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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Platforming of Education | Inside Higher Ed

Marc Andreesen offered a good definition of platforms in a 2007 post titled “The Three Kinds of Platforms You Meet on the Internet”:

A “platform” is a system that can be programmed and therefore customized by outside developers — users — and in that way, adapted to countless needs and niches that the platform’s original developers could not have possibly contemplated, much less had time to accommodate.


Andreessen goes on to argue that there are 3 levels of Internet platforms — 1. Access API, 2. Plug-in API, and 3. Runtime environment — the differences depending on where and how developers run the code, as well as the amount of technical expertise and financial resources necessary to do so. Level 3 platforms are the best for developers, Andreessen contends, adding that “I believe that in the long run, all credible large-scale Internet companies will provide Level 3 platforms. Those that don’t won’t be competitive with those that do, because those that do will give their users the ability to so easily customize and program as to unleash supernovas of creativity.”

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The brief introduction to the concept of "learning platforms" makes the following review of current learning platforms more accesible for non-experts. 

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20th Annual Residence Hall Construction Report - American School & University article

20th Annual Residence Hall Construction Report - American School & University article | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Even in difficult economic times, colleges and universities continue to invest in residence hall construction projects as a way to attract new students and keep existing ones on campus.
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This annual report is one of those things that we find ourselves frequently sharing with planners. It seems as though many know something like it exists, but exactly know where or what it is. Wel, here it is.

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Spanning the Great Divide Between Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty | Change

Spanning the Great Divide Between Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty | Change | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Some worry that to acknowledge non-tenure-track faculty is to legitimize a growth in their numbers while the permanent faculty core dwindles. Here I am not arguing that it is desirable to staff colleges and universities with them—only that their increasing numbers on college campuses is the reality that we must deal with.


This reality is not likely to change any time soon. It is clear from recent Pew Surveys of presidents and chief financial officers described in the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as public polls, that there is shrinking support for tenure. The vanishingly small likelihood that the future faculty role will resemble the traditional model suggests a need to rethink the professoriate.

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Has a thought-provoking case study about a university math department. The author concludes: "These are examples from in different fields and types of institutions of improving the teaching and learning environment by treating non-tenure-track faculty as full partners in the enterprise. It is time to recognize that institutions must treat the new faculty majority as full institutional citizens if our system is to be as successful as it can and should be."


Adrianna Kezar is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on change, educational reform, leadership, and equity and diversity in higher education.

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Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No | The Chronicle

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No | The Chronicle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Companies shouldn't make millions from the free labor of professors.
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Of note as one of a number of issues that could mean substantial change around faculty roles, compensation, and power.

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Lichelle Leonard: Bloom's Pyramid Interactive

Lichelle Leonard: Bloom's Pyramid Interactive | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Potentially useful for many reasons, not to mention just for seeing how Leonard's categorization works contrasted to one's own. Is YouTube at the "Evaluating" level solely due its being a delivery mechanism for passive receipt of information?   ;-0

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Open Learning Recognition | Taking open educational resources a step further

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James L. Morrison says, "This book is one to be read and referenced. In keeping with the title, the book is free to download as a PDF file."

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SCUP Book | A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education

by Karen E. Hinton

Undergoing a strategic planning process can be a monumental task, especially for higher education institutions that are attempting a more contemporary model for the first time. Dr. Hinton's guide shortens the learning curve and unites college leadership with its intuitive, step-by-step approach. It not only takes you through the planning process, but also provides guidance on how to ensure the plan’s long-term success.

- Kasey McKee, Vice President, College Advancement, St. Charles Community College (SCC) Foundation


Few higher education administrators have adequate training in strategic planning. The costs of engaging in a poor planning process can range from disillusioned faculty, staff, and students, to poor use of vital resources, to failed accreditation reviews that can cause an institution to lose funding and prestige.


This new SCUP guide provides a basic overview of strategic planning at the post-secondary level and defines the elements of a successful process. It is also useful as a checklist for more experienced campus leaders, providing colorful vignettes of circumstances in which ineffective strategic planning can create many problems. SCUP members will find it a quick and uncluttered read for all members of campus planning teams.

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This book is free to SCUP members. It is available to nonmembers for only $10.

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To Close the Skills Gap, Re-Value the Associate Degree : New England Board of Higher Education

To Close the Skills Gap, Re-Value the Associate Degree : New England Board of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This problem actually provides an opportunity that may be unique to New England: It is time to re-value the associate degree in our part of the world.


Just because employers can require a bachelor’s degree or higher for a particular job does not mean they have to. Very often, an associate degree can provide important hands-on skilled training—especially for entry level or “middle skill” jobs—that bachelor’s degrees don’t provide.


And, when an employer is able to hire an associate degree-holder for a job that may have previously required a bachelor’s degree, they may save some labor costs and look forward to workers staying in their positions longer as they pursue additional education and training and move up the ladder.

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A suggestion with a case study by Noemi Custodia-Lora, assistant dean of liberal arts and sciences and Lane A. Glenn, president at Northern Essex Community College. And David R. Legg, vice president of quality assurance with Charm Sciences.

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NACUBO: High Tech, High Stakes

NACUBO: High Tech, High Stakes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From operational efficiencies to transformational processes, information technology's role at colleges and universities demands top-tier leadership. Here are some areas where the CBO's steady oversight and involvement can be IT game changers.

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STEM and the Community College

As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers paths heat up, students are getting a good start in their education from a most unexpected source. Community colleges have two distinct roles: certifying technicians for the workforce or providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

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Chuck Close Uses Art to Inspire Students to Academic Success

Chuck Close Uses Art to Inspire Students to Academic Success | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A new federally sponsored public-and-private experiment puts the arts at the center of the curriculum in hopes of raising academic performance across the board.
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True diversity: "Born with prosopagnosia, a condition that prevents him from recognizing faces, Mr. Close explained that the only way he can remember a face is by breaking it down into small 'bite-sized' pieces, like the tiny squares or circles of color that make up his paintings and prints.

'I figured out what I had left and I tried to make it work for me,' he said. 'Limitations are important.'”

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The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story!

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This European perspective on the "new stuff" concludes:


These three methods (explore, publish, debate) represent the core of a new philosophy of training which was developed in many institutions and are known as active learning methods. We shall try to adapt them to the high school environment, and to equip them with a large scope of digital resources and tools. This is how we shall answer to the challenge of MOOCs systems: emphasizing the need for educational innovation, adapted to the new skills of the students and to the requirements of our times. Watching, listening, obeying, memorizing were the key methods of old times education: putting them on line will not change anything to the tremendous weakness of responsibility skills that today leaders are demonstrating and that we, as educators, are supposed to enhance. Of course, it will take us time to develop and test these methods but we need to be sure that they are really improving the learning process before we extend them and deliver them.


Of course, we shall miss the rush for MOOCs fame, but since the same fad occurred at the end of the ‘90’s, we know that there is time and room, especially in Europe, to invent another model, a responsible and relevant one for the challenges of our time.

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Kirschner and Stimpson debate pros and cons of digital courses | Inside Higher Ed

It seemed almost too easy. Catharine Stimpson and Ann Kirschner start from such fundamentally different perspective in their views about technology-enabled education that staging a symposium at which the two of them talk about their experiences taking online courses (or writing about such an event) seemed like shooting fish in a barrel. Of course Kirschner would be a booster, and Stimpson a naysayer. What enlightenment could possibly emerge?

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Each describes taking online classes. Worth a read. They conclude:


“Face-to-face is almost always magical,” Kirschner said. “It’s wonderful to have lunch with my mother, but she’s in Florida, and sometimes we have to talk by phone. We lose something when we settle for a phone call, but we also gain something. Technology clearly is going to be part of the solution to the access problem.”


Stimpson did not dispute that; “blended education is the future,” she conceded. But in an era of enthusiasm that sometimes seems to verge on fanaticism about the wonders of technology-infused education (“I think of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, ‘Let’s put on a MOOC!’ “ Stimpson said to laughs), a note of caution about what might be lost is in order, she said.

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Change Magazine - January-February 2012

Change Magazine - January-February 2012 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

When it comes to teaching, most faculty lack either credible expertise, respected credentials, common standards, or a framework of meaningful review; thus they see pedagogical improvement as a morass in which gains would be invisible if achieved and in which they can only lose time, money, and energy through vaguely configured efforts that create no enduring value. So the department preserves the individual space of the faculty member to teach unobserved and unmolested.


But what of community colleges and others where faculty have no research responsibilities? While there is little or no pressure on faculty at these institutions to do research, the organizational structure is usually the same: Faculty are hired, promoted, and granted tenure through discipline- or skill-based departments. And the system of recognition and reward in the community college, like that in the university, is based on individual accomplishment as mediated by the department. So the autonomy survives without the research. Thus the privacy and individualism of teaching at most community colleges creates an environment in which autonomy itself becomes a reward, a form of control, an endowment.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:
In Why Does the Faculty Resist Change?, John Tagg dissects the sources of just one part of campus resistance to change—the faculty. The paper's structure reveals the path to his four key suggestions for "institutions that want to design change."
  • A pattern of resistance
  • Faculty: Just like you and me
  • Default settings: Risk and loss
  • Framing and loss aversion
  • The endowment effect
  • The status quo bias
  • Faculty: Loss, gain, and endowments
    -Changing the endowments
  • Organizational structure and the shape of the status quo
    -Creating collaborative venues outside the department
  • Changing the prospect: Creating an endowment in the future
    -Involving faculty in the design of change 
  • Suggestions/Conclusion
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Seasons Greetings

Your colleagues across the Society for College and University Planning wish you all the peace, joy, and love of the season.

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A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic

A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
We've needed a strong pedagogical framework for digital tools since the introduction of technology into education. Hopefully this helps.
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Aimed at primary school, this is still a useful thought process for chooseing digital tools in higher ed: 


The framework is based on a distinction between a monological, a dialogical, and a polyphonic form of teaching. The three forms of teaching can be distinguished by their different perceptions of how learning takes place, and by their different perceptions of the relations between subject matter, teacher and student. By considering which form of teaching one wants to practice, one may, on the basis of the pedagogical framework, assess whether it would be appropriate to use a specific tool in teaching.


The theoretical background of the monological, the dialogical and the polyphonic forms of teaching is presented here, and it is shown how the relations between subject-matter, teacher and student are different in each of the three forms of teaching.

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e-Headlines

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How a Simple Smartphone Can Turn Your Car, Home, or Medical Device into a Deadly Weapon

How a Simple Smartphone Can Turn Your Car, Home, or Medical Device into a Deadly Weapon | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
From embedded insulin pumps to tire-pressure gauges to home-safety monitors, microcomputers are making many aspects of life more convenient in America.
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A look ahead that is deeper and more interesting than expected, based on the title.

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Tony Hardman's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:32 AM
What Manufacturers Should Do to Build Secure Devices - http://bit.ly/19gsZUe
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Space and consequences: The impact of different formal learning spaces on instructor and student behavior | The Journal of Learning Space Design

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D. Christopher Brooks

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This article presents the results of a quasi-experimental research project investigating the impact of two different formal learning spaces – a traditional classroom and a technologically enhanced active learning classroom – on instructor behavior, classroom activities, and levels of on-task student behavior at a large mid-western university. Using time-series data collected as part of a series of classroom observations, we demonstrate that not only are clear differences manifest in terms of what occurred within each space, but that the different classroom types are linked causally to the observed differences in instructor and student behavior.
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Research: IT Predictions for 2013 -- Campus Technology

Research: IT Predictions for 2013 -- Campus Technology | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The IT industry's transition to mobile computing, cloud services, social networking, and big data technologies--collectively referred to as the third platform--will accelerate in 2013, according to IDC Predictions 2013: Competing on the 3rd...
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Much more focused on the business and dollars end of these forthcoming changes, than on the capabilities and user/learner experiences. But useful knowledge about the continuing impact of these technologies on what we can, or must, do.

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2012 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

2012 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
It’s that time again! We're collecting information for our popular, biennial Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey report.

Jobs at all levels are being surveyed - from program assistant to vice chancellor/VP for sustainability – at any college or university in the U.S. and Canada. The survey and associated report are important vehicles for increasing our understanding of the rapidly growing career field of sustainability professional in higher education. The survey includes questions for both general sustainability staff and more focused positions such as recycling manager or curriculum development specialist.


Collected data will enable comparisons of such factors as salary, scope of work, number of supervised staff, and reporting structure grouped by variables such as position type, institutional characteristics, and region.

It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete the survey, which will remain open through Friday, December 21, 2012. Detailed instructions are on the first page. Here's the link to the survey:


Please forward a link to this page to all who are eligible - the more responses the stronger the results.


Results from AASHE staffing surveys are used by the media as well as by administrators, students, faculty, staff, and others interested in sustainability positions in higher education. Not surprisingly, these reports are among our most popular publications. The 2012 survey report should be ready sometime in early 2013.


If you have any questions, please contact judy@aashe.org.

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If you work on cvampus sustainability, please consider completing this useful survey.

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Why the green building industry needs to pay attention to tenants

Why the green building industry needs to pay attention to tenants | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
It's time for the building industry to shift from develpment to maintenance, using a life cycle approach.
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SCUP agrees: "Taking the long view, and systematically planning and delivering performance across the entire facility life cycle, is critical to meeting sustainability objectives and helping buildings achieve their full economic and environmental potential."

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Are you the process or the product: reflecting on Siva & Gardner

Are you the process or the product: reflecting on Siva & Gardner | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Higher Education, moving forward, is going to be a lot like a 3D printer. Some students will use their educational experience as the printing platform where they learn to craft and shape items while education for others will just be an object that is printed and handed to them.

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The author concludes: These concepts have permeated my worldview lately.  Are you the process or the product. Are you the 3D printer or the thing printed with the 3D printer? Are you the designer of your experiences or are your experiences designed and packaged for you? Do you manufacture or are you being manufactured? Product or process— are you aware of it either way.


That’s what’s been on my mind lately.

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Cycles of Change & Innovation (two models together) - The Ubiquitous Librarian

Cycles of Change & Innovation (two models together) - The Ubiquitous Librarian | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What emerges when you place these two models together? Do early adopters move through the change cycle quicker and hence become early adopters? What is it that helps people move through the adoption of innovation and consequently if you can accelerate that, does that help them through the change paradigm?

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Brief, but interesting.

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HUBMODE's curator insight, July 26, 8:21 AM

I wonder.