Best of the Blog: September 2014

Experts in different aspects of next gen learning contributed to the Next Gen Learning blog this September, talking about everything from personalized and competency-based learning to digital immigrants and digital natives and college and career readiness. Catch up with what the researchers and thought leaders from across K-12 and higher education are talking about.

-       In Hey Princeton, Consider Competencies, Michelle Weise of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation calls out online competency-based ed as a way to scale program offerings and overcome grade inflation.

-       Personalized learning isn’t just for K-12. According to Jason Palmer, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it can improve student outcomes at the college level, too.

-       Jonathan Blake Huer, Ball State’s Director of Emerging Technologies, offered advice to both digital immigrants and digital natives at the start of the new academic year.

-       In The Road to College and Career, Jodi Lewis of the Institute for Higher Ed Leadership and Policy highlighted tools to help students and teachers to navigate their evolving roles in blended learning classrooms.

-       Afton Partners explored trends beyond student-teacher ratios in NGLC grant recipients’ plans to invest in human capital.

-       Diane Reddy, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, showcased the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s innovative instructional support system, U-Pace.

-       Consultant Judith A. Pirani and NGLC’s Kristen Vogt shared findings from NGLC’s first wave of grantmaking in a series on tech-enabled innovations designed to promote student success, including an overview of the seven lessons learned and how comprehensive changes can support improved outcomes. (View the infographic for more lessons learned).

-       We’re wrapping up September in sunny Orlando, Florida, with several next gen learning sessions at the EDUCAUSE annual conference.


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