This year's Great Colleges to Work For survey, based on the responses of 46,000 campus employees, underscores the importance of good communication in the workplace. This special report examines several workplace issues where strong communication is key, including the rise of millennials into management, anxiety over "campus carry" laws, and a growing faculty effort to seek new ways of demonstrating the value of scholarly work.
As academic reviews have pointed out, people’s employability – their ability to gain and maintain a desired job – no longer depends on what they already know, but on what they are likely to learn. In other words, higher career security is a function of employability, and that in turn depends on learnability. Sadly, most organizations continue to pay too much attention to academic qualifications and hard skills.
Despite the increased emphasis in recent years on improving professors’ teaching skills, such training often focuses on incorporating technology or flipping the classroom, rather than on how to give a traditional college lecture. Getting rid of the college lecture entirely is the mission of a broad group of educators. But is it the college lecture itself that’s the problem—or the lecturer?
We are certainly obsessed with “innovation”. We are surrounded by lots of new consumer technology products today that beckon to us to buy the latest thing. But it’s crucial, particularly in education, that we do not confuse consumption with innovation. Buying hardware and buying software does not make you or your students or your institutions forward-thinking. We do not have to buy new stuff faster than we’ve ever bought new stuff before in order to be “future ready.”
There has long been this narrative around how universities are not providing the skills that employers feel they need in their incoming employees. But how do you, as a university professor, learn what it is that industry really needs? According to Coursera’s Daphne Koller, by teaching a MOOC, you actually learn what people who are actively employed are looking for as part of their education. Nevertheless, a Pew center study shows that only 20 percent of professional Americans are aware of MOOCs.
Code bootcamps have exploded in popularity the past several years. But critics say recruiters are skeptical of bootcamp credentials, and the lack of accreditation and regulation opens the field to scammers. One compromise is to have accredited universities adopt the model. And now for the first time, a university in Illinois is ready to give it a try. Northwestern's School of Professional Studies announced the Coding Boot Camp, a 24 week, part-time code bootcamp launching this fall.
Online students at the Oregon Institute of Technology can now earn digital badges to identify their skill sets and demonstrate their competencies to current or future employers. Any course, series or courses, or assessment-based offering at the institution is "badge-able." Each badge is linked to a specific skill set and verified by Oregon Tech, allowing potential employers to view a student's capabilities without having to obtain transcripts.
Today’s students will graduate into a much different world than their parents. They will need to be more broadly prepared and to accomplish that, curriculum should be driven by experience not subject. Today's school design needs to provide students with experiences, environments and mentors to prepare them for the new workforce.
The virtual reality hype has some colleges wondering if now is the right time to jump in. But Virtual reality is not yet here -- at least not in higher education. According to the Horizon Report, virtual reality is still two to three years away. Adaptive learning, bring-your-own-device policies and learning analytics all have a more imminent “time-to-adoption horizon”. High costs and development issues suggest the technology is still years away from making a difference.
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