruction and make teaching more doable. Many common edtech software solutions can cut down teachers’ workloads by automating or streamlining some aspects of record keeping, grading, feedback, direct instruction, and lesson planning. When teachers don’t have to spend as much of their time on these activities, they can focus their expertise on engaging students with content and providing needed social and emotional support that computers are unable to replicate. If leveraged correctly, technology can be a powerful tool for rethinking teacher roles to make high-quality teaching more doable.
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The User's Manual To Design Thinking Your Teaching (Infographic)

The User's Manual To Design Thinking Your Teaching (Infographic) | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make. I've become obsessed with Design Thinking. It's gotten to the point where I "Design Thinking" everything. How do I Design Thinking my lunch? How do I Design Thinking my classroom phone policy? How do I Design Thinking teaching?

Teaching? Yep. Let's do that.

What I love about Design Thinking is that it's flexible. There are teaching approaches out there that tell us what to do, but it makes more sense for every teacher to teach differently every year, because we each get different students.

Think about it. We don't treat all our friends and family the same. Our interactions with them are largely based on our experience of who they are and what makes them tick. Teaching is the same way. One size fits all approaches do not work.
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Personalized Learning as a Team Sport: What IT Professionals Need to Know

Personalized Learning as a Team Sport: What IT Professionals Need to Know | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Key Takeaways

Personalized learning is growing across higher education, promising enhanced student engagement, improved retention, quicker time to degrees, and increased student success. 


The range of personalized learning systems available today cover various models for providing content and conducting assessments. 


Successfully implementing personalized learning requires the broad participation of many groups across campus. 

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Key Takeaways 

Personalized learning is growing across higher education, promising enhanced student engagement, improved retention, quicker time to degrees, and increased student success. 

 The range of personalized learning systems available today cover various models for providing content and conducting assessments. 

Successfully implementing personalized learning requires the broad participation of many groups across campus.
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​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces? (EdSurge News)

​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces? (EdSurge News) | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Two years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces. The opening keynote speaker ended his presentation with a charge for all in attendance: “I hope that makerspaces don’t become an edtech fad that goes away as quickly as it has risen to popularity
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What makes a good teacher great?| Azul Terronez 

I've been asking the question: What makes a good teacher great? for 24 years. I have collected 26,000 responses from 8 different schools and patterns hav

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 1:04 PM
Humility is essential in teaching. Ultimately, I made mistakes and fretting over them was a bigger mistake. Something as simple as eating a lunch with them each day brought me closer to my students.

What do teachers think about this question? I would ask them too.

It is not that good teachers do not want to hear from their students. I think they do not know how to engage their students in dialogue. They might even be constrained by the very traditions of teaching.


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Integrating 21st-Century Workplace Skills into Lecture-Based Courses

The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine wants to teach key 21st-century skill sets such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking in their large, anonymous, lecture courses. They began with a pilot meant to plant the seeds of community.
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How do we know what learning will look like in the future? We don’t - The Hechinger Report

How do we know what learning will look like in the future? We don’t - The Hechinger Report | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — Erin Mote is a technologist and hands-on middle school principal with a strong belief in the power of personalized learning. Yet when she talks about the future, she is clear about how hard looking ahead can be. “We need to be honest, this is super new,” Mote told a packed audience during …
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Six Ways the Teacher's Role is Changing 

Six Ways the Teacher's Role is Changing  | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

During this time of significant educational change, we are forced to ask ourselves, what is the role of the teacher?

Teachers continue to be central to learning, but the role is changing significantly. Our children still need to develop real skills and real knowledge, but they also need to be self-reliant, resilient, and fully capable of re-inventing themselves. This means students must learn how to self-direct their learning.

So if students are self-directing their learning, what's the role of the teacher?

Teachers build the curriculum/lessons with the individual student based on his/her needs and interests rather than move through a fixed curriculum en masse.


Teachers provide the experiences and tools to access new knowledge in specific areas of interest as facilitators of individual pathways, rather than being a provider of the content or expert in one or every area,Teachers become experts in how people learn, not only in teaching.


Teachers support a community of learners in teams, possibly of multiple ages, rather than alone in classrooms with fixed grades of students.


Teachers have more autonomy over their daily schedule, and can be flexible to adjust their schedules to support student needs.


Teachers provide opportunities for real-world, connected, practical learning rather than isolated academics.
These are the types of changes in the teacher's role that are fundamental to developing students who are capable of independent learning and reinvention in a rapidly changing world.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 


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Jan Swanepoel's curator insight, May 26, 7:31 PM
During a time of significant educational change, this article addresses the contemporary question: "What is the real role of the teacher?" Teachers continue to be central to learning and students still need to develop real skills and real knowledge, however 21st century learners also need to be self-reliant, resilient, and fully capable of re-inventing themselves, meaning that students must learn how to self-direct their learning. Please visit my blog at http://mymathsrules.weebly.com for my extended curator's insight.
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Sarah's curator insight, June 4, 8:25 PM
This is a short article on the ways that teachers' roles are changing. It is important to note that teachers are not becoming obsolete, but are just as important as ever. Teachers are here to facilitate learning and assisting the students in becoming resilient, self directed and capable learners.
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Education and policy: Re-educating Rita | The Economist

Education and policy: Re-educating Rita | The Economist | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
IN JULY 2011 Sebastian Thrun, who among other things is a professor at Stanford, posted a short video on YouTube, announcing that he and a colleague, Peter Norvig, were making their “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course available free online. By the time the course began in October, 160,000 people in 190 countries had signed up for it. At the same time Andrew Ng, also a Stanford professor, made one of his courses, on machine learning, available free online, for which 100,000 people enrolled. Both courses ran for ten weeks. Mr Thrun’s was completed by 23,000 people; Mr Ng’s by 13,000.
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Unis to have budgets cut, student fees to rise

Unis to have budgets cut, student fees to rise | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The Turnbull government will slash university funding by hundreds of millions of dollars in the May budget while hiking student fees and requiring graduates to pay back their loans faster.

The government will justify the cuts by pointing to a major new report which found universities receive adequate funding for most courses they teach and that their revenues are growing faster than costs.
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Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking

Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s actually quite possible. Experiments performed by Stanford's Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education demonstrate that students can be instructed to think more critically. 

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of critical-thinking skills in modern society. The ability to decipher information and interpret it, offering creative solutions, is in direct relation to our intellect. 
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Gates Foundation launches higher ed podcast "To A Degree" - eCampus News

Gates Foundation launches higher ed podcast "To A Degree" - eCampus News | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
What: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the launch of a new podcast series dedicated to higher education. By 2025, two-thirds of jobs will require education beyond high school – yet half of students who start college don’t graduate, and a high-income student is five times as likely to have a degree by age 24 than a low-income student.

The profile of college students is also changing. The majority of students are no longer 18- to 21-year-olds who enroll full-time and live on campus. Rather, the majority of students work while going to college, 40 percent are 25 or older, one-third are first generation college goers, and many are low-income students and students of color.

To A Degree aims to show how higher education must evolve to better support today’s college students. The goal of the foundation’s Postsecondary Success team is to help more students – especially low-income and first-generation students – graduate at higher rates, with high-quality degrees or certificates at an affordable price.
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LX Conference – Learning in the age of experience

LX Conference – Learning in the age of experience | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The LX Conference is the first online conference dedicated to learning experience design. Learning experience design (LX Design) is the emerging practice of using user experience, service design or human-centred design methods in education and training. This first edition will take place online from May 15-19, 2017.
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The LX Conference is the first online conference dedicated to learning experience design. Learning experience design (LX Design) is the emerging practice of using user experience, service design or human-centred design methods in education and training. This first edition will take place online from May 15-19, 2017.
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The changing skill set of the learning professional

The changing skill set of the learning professional | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Imagine a new development programme designed from the ground up with one aim in mind. To provide you with the skills and the confidence you need to fulfil your potential as a modern learning professional; a programme that focuses entirely on what is relevant and practical but which is founded on the very latest research.

Imagine a programme that gave you the flexibility to learn just what you need, when and where you want. But which provides you with the support you need to take your skills to the next level.

Skills Journey is that programme. Designed to support the changing skill set of the learning professional; providing you with the confidence to interact professionally with key stakeholders, learners and new media.

Perhaps it’s time to begin your skills journey.
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Supplement or Replacement: Exploring the Role of AI in Teaching and Learning

Supplement or Replacement: Exploring the Role of AI in Teaching and Learning | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
At last month’s EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Satya Nitta, Global Head and Program Director of Cognitive Science and Education Technology at IBM Research, speak twice on IBM's Watson AI system. My first opportunity was in a session sponsored by the Leading Academic Transformation (LAT) group, which was set up as a more informal Q&A session that I helped to facilitate; the second was Dr. Nitta’s morning keynote.

What struck me was how varied these two engagements were, and how much different the takeaways likely were depending upon which session people attended.

In essence, this isn't really a tale of two AIs, but rather, a different telling of one AI.
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Rethinking the Computer Lab of the Future -- Campus Technology

Rethinking the Computer Lab of the Future -- Campus Technology | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
A planned computer science lab renovation recently gave St. Norbert College the perfect opportunity to rethink how a computer lab should function for students. To get started, our IT staff met with computer science faculty to brainstorm and discuss ideas for the renovated space.

Our computer science department had been using general computer labs to hold course-lab meetings that allowed students to experiment with and extend the concepts covered in class. These spaces had also historically served as a place where students could receive help from undergraduate teaching assistants, as well as congregate, collaborate and commiserate. The computer science faculty at St. Norbert had a strong desire that the revamped space would continue to provide a place for cohort-building activities.
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