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Learning-Centric Data Scientists to Take Over Higher Ed

"Instructional designers were yesterday’s hot new member of the course development team. Today, the must-have course development team member (along with faculty and instructional designers and media specialist and librarians) is the data scientist.

And not just any data scientist.  A data scientist who is also an expert in program assessment.  A data scientist who is also a learning geek, steeped in all things Bloom and constructivist.

Maybe these learning-centric data scientists have always been wandering around campus.  Hanging out with the good people in Institutional Research, ensconced over at the Ed School.

From here on out the learning-focused data scientists are the new superstars.  The cool kids.  The big women and men on campus."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Well, not really. But they are one symptom of drastically changing times. "This is a shift away from the model of a solo professor creating / delivering / evaluating each course to a team-based and data-centric teaching model."

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Corporate cash alters university curricula

Corporate cash alters university curricula | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
More companies are entering partnerships with colleges to help design curricula, as state universities seek new revenue and industry tries to close a yawning skills gap.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"The University of Maryland has had to tighten its belt, cutting seven varsity sports teams and forcing faculty and staff to take furlough days. But in a corner of the campus, construction workers are building a dormitory specifically designed for a new academic program.

Many of the students who live there will be enrolled in a cybersecurity concentration funded in part by Northrop Grumman Corp. The defense contractor is helping to..."

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karenmr's comment, April 10, 2014 1:24 PM
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Principles for Developing Competency-Based Education Programs

Principles for Developing Competency-Based Education Programs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Successful models demonstrate that competency-based education (CBE) can fit into existing campus structures, if certain principles are followed:

  • The degree reflects robust and valid competencies.

  • Students are able to learn at a variable pace and are supported in their learning.

  • Effective learning resources are available any time and are reusable.

  • Assessments are secure and reliable."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This article describes work conducted by WGU over the last year, supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Department of Labor, to share its CBE model with eleven community colleges across the country.

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