Will Professors Teach Differently in 10 Years? Inside Higher Ed
Unfortunately, my guess is that the answer to this question is a sound “NO”. Despite continuous claims of a revolution in classroom teaching strategies, in most higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world traditional lecturing endures.
And It will probably continue this way for many years to come, because to do otherwise requires a change of paradigm for hundreds of thousands of instructors, HEIs tradition and culture, and every aspect of institutional operation. This is a critical challenge for the next decade. Let the revolution start!
Are ‘Learning Styles’ a Symptom of Education’s Ills? The New York Times
Do you like to learn by seeing, hearing or doing? According to some education researchers, it may not matter. They say the idea of teaching according to students’ “preferred learning styles” — auditory, visual or kinesthetic — has little to no empirical backing.
But although criticism may be denting the idea’s popularity, it still persists — which may say something larger about the way teachers today are trained.
As a Whole New Kind of College Emerges, Critics Fret Over Standards The Hechinger Report
Competency education offers credit for experience, but who decides? Critics fear that, in the rush to compete for students by promising them credits for experience, some colleges and universities will make getting competency-based credits too easy.
There is a danger of institutions just putting a new name on an old concept, or of institutions thinking this is a short-term panacea. Competency-based programs “could very easily devolve into diploma mills,” said Amy Laitinen, a former White House and Department of Education advisor.
5 Steps to Help CBE Topple the Credit Hour eCampus News
The adoption of competency-based programs has become increasingly appealing to higher education institutions. Done right, CBE could provide better learning opportunity’s for today’s students and their bank accounts. However, the credit hour is so ingrained for most higher education institutions that it has proven highly difficult to make such a radical transition.
5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014 NPR
Studies, research papers, doctoral dissertations, conference presentations — each year academia churns out thousands of pieces of research on education. And for many of them, that's the end of it — they gather dust in the university library or languish in some forgotten corner of the Internet.
We've looked over that list and compiled a summary of lessons from a handful of the most viewed papers from the American Education Research Association in 2014.
Future of Research – Why Academic Publishing Needs to Become More Social PSFK
The digital revolution has upended the media and publishing industries in recent years. Yet despite this shift, the process of writing and reading has remained largely unchanged.
It’s important that publishers embrace new social tools and platforms to rescue their authors’ works from simply becoming another historical footnote by helping their content become more dynamic and expansive.
Keywords: Academia, Academic Publishing, Technology, Social Media
Prove it: How Does Blended Learning Look in a Classroom? The Hechinger Report
There are plenty of online videos that feature people advocating for the use of technology in schools. But it’s rare to find quality video of what blended learning actually looks like inside a classroom. “We like to joke that it is a bit like a unicorn that people believe in but they have never seen it.”
The staff at BetterLesson carefully captured evidence of the unicorn and they have video to prove it. Want to see it?
Micro-School Parents, Students Build One-Room Schoolhouses of Today Clayton Christensen Institute
The one-room schoolhouse calls to mind pastoral scenes from an older America but many of its ideals are once again becoming the schooling reality for a handful of students in some of our most tech-forward cities today.
These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children. Micro-schools frequently do away with grade-levels in favor of technology-enabled, project-based learning and student-customized pathways to learning.