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Alternative Credential Adoption in Higher Ed



Nanodegrees. Microcredentials. Digital badging.

Whatever you might call them, various types of alternative credentials have gone mainstream in many areas outside of academia. Professional associations, industry organizations, and nonprofits have embraced them as a way for members and patrons to demonstrate participation in certain activities or in completing training modules. They are a visual, verifiable answer to “show me what you know,” as employers increasingly seek out hires whose skillsets can be proven rather than merely listed on a résumé.

Wearable Technologies Gain Momentum in Higher Ed

Thanks to a device on her wrist, a colleague of mine knows when she’s had a restful night’s sleep as opposed to a more fitful one.

Chances are, you know someone (or ARE someone) who could say the same.

Wearable technologies or ‘wearables,’ as they’re commonly known, offer a personalized experience and a range of very individualized data for their owners—be they in the form of fitness trackers, smart watches, or cameras.

Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover

The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator

When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well.

It helps when those leaders represent the diversity in contemporary American higher education: two-year and four-year colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, all a mix of public and private institutions.

Pitching the Next Big Idea in Higher Ed

Imagine standing before a room full of your peers and colleagues – many, if not all, of whom have a vested interest in what you’re about to say. Your project team is armed with slides, possibly containing videos or role-playing scenarios.

You have five minutes to introduce your project and to convince the audience that your idea to impact higher ed is a viable one. The clock is ticking.

Breakthroughs in Higher Education

“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”

-Mahatma Ghandi

Call it disruption. Call it progress. Call it innovation.

No matter how it’s labeled, real sustainable change begins from within—inside the hallowed halls of academia, and inside the hearts and minds of individuals driving those institutions forward,

NGLC is proud to again offer two annual programs that are breaking down barriers to college completion and student success. The Breakthrough Models Academy and the Breakthrough Models Incubator—for individuals and for institutional teams, respectively—will usher in new cohorts for a yearlong series of virtual and onsite programming, workshops, webinars and more. Alumni become part of a vital global network that is rethinking and redesigning higher education programs and student services.

Design Thinking and Business Models in Higher Education

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.

This is how Greg Warman of Experience Point chose to ‘break the ice’ for Breakthrough Models Incubator teams. It readied participants for a rousing half-day Design Thinking session, which incorporated a variety of exercises intended to flex their creative muscles.

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Two K-12 Grantees Recently Featured on Getting Smart blog

At first glance, Piedmont City Schools in rural Alabama and New York City’s Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School may not appear to have much in common. The former is a rural district working to bring its students into the 21st century in the Deep South; the other, a brand new charter school in the heart of New York City. Their student populations differ greatly. Each of the schools face varying economic, cultural and technological challenges, and the models that educators are implementing do not exactly overlap.