• 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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  • Solving Major Higher Ed Challenges with Agile Thinking

    Have you ever wrestled with a challenge, trying to tease out the issues and test the angles, all the while thinking, “There must be a better way? If only I could bounce this around a bit with someone who gets it, I know I would make some traction!” If so, you’re not alone. In...

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  • What’s Missing from Your Institutional Learning Analytics Initiatives?

    Author: Megan Oakleaf Throughout higher education, institutional learning analytics are inspiring interest and gaining traction as an exciting new strategy for improving college student experiences and success. Together with information technologists and institutional research, effectiveness,...

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  • 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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