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Let’s Be Direct: What’s Your Employability Strategy?

Derived from blog originally
posted on WCET Frontiers
had the opportunity to partner with WCET and talk about soft skills—what
they are, why they matter, how they impact employability and why the current
workplace demands them. I’ve continued this conversation by speaking with educators across
the country, often hearing similar feedback: “We all know the primary reason students pursue education is to get a job or a better job—yet employers consistently tell us students graduate without the requisite skill set to be successful. When it comes to hiring, a whopping 92 percent of HR professionals tell us that soft skills matter as much Read More…

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…

On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The 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…

Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention

The significance of student retention in higher education extends beyond the institutions themselves. In addition to personal and professional growth, empowered learners build stronger communities and improved outcomes for all. In fact, some policymakers have dedicated their careers to supporting strategies that serve students more effectively. According to George Miller, former chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, retention is about success and ensuring students are positioned to thrive from day one.

Dedicated to Expanding Educational Access

Throughout his 40-year career as member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Miller drafted many pieces of landmark legislation to advance 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…

Instructional Design 101 Part 1: What is Instructional Design?

The field of instructional design has gotten a lot of attention lately, especially in the world of higher education. But even some experienced instructional designers have a hard time explaining exactly what  they do. The Instructional Design 101 series will explore the basics of what instructional design is and how it can help colleges and universities better serve their students.

If curriculum is the “what,” instructional design is the “how”

Imagine this: You’re the head of a large dental assisting program that is planning to transition to a new suite of textbooks and supplemental materials. These new textbooks cover 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…