Words Matter in Gauging Public Confidence
Inside Higher Ed focuses on a recent Gallup survey, which aims to explain issues behind growing public skepticism regarding the value of higher education. The article provides a brief analysis of discrepancies between various political, social, gender and ethnic groups, explaining potential reasons for the growing distrust. Learn more.
How Healthy Is Your Academic Department?
A group of educators from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign launched the Academic Unit Diagnostic Tool (AUDiT), which helps evaluate academic departments to determine health and identify negative trends in a timely manner to address them. Learn more.
Is Today’s Definition of Student Success Too Narrow?
Kristi DePaul discusses the concept of “student success”, traditionally measured with use of graduation rates, individual grades and cumulative GPAs. The author notices that traditional measures no longer accurately describe what student success means. Learners who fail to graduate or do so with low GPAs, but find employment in professions of their choice with financial stability, disrupt the traditional notions of student success and force higher education institutions to rethink teaching. Learn more.
Michelle Weise: ‘We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future’
Weise focuses on a futuristic concept of a new Learning Ecosystem where society will have the ability to constantly train, retool and prepare for jobs of the future. As technology advances at an impressive speed and our lifespan extends, the author argues that higher education will need to prepare learners for jobs that do not exist yet. It will also have to create a culture of constant skills improvement impacting the way we learn and work. Learn more.
MOOCs are not dead, but evolving
This publication explores the history and growth of massive open online courses (MOOCs), ten years after the first MOOC experiment. Predicted to disrupt higher education, they instead complemented it by showing institutions ways learners engage and interact with courses. Learn more.