Mind the Gap: Connecting K–12 and Higher Education Educators to Improve the Student Experience Educause Review
As students transition from a high school to a college setting, the role of the teacher in their educational experience changes as well. When we compare high school teachers and college professors, high school teachers typically have deep expertise in pedagogy, whereas college professors are more focused in their subject area.
With such vastly different and equally important skill sets in the educational spectrum, it's unfortunate that high school teachers and college professors do not collaborate more often. Strong collaborations would enhance instruction and assist students in their transition from high school to college.
Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official The New York Times
Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened? The failure of MOOCs to disrupt higher education has nothing to do with the quality of the courses themselves. What they don’t offer are official college degrees, the kind that can get you a job. And that, it turns out, is mostly what college students are paying for.
Free online courses won’t revolutionize education until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs. When that happens, students will be able to acquire credentials at a fraction of today’s costs.
Enrollment at teacher training programs is down in many parts of the United states, raising fears of a looming teacher shortage. The numbers are grim.
The question is: Are we overproducing certain kinds of teachers school districts aren't looking for and under-producing certain types of teachers that schools and other types of employers are desperately looking for?
4 Ways to Engage Digitally Distracted Students EdSurge
The demand for digital learning offerings presents new challenges for educators and administrators. One of the biggest is keeping students engaged. In one survey, 74 percent of students reported that the Internet distraction was “significant” and “worrying.”
Educators have an opportunity to structure online learning environments in a way that addresses how students already interact online, and in a way that also reduces distraction and increases engagement. Here are four ways to get started.
The Mind of a Teacher and the Body of a Machine: One School’s Experience With a Telepresence Robot The Hechinger Report
At the Nexus Academy of Columbus,students can choose either morning or afternoon sessions offered four days a week, and are required to do at least 12 hours of schoolwork off campus. The 120 students and 10 in-person staff report to the school building a few days a week at required times to work together. Another 50 teachers are online-only teachers who instruct a variety of classes.
British Universities' Best Ideas Revealed The Telegraph
The Royal Academy of Engineering has identified seven of the most promising inventors based in UK universities and is supporting them to turn their research into spin-out companies. The technologies include a wireless device that uses detailed 3D movements in your fingertips to interact with a computer, ‘smart’ glasses to help the blind and partially sighted, and smart materials based on ‘photocatalysts’.
Digital Literacy, Engagement, and Digital Identity Development Inside Higher Ed
When we think about digital literacy, it is important to think broadly about the many aspects of all things digital. How we engage students, staff, and faculty via digital means requires a thorough understanding of our own digital identity.
The seven elements of digital literacies model from Jisc, the UK's leading resource for digital solutions for education and research, represents a useful visual/model for those of us who teach, speak, and write about all things digital.