Articles: November/December 2014
If the core crisis in higher education is one of sustainability, being focused on the job to be done and having a grasp of the forces shaping higher education gives institutional leaders a new way to think about recasting their future.
Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income.
Personalized learning paths, designed to meet the needs and goals of each learner, can lead to a redefinition and a new understanding of lifelong learning to include informal as well as formal learning, delivered at scale.
Four trends – MOOC-based degrees, competency-based education, the formalization of learning, and regulatory reform – are shifting educational practice away from core tenets of traditional education, indicating not a transient phenomenon but rather a fundamental change to the status quo.
Declines in government funding challenge universities' historical role as centers of culture and engines of economic growth. A third-generation universities model offers a way forward — the 3GU model promotes private funding of universities.
The ModPo MOOC takes a hybrid approach, adopting contemporary MOOC structures while also taking advantage of the platform’s ability to create a massive global community of interacting learners and incorporating this dynamic into the pedagogical approach.
Findings from a University of Nevada, Reno, project indicate that higher education’s need for 3D printing services could be both substantial and broad-based across disciplines. A 3D printing service implemented in an academic library operated at or near capacity throughout the service’s first year.
The University of Wisconsin Flexible Option CBE model focuses on assessment rather than credit hours, letting students undertake academic work at their own pace and prove mastery of required knowledge and skills through rigorous assessments.
Broward College is piloting accelerated competency-based education online for students to earn an associate of science degree, technical certificates, and industry certifications. Academic coaches support students from pre-enrollment through completion.
CCEx was launched to bring together stakeholders from across organizations to share knowledge and resources, develop cost modeling exercises, and support smarter digital curation investments.
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