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Activate Instruction Helps Summit Public Schools Personalize Learning

NGLC has embarked upon a new publication series, Next Gen Tools. Today, we share with you the first brief in the series, Next Gen Tools: Activate Instruction. Summit Public Schools teamed up with Illuminate Education and the Girard Education Foundation to create this free, open, and web-based platform for curricula that integrates performance assessment.

Trending Now: Recent News in the Postsecondary World of Next Generation Learning

In December, the Center for American Progress put out a report, A Path Forward: Game-Changing Reforms in Higher Education and the Implications for Business and Financing Models by David A. Bergeron. The report identifies the goal of recent reforms in higher education as improving quality by adding value, affordability, and a focus on student outcomes. The author argues that achieving this goal requires strengthening links between employers and postsecondary institutions in order to provide a more efficient and effective human capital system. Better aligning students’ preparation with workforce needs and helping employers better understand the knowledge, skills, and abilities of graduating students are both important.

Creativity and Technology at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Returning from sunny and festive Anaheim and the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Next Generation Learning Challenges staff can step back and look at the week’s events with our own next generation learning lens about all that happened, all that we saw, and all that we heard. If you were there, you know the program was punctuated with general session talks by Sir Ken Robinson, Jane McGonigal, and Paul LeBlanc. It was also sprinkled with concurrent sessions focused on NGLC Breakthrough Models for College Completion that were live-streamed online. 

The three speakers touched on the role of creativity--enabled by technology--in learning. 

Trending Now: Recent News in the Postsecondary World of Next Generation Learning

Let’s call this month’s review of recent news and reports…eclectic. First, I take a look at the plan President Obama put forth in his college affordability bus tour two weeks ago. After that, I describe some interesting approaches to transforming developmental education that were discussed in a webinar hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum this summer.

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Trending Now: Postsecondary

Recent research on next gen learning explores MOOC effectiveness and what it takes to create a new model for postsecondary education.

Editor’s Note: In this monthly series, NGLC staff share their reflections on recent news and reports in the field of next generation learning at the postsecondary level. This month’s edition looks at research on next generation learning from MOOCs to breakthrough institutions


Pathway to Possibility: A Framework is Renovated and Refined

Last September, Next Generation Learning Challenges published a white paper laying out our perspective on what next generation learning is and what it requires. The six dimensions of the framework were built out of observations of the work of NGLC grantees and a scan of the field. Since then, we have been collecting comments, feedback, and suggestions for making the framework “work” for a broad audience, so that it may serve as a guidepost for those who are planning and designing technology-enabled next generation learning—including those applying to NGLC’s currently open Wave IV grant competition. We asked the EDUCAUSE community and others involved in this work, “What will it take for next generation learning to help more students attain better outcomes more affordably?”

Advancing the Next Generation of Learning through Evidence: What We Learned at ELI 2013

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the NGLC blog at

Several conversations, sessions, and keynote speakers at this year’s annual meeting of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, ELI2013, focused on

Hallmarks of the Breakthrough Models, #3: Free Course Content

Editor’s Note: This post is the third in a series from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). Each post highlights a distinguishing design characteristic of NGLC’s recently funded Breakthrough Postsecondary Models, as described in their profiles. This post originally appeared on the NGLC blog at


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