• Has Analytics Fallen Into the Trough of Disillusionment?

    Authors: Mike Sharkey & Timothy Harfield In direct contradiction to Betteridge’s Law, we believe the answer is yes. Analytics in higher education is in the trough of disillusionment.  The trough of disillusionment refers to a specific stage of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. It is...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Microcredentials and the Higher Ed Hype Cycle

    Author: Malcolm Brown Remember the good old days? Surely you do. Ah yes, the good old days in higher education—when we spoke of and wrote about disruptive innovation, disintermediation, and re-aggregation with grand abandon. Heady days indeed, where we imagined, right and left, a...

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  • Alternative, Stackable, and Microcredentials: Where are we headed?

    Author Yakut Gazi   Competencies gained through a college degree are under scrutiny, especially after Arum and Roksa’s (2011) groundbreaking findings based on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) scores, which pointed to lack of significant improvement of higher learning...

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  • Choosing Your Degree Pathway

    Author: Stephen Geerlof Last year I found something that encourages greater student involvement than the promise of free food. That sounds impossible, right?! As a student myself, I will always show up for a free slice of pizza but there is something that my peers and I care about more than...

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  • Digital Badges and Academic Transformation

    By Veronica Diaz It seems that digital badges are everywhere these days: in fitness apps, on social networking websites, and in company loyalty programs. In higher education, they’re taking the form of microcredentials, representing successful completion of a variety of learning...

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  • Tanya Joosten: Bringing Rigorous Academic Research to Online Learning

    Online learning is widely employed by higher ed institutions of all Carnegie classifications. It’s no mystery why: online programs benefit students of all demographic backgrounds; they are incredibly cost effective, and they add gravitas to an institution’s commitment to accessibility...

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  • What is Academic Transformation Anyway (and Can You Really Lead It)?

    Author: Kyle Johnson A few months ago, I was asked to join the advisory group for the EDUCAUSE Leading Academic Transformation Community of Practice. Working with this interesting, intelligent, thoughtful group of people has been a great ride so far, and I’m excited to see how the work...

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  • Exploring Meaningful Measures of Accountability

    By Kristen Eshleman and Shireen Campbell   Assessing the quality of and accounting for the value of a college degree are hot topics in US higher education policy. Both the introduction of the EQUIP program and the recent proposed rule for federal loan forgiveness demonstrate that the...

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  • 5 Ways that Higher Ed Learning Assessment is Changing

    Author: Bernard Bull   Higher education learning assessment is changing.   Yes, you can still find plenty of college courses in which the only direct feedback that a student gets comes from a midterm exam, final exam, and a couple of papers. Yet, if you look more closely, you...

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  • Degree-Planning Tools Chart Individual Paths for Student Success

    I remember staring at a list of courses en route to my bachelor’s degree: prerequisites, required courses, electives, and general education credits. It was a Rubik’s cube of many possible combinations that would get me to one place. Or so I thought. In reality, the path I chose was...

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