These are the web-enabled micro-credentials that are changing the way that learning is recognized in both formal schools and informal settings. Digital badges have proven particularly popular in higher education. Hundreds of colleges and universities are using them to recognize a wide range of learning. They have obvious appeal for recognizing learning in MOOCs.
Nearly nine in 10 presidents said an emphasis on “critical thinking” skills and personal development is very important throughout college in order for graduates to get jobs. But only about 40 percent of the presidents think their own institution is very effective at proving students with those skills and that kind of development.
Learning is a lifelong process, as those looking to succeed within the new apps economy have proven. With the increasing challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, driven learners can follow alternative educational paths–whether they are free, online or through industry forums–to suit their desired career and financial needs.
Governance for a New Era, also known as the Schmidt Report in honor of Benno Schmidt, the chairman of the project, is the product of a summit of distinguished higher education leaders that focused on finding innovative solutions to the many issues confronting our colleges and universities.
According to a recent national survey on whether employees value their degrees more than skills training, though most employees say higher education is still a must, skills training is what’s more important to their career.
There will still be a place for academic study and small classes. But vocational innovation will certainly produce a more dynamic educational marketplace—and one, moreover, that provides an honoured position for vocational colleges, rather than treating them as an embarrassing sideshow.
Given the cold, hard facts behind this mismatch, it’s striking how few students express interest in these postsecondary credentials and how many who are not college-ready are pursuing bachelor’s degrees they may never attain.
University of Maryland University College is a global leader in academic innovation and is partnering with several major foundations to help create the student experience of the future. This video illustrates how all of these innovations can come together to improve teaching and learning.
1. Grade inflation is a growing cancer— diluting standards, crushing morale, and disincentivizing student effort. As monetary inflation debases the dollar, so grade inflation debases the currency of education: student transcripts.
2. Grade inflation makes it increasingly difficult for would-be employers and graduate schools to distinguish truly excellent students from those who have taken courses with lax grading standards.
3. Grade inflation is most virulent in the humanities, whereas the natural sciences and mathematics have maintained standards.
4. Studies show that grade inflation thereby disincentivizes students from majoring in the sciences and mathematics.
5. To arrest grade inflation, a number of colleges have implemented transcript transparency. But a much more massive comprehensive effort is required if we are successfully to address this crisis.
6. Legislation requiring transparency in student transcripts, e.g., Texas’ “Honest Transcript Bill” is required to alert the public to those schools and majors that have maintained standards and those that haven’t.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In the past decade, we've seen an explosion in the number of business incubators, startup accelerators and entrepreneurial training programs. But Kander argues all of these programs share an enormous fatal flaw. Diana's talk challenges our thinking about entrepreneurship and presents a new approach for startups and corporations alike.
Make people pay for college with their own money, or funds they get voluntarily from others. In so doing, restore incentives for people to think long and hard about where they go to school and what they study, and eliminate the need for people other than those consuming the education – largely bureaucrats and politicians – to be in charge of accountability.
Through a new lexicon, Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms, Blackboard and ACE are working together to clarify some of the confusing definitions in the field. Competency based education is not one specific thing, and the lexicon delves into how the vocabulary is used in different ways by different people.