• 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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  • Next Generation Learning Today: New Learning Designs, Resilience, and Lessons from Higher Ed

    New Learning Designs Announcing CityBridge’s 16 New Breakthrough Schools: D.C. Winners CityBridge Education blog Since launching Breakthrough Schools: D.C. in 2013, CityBridge has invested in 29 new and existing schools committed to radically transforming education in the District,...

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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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  • 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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  • Playbook to Create an Education Culture of Experimental Innovation

    Author: Sujata Bhatt “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” –Jim Rohn, Business Guru Technology is Not Enough My team and I recently visited a pioneering district in its sixth year of 1:1 implementation. The majority of teachers were very...

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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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  • 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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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Microcredentials and the Higher Ed Hype Cycle

    Author: Malcolm Brown Remember the good old days? Surely you do. Ah yes, the good old days in higher education—when we spoke of and wrote about disruptive innovation, disintermediation, and re-aggregation with grand abandon. Heady days indeed, where we imagined, right and left, a...

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