• The LMS of the Future: Exploring the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative If you could replace your current LMS with any application or platform you could imagine, what would it look like? Would it be much like what you have now, but with specific improvements and enhancements?  Or would it be...

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  • Hidden Advantages of the Breakthrough Models Academy

    Author: Dustin Hilt, Simmons College While it isn’t hard to find plenty of background (here, here, and here, for example) on the Breakthrough Models Academy (BMA), it still wasn’t enough to prepare me for all of the benefits of the experience. As much as I enjoyed the official...

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  • New Report on Facing the Challenges of Innovation

    Innovation is an oft-prescribed solution to a growing problem in academia: sustainability. It may be a simple word – innovate – but it’s not easy. EDUCAUSE and Eduventures (a market research firm) have conducted research on the topic, polling higher ed leaders from across the...

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  • The Big Plans of Postsecondary Breakthrough Models

    NGLC’s Breakthrough Models for College Completion initiative challenged the field to employ new academic, organizational, and financial models in order to provide a degree program that enhanced quality and improved completion rates while serving a large number of students. The grant...

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  • The 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator Cohort: Diverse & Driven to Change Higher Ed

    We have our own version of March Madness here at EDUCAUSE/NGLC; it’s the time when we select our new cohort for the Breakthrough Models Incubator. Thankfully, our ‘tourney’ has ended and I think the field of higher education should be declared the winner. With this new cohort, we...

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  • Translating CBE Programs into Sustainable Business Models

    By Rick Staisloff The Higher Education Business Model and CBE As part of its ongoing mission to improve college readiness and completion through the application of technology, NGLC sponsored its second cohort of Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) projects in 2014. This cohort consisted of nine...

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  • Competency-Based Education: Faculty Goals and Student Grades

    Author: Gregory K. Arbuckle I’m working with the faculty in my department at Western Kentucky University to develop a competency-based bachelor’s degree program in Advanced Manufacturing. In a recent meeting of breakthrough model institutions—NGLC grant recipients and...

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  • Building Momentum in Teaching, Learning & EdTech

    What do three fast and furious days of learning and sharing at the intersection of higher ed, teaching and learning and education technology look like? Those who attended the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2015, which just wrapped up in Anaheim last week (#ELI2015), had a chance to find out. NGLC...

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  • Prior Learning Assessment & Competency-Based Education

    “What can you do with what you know?” Competency-based education (CBE) recognizes that learning can happen in many different ways; CBE rewards the demonstration of competency rather than the time spent learning. All students bring a variety of knowledge and skills developed over their...

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  • Blue Sky Thinking from Academic Entrepreneurs

    Announcing the 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy Projects Blue skies! What a great holiday gift! Mine came early this year, and I’m not talking about the unseasonably warm and sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in Seattle. I’m talking about the Breakthrough Models Academy 2014...

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