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APLU Report: Campus-Wide Engagement Fundamental to Successful Degree Completion Reforms

Author: APLU News & Media

Published Date:January 8, 2018

New APLU report calls for public research universities to examine internationalization efforts and expand access to global education opportunities. Cross-campus collaboration and institutional engagement are some of the key elements ensuring student retention and success.

Published Date: January 8, 2018


Announcing the winner of this year's 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest

Author: John Bohannon for Science Magazine

Published Date:January 5, 2018

Dancing and abstract mathematics in the same sentence may not make much sense to most. Considering that learning can be expressed in a variety of forms, explaining abstract mathematics through dance might be the most engaging way to "talk" about mathematics in a long time. University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) researcher is this year's winner of "Dance Your Ph.D." contest established by Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that challenges researchers to explain their dissertation through dance.

Published Date: January 5, 2018


This Will Go on Your Permanent Record! How Blockchains Can Transform Colleges in a Networked World

Author: Richard DeMillo for The Evolllution

Published Date:January 5, 2018

"Students are more than transcripts and test scores." The author argues that the 21st century calls for a more inclusive means to demonstrate learning than the 19th century invention of transcripts. Learning is happening in a variety of places, which traditional transcripts do not document, thus conveying a limited picture of learners' skills to institutions and prospective employers. The introduction of a new, digital system that accommodates a wider variety of learning is needed.

Published Date: January 5, 2018


UNCF Releases HBCU Economic Impact Report

Author: UNCF Blog

Published Date:January 5, 2018

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a major role in the economic success of their graduates by enhancing their education, training, and leadership skills. A new report by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) shows that HBCUs impact on their graduates goes beyond formal education and directly influences the economy of multiple communities, including higher household income, continued generation of new jobs, and positively affecting communities surrounding HBCUs campuses. At a time of elevated criticism of the raising costs of higher education in the U.S., this report finds that investing in education at an HBCU is well worth it for both the learners and the communities that engage with the campuses.

Published Date: January 5, 2018


Bringing Microcredential Providers in From the Cold

Author: Clifford Adelman for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:December 20, 2017

Very little is known about microcredential providers and learners. Adelman, one of four authors of the Degrees Qualifications Profile (DQP), recommends that microcredential providers should be kept to the same standard as other public institutions. Such an approach would allow us to document learning across a wider body of participants and enable data gathering across the board to ensure equal access for all learners.

Published Date: December 20, 2017


Digital credentials allow employees to showcase their skills

Author: Riia O'Donnell for HR Dive

Published Date:December 20, 2017

Credly is a digital credential platform that is currently undergoing testing phase. The often-talked issue of "skills gap" has been addressed by multiple actors, stating that learners either don't have the required skills or do not know how to communicate them. Credential Engine and a variety of badging systems and initiatives desire to address and resolve this by providing a common language to all parties, helping understand both learners and their future employers, the skills that learners acquire through their higher education experience.

Published Date: December 20, 2017


Competency-based Education Could Benefit Veterans by Recognizing Their Military Skills

Author: John Strauss for Lumina Foundation

Published Date:December 11, 2017

This piece by Lumina Foundation provides resources on how competency-based education (CBE) could assist veterans in earning course credit by transferring their skills and experience while in the military into the college setting.

Published Date: December 11, 2017


Competency-Based Micro-credentials are Transforming Professional Learning

Author: Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse for Education Week

Published Date:December 11, 2017

This article provides an overview of micro-credentials and how they fit within a competency-based education (CBE) context. Provided are multiple resources – articles, initiatives, and institutional examples – to get readers acquainted with CBE and micro-credentials.

Published Date: December 11, 2017


Creating College Credit Policies That Validate Adult Learners

Author: Iris Palmer for Education Commission of the States

Published Date:December 11, 2017

Adult learners come to college equipped with various skills and experiences that could be leveraged for course credit. Initiatives such as prior learning assessment (PLA) and competency-based education (CBE) attempt to provide college credit for learning acquired outside of academia.

Published Date: December 11, 2017


Solving the Work Force’s Skills Gap

Author: Kimberly Cassidy and Gina Siesing for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:December 11, 2017

In this essay, the authors make the case for higher education to offer broad-based educational opportunities combining coursework and co-curricular experiences focused on developing learners’ digital fluency skills. Using Bryn Mawr College as an example, the piece discusses the benefits of such an approach to education.

Published Date: December 11, 2017


Statewide and Online Only in California

Author: Ashley A. Smith for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:December 11, 2017

California has proposed the creation of a new state-wide online-only college focused on work-force credentials and non-degree certifications aimed at enrolling the approximately 2.5 million Californians with some college experience but no degree.

Published Date: December 11, 2017


Why You Should Use Game-Based Learning to Increase Student Success in the Online Learning Environment

Author: Jennifer Reed for Focus Education

Published Date:December 11, 2017

Retaining learners’ attention and increasing their engagement is critical in students’ academic success. Traditional teaching methods and media, such as books, are no longer enough in keeping up with today’s learner. Modern technologies further prove that learning can happen anywhere, without traditional classroom’s constraints.

Published Date: December 11, 2017


Bringing Their Perspectives to Class

Author: Jeremy Bauer-Wolf for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:November 30, 2017

The latest report from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) show students' desire to include their perspective, identity and experiences of cultural diversity within their educational experience. Alexander McCormick, NSSE director, stated that faculty should encourage "students [to] link subject matter back to the [their] experiences."

Published Date: November 30, 2017


HIPs at Ten

Author: George Kuh, Ken O'Donnel, Carol Geary Schneider

Published Date:November 30, 2017

George Kuh, NILOA's co-founder and senior scholar, takes a look back at high-impact practices (HIPs) after a decade since its introduction.

Published Date: November 30, 2017


Supporting Undergraduate Teaching Improvement

Author: Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:November 30, 2017

Effective undergraduate teaching initiatives to improve student learning require institutional support, peer support, and coordinated efforts of multiple actors within a campus. Policy recommendations to improve teaching and learning on undergraduate campuses are provided in the fourth and final report from The American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education.

Published Date: November 30, 2017


NKY Launches Micro-credential Programs

Author: The Lane Report

Published Date:November 22, 2017

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has introduced a number of micro-credentials in areas such as management, leadership, counseling, education, and information technology. NKU's micro-credentials are stackable towards an advanced degree.

Published Date: November 22, 2017


A Big Publisher Embraces OER

Author: Lindsay McKenzie for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:November 17, 2017

Cengage has launched OpenNow, an open educational resources platform offering freely available assessment materials, as well as a platform for courses.

Published Date: November 17, 2017


ACE Issues White Paper Examining Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence

Author: The American Council on Education

Published Date:November 17, 2017

A new white paper from ACE, Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development, argues that student-centered, attainment-focused pedagogical approaches can improve learning outcomes, as well as impact student retention, persistence, and overall success.

Published Date: November 17, 2017


A Pedagogy Questioned

Author: Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:November 17, 2017

A graduate student teaching assistant has implemented progressive stacking in her classroom – a pedagogical technique that supports calling on students who want to talk by giving priority to students who have been marginalized by society.

Published Date: November 17, 2017


At Educause, Talk About Librarians' Changing Role

Author: Scott Carlson for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:November 17, 2017

This interview with Justin Sipher, vice president for libraries and information technology at St. Lawrence University, explores how the role of librarians in college campuses has changed towards helping students qualify information (e.g., differentiate between blogs and peer-reviewed sources).

Published Date: November 17, 2017