Lumina Foundation recently launched the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). Nearly five years in the making, the DQP is a framework that clearly defines the learning that college degrees should signify at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.
A new study finds that students who complete short-term credential programs see no meaningful change in their earnings or chances of being employed. How can we make these programs more beneficial? Align them with local labor market opportunities and make sure they’re stackable toward a higher degree.
"Too many of us in the academy run our disciplines like Soviet factories. We want to make a certain product and we want the world to consume our product, rather than looking at the world and saying what product it needs and then applying ourselves to providing an answer to society’s issue." Former George Washington University president on the importance of alternative models for degree completion.
“ Once upon a time, executive coaching was viewed as a remedial intervention for executives and managers who needed to be “fixed” in some way. Managers were not expected to be particularly involved in the coachee’s exploration or journey.”
Via Richard Andrews, Jan Schofield
Very often, organizations find that there are no takers for their eLearning courses. Why? We need to first understand who the target users of eLearning courses are. We called them trainees, learners, and end-users – all these terms indicate receptors of information, knowledge or skills. It means there is a giver of knowledge and a receptor of knowledge. The giver of knowledge is calling the shots. This is something like the sellers’ market in the early industrial age. Markets have witnessed changes, since then, and the same is true for the learning and training domain as well. We need to re-look at the way we see our learners. They are no longer at the mercy of their trainer. They have a variety of options before them to gain knowledge. So, how do you ensure they buy your eLearning courses (buy in the sense not literally, but investing time to complete your eLearning courses)?
“It is important to understand Holloway’s brilliant double entendre “taking power.” Taking power is not just the taking “of” state power but the collective power of society’s hierarchical structure to “take” – appropriate – the commonly created wealth, including the commons of the natural world. The capitalist economic system controls not just the means of production – labor – but the means of survival, i.e. food, shelter, information, safety, community etc.
Adaptive learning technologies modify the way material is presented, combining computer science and cognitive psychology to offer a personalized experience for students. The result? Higher pass rates and lower drop-out rates.
At a time when higher education is being pressured to focus on job preparation, a new university rejects that idea entirely. Instead, it teaches students how to think and communicate. “We wanted them to have the intellectual tools to succeed at jobs that don’t exist yet.”
If you want to make your university more entrepreneurial, what’s your first step? Change the culture. This article lays out an action plan for doing just that, and identifies the five characteristics of a successful entrepreneurial university.
Standard University's Design School spent a year asking this question: what is the future of the on-campus experience in an age of online learning? This TED-like talk explores the four answers they came up with.
Reddit’s CEO, Yishan Wong (formerly of Facebook) is doing the right thing. He’s planning to make Reddit’s users into owners, depending on their contribution to the site. There’s a way to create a form of liquid ownership that doesn’t require Wall Street. This new method is based on the bitcoin blockchain. That technology makes it possible to issue ownership to contributors in a decentralized and trusted way. The combination of blockchain stock, Yishan’s example, and the experience of participants will set in motion a wave of change in Silicon Valley. The message is: if you want to build an online company, you better find a way to make your customers/contributors owners.*