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Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers

Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a continued gnashing of teeth from established providers. Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning.

 

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Pauline Farrell's curator insight, January 23, 2014 5:50 AM

 one of my favourite reads for the year

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and on my current theme of tracking trends.....worth sharing

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It Is Not About the Gadgets - Why Every Teacher Should Have to Integrate Tech Into Their Classroom

It Is Not About the Gadgets - Why Every Teacher Should Have to Integrate Tech Into Their Classroom | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I once sat on an interview committee in which the candidate proudly proclaimed that to integrate technology her students would use word processors and publish their work in a monthly book.  My toes instantly curled.  It wasn’t so much that she had used the words “word processor” but rather that she thought tech integration meant to have students type on a computer and then publish their work, that that would make them ready for this century of jobs.  So a couple of things come to mind whenever we discuss tech integration in schools.
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The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters

The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
As status-seeking managers multiply, they pervert the university's core mission, Alan Ryan laments

 

The difficulty is not that resistance is futile, but that the real remedy is for universities and colleges to be self-governing communities where academics themselves do most of the administrative chores. And anyone who has had to twist his colleagues' arms to help with such things knows that our own unwillingness to take back the institutions that employ us is one of the major reasons for the deanlets' population explosion.

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One wonders if we are seeing a trend towards the same sort of transition in Australia.  With the reliance on big data and a preference for automated personalisation it beomces more likely that adminstrators control the learning experiences of students.  Myopic economic view may be satisfied but long term outcomes are far from certain.

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University leaders need to look beyond their research superstars

University leaders need to look beyond their research superstars | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Few vice-chancellors planning for life after REF will want to dispense with the services of good teachers, says Tony Kelly
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The Social Learning Revolution: What it means for Higher Education

Closing Keynote, WCET Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 15 November 2013

 

For more information about the resources we are building to help university and college students acquire the new skills and toolset for this new world of work and learning, visit aLifeOfJobs.com.

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 8, 2013 10:25 PM

This article is part of a larger, on-going effort to help connect teachers and other learning professionals with the neuroscience of learning.

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:40 PM

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Vincent Munch's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:51 PM

Something we should all read

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Bringing Authenticity to the Classroom

Bringing Authenticity to the Classroom | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Authenticity -- we know it works! There is research to support the value of authentic reading and writing. When students are engaged in real-world problems, scenarios and challenges, they find releva
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ACEL Address: Opportunities and Risks in the Education Market Place

ACEL Address: Opportunities and Risks in the Education Market Place | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Education taking on the aspect of commodity means students at universities have become “customers”; the teachers and the institutions are the “providers”.

If the customers are not always right in this environment, they will often insist that that they are. They are paying fees, wracking up debt. They want value for money. Not necessarily to sit in lecture theatres. Education provision becomes more of an off-the-shelf environment. Just put the lecture notes on the internet please. On if they have to listen to lectures, the lecturer must be a good performer. A lecturer I once had on Soviet politics, a dour communist who nevertheless tried to be scrupulously objective, with his expositions full of the most tedious detail, wouldn’t cut the mustard.

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A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age | Online Learning | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age | Online Learning | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration

The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
For Connected Educators Month, a key theme this year is how to move from merely connecting with other educators into collaborations that push pedagogy and the education conversation forward.
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Study finds that students learn more from non-tenure-track instructors ~ Inside Higher Ed

Study finds that students learn more from non-tenure-track instructors ~ Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

by Scott Jaschik

summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"A major new study has found that new students at Northwestern University learn more when their instructors are adjuncts than when they are tenure-track professors. The study -- released this morning by the National Bureau of Economic Research -- found that the gains are greatest for the students with the weakest academic preparation. And the study found that the gains extended across a wide range of disciplines. The authors of the study suggest that by looking at measures of student learning, and not just course or program completion, their work may provide a significant advance in understanding the impact of non-tenure-track instructors."


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What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic

What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

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It’s Not All About Technology

"Many people think that Personalized Learning is all about technology. It is not, although technology makes it more accessible in over-crowded classrooms. If an individual student has Internet access, that student can work independently while the teacher facilitates an in-depth discussion with a small group at another skill level. Technology empowers the teacher to keep a larger number of students at different levels moving forward simultaneously.

 

"Personalized Learning is also about improving the ability to assess student’s skills or growth in real time, rather than at the end of a unit or semester when it could be too late to redirect. Again, technology helps, but it is more about changing the mindsets of teachers, parents and students about how skills are measured and when. In addition, that ongoing assessment enables teachers and parents to better communicate about a child’s needs."

 

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Let's Hack Higher Ed! An Invitation to Team Teach "Future of the University" in Spring 2014: | HASTAC

Let's Hack Higher Ed! An Invitation to Team Teach "Future of the University" in Spring 2014: | HASTAC | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

by Cathy Davidson

 

"This is a formal invitation for anyone, at any level, to join several of us--it's becoming a small army!--in distributed team-teaching of many different kinds of classes on the future of the university, to be offered simultaneously and concurrently in Spring 2014.  No formal structure.  Anything counts as "team teaching" as long as we exchange ideas, on whatever level, and post those to the widest possible audience in order to inspire more thinking about how we got where we are and how we can go constructively and creatively to a better place.   We'll communicate via HASTAC, via Twitter and Facebook, via anyone who wants to blog and reblog anything, but the purpose will be to come up with tons of new, exciting ideas (including some workarounds you are already using) for relevant, important teaching for this generation."


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Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix

Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
“People are almost in this Matrix-like existence,” says education thought-leader Steve Hargadon. “They don’t question schooling. How do you tell a story that opens the door to rethinking what people have believed for decades?

 

Hargadon thinks one way change agents get tripped up is by promoting a particular model, rather than a process by which people can develop (or adopt) models that best fit their needs. He considers deep, meaningful conversations a useful starting point for people to use to shape the future, and to that end, he’s planning to host a series of national conversations in 2014 that probe the deeper questions around education and can serve as models for conversations people initiative in their own communities.

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Eoin McDonnell's curator insight, January 9, 2014 3:48 AM

It's a wonderful ideal that Hargadon describes but... I don't know how practical it is. Robinson keeps bringing this up in wildly-popular TED talks as well.

 

But how managable is it? How can each parent / or even the six-year old his/herself be expected to closely design and implement an individual learning narrative?

 

And how desirable is it to have to allow each individual to build up radically different banks of knowledge and skills? How would a society that polarized function?

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Who learns in maths classes depends on how maths is taught

Who learns in maths classes depends on how maths is taught | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Students who are ill-prepared in mathematics are entering university and creating challenges for mathematics departments.
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As engineers, we must consider the ethical implications of our work

As engineers, we must consider the ethical implications of our work | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Abbas El-Zein: Engineers are behind government spying tools and military weapons. We should be conscious of how our designs are used
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Professional development ‘critical’ to Australia’s success

Professional development ‘critical’ to Australia’s success | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

 Dr Christopher Vas said professional people with well-established careers are increasingly turning to the books again in a bid to stay ahead of the competition.

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More focus on education needed | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more.

More focus on education needed | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more. | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Success in today’s world of intense global competition and rapid technological change demand mastery of problem-solving, communication and language skills, which are not treated as a priority in most schools within the region.


If the majority of content taught in classrooms does not comply with the needs of the employment market, as the report said quoting a recent poll conducted among students in GCC countries, then it is an issue to be pondered over and taken seriously by the MENA countries. Saudi Arabia can take the lead in the venture as it is considered a role model in the region.

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Connected Learning For Educators | Connected Learning

Connected Learning For Educators | Connected Learning | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Many educators agree: our education system needs an update. Too many youth see no clear connection between school and life beyond the classroom. Moreover, the skills most needed to succeed in the modern age - such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication - are not easily measured on a standardized test.

Connected Learning revitalizes the educational process by forging links between students' academic studies, their personal passions, and opportunities to engage with peers who support and share their interests. As a result, Connected Learning can create new pathways to college, career and civic pursuits.

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The AP50 experience

A hands-on approach to teaching and learning in AP 50 helps Harvard undergraduates learn the foundational concepts in physics by applying them to real-world ...
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Mazur, a Harvard professor and a thirty-year veteran of teaching university Physics discovers the efficacy and simple joy of student-centred learning.

Ho-hum to the many who've already chosen this path and shocking to the most conservative university educators.  Even those of us who "ho-hum" still feel some joy in witnessing others finding this simple shift in thinking and practice.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:54 PM

Mazur, a Harvard professor and a thirty-year veteran of teaching university Physics discovers the efficacy and simple joy of student-centred learning.

Ho-hum to the many who've already chosen this path and shocking to the most conservative university educators.  Even those of us who "ho-hum" still feel some joy in witnessing others finding this simple shift in thinking and practice.

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Cathy Davidson: Now You See It: Why the Future of Learning Demands a Paradigm Shift

Talk given at "Conversations That Matter III: Research, Policy, & Practice: The 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning in Teacher Education," June ...

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:21 AM

Fabulous talk by Cathy regarding the changes needed to help today's youth succeed and  identify the outdated 19th century education that is not serving today's youth.

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Transformational Leadership - The Dirty Little Secret

Transformational Leadership - The Dirty Little Secret | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
What is transformational leadership, and what is the well kept secret about how and why very few become transformational leaders?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:21 PM

This is a fantastic resource.

 

From the article:

 

Burns, the Grand Father of transformation leadership, defines it as a “Process of engaging with others in such a way as to raise leader and follower to higher levels of motivation and morality.” He contrasts this to,

“A false conception of leadership as mere command and control.

 

As leadership comes properly to be seen as a process of leaders engaging and mobilizing human needs and aspirations of followers, women will be more readily recognized as leaders and men will change their own leadership styles.”

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:15 PM

Any leadership style has situational problems that have to be balance or more fluid with application and implementation.

Robin Martin's comment, August 19, 2013 1:55 PM
Thanks for sharing Susan!
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What the Future of Learning Might Look Like

What the Future of Learning Might Look Like | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Education and learning could look radically different in the next few years.
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