• What Organizations Need to Know to Become Effective Partners in Advising Redesign

    Author: Laurie Fladd They say “many hands make light work.” Implementing an effective advising redesign takes many hands from both inside and outside the institution. Schools use vendors, consultants and nonprofits to help them as they undertake this massive institutional change. On...

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  • Milestone Moments: From Insight to Action

    Author: Laura Gambino What’s a milestone moment?  Why are they important opportunities for institutional change initiatives? Milestone moments are key points in a project or initiative. Often they are marked by time – the six month or one year mark of a project–or by a...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: The Urgent Present and Imminent Future

    The ELI Annual Meeting is in full swing, here in Houston, Texas. Our community of 500+ attendees has once again selected the Key Issues in Teaching and Learning and we’re learning, networking, and exchanging information on those issues together as we always do. We’re also under tornado...

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  • 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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