Author: Courtney Austermehle

Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: May 2016

Authentic Evidence Brought to Life – The Value of the Modern Transcript What if the transcript could be a digital, formative, and interactive learning tool? Learning Objects and UMUC are bringing authentic assessment, outcomes, and activities to life. In collaboration with IMS, the extended transcript concept is a finalist in the 2016 IMS Learning Impact Awards. What the extended transcript video, and cast your vote!
“The transformative potential of CBE
lies in more than any one product or application.” As 500+ institutions prepare to launch new CBE programs, the need for innovative support is growing. Check Read More…


Answers Revealed: Data Analytics and Interoperability

Data analytics and interoperability are two ubiquitous—and interdependent–topics on the minds of institutional leaders as they strive to implement innovative teaching and learning models to improve outcomes. What interoperability issues and technologies do institution need to address in order to gain greater insight into their students’ learning outcomes? As digital learning continues to evolve, the user experience and underlying interoperability of courseware, tools, apps can enable the aggregation of data from multiple sources to drive personalized learning. Today, digital resource integration within institutional systems can be lengthy, expensive process. In some cases, proprietary tools can’t be integrated at all Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2016

Student Oriented Learning Environments and Innovative Design

SXSWedu 2016 featured interactive workshops, the latest edtech advancements, and hands on events. One of the largest takeaways? The importance of keeping students in mind when designing learning environments and infrastructure. Learning Objects, a Cengage Learning innovation partner, hosted two enlightening sessions on Innovative Layered Design and Next Generation Learning Experiences. Check out this post to learn more.

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Webinar: Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Next generation is a term that is used widely and, on occasion, vaguely within Higher Education.  To uncover what next generation learning could mean, hundreds of educational leaders from across the country met virtually with Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer of Learning Objects to discuss. Mott, previously Managing Director for Instructional Design and Innovation at Brigham Young University, outlined learning science, rich content, digital learning environments, learning design, curriculum development, and how all of these components help shape a next generation learning experiences. So, what is a next generation transformational learning experience?

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Pathbrite Engages Students in Learning History and Practical Technology Skills

Institutions and instructors are rapidly trying to find new ways to effectively engage their students in an evolving world of technology.  While many educators see the value in technology, it’s how the technology is put to use that makes the greatest impact on learners. California State University, Fresno instructor Melissa Jordine wanted to promote active learning that would motivate students, enable their success, and help them build modern-day skills.  Read about how Dr. Jordine was able to accomplish it all. Like many colleagues, Dr. Jordine has been using technology for years but was seeking an alternative method to Read More…


SXSWedu 2016 – Next Generation Digital Learning

In a state where everything is bigger, SXSWedu followed suit in 2016 by not only getting bigger, but even better and more diverse. This year was unique for Cengage Learning as we were able to join our new innovation partners from Learning Objects in two truly enlightening sessions on Innovative Layered Design and Next Generation Learning Experiences.

A better, stronger future

Chief Learning Officer, Jon Mott made bold statements to the audience during his discussion on how Next Generation Learning Experiences can build a better, stronger future for students. Bill Hughes, Chief Strategy Officer, enlightened the crowd with his instruction on how Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: February 2016

When Implementing Competency-Based Education, Software Infrastructure is Key

Over six hundred institutions currently use some form of Competency Based Education (CBE), but the definition of CBE is still speculative as is its impact on the revolution of Higher Ed. At LearnLaunch 2016, thought leaders strategized on what infrastructure is needed to ensure successful implementation of these new innovative models.

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The ‘C’ in CBE Shouldn’t Stand for “Confusion”

Every day, Higher Education leaders and reformers read or hear about “Competency-Based Education” or CBE, but precise definitions of CBE and clear guidance for implementing it are elusive.
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Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: January 2016

Increase Career Readiness while Expanding Student Learning—The Advantages of ePortfolios

Beyond resume building, innovative institutions are integrating ePortfolios in to their curriculum to support career readiness initiatives. Check out how digital showcases, including products like Pathbrite, can help students demonstrate their curricular and extracurricular knowledge and experience all while preparing them for workplace success.

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Thought Leadership Recap: Inclusive Access and Student Retention

How can new business models impact at-risk students and increase retention? Academic executives from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College implemented an inclusive access partnership across multiple campuses and experienced impactful success. Learn about their experience in the Thought Leadership Forum: Inclusive Access and Student Retention. Inclusive Access Needs Assessment: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College had to address a number of challenges including:

    Course material cost and access
    State-mandated curriculum redesign
    Student empowerment
    Retention
New Business Model: To tackle these issues and lift student success, a variety of business models were considered. Inclusive Access, a model that integrates the cost of course materials into registration fees and delivers content Read More…