Online competency-based education is revolutionary because it marks the critical convergence of multiple vectors: the right learning model, the right technologies, the right customers, and the right business model.
It’s critical that institutional leaders begin to explore ways to innovate their institution before they miss their opportunity. Missing the opportunity to implement minor innovations will result in institutions being forced to make massive changes, or simply losing control of the institutional operation altogether. Though it’s currently a bumpy period for the postsecondary industry, the future is bright for institutions that can rethink their core product and approach to the marketplace.
Fulfilling all five of these goals will not solve all of higher education’s problems. But it would reduce costs (especially by cutting federal student financial aid) and enrollments, and would also at least marginally improve academic rigor and standards. Moreover, achieving these goals is revenue neutral or enhancing for governments.
By Margaret Spellings. There are two inescapable realities facing American education: The growing diversity of the nation's students and the unrelenting demand for jobs that require employees to solve problems, innovate and adapt. Annual tests provide the data that show educators where struggling students need help so they can learn at grade level.
Michelle R. Weise discusses why she and Clayton M. Christensen decided to focus on online competency-based education as the topic of their latest mini-book -- Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution.
All over the world, organisations are emerging from hibernation, once again stretching their limbs and flexing their corporate muscles ready for a post-recession drive for the future. But whilst hibernating, hunkering down and minimising risk in an effort to survive, the world and customers continued to move on at an ever-increasing pace.
Alberto Acereda, PhD's insight:
According to the article: "Building a ‘Next Generation Organisation’ is based on my latest thinking and working with some of the worlds most successful organisations and it boils down to three core attributes – Intelligence, Collaboration and Adaptability. The first challenge for organisations is ‘Intelligence’ and moving away from traditional approaches to data and insight. The second challenge is around ‘Collaboration’ and the re-design of cultures, networks, strategic partnerships and increasing co-creation. And the final challenge ‘Adaptability’ focuses on speeding up the commercialisation of innovation in order to bring bigger ideas to market faster."
In an effort to cultivate talented students who don't test well, Temple University says it will become the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional for admission.
A large crowd formed in the center of the ballroom. Institutional leaders were cheering for their teammates. Intense energy and excitement permeated the room. The final round of Rock, Paper, Scissors was on.
Competency-based education is still in it's fledgling stage, but more and more collaborative projects are helping institutions eager to get involved. How rapidly will CBE be accepted by employers and students? Does it have reputation or branding problems? How can providers compete with traditional programs with bigger advertising budgets? What kind of partnerships will providers create with industry?
Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.
The words ‘Open Educational Resources’ were synonymous with all that is good in the world of education in the past decade or so. However, I think that fortunately or otherwise OER have lost some of its romance as a movement among the community. There may still be 'die hard' fanatics who will deny this fact but in actuality many of us who have been doing research on the ground for the past few years have moved on to other things such as MOOC. Does this mean that the OER movement is dead? I guess it depends on who you ask.
Spain has scrapped its university entrance exam for foreign students in a move to establish the country as a major destination for overseas study. The Selectividad exam, which has been removed with immediate effect, has long been viewed as a barrier to increasing Spain’s relatively low number of international students
Dysfunctional graduate departments, toxic faculty, and the Navy Seal-like brutality of the Ph.D. process all contribute to the burnout experienced by the estimated 50-plus percent of Ph.D. students who fail to earn their doctorates.
Many people think the point of higher education is economic: graduates get better paying jobs and the economy gets the knowledge-workers it needs. But, there is another story. There is a role for higher education in skilling-up citizens so they can play an active and effective role in a democratic society. Hear from political philosopher, Professor Fred D'Agostino as he shares numerous examples of this alternative story. Fred D'Agostino is Professor of Humanities at The University of Queensland and was Executive Dean of Arts and Associate Dean of Arts (Academic) during his ten-year stint at UQ.
More than 31 million Americans enrolled in college during the last two decades but left without earning a degree or certificate and have not returned to higher education for at least 18 months, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.