• Next Gen Learning at Summit Basecamp

    Summer is a time of deep learning for all educators. In July, Summit Public Schools hosted a two-week training for the 21 schools that have been accepted into the first Summit Basecamp cohort. The group of schools who journeyed to Summit hail from five geographic regions across the U.S. Three-...

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  • Next Gen Finance for Higher Education

    When it comes to finances, what should colleges and universities focus on? In today’s climate, what’s the right way to plan for a sustainable future? The concern over institutional closure has grown recently, with the announcement and then reversal of Sweet Briar College’s...

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  • Revisiting the Hypotheses Behind Next Gen Learning, Part II

    In my role at NGLC, I often receive questions on the evidence base for next generation learning. Often, skeptics are looking for hard data on the efficacy of our schools. The easy answer is that it is too soon to tell and that schools are too early in the innovation cycle to collect data in...

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  • The Brink of Closure: What Motivates Higher Education to Change?

    Author: James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J. There are many articles written about the need for change in higher education. The primary options seem to be either reinvent the entire higher education system or honestly assess whether “the way we’ve always done things” continues...

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  • Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover

    The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well. It helps when those leaders represent the...

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  • The 2015 Breakthrough Models Academy: Fresh Thinking for Higher Ed

    The Breakthrough Models Academy is off and running! Is it possible to gather a roomful of higher ed professionals with the expectation that—in one week—they’ll produce a project idea capable of shaking up academia? If the past couple days at the Breakthrough Models Academy are...

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  • School’s Out for the Summer! Revisiting the Hypotheses Behind Next Gen Learning

    Revisiting the Hypotheses Behind Next Gen Learning Many of NGLC’s school models are based on working hypotheses about how schools might be better designed to meet student needs. As we wrap up this academic year, it’s a good time to reflect on the hypotheses behind next gen learning, so...

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  • Expectations for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative   A Response to Bloggers' Comments In early May, EDUCAUSE published a white paper that summarized its research on the successor to the learning management system (LMS). We called this the next-generation digital learning...

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  • (More) K-12 Tools & Resources: Competency-based Education

    In today’s roundup, I’m focusing on proficiency-based learning resources from the Great Schools Partnership (GSP), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Portland, Maine. These resources complement the competency-based education tools and resources in my recent blogs; Part I...

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  • The Inside Story: NGLC Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools

    Today, roughly one year after launching the Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools, NGLC announced that 49 next gen schools selected by the six regional partners will join the existing national cohort of 41+ schools to create a portfolio total of 90. This press release tells the story of today...

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