• Incubating the Next Big Idea: The University of Michigan’s Digital Innovation Greenhouse

    Few can deny that big changes are afoot in higher education. The (still rather new) 21st century has already demonstrated the myriad ways in which education is capable of changing, thanks to novel technologies, ever-more-sophisticated infrastructure, and a willingness to reinvent curricula, course...

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  • Getting Better at...Getting Better in Education

    Every educator I know is committed to getting better. Period. I’ve never visited a school that doesn’t have an improvement plan, strategic plan, or transformation plan of some sort. If we take the goal of improvement as a constant in our field, then the question becomes: how do we...

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  • Turning Data into Actionable Information at Colorado State University, Part 2

    Author: Dr. Laura Jensen Colorado State University has made it a priority for campus conversations and decision-making to be more data- and information-informed. And data and information provided by the office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness (IRP&E) now regularly...

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  • Turning Data into Actionable Information at Colorado State University, Part 1

    Author: Laura Jensen, Colorado State University   While Institutional Research is unquestionably needed to inform external accountability demands, a deeper need lies in the potential to use IR to inform and leverage strategic change and organizational learning necessary to propel change...

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  • The Foundations of Next Generation Learning - Essential Resources

    NGLC’s Sarah Luchs recently talked with the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute as part of the organization’s Multiple Viewpoints podcast series. She describes the research and field base that informs the design and results of the school models in the NGLC network, particularly...

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  • Assessment for Learning: A New Grant Opportunity

    Today, we’re excited to launch the Assessment for Learning Project, an initiative designed to help educators, innovators, and researchers fundamentally rethink the roles assessment plays in K-12 learning models. Led by the Center for Innovation in Education, in partnership with NGLC and our...

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  • How to Bring Next Gen Learning to Your Community

    Since releasing Getting Smart on Regional Next Gen School Design last month, we continue to get inquiries from entities interested in developing their own local network for next gen learning or expanding into a regional approach. If you share this interest as a local funder, district, CMO, or...

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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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  • Design Thinking, NGLC Style

    Design thinking is a strategy for problem solving, which is what innovation is all about, isn’t it? Next week, I will facilitate a session at EDUCAUSE Connect: Baltimore called Using Design Thinking to Help Your Campus Consider a Breakthrough. There are two core features of design thinking...

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  • What We Learned at the Open Learning Analytics Summit

    “Open learning analytics” may not be the hot topic at your next cocktail party, but it was the cornerstone of passionate engagement for a group of academic technologists who gathered in Indianapolis last weekend for the Open Analytics Summit. And it is a vitally important element in...

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