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Prioritizing Innovation in the Higher Education Act

Prioritizing Innovation in the Higher Education Act | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Higher education expenditures have ballooned to nearly half a trillion dollars a year, but despite rising costs, it is unclear that higher education is succeeding at its core mission: graduating students prepared for today’s dynamic world. Many of higher ed’s problems stem from a business model that was never designed to serve students, a regulatory model that reinforces that broken business model and spurns innovation, and a lack of data to hold colleges and universities accountable. But there are bright spots on the horizon. A few innovative schools are demonstrating the potential of online and competency-based education to bend the cost curve of college, create value for students, and align with the needs of a globally competitive workforce. The Higher Education Act, as written, is not supportive of innovation. But Congress can help:
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5 Trends for Seeding CBE Growth

5 Trends for Seeding CBE Growth | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
As more and more school systems across the country explore competency-based education, we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive.
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'Z-degree' gives students textbooks for free

'Z-degree' gives students textbooks for free | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Z-degrees,” meaning that all the required textbooks — in this case, for an associate of arts degree — are available at zero cost to students.
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I Know How You Felt This Semester | Distance-Educator.com

I Know How You Felt This Semester | Distance-Educator.com | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
New software aims to help instructors understand students better, but raises privacy and practicality concerns. Inside Higher Ed
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Ways that States Are Beginning the Shift to Competency-Based Education « Competency Works

Ways that States Are Beginning the Shift to Competency-Based Education « Competency Works | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
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Presidents of online institutions propose new language for federal distance education requirements

Presidents of online institutions propose new language for federal distance education requirements | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
As senators prepare to rewrite the Higher Education Act, leaders from seven institutions weigh in with proposed definitions for distance and correspondence education.
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What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education?

What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education? | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
When a New Hampshire district found itself struggling with low test scores and high turnover, it made a radical decision: Flip the traditional model and let kids take over the classrooms.
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3 Common Features of Competency-Based Systems that Meet Students Where They Are « Competency Works

3 Common Features of Competency-Based Systems that Meet Students Where They Are « Competency Works | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
This is the fourteenth post in the blog series on the report, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based…
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Is Classroom Obsolete in 21st Century?

Is Classroom Obsolete in 21st Century? | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
make room for new formats that embrace new pedagogical styles and technologies.
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6 emerging cyberlearning areas

6 emerging cyberlearning areas | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Research on cyberlearning, or the future of learning, has yielded six emerging design areas that could impact how students will learn.
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Machine Learning and Higher Education | Distance-Educator.com

Machine Learning and Higher Education | Distance-Educator.com | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Software is eating the world, so said Marc Andreesen in 2011. These days it seems that machine learning and its specialized algorithms are eating the software world.2 Is it thus a foregone conclusion that machine learning will play a significant role in disrupting technology and shaping our future? EDUCAUSE Review
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Most institutions developing online programs have it all wrong—here’s how to do it right

Most institutions developing online programs have it all wrong—here’s how to do it right | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Most higher education institutions developing online courses and programs have it all wrong. Every day, we speak to universities that are looking to launch new online-learning initiatives, and many of these conversations start with the same question: “How do we put these courses online?” By asking a few initial questions of our own, we’ve found that most institutions tend to anchor their thinking to their existing on-campus courses. This approach is limiting at best, and a recipe for mediocrity in many cases. Instead of thinking about your new online initiative—whether it’s a single course or an entire degree program—as a generic rework of your on-campus courses, we recommend thinking of it as an entirely new educational experience.
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Will Letter Grades Survive?

Will Letter Grades Survive? | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Education News - A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
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9 trends shared by innovative community colleges

9 trends shared by innovative community colleges | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
An annual survey highlights how innovative community colleges use technology to forge new paths in learning and campus administrations.
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Nevada university eyes student success in online schooling –

Nevada university eyes student success in online schooling – | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
It might not have the bricks and mortar of an esteemed university building, but Western Governors University has a talking owl as its mascot, and it’s turning heads in the direction of online schooling.
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The revolution has started. Now Michigan must lead it. | Bridge Magazine

The revolution has started. Now Michigan must lead it. | Bridge Magazine | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Gov. Snyder predicts a future where traditional school degrees are replaced by a more targeted, competency based approach to job skills and lifelong learning.
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Ohio Department of Higher Ed Authorization Paves the Way for New State-Endorsed Online University,

Ohio Department of Higher Ed Authorization Paves the Way for New State-Endorsed Online University, | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ohio Department of Higher Ed Authorization Paves the Way for New State-Endorsed Onlin
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Why academic assessment is poised for a scientific revolution

Why academic assessment is poised for a scientific revolution | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
In 1906, Englishman J. J. Thompson challenged the scientific community’s understanding of the atom with his “plum pudding” theory. The model ultimately led to scientific evidence of the first subatomic particle, the electron. Thompson and subsequent pioneers of subatomic theory proved a powerful point: changing the unit of measurement can radically alter how we engage with the natural world.

Contrast this scientific revolution with our experience in the dynamic and changing world of higher education. For too long, higher education has relied on 19th-century definitions and measures to solve for 21st-century needs. The yardstick of academic progress—the transcript—has been the instrument to measure all learning that takes place during a student’s journey.
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Syracuse Law Gains Approval for (Mostly) Online J.D. | Distance-Educator.com

Syracuse Law Gains Approval for (Mostly) Online J.D. | Distance-Educator.com | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Syracuse University College of Law has won approval from the American Bar Association’s accreditation division to offer a J.D. program in which roughly two-thirds of the course work will be completed online — although about half of the credits completed at a distance will be conducted live, in real time, school officials note. The ABA […]
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4 reasons why student success is misdefined in higher ed and how data can fix it

4 reasons why student success is misdefined in higher ed and how data can fix it | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
What is student success? Let’s start with the most fundamental definition: completing and receiving a degree. For decades, national completion rates have hovered around 20-30 percent in three years for an associate’s degree and 50-60 percent in six years for undergraduate degrees.

Here’s the problem: The data is not actionable and is enabling low-expectations creep, such as setting expectations that a six-year completion rate is a success metric for first-time full-time students in a four-year program. Low-expectations creep can best be summed up by Eberhardt Rechtin:

“High expectations, because they are unlikely to be fulfilled, define failure... low expectations, because they are likely to be accomplished, define success.”

Our messy definition of success
1. It is very hard to find applied definitions of student success that are not, at the heart, derivatives of failure or risk. A classic student-success initiative begins by collecting data on dropouts and uses that as a proxy for reducing failure, rather than for scaling success.
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Here's what students say about online education

Here's what students say about online education | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Cost continues to be one of students' biggest concerns when it comes to making decisions about online education, according to a new survey.
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A Learning Analytics Approach for Evaluating the Impact of Interactivity in Online Video Lectures on the Attention Span of Students | Distance-Educator.com

A Learning Analytics Approach for Evaluating the Impact of Interactivity in Online Video Lectures on the Attention Span of Students | Distance-Educator.com | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Aim/Purpose As online video lectures rapidly gain popularity in formal and informal learning environments, one of their main challenges is student retention. This study investigates the influence of adding interactivity to online video lectures on students’ attention span. Background Interactivity is perceived as increasing the attention span of learners and improving the quality of learning. […]
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What does experiential learning look like?

What does experiential learning look like? | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
The term millennial is a word that big education aspires to connect with, yet has trouble relating to. Too often in higher education it simply means 20-somethings, and the question then becomes: "How do we market to millennials so they understand that education is an experience?" Make no mistake--experiential learning is a requirement. It only intensifies as you move up the educational ladder. Concepts become multi-faceted and gray. They are no longer black-and-white with correct answers, but rather a multitude of scenarios requiring critical thinking to arrive at one of infinite possible solutions. And for that reason, college is a valuable experience. Never mind the social and cultural elements--college excels at teaching you how to think.
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Five Things You Need To Know About Competency-Based Education

Five Things You Need To Know About Competency-Based Education | JRD's educational design | Scoop.it
Competency-based education is getting lots of buzz these days in higher education circles, both in the context of classroom and online learning. But do you really know what it’s all about? Read on for five things students should know about competency-based education.  1.
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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018 -- Campus Technology

What education technologies and trends will have the most impact in the coming year? We asked four higher ed IT leaders for their take.
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