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5 Tips For Engaging Your Learners When You Go Virtual

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 16, 2020

Higher Education is undergoing a mass migration from classroom-based to virtual learning this week. To most of our partners, it feels like drinking from the fire hose! Both faculty and students need support to ensure that they get through this, that we, as a learning community, maintain quality in teaching, and ensure that all students […]

10 Easy, Low-tech Steps to Getting Your Course Online

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 13, 2020

In a global response to COVID-19 Coronavirus, teachers and faculty all over the world are being called upon to make the shift from classroom teaching to conducting their courses completely online. No matter what your experience is with online learning, these 10 steps will help you make this transition efficiently and get you online and […]

Unbundling: It Worked for the Airlines, Could It Work for Higher Ed?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Feb 26, 2020

At a time when making education more affordable, increasing speed to degree are key strategies at most higher education institutions, is it also time to finally take a page from the airline industry and unbundle the degree? While most of us don’t want the HE experience to simulate the cramped seating and multiple flight delays […]

Will OER Breathe New Life Into Higher Education?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Jan 24, 2020

Lowering the cost of required course materials and textbooks has been the goal from the beginning of the open educational resources (OER) movement. But with OER moving more mainstream, are we seeing other benefits as well? “OER Embrace” (Inside Higher Ed, September, 2019) shared that early data among some California community colleges suggests increased student […]

First Day Advice From the Field

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 22, 2020

Welcome back professors! With the start of the new term comes two things, new opportunities for learning and first day jitters. Even the seasoned professors we work with tell us they still get nervous on the first day of class. Of course, the first week is also when you’re creating a vision of what’s to […]

Accelerating Innovation to Improve Student Learning

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 14, 2020

As we enter the new decade, it is clear that higher education institutions need to accelerate innovation in order to improve student learning. Our higher education ecosystem can’t move fast enough! The demands are loud and strong from employers, from students who fail to complete, from students who question the relevance of their degree, and […]

Should We Unbundle the Degree?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 09, 2020

The topic of unbundling the degree still brings mixed responses, even in discussions I had while attending a number of conferences during 2019. Some support unbundling the degree because it offers students greater control over their education – and a more direct path toward successful workforce preparedness. Others expressed concern that unbundling the degree would […]

Active Learning on the Uptick?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Dec 17, 2019

The evidence is overwhelming that employing active learning strategies leads to deeper learning, increased retention and higher performance. In fact, the EDCAUSE Horizon Report: 2019 Higher Education Edition states 73 percent of universities surveyed indicate active learning classrooms are in the planning process or being implemented in 2020. Active learning is an instructional approach that […]

Could Micro-credentials Solve Macro Problems like College Completion?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Dec 05, 2019

Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse® (NSC) Research Center ™ released a report on the 36 million Americans who started college but did not complete. The report accounts for 97% of post secondary enrollments in the US and includes data at the state level. Notable is the 22 percent increase in “some college, no degree” […]