• Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants

    By Jonathan Blake Huer, Director of Emerging Technologies and Media Development, Ball State University   Last week, I met up with a recent college graduate for lunch. Knowing my love for Korean food, he found a new place near his new office that had great reviews online. When we arrived,...

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  • 7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success

    Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:...

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  • Hey, Princeton: Consider Competencies

    Author: Michelle R. Weise Senior Research Fellow, Higher Education Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation With A’s doled out in almost half of all undergraduate courses—compared to only 15 percent in 1961— have grades become meaningless? Ten years ago,...

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  • Design Thinking and Business Models in Higher Education

    A large crowd formed in the center of the ballroom. Institutional leaders were cheering for their teammates. Intense energy and excitement permeated the room. The final round of Rock, Paper, Scissors was on. This is how Greg Warman of Experience Point chose to ‘break the ice’ for...

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  • BMA teams share breakthrough ideas to revolutionize higher ed

    How can you solve the biggest problems plaguing colleges and universities the world over? From the inside, of course. The 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy cohort hails from three countries and a variety of both public and private two- and four-year institutions. Participants did not know their...

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  • Digital Design & Innovation Skills for Leaders in Academia

    The launch of the 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy One-off solutions won’t work in higher ed. But you better be ready to evaluate, iterate, and effectively communicate the scalable solutions you’re creating. These were just a few of the insights shared by opening speakers at the...

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  • What will be the next wave of classroom technology?

    By Jonathan Blake Huer, Director of Emerging Technologies, Ball State University At orientation this past week, I was talking with an incoming freshman and her family about an app we’re working on "for students with smartphones." Her 16-year-old brother's immediate reply was,...

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  • Best of the Blog: June 2014

    June’s hot summer days brought some very big announcements, national debates, and partnerships into the spotlight on the NGLC blog. Current topics included college readiness and completion, funding and assessment in K-12 schools, tackling next gen learning terminology, and accessibility and...

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  • A Transformational Career: Diana Oblinger’s interview with Inside HigherEd

    In the span of one career, Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE’s president and CEO, has witnessed enormous changes in how educators teach, how students learn, and how institutions are managed. The common denominator and the scalable enabler of this change is technology, although technology alone cannot...

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  • The Innovators Next Door: Empire State College-SUNY Ventures into Competency-Based Education

    Last week, I served as keynote speaker for a colloquium hosted by Empire State-SUNY on competency-based education (CBE) — a topic that was their institution’s focus as part of the inaugural cohort of NGLC’s Breakthrough Models Incubator in 2013. Set in scenic Saratoga Springs, New...

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