The world is changing fast and we live in turbulent times, accelerated by the speed of technological change and rampant complexity. It seems like society has chosen to walk the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom hierarchy in reverse, in search for answers in a sea of big data. Revolutions and recessions have caused analysts and policymakers to accept a “new normal” where many suffer the consequences of increasingly more difficult conditions of living. Bringing wisdom back to the center of our societal development, by focusing on 8 wisdom-centered design principles, could result in a better redefinition of our human condition and structures of living.
Generation Zers largely prefer a traditional undergraduate experience augmented by innovations that offer hands-on experiences and practical skills. Nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) favor integrating education programs with employer internships, while 72 percent say colleges should allow students to design their own course of study or major. They also believe that practical skills like financial literacy (85 percent) and entrepreneurship (63 percent) are extremely or very important to obtain in college.
Can postsecondary education keep pace with changes in the economic landscape in the years ahead? Business and education leaders discussed the fraught topic of job-readiness at a two-part panel hosted by the Committee on Economic Development in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon.
The three-year degree could save students up to 25 percent in tuition and fees, and get them into the job market more quickly.
One of the biggest challenges to big changes in the higher ed space has been the lack of impetus; the safety net for universities needs to be removed before they consider major shifts.In addition to lowering costs and time to completion, the three-year degree could improve the attainment rate.
The diagram tells a very interesting story for both open source and proprietary systems including the swelling and thinning of Blackboard through acquisitions. Another insight is the shift away from, and now back to a proliferation of platforms with the introduction of new proprietary, competency-based, and MOOC focused learning management systems which can be seen at the top of the diagram.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities has announced a new project centered on the creation of a multi-state network of resources and information for faculty members that is aimed advancing student success.
Currently, much of the concern about MOOCs and online learning has emphasized what potential disruptions might mean for faculty and for traditional campuses. But one of the potential blessings of disruptive innovation is that it holds out the prospect of placing students front and center, and thereby making attending college and earning a degree far more valuable.
Defining middle-skills jobs as those that "require more education and training than a high-school diploma but less than a four-year college degree," a new report explores this segment of the labor market, identifying where jobs have been lost and skills sets undeveloped, and pointing to where and how the situation might be improved.
Performance-based funding is increasingly popular among both state and federal policy makers, who want public institutions to graduate more students, more efficiently. Yet colleges may cope with these funding formulas by using grade inflation or admitting fewer at-risk students.
Education isn’t just about skills and professional preparedness. The competency model reduces education to discrete abilities and practical skills. It abases courses to the learning outcomes enumerated on their syllabi. And while it correctly diagnoses some of the maladies of higher ed (such as grade inflation and the inability to discern student aptitude from transcripts), competency models capitulate the ideals of liberal education to the quest for useful education. It cedes academia to job credentialing, and, ironically, entrenches the professional importance of graduating from college in order to succeed in the workforce. And it turns college degrees into licenses to work, making getting a job more expensive than ever. We know how that fared with taxi medallions.
Data & research on skills beyond school, higher education & lifelong learning inc. Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, Higher Education Programme, Skillls Outlook, PIAAC, VET, Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes?
MOOCs are a technology with potentially revolutionary implications for education, but without a precise plan for realizing that potential. One way of getting there could be for the leaders of the MOOC movement to look more closely at old methods, from when education was less massive, less open, and entirely offline.
In the new landscape of educational delivery models, the following ones have emerged: ad hoc online courses and programs, fully online programs, School-as-a-Service or Online Service Providers, competency-based education, blended/hybrid courses and the flipped classroom, and MOOCs.
One way for employers to find better job applicants might be to require all potential hires to take a test. This “GRE-for-job” assessment could measure both soft and hard skills. Employers might even require all job-seekers to get a minimum cutoff score.