The annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report’s K-12 2015 Edition, that provides insight into digital learning trends, named blended learning as a key topic to watch in the next two years. The trends included in the report were selected by 56 experts from 22 countries.Two teaching and learning trends expected to accelerate the use of educational technology in classrooms in a year or two, the report said, were the use of blended learning and STEAM (an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.Sometimes called hybrid learning, blended learning enables educators to pursue a variety of instructional models. Ideally, the technology allows the teacher to make the most of face-to-face time with students, leaving some more routine learning tasks to the computer.
CorpU, a social learning platform, and Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that focuses on addressing workforce demands, have assembled the College Employer Collaborative (CEC), a group of community colleges and employers that will work with CorpU to develop college curricula and credentials intended to meet the needs of high-growth industries.
This is the second installment of a three-part series by Robert Hill discussing the rise of competency-based education (CBE) and its impact on higher education. In the first installment, Hill outlined the range of innovative approaches to degree completion currently entering the market and mapped out CBE’s rise to the top. In this installment, he discusses the numerous roles of higher education and whether CBE can satisfy them all.
For Americans who don’t graduate from college with a four-year degree, finding employment can be difficult. But a new partnership between a foundation, big-name companies, and colleges hopes to make the job search easier.
As competency-based approaches to degree completion become more common, it’s important to consider whether this innovative design will become the norm. This is the first of a three-part series by Robert Hill discussing the rise of competency-based education and its impact on higher education.
In his new book, the Wharton professor Peter Cappelli argues that banking on a specialized degree’s usefulness is risky. After all, one reason some jobs are in high demand is that no one predicted that they would be.
Credentialing has exploded in type and number in recent years, as job seekers earn a growing range of certificates, badges, experiential transcripts, industry certifications and licenses, in addition to traditional college degrees.
Conversations about assessment aren’t just about objectives or outcomes but are also about what we value and privilege in our classrooms and our teaching, and why. Successfully discussing assessment during an interview therefore requires more than just reviewing the department’s curriculum or the institution’s general education objectives -- it also necessitates thinking carefully and critically about your own values and goals as an educator.
It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has summoned regional and national accreditors to a July meeting that Judith Eaton, the group's president, described as an urgent "call to action."
The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving.
The frustration among highly selective schools has reached the ears of lawmakers, who are considering alternatives such as a “risk-adjusted” system that would allow accreditors to focus more on colleges near the margins and less on world-class institutions with long track records of success.
Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller argues that online courses are more effective for teaching basic skills but expects traditional classroom experiences to hold their prestige and social benefits. In a conversation about the future of education with the Wall Street Journal, Koller advocated a blended model in which core content is learned online and classroom time is used for more interactive assignments. With Coursera, Koller plans to expand international enrollment with courses in languages other than English, and she’s gearing up for the first online MBA program at the University of Illinois, according to the article.
Adjuncts have their place in the academic life of an undergraduate, of course, but not in the first year or two of college. But they can be very helpful to students as they think about the transition to the workforce after college. Often adjuncts are working professionals in the career field that students want to eventually pursue and can assist in securing internships or jobs. And adjuncts who work full-time in careers outside of academia can usually give students a more realistic view of the workplace they’ll soon enter than full-time professors who are on campus all day.
The facts confirming this vocational trend are overwhelming. In 2012, the portion of incoming college freshmen that cited job success as a “very important” reason for attending college reached an all-time high of 87.9 percent, an increase from 85.9 percent in 2011. In 1976, that figure was just 67.8 percent, according to surveys conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute.
According to a report released in April by the American Association of University Professors, the gap between the salaries of faculty at private and public universities is widening. The AAUP’s “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession” stated that at public institutions full professors’ salaries averaged $130,039 and assistant professors’ $77,446 in 2014, while at private institutions the average salary of full professors was $177,600 and assistant professors $95,312.
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