The role of higher education in entrepreneurship, “Trim Tab Groups” in higher ed & George Siemens on the future of adaptive learning

July 26, 2016

The Role of Higher Education in Entrepreneurship


  • The relationship of the university with society changes continuously. The 21st-century university will engage more fully with society than at any time in its past and entrepreneurship — the translation of ideas into products and actions — will make that possible. The MIT recently announced the $5 billion Campaign for a Better World to accelerate “the path from idea to impact,” converting the fundamental knowledge that grows at the university into real things and real actions that have real consequences for real people. That translation is the role of the university in entrepreneurship.

Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning

Geaorge Siemens | eLearnspace

  • This is where adaptive learning fails today: adaptive software robs learners of the development of the key attributes needed for continual learning – metacognitive, goal setting, and self-regulation – because it makes those decisions on behalf of the learner. We have to shift education from focusing mainly on the acquisition of knowledge to the development of learner states of being (affect, emotion, self-regulation, goal setting). Adaptive learners are central to the future of work and society, whereas adaptive learning is more an attempt to make more efficient a system of learning that is no longer needed.

The Need For More “Trim Tab Groups” In Higher Education

The EvoLLLution

  • Higher education institutions need to create smaller, nimbler groups called Trim Tab Groups, that can innovate and experiment with a variety of things. Those smaller groups can then hand over to the larger organization, or to a brand new branch of the existing organization, what is successful and its showing promise. Then the smaller nimbler group can move onto something else. This perspective is helpful because higher education—as an industry—is increasingly under pressure to innovate, to change, and to adapt.

Leading Disruptive Change in Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • From Teach For America to Khan Academy, innovative initiatives have been popping up in the world of education over the last several years, all looking to change the way things are done in the field. "So much of the world around us is being improved ... by creative, smart, passionate people," says Rick Hess, so why wouldn't educators get in on it? Hess discusses his book Educational Entrepreneurship Today, and reflects on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur — both in and outside of education.

Why Your Innovation Team Needs a Lawyer

Harvard Business Review

  • It’s probably happened to you. A team initiates a new big idea. Whatever the goal, by the time the idea is ready to launch, the team is exhausted but thrilled to finally reap the rewards of all their hard work. Then the lawyers step in, ask questions, and kill the project — or reduce it to a shadow of its potential. Time was wasted, energy was depleted, and the mood shifted from possibility to pessimism. How can we avoid this? Involve legal from the beginning.

Could Blockchain Provide the Technical Fix to Solve Science’s Reproducibility Crisis?

LSE Impact of Social Sciences

  • Blockchain technology has the capacity to make digital goods immutable, transparent, and provable. Researchers Sönke Bartling and Benedikt Fecher look at the technical aspects of blockchain and also discuss its application in the research world. Blockchain could strengthen science’s verification process, helping to make more research results reproducible, true, and useful.

Bridging the Gap Between College and Career: Interview with Dana Stephenson, Cofounder of Riipen

EdTech Times

  • Grads may enter the job market with a 4-year degree and no real path to employment. The student may have an internship listed on their networking profile, but the fruit of their work is summarized down to a title, a span of time, and a handful bullet points. Riipen, is a web platform that aims to eliminate graduate unemployment by bridging the gap between college and career. Dana Stephenson, Cofounder of Riipen, explains how they are making that possible.

The Future of Continuing Education

The EvoLLLution

  • Global competition, an accelerating pace of change, and a decline in the period of knowledge relevance are the three forces where future professional continuing education will reside. Workers will increasingly see that their ability to compete will be dependent upon their knowledge and skill base, and the frequency with which they are updated. One of the challenges for continuing higher education of the future will be its ability to meet complex needs which are coming quickly and demanding relevant updates.

Why Tech Industries Are Demanding More Liberal Arts Graduates

Education DIVE

  • While money and policy are lending support to STEM programs at colleges and universities nationwide, liberal arts programs remain at the center of leadership. Because of its focus on 'soft skills' like communication and building teamwork, liberal arts programs are becoming an attractive credential for tech development companies and Silicon Valley’s next wave of executive hiring.

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