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Teaching From the Bottom Up

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It's not unusual to hear a professor say, "My students are just not critical thinkers." To this I would reply, "So what are you doing to make them critical thinkers? What are you doing to develop that skill?
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Professional improvement/development is for ALL educators. If we want students to be engaged, problem solvers, and critical thinkers, we need to be engaging and challenge them to be problem solvers and critical thinkers.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 27, 2014 12:54 AM

All learning is a ground up and recurring process. What is interesting is this is another person who is not in a classroom passing judgement on what is done in a classroom. Maybe he should spend time with today's students.

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7 Soft Skills You Need to Achieve Career Growth

7 Soft Skills You Need to Achieve Career Growth | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learn about the soft skills you need to hone to take your career to the next level.
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Students, as current and future employees, should start thinking about their soft skills early. These are skills we don't often recognize as significant and important and, as a result, it can be easy to develop bad habits. Read this, and then read Seth Godin's post, "Let's stop calling them 'soft skills'".

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What $20 Security Camera Has to Do With Closing of the Memphis College of Art | Technology and Learning

What $20 Security Camera Has to Do With Closing of the Memphis College of Art | Technology and Learning | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Why technology makes quality higher education more expensive, and everything else cheaper.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some provocative and insightful thinking about higher education and its future, our future. Too many organizations gasping for breath and grabbing at the closest thing available which may not be a best or even good solution.

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The 2 core edtech trends that will help institutions thrive - eCampus News

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Why adaptivity and scalability are the two core trends in higher edtech right now, and for the future.
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What will be interesting and telling is which universities--small, medium, or large--choose to adopt trends and strategies that will make them more nimble and, therefore, more strategic and relevant.

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How can universities help solve the creative arts crisis?

How can universities help solve the creative arts crisis? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The creative arts have come under fire for poor graduate outcomes. But universities need to defend the important skills they provide
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We need to see different areas from different perspectives. A few days ago I posted an article about doctors and police officers take classes in art observation techniques to become better in their own work. I've said before and will belabor the point that the arts have an often unsung (sorry) role in much of what we can do. Unfortunately we don't value those roles as much as we could or should which means we aren't as creative or collaborative as we could be to find ways to make greater and better inroads.

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Man receives world's first 3D printed tibia replacement

Man receives world's first 3D printed tibia replacement | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The 3D tibia “scaffold” was first modeled at Queensland University of Technology, and then printed in Singapore.
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What?!?!? The is AMAZING as are the implications and not just for medicine.

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5 Things College Administrators Wish Edtech Companies Would Do

5 Things College Administrators Wish Edtech Companies Would Do | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Professional development companies and some edtech/software companies already do some of these things but likely not to the extent suitable to most college administrators. However, if a Director of Faculty Development is working closely with deans and innovative faculty, they can jumpstart the process of finding what works and what they need. I often recommend completing a technology audit though most interpret that to mean how many laptops or tablets or interactive whiteboards they have. I remind them that knowing what sites and apps educators tend to use most is an indicator of the kinds of resources they believe are valuable and provide a strong starting point for finding out what they believe their students need to continue to make learning progress. Beginning that survey work is actually easier than they think. Figuring out what they need to do next generally requires a bit of help. 

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What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed?

What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed? | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Educators across disciplines in both higher education and high school: check this out! Students need coaching in soft skills that are RELEVANT to their interests and passions. Students need coaching about how to channel what interests them and ignites their passion, especially if there are what we still consider non-traditional avenues. Read this interview. And start thinking about the changes you can make before school starts this fall.

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Universities are failing to equip enough students with digital skills

Universities are failing to equip enough students with digital skills | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Universities must better integrate digital skills into curricula in order to remain relevant and competitive, argues Jisc's Paul Feldman.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

The UK is not alone in this. Not only are we assuming students have some fundamentals because we wrongly believe they are tech-savvy (they are, however, tech-fearless), we are not doing a very good job of linking practical digital skills that are applicable to what they learn. We seem to be too busy trying to make learning "fun" and we do our students as well as ourselves a tremendous disservice. This is not an irreparable situation.

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How (Over)involved Parents Are Changing College

How (Over)involved Parents Are Changing College | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Colleges are adjusting to increasing contact with adults who are more ingrained in their children’s lives than ever.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Several thoughts but I'll stick with this one: one of my hopes is that these parents of the Parenting 2017 era are also teaching their kids how to do their own life research, how to persevere when they don't get what they think they need, how to make hard decisions, and, perhaps most importantly, how to handle not getting what they think they need or want. Mom and Dad aren't always going to be there or able to fix it.

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Purdue acquires Kaplan University to create a new public, online university under Purdue brand

Purdue acquires Kaplan University to create a new public, online university under Purdue brand | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Indiana institution acquires Kaplan University and its 32,000 students in an unprecedented move to enter online education as many large for-profits continue to slump.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is truly fascinating and marks an important tipping point for how university administrators see online learning. The speculation has begun, of course, with questions about accreditation, recruiting, curriculum management, and so much more.

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3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education’s Reach

3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education’s Reach | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Efforts to increase online collaboration spark cutting edge solutions.
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I suspect some may worry about the cost, but professors can use Skype or Google Hangout to invite far-flung experts to be part of their students' classroom experience. The hard and time-consuming part is reaching out to people and triangulating schedules. But it's not impossible and I know there are many who are willing to reorganize their schedules to accommodate a class schedule so they can share their expertise and answer questions. I would.

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Classroom Labs Are the Next to Go Virtual

Classroom Labs Are the Next to Go Virtual | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Technology expands the lab experience and access to software for college students.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yes, it's happening and will continue to develop. It may come slowly in some areas, but VR certainly makes sense to provide students with a frame of reference and experience. It's not like simulations are new. VR adds layers of depth and complexity.

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Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’

It’s generally understood that Ty Cobb was a jerk. His teammates didn’t like him very much. But he’s still in the Hall of Fame. That’s because baseball keeps score… of hits, of runs and of catches…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is an interesting perspective on what we call soft skills. I'm not sure we all agree what those skills are, how they might be measured, how they might be coached, etc. I do know that plenty of companies require certain of these soft skills in certain positions if that individual is to be successful and contribute to the well-being of the company. So the point that calling them "soft" skills somehow minimizes their importance is a valuable one.

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5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies

5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
"We must support both sides of the chasm." - Phil Hill As online and blended learning reshapes the landscape of teaching and
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Many K-12 and university faculty who are not edtech enthusiasts secretly want to embrace the use of technology; however, they will resist because they need or want more time to learn, to practice, to fail in secret and often they really just want more training or some private, non-threatening coaching. Savvy administrators find ways to make that available. Call me.

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Students aren't flocking to tablets, but support staffers love them

Students aren't flocking to tablets, but support staffers love them | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
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A key observation is this: "[h]owever, students are increasingly bringing as many as three or four different devices onto campus." Why? Because it reminds or informs us that even students know that one device doesn't work for every situation. We all need to be literate in multiple devices.

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A Guide to the Future of Work, with Josh Bersin

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You have to be comfortable continuing to learn and grow. You have to be prepared to adapt and change, and then build on those adaptations and changes.

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Why Doctors And Cops Are Taking Art Observation Classes

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Observation is a crucial job skill–and art class could improve the abilities of med students and detectives alike.

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Love this! How learning to observe through art might help doctors and police develop better observational skills. Powerful.

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Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd

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In truth, interpersonal skills like collaboration, communication and empathy are vital to career success in technology.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

After you read this article, reread this article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-10-skills-you-need-to-thrive-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/. Though empathy isn't listed explicitly, at least 4 of the 10 have a connection to empathy and certainly have a connection to basic communication skills.

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There are exciting alternatives to third-level education

There are exciting alternatives to third-level education | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Peter McGuire examines the opportunities offered by apprenticeships and plcs
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yes, what if college isn't for everyone? What if apprenticeships make more sense, especially for craft and trade jobs? Just recently I read that there is concern in the US that there won't be enough of an influx in trades such as carpentry and plumbing. Ponder that for a moment as you're peering into your toilet bowl, plunger in hand, wondering how much it will cost to fix whatever problem actually lies beneath. Students need to know there are options. Lots of options, and traditional college doesn't have to be one of them.

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on America's skill gap and efforts to close it

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on America's skill gap and efforts to close it | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Latest labor statistics show number of U.S. job openings rose to more than 6M in April, an all-time high
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Agree with it or not, Weiner's thinking encapsulates why the "future ready" movement is gaining momentum. While K-12 educators might not know what that really is, they are eager to try to make sure their students are ready for their futures and are, therefore, using the 4Cs (collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity) as part of their framework. Many K-12 teachers and administrators do worry, however, that universities are a stumbling block for their students' success.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 23, 12:11 PM
The main point is a question: "what skills do students need to learn?" It is less about content, which becomes a vehicle for learning skills i.e. cooperation, creativity, resilence, etc.
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In Just 3 Words, LinkedIn's CEO Taught a Brilliant Lesson in How to Find Great People

At a recent conference, LinkedIn's chief executive explained how the company is looking for talent in non-traditional places.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Just as K-12 must rethink and redesign how it provides educational opportunities for students so must higher education. And if higher education is going to be forward-thinking in what it means to prepare "future ready" students, so must accreditation agencies. I won't hold my breath.

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3 things to know about the rising "phigital" student-and why their impact is enormous

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Why education must adapt now to accommodate the growing generation z.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

If you've not seen it already, let me be the first to introduce you to the word "phigital"--the combination of "physical" and "digital." The notion of the article, though, is that Generation Z has a very, VERY different perspective of the intertwining of the physical and digital worlds and higher education had better get ready for that shift.

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Transforming higher education’s creative capacity - University World News

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"Employers and others are not only concerned about what graduates know but, equally important, they are concerned with how creative they are in applying that knowledge." Truth.

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Blended learning: what’s in it for the learner?

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Yet, when the institution surveyed their students recently, they found widespread concern about a lack of consistency in their digital experiences. In findings likely to be replicated in institutions…
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Blended learning isn't just for K-12 and is increasingly global. Let's keep that in mind as we imagine how blended learning can be implemented for student success in our K-12 classrooms.

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What the Ancient Classics Can Teach Us About Leadership

What the Ancient Classics Can Teach Us About Leadership | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Words from classical figures such as Xenophon of Athens can guide today's leaders, according to WSJ Leadership Expert C.L. Max Nikias.
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As I was reading this I was thinking about the countless number of leaders who have said the most important thing a good leader can do is take care of his or her employees. Good leadership, in my opinion, requires vision and planning; it also means being willing to change course when situations demand and it also means admitting you're wrong when you're wrong. Simon Sinek has said that when people know why you do what you do they are more likely to follow you.

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