• Kyle Peck: Predicting the Future of Alternative Credentials

    “We have a distinct opportunity to solve the equity issue in higher education. In place of our current “one-size-fits-all” model, we could offer all a diverse portfolio of programs that could help people become successful.” His eyes may be focused on the horizon, but...

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  • Competency-Based Education Gains Momentum

    This is the second post in a new series reflecting on a variety of both emerging and established areas where K-12 and higher education appear to be at a confluence.   We’re examining competency-based education (CBE), an approach that has been celebrated for its customization and...

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  • Connecting Educators, Learners and Employers through Open Badges

    Imagine that your verified skills and abilities can be securely shared with colleagues, admissions offices, and prospective employers with a single click like we share using Google Docs, Dropbox or MicroSoft Cloud. Technology is evolving to the point where your documented competencies and...

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  • Get More Traction for Your Awesome Universal Design for Learning Program, Part II

    By Thomas J. Tobin In my first post, we explored the origins of UDL and some misconceptions at both an individual and a system-wide level about equating UDL with providing accommodations. Let’s begin by reframing UDL away from disability and situate it in a neutral narrative we’re all...

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  • Get More Traction for Your Awesome Universal Design for Learning Program, Part I

    By Thomas J. Tobin Meet Katie Katie was, until recently, a university student. Ever since she was little, Katie wanted to be an elementary-school teacher. When she was a first-semester junior, one of her professors came to me with a puzzle: “I have a student who I just know is...

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  • Traversing the Trough of Disillusionment: Where do Analytics Go from Here?

    By Mike Sharkey & Timothy Harfield Last month we argued that analytics in higher education has entered a trough of disillusionment.  We posited that this is actually a good thing for higher education, because it means bringing attention to the hype itself. It means that we are making...

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  • Tristan Denley: Building Smart Pathways for Student Success

    Sometimes to better understand a wicked problem, you have to start by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. That’s exactly what mathematician and higher education leader Tristan Denley did, and the resulting effort--a course recommendation system called Degree Compass--has led to...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: The State of the Completion Agenda

    Simply focusing on increasing quantity without keeping a close eye on ensuring quality spells out trouble in all kinds of situations. Academic experiences shouldn’t be excluded from that assumption. Within the college access movement, for example, this has proved to be the case. While...

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  • Are You a Change Leader or a Change Manager?

    As leaders, we are often called upon to address change. I wanted to understand the distinction between managing change and leading it. For this reason, I recently participated in an ELI online course, “Success-proof your change initiative,” conducted by Holly Morris, Director of...

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  • Announcing our New K-20 Series: Where K-12 and Higher Ed Meet

    Unlike a relay race, there’s no coordinated hand-off between secondary and postsecondary institutions, where students are shepherded into the next phase of their academic career and educators on both sides have a meaningful (albeit brief) exchange. The realms of K-12 and higher education...

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