Author: Leslie Briggs

Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2017

Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention
Hear why George Miller believes the significance of retention resonates beyond students and institutions. Better Instruction for Increased Revenue
A new study from ACE looks at the relationship between instructional quality and institutional revenue. Where can institutions invest and see results? Moving from Access to Completion
Check out the interview with Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, where he identifies the catalyst for change and describes how institutions are adapting. How Do Instructional Designers Collaborate?
Learn how instructional designers can complement faculty and Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: March 2017

Skills-Based Credentials More Important Than Ever
4 out of every 10 students who enroll in a four-year degree drop out before graduation, often leaving with nothing to show but debt. Is skills-related education the solution?     Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required
Today’s workforce demands more skills than a high school education, but less than a bachelor’s degree. Find out how employers are working with community colleges to minimize these gaps.   Why Use an Instructional Designer?
Explore the course development process and how IDs identify learning outcomes, select corresponding content, and optimize comprehension by removing obstacles to learning.   The New Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: January 2017

5 Critical Considerations for CBE and CBL Implementation Dr. Deborah Everhart, VP of Design and Innovation at Learning Objects, details the distinction and similarity between competency-based education and competency-based learning. Learn how an institution can integrate components of both to impact motivation and achievement. Supporting first-generation students and improving retention were the most popular teaching goals of the past few years — learn what else made the cut for 2017. Two years after Rowan-Cabarrus Community College launched a partnership with Cengage, their work is gaining national recognition. “It is time for colleges and universities to reclaim and proclaim their role as Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: December 2016

Why Businesses Need to Look Beyond the Four-Year Degree Competency based education allows students to take an active role in navigating their educational path and produces job candidates with the skills to be competitive in today’s workforce. Find out why Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, insists that institutions offer CBE programs as a valuable credentialing alternative to traditional degrees. How does an inclusive access partnership work? Listen to Mark Goodner of Indiana University describe how IU used inclusive access to deliver high-quality course materials to students while driving down costs. As the U.S. economy has evolved over the past decade, Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: November 2016

Balancing Pedagogy and Assessment in Competency-Based Education CourXam, a personalized pathway toward degree completion for students with some college credit, aims to produce better-educated learners with clearly defined learning objectives. Discover how the Center for Education Management and Learning Objects partnered to define success and make it accessible to students everywhere. What does competency-based learning actually look like in practice? Listen to Jeff King from the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning at the University of Central Oklahoma detail how he launched a successful CBL initiative. “Nontraditional” is the new norm according to data from the Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: September 2016

ePortfolios – Leveraging Evidence to Empower Student Learning The benefits of ePortfolios are diverse and proven, but how are institutions getting these programs off the ground? Check out Dr. Neal A. Green’s webinar recording for more on ePortfolio adoption, integration, evaluation, and expansion. Is workforce development the future of higher education? Leaders from across the country convened to discuss progress on preparing graduates for workforce entry and success. Read the Q&A for insight. According to new data from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 68% of community college students took remedial courses and about half completed all Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: August 2016

Close the Skills Gap with Competency-Based Learning The demand for Competency-Based Learning (CBL) approaches to education has expanded from academia to the job market. Employers are seeing CBL as a potential solution to the skills gap. To leverage this approach, some believe input from a variety of stakeholders, including students, instructors, and administrators, is critical. Hear more about collaborating for CBL success. Launching or redesigning a program can be a heavy task, but it doesn’t have to be. Find out how competency-based programs credentialing tools and evidence portfolios can enhance learner performance and employability. Watch the webinar. New Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: July 2016

Honoring Leadership in Credentialing and CBE Initiatives In recognition for his contributions to advance the work of Digital Credentialing and Competency-Based Education (CBE) Initiatives, Dr. Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer of Learning Objects, was awarded a 2016 Leadership Award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium. “Wow! Honored and humbled. Love this community!” said Mott. Read the announcement “Dr. Jon Mott of Learning Objects Honored by IMS Global for Leadership in CBE” to learn more about how winners were selected and to see the full list of recipients. 5.8 million students are now enrolled in online courses, an increase of 263% Read More…


OLC Innovate: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning

The Big Easy played host to the inaugural conference geared to education leaders, faculty, system administrators, and course designers in pursuit of quality online learning. Attendees were invited to challenge existing barriers to innovation and re-imagine the learning experience. Through diverse sessions, workshops, and labs, the conference fostered dialogue and networking around emerging ideas in instructional design, pedagogical innovation, mobile technology, accessibility, online learning and course delivery, adaptive learning, and many more.

Thinking beyond the course

In partnership with Learning Objects, Cengage Learning hosted the lively session: Thinking Beyond the Course in Curriculum Design. The hosts, Natalie Skadra, Director of Instructional Design Read More…