Tablets and smart mobile devices are garnering positive perceptions within educational contexts, with the strongest support showing for the technologies’ effectiveness in particular tasks and when used within more student-active contexts.
A college education has long been both a key ingredient to upward mobility and a crucial means of educating virtuous citizens. But as tuition and college debt have skyrocketed, graduation rates have fallen, and liberal education has been increasingly squeezed out of the curriculum, higher-education has also become a major source of risk and anxiety for middle-class families. Is the traditional college model sustainable? Will technology transform teaching and learning? Is there still room for real liberal education on our campuses?
The effort to develop assessment plans required us to struggle with naming what we wanted students to gain from the programs of study they completed, and the process of doing so proved surprisingly useful.
There are other paths that the MOOC providers might follow that hold out a genuine promise to enhance the quality of higher education. Let me identify four areas where MOOC providers could exert a genuinely transformative impact.
So far, Daniels has managed to skillfully navigate the treacherous waters of academic politics and actually get some things accomplished; he was not named Fortune magazine’s 41st greatest leader in the world in 2015 for nothing. By really leading, instead of following the pack, he may be paving the way for other non-traditional university presidents at a time when the status quo is no longer enough.
ETS (Educational Testing Service) is already working on how to best document and provide evidence of student learning outcomes at both the aggregate (cohort or institution) and individual (student/learner) level. Though the path toward entering and completing college has become increasingly challenging, it remains clear that the potential life benefits and overall value of having a higher education credential remain very high and we welcome the opportunity to provide our expertise to assist in this effort to ensure the future prosperity of institutions of higher education.
Explain Everything is a unique, interactive screencasting whiteboard app that can be used as a tool for ongoing assessment. It is an effective application with both general education students and special education students and can be used in a variety of content areas. It creates opportunities for dynamic assessment by incorporating audio, drawing, and video functionality.
A new report from the Education Commission of the States looks at the various ways states are implementing reverse transfer policies to retroactively award associate degrees to students pursuing four-year diplomas.
Do students who graduate from college know more on commencement day than they did on orientation weekend? Beyond grades and transcripts, how do we measure a student’s academic growth? Are graduates ready to apply this knowledge once they leave campus?
The product being bought is the credential. The credential drives the entire industry and is what causes millions to go deep into debt for an experience they often don’t love and admit doesn’t make them any more valuable in terms of tangible skills.
College credentials are valuable due to their signalling value. Your degree sends a signal to the world that you are, ostensibly, better than a similar person without the credential. This signal has some meaning; making it through college means you’re probably better than someone who lacked the intelligence or drive to do so--but it’s a shockingly low bar.
The proliferation of degreed people and the decline in ability among incoming freshman has turned college into little more than what high school once was.
Personalized online and blended learning opportunities could revolutionize corporate education, where it is not currently widespread. The biggest challenge to the growth of personalized learning is the recognition and credentialing of these learning pathways.
Once employers start seeing qualified candidates with alternative educational backgrounds, the ability of the four-year colleges to hold students hostage to increasingly worthless degrees will gradually weaken. Then, the traditional academic institutions can choose to evolve or perish.
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