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Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years | Inside Higher Ed

President of McGraw-Hill:


"... I’m willing to put my stake in the ground.


As I see it, the publishing industry needs to do all it can to ensure that within 36 months, higher education in the U.S. will be completely digital. I’m not talking about a slight or even gradual increase in e-book adoptions or the use of adaptive learning. I’m talking about a total transition from a reliance on print textbooks to a full embrace of digital content and learning systems. Aside from the college library, you hopefully won’t be able to find a printed textbook on a college campus in three years. And if you are, we should all be disappointed."

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'No More Excuses': Michael M. Crow on Analytics

'No More Excuses': Michael M. Crow on Analytics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In an interview with EDUCAUSE's Diana Oblinger, ASU's president, Michael Crow, says that we’re about to disaggregate courses from semesters. That's a big deal. Lots of planning ahead.

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Leaner, Meaner State U—Kevin Kiley Reports on NACUBO 2012

Leaner, Meaner State U—Kevin Kiley Reports on NACUBO 2012 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Kevin Kiley’s must-read summary of NACUBO 2012 tells of other fast-moving change coming at us. This is a must-read!

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Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses

Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Online courses are experiencing sky-high dropout rates, and that's probably a good thing.


"All praise the MOOC dropout, our best indication yet of system just beginning to find its footing."


Join SCUP's MOJO (not a MOOC) this fall: More about the Campus-Space MOJO. Do some or all of the 9 voyages. You choose.

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Early demographic data hints at what type of student takes a MOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Do American MOOCs threaten disruption for international universities?


"The preponderance of international students taking MOOCs, if it persists, could have implications for the strategic directions of their providers. For example, Udacity recently made a deal with Pearson that will enable the young company to use Pearson’s testing centers to administer in-person exams to far-flung students. Pearson owns testing centers in 170 countries


It may turn out that MOOCs from elite U.S. institutions might pose the greatest disruptive threat to foreign universities, says Paul LeBlanc, the president of Southern New Hampshire University. 'It’s a bigger play, perhaps, in Asia than in the U.S.,' he said."

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I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze

I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It's not that the mouse is in the maze, it's that the maze is in the mouse. 

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources

As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is."

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Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books

Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books...


Sounds good. Anyone read it?

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The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Solis has a rewarding frame within which to look the pros and cons of "information overload"from both a personal and a planing professional view: "We are the engineers of the mdeia levees that presently overflow."


"Social media has gifted us a new democracy. And with it, the ability to connect to people around the world and create, share, and devour knowledge, entrainment, and irrelevant information at will. It’s as intimidating as it is beautiful. We have passed the Attention Rubicon and there is no turning back. The towers of social media will not come crumbling down upon the foundation of a former reality when we or the generations before us led a much simpler life. The key for us now is forged in self-control or some form of aspirational governance that focuses our connects and interactions.


Indeed, there is a very real human cost of social connectivity. But, the symptoms of information overload are only a reflection of our inability or lack of desire to bring order to our chaos. See, we are the engineers of the media levees that prevent overflow."

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Learning Disabled Students Welcome | University Business Magazine

A nice review of leading-edge practices aimed at being inclusive:


"The learning problems for these undergrads range from ADHD and dyslexia to dyscalculia (the dyslexic equivalent of dealing with mathematics). Students receive ongoing, often daily support to navigate the regular college curriculum, with an emphasis on individualized learning techniques.


For generations, untold numbers of people with these very disabilities, many without knowing they had them, have attended and graduated college and pursued successful careers. But, experts in the field say, even greater numbers may not have made it to—or through—an undergraduate career.


Academic resource centers, study skills help, and accommodations such as untimed tests are commonly offered but don’t go far enough for students with LD, Strichart says. “Those resource centers are set up for the general college population and usually have no personnel to work with a special needs population,” he points out. 'You’re not getting specialized tutors or people certified in learning disabilities.'"

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Move Over Harvard and MIT, Stanford Has the Real “Revolution in Education”

Flipping the classroom is gaining greater recoginition and provides wonderful results through collaboration and shared experience instead of the usual lecture format.

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The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research

The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Any surface, including liquid and the human body, can be turned into a multi touch interface with a new technology developed by researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University, opening the door to making everyday objects intelligent, the...


So, what does this do to learning space design? 

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Bellevue College, Washington [Previously Bellevue Community College]

Bellevue College, Washington [Previously Bellevue Community College] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Check out Bellevue College's website. Today only, you'll see what the differently-abled see.

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Competency-based online program at Kentucky's community colleges | Inside Higher Ed

"Kentucky's two-year colleges have added competency and self-paced elements to online offerings for working adults, proving "disruptive" approaches can work for, rather than against, colleges."

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Life After College: The Challenging Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort

Life After College: The Challenging Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The authors of Academically Adrift report on how recent college grads are managing. They're still stalking that cohort!


Yosipa Roksa and Richard Arum stirred up a great deal of conversation at SCUP–46. (SCUP members, and others who attended, can view video of Roksa and Arum’s plenary session in the SCUP–46 proceedings.)


In this Change magazine article, they report on their research about what’s happening in the lives of recent college grads.

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The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning

The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Media at PNR this week includes a Diane Rehm show about future consequences of mass online learning with guests Selingo, Koller, Cary, and Struck. Audio and text available.


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The Next Chapter for HBCUs: Three Imperatives | Inside Higher Ed

There has been lots of speculation about the future of HBCUs. While some of this has played out in the media, there is also an on-going conversation within this sector about what needs to happen to ensure a viable and productive future. Both conversations are sensitive in nature, saturated with nuance and divergent views concerning which directions are best. There are, however, a few clear environmental signs that demand the attention of everyone concerning the future of HBCUs regardless of one’s current position.


1. Outcomes represent the “coin of the realm”;

2. Delivery systems matter; and

3. Using data and assessment to inform decisions. [end quote]

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Science of Spatial Learning: Nora Newcombe at NCWIT

Science of Spatial Learning: Nora Newcombe at NCWIT | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Great to see this coverage of SILC in US News and World Report, and I’m excited to hear Dr. Nora Newcombe speak at the NCWIT Summit Tuesday of this week.


"Spatial reasoning, which is the ability to mentally visualize and manipulate two- and three-dimensional objects, also is a great predictor of talent in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM."

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is. The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo muses:


"With some real dollars at stake, do these elite universities know something about the future of higher education that the rest of us don’t? Or with their billions in endowments, do they have the luxury of throwing money at ideas, to see which ones stick? Or are they simply altruistic, and want to provide free education to the world?


From where I sit, it doesn’t seem like any of these universities have a business plan for these massive open online courses or MOOC’s, as they are known. In recent weeks, at various gatherings, I’ve heard plenty of ideas for a business model, although I’m not sure all of them are viable. They could eventually follow the iTunes model and sell access to a course for $1.99. That starts adding up to real money if you get 100,000+ people to sign up. Depending on the course subject, they could sell access to corporate recruiters. That’s essentially what Sebastian Thrun did last fall, when he sent the résumés of his best students from his Stanford MOOC to Google and other Silicon Valley companies.


Perhaps the best idea I’ve heard so far is that the universities could use these courses as an alternative admissions system."

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Amazon.com: The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (9781118077559): Brian Solis: Books

Amazon.com: The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (9781118077559): Brian Solis: Books | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Amazon.com: The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (9781118077559): Brian Solis: Books...

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Grazing: Steve Ehrmann: Dysfunctional Illusions of Rigor

Grazing: Steve Ehrmann: Dysfunctional Illusions of Rigor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Very brief read that is useful for clarifying "rigor."


"'Rigor' is a term I've heard used frequently in conversations about college courses, but rarely (until now) defined. Nelson's book chapter, adapted in Tomorrow's Professor 1058 and 1059, explains the problems inherent in each of those illusions, and suggests a way of defining rigor that is more likely to educate students than to repel or reject them. (For example, he discovered that giving every exam twice and allowing students to use the better of the two grades actually improved student learning because most of them studied twice for each exam.) Although the extensive data he cites come mainly from science and mathematics education research in colleges, most of his argument applies equally well to other fields."

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Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call

Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1920s people had to learn how to dial, much like we once learned how to text ... ."


How many of us look at digital reading and feeling like this?


"We forget how much of our interactions with technology, however "intuitive," are learned behaviors. For many the idea of needing to learn how to use the thermostat, the stove, the phone, or even a new piece of software seems absurd. We expect things to work, without having to work ourselves. We're out of the habit of exploration. Hence the rise of the "technology petting zoo," a program at library training conferences and local libraries across the country, where participants have a chance to play with high-tech tools they may not have seen or used before. We might as well get used to learning to use our tools, because learning how to learn is a skill we'll always need."

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Barbarians at the Gate: Welcome!

Barbarians at the Gate: Welcome! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The tension between commerce and higher education isn’t likely to get less provocative over the next few years. While campuses have become accustomed to having vendors assume responsibility for f...


More thoughts coming from the ASU Education Innovation Summit: "reports from the event note that the majority of participants, and almost all of the speakers were not educators, but entrepreneurs, technology company executives and investors."

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Application Date Monday, May 21—2012 AIA Education Research Scholarship

Do you know an emerging leader working in the education field?


The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) asks one selected emerging professional to conduct research on learning environments for comparison and analysis. The Scholar will spend their summer conducting comprehensive professional research on Architecture for Education case study projects.


The Scholar will have their completed work published on AIA websites. The Scholar will be funded for their research and work in full equivalent to a 12 week summer architectural internship at $7,000.


The scholarship application is open to all emerging professionals defined as: Undergraduate and graduate students in NAAB-accredited architecture programs, architectural interns active pursuing licensure, and young architects (architects with 10 years or less of licensure). Questions? Contact CAE@aia.org.

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