The Importance of Faculty in the Higher Education Experience

July 12, 2016

The Importance of Faculty in the Higher Education Experience

Stephen Downes / Half an Hour

  • The shape of learning is changing with online learning and connective technology creating a new role for students as shapers and creators of knowledge in their own right. Now with the lecture being replaced with online videos and class discussion moving to locations like Facebook and Twitter, what role does the faculty play? How do they remain relevant in a world shaped by publishers and learning management systems? In this talk, Downes focuses on this question and offers insights about the future of online learning.
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Keywords: faculty, future of higher education, technology, innovation in education

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom


  • Teachers relied on textbooks as the primary resource because that’s all there was. But now, many teachers are using open educational resources to teach mainly because textbooks tend to be very non-interactive and kind of impersonal. Keeping information fresh and up to date in a quickly moving world is one of the biggest reasons school districts are starting to get more serious about the power of teacher-created open resources.
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Keywords: teaching, digital resources, OER, open educational resources, #GoOpen

'Top Universities to Offer Full Degrees Online in Five Years'

BBC News

  • Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says Daphne Koller, president of Coursera. Koller said the necessary technology was available and had kept improving, but universities had been hesitant about their "reputation" and the "protection of the brand". The big change will occur if leading, campus-based universities begin to compete for mainstream, undergraduate courses online.
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Keywords: online education, higher education, Coursera, edX, FutureLearn

Horizon Report Touts Collaborative, Project-Based Learning

Education News

  • A new report by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking examines emerging technologies and the potential impact they will have when used in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in schools. Considered to be the world’s longest-running look into emerging technology trends in education, the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition has more than 13 years of research and publications behind it.
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Keywords: reports, project-based learning, emerging technologies, teaching, K12

There’s No Such Thing as Asynchronous Teaching

Vitae | The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • The danger for the online instructor is that you start to assume content is king. It is easy for your course material to slide out-of-sync with where your students are at any given moment. Some say that’s the nature of online teaching. It’s “asynchronous” by definition, but that conceptualization is ultimately false. To be effective as an online instructor, you have to be present in the present.
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Keywords: online education, teaching, technology

How—and Why—We Can Improve the Future of Mobile Learning


  • Despite the tremendous growth in mobile device usage, the role of mobile devices in the classroom is still rather limited. It is understandable that many teachers and parents are concerned about how much time students spend on their mobile devices, but it’s also possible that this attitude has partially prevented mobile learning from reaching its full potential. We must acknowledge that mobile devices are not distractions when properly utilized.
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Keywords: teaching, learning, mobile learning, blended learning

Digital Badges: Credentialing the Things that Make Us Fully Human

iLearn Technology

  • Kelly Tenkely confesses that she was hesitant to jump into the digital badges world because she feared that digital badges were just one more way to categorize and label kids, another carrot to dangle in the classroom. But used properly, badges can be used to reveal and celebrate our individual humanity. Digital badges open up a wider ability to help us describe who we are and what makes each of us unique.
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Keywords: badges, digital badges, credentialing, assessment, teaching resources

How Schools Can Help Notice and Serve the ‘Quiet Kids’


  • Remember that quiet kid in class who never spoke up? In New York, teachers are learning how to make sure the ideas of introverts don't get overlooked through the Quiet Summer Institute, a professional development workshop, based on Susan Cain’s bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking.
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Keywords: teaching, introvert students, professional development, teaching strategies

NMC Beyond the Horizon > Learning Spaces (July 13)
Research and Approaches to Expand the Definition of Student Success (July 13)
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