• 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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  • Breakthroughs in Higher Education

    “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” -Mahatma Ghandi Call it disruption. Call it progress. Call it innovation. No matter how it’s labeled, real sustainable change begins from within—inside the hallowed halls of academia, and inside the hearts and minds of...

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  • Technology & Change: Perspectives on the Role of Faculty

    I just got new glasses. It’s amazing what I can see now that I couldn’t see before. I begin here because I am going to advocate that all of higher ed get some new glasses. Because the way we are looking at the role of faculty isn’t helpful to moving forward. We all want the same...

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  • Online Learning and Equality: Rio Salado College Hosts Bill Gates

    “During my visit, I heard inspiring stories of students who are taking advantage of these flexible learning models to pursue degrees that can put them on paths to new careers." - Bill Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Imagine that you never finished college…...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Grounded in Data: New Reports on College Completion, Digital Instructional Tools

    Entrepreneurs and those interested in bankrolling the brightest new ideas abound at the annual Arizona State University –GSV Advisors Innovation Summit. It was great to see that research studies were part of the conversation at this year’s event. I want to share with you what I took...

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