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MOOCs— There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen.

MOOCs— There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.
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"For the time being, MOOCs seem unlikely to take the place of physical campuses—or even replace for-profit universities, as Lue hopes they will. In order to do that, MOOCs would have to begin offering meaningful credits—the kind someone could take to a job interview and expect to have taken seriously. (For now, even though HarvardX classes feature the same content as their in-person equivalents, it’s not possible for students to earn anything more than a certificate of completion—the equivalent of a “P” in a pass-fail class.)


So what is a MOOC? What makes it different from a brick-and-mortar classroom? In the end, the answer may be exactly what it seems to be: a MOOC is a film. It’s easy to dismiss college-age kids as screen-addicted zombies, but cinema has a particular ability to move people: It’s informative and entertaining; it’s literature and photography at the same time. If nothing else, the MOOC-driven revolution may inspire classroom instructors to make their lessons more dynamic and figure out what really ignites students’ imaginations. There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen."

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SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-50 Chicago 2015

SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-50 Chicago 2015 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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#scup50 As the idea of SCUP was coalescing in the minds of several dozen planngers, on this date in 1964 Barry Goldwater was on the cover of Time, the Beach Boys’ I Get Around was number one on the charts, and New England campuses alone built $64M sq ft of new space in 1964. [na]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Stop Keeping College Athletes Poor and Trapped

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Stop Keeping College Athletes Poor and Trapped | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"new survey finds that 60% of incoming college football players support unions for college athletes. The horror!"

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Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative

Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of“experimental sites” (ex-sites) that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success."

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Is anyone out there doing this? Tell us how it works, please. "[T]he Experimental Sites Initiatives—or 'experiments,' as they are frequently called—tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for participating institutions disbursing Title IV student aid. The Department of Education has waived specific statutory or regulatory requirements at the postsecondary institutions, or consortia of institutions, approved to participate in the experiments. By contrasting the results achieved with the flexibilities with results under current regulations, the Department has data to support changes to regulations and statute. The outcomes of experiments have the potential to benefit all postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.

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Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[O]ne of the biggest barriers to carrying out the standards, according to the report, is that colleges have not adjusted their admissions, financial-aid, and remedial-education policies to line up with the standards.


As a result, the report says, 'The Common Core standards appear at the moment to end at the college gate.'"

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

Common Core Goes to College: Building Better Connections Between High School and Higher Education We’ve been wondering about the unintended(?) consequences for higher education. Looks like planners have some work to do.

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A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem.

A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I could see a librarian dedicated to collecting, chronicling, and shaping the life of this building– curating, expressing, packaging, and facilitating everything that’s happening. Creating multiple entry points of conversation and bringing people together to celebrate their interests and ambitions. In short, the building becomes more than a bunch of classrooms; it becomes a participatory learning ecosystem."

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Very systemic and integrative thinking.

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Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick

Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Ever meet someone at a social event and immediately forget their name? Try this technique for understanding and using memory's nature to your...
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After meeting hundreds of people at #scup49, we wish we had paid a little more attention to this technique beforehand. How about you?

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2030 Palette: Design and Planning Strategies for the Next Built Environment, Today

The 2030 Palette is a free online platform that puts the principles and actions behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of design professionals worldwide.

Since planning and designing the built environment is primarily a visual activity, the 2030 Palette is structured as a visual network of interrelated elements called Swatches. Swatches present highly complex and multi-dimensional information in a readily accessible format organized by category – Region, City/Town, District, Site and Building. Each Swatch contains a written recommendation, rule-of-thumb, images and graphics representing the physical application of the recommendation, as well as more detailed information for its successful application.

REGIONRegion addresses built and natural environments surrounding cities and towns.

Swatches at this scale consider large planning issues such as land use, settlement areas, natural habitat vitality and viability, and transit network. Specific recommendations and rules-of-thumb include growth boundaries, habitat corridors, and transit corridors. Swatches in Region also focuses on best practices for adaptive and resilient development that can manage growth and climate change impacts, preserve natural resources, and exist sustainably within their ecological capital.

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

This site was recommended by an audience member today at #scup49

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#SCUP President Alex Roe, U Wisc and #scup49 conference chair John White, U Merced

#SCUP President Alex Roe, U Wisc and #scup49 conference chair John White, U Merced | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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At the Saturday night president's reception.

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Higher Ed Pays Attention to Design Thinking

Higher Ed Pays Attention to Design Thinking | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Using methods familiar to designers as an approach to problem solving in organizations is not a particularly new development, but now higher education may be looking at it as a way to reform how education is delivered.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A good paragraph:


"Among the many memorable quotes from “The Deep Dive” is David Kelley’s remark that “Everything we create has to go through a design process.” Does that apply to the work of the higher education enterprise? It must. Everything colleges and universities do is a product of design, be it the curriculum, the campus, or all the programming that supports the institution—and the library. Higher education is better known for irrational processes for identifying problems and developing solutions, and that leads to poor design resulting in dysfunctional systems. In 1972 Cohen, March, and Olsen authored an article that described higher education as an “organized anarchy” in which decision making operated much like a garbage can into which multiple and unrelated solutions are dropped in hope of being connected to an existing problem. While not every institution is an organized anarchy, too many lack a systematic, IDEO-like approach to advancing the institution. In a previous essay, I attempted to bring attention to benefits that might accrue from colleges and universities adopting design thinking to tackle problems for which there are no easy solutions. It went mostly unnoticed. Given the many “wicked problems” confronting colleges and universities, higher education could use a new approach."

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Pittsburgh: The Movie | This will get your juices going for #scup49

Yinz want action, romance, and big stars? Come dahntahn! Music: Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean, by Klaus Badelt Click SHOW MORE for full list of clips b...
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Aren't you envious of the 1,500+ higher education leaders who are spending time in Pittsburgh at #scup49 Saturday–Wednesday?

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Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus

Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The problem is that we are entering an unprecedented period when two historic waves of building construction demand capital renewal investments even as resources available for capital are limited by reductions in state funding, decreases in research and philanthropy and debt limits set by trustees. New England campuses built more space from 1960 to 1975 than over the previous 80 years combined. Then many campuses followed with a second construction boom from 1995 until the Great Recession slowed building.


Now, faced with having to do 'catch-up' renovation on the first wave of buildings that are reaching 50 years old and “keep-up” or stewardship on the second wave of buildings, campus administrators are finding there is just not enough money to do both. It is starting to show to even the casual observer."

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

Good question by the author: "How could we have spent billions of dollars on new construction and renovation over the past 25 years and still see a doubling of the amount of deferred maintenance?"

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Deseret Residential Towers, Dating to 1964, Will Be Razed at Brigham Young U.

"Brigham Young University will demolish the remaining five buildings in its Deseret Towers housing complex, the university announced in a news release. Five of the seven buildings were constructed in 1964"

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

Fifty years ago these were new and the Society for College and University Planning did not yet quite exist #scup50.

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Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They?

Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The client-consultant model for me is the right way to think about student in higher education. "

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Customers or clients? Drawing upon his own recent experiences as a consultant (with clients) in the design of flipped classroom learning environments, Robert Talbert argues for clients.

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The Band Plays On … ‘Cognitive Dissonance Was There for All to See and Hear’

The Band Plays On … ‘Cognitive Dissonance Was There for All to See and Hear’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Two distinctly different views of reality were on display at the 2014 Society for College and University Planning conference: traditional and nontraditional – bundled and unbundled. The cognitive dissonance was there for all to see and hear.


The traditional view bundles residential experience with marching bands and the book-lined study. The nontraditional view unbundles all of this, offering credit hours and progress toward a degree without dorms, touchdowns or libraries. This all makes sense as long as they are serving different audiences – different customers interested in different value propositions. When they need to appeal to the same customer this cognitive dissonance will take the f
orm of economic competition to squeeze what Rich DeMillo calls the middle."

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

As SCUP board member Jill Morelli, University of Washington, tweeted last week: “@jkmorelli  #scup49 Michael Haggans is really challenging the status quo about the physical impacts of the digitizing of the university.” There are Haggan’s latest, post-conference thoughts at his blog, CampusMatters.net.

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Classroom to Career: At Some Point that Essential Transition Must Happen

Classroom to Career: At Some Point that Essential Transition Must Happen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Making the case for college must include convincing an often-skeptical public that higher learning prepares individuals not only for the right job in the dream career, but for the many jobs and multiple careers that the current generation of students will explore in their lifetimes. … Sharpened minds and employable skills represent the new norm for what graduates expect and what colleges and universities must deliver.

Powering Up the Mind and Commencing the Career—are examples of how higher education institutions are approaching this dual and complementary effort to infuse the curriculum with practical work-related experiences and to guide students in the art of translating and applying their academic expertise to any number of employment options that await them."

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

Karla Hignite is one of our favorite higher education writers. In this Business Officer article she introduces two relevant resources.

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Great Apps for SCUPers

Great Apps for SCUPers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If you missed this session (held twice today) check out this handout: Best apps for your productivity in 2014. 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 8:30 AM–9:30 AM | David L Lawrence Convention Center, 317/318

Tech Tools to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Presented by: Beth Ziesenis, Owner, Your Nerdy Best Friend
Convened by: Alexandria Roe, Associate Vice President, Capital Planning & Budget, University of Wisconsin-System Administration
There are thousands of free and near-free online tools and apps that can make you and your team more productive and efficient, but who has time to find what works? Beth Ziesenis, author of Your Nerdy Best Friend, has culled through them all in the quest to find free and bargain tech tools that make people's lives easier. She will share the best online tools in a session that is as fast and fun as it is informative. Arrive early! Find out more:http://www.yournerdybestfriend.com


Learning Outcome(s):


  • Adopt free tools that replace very expensive software.
  • Identify the best resources for working collaboratively with others.
  • Analyze time-saving, budget-conscious tools that don’t require an IT degree to figure out!
  • Discover 25+ essential web tools and apps for planners.


TAGS: Information Technology, Efficiency, Productivity, Web-Based Tools, Technology

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Calgary's West Campus could be our own 'city that never sleeps'

Calgary's West Campus could be our own 'city that never sleeps' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
West Campus is the working name for the development of an urban village (residential, retail, restaurants and office buildings) on the University of Calgary’s lands west of the current campus — hence the name. It is all of the undeveloped land north, south and west of the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
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Fascinating.

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We're supposed to pretend that we're (higher ed institutions) wasteful." Provosts' Perspective at #scup49 #SCUP

We're supposed to pretend that we're (higher ed institutions) wasteful." Provosts' Perspective at #scup49 #SCUP | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Provosts' Perspective

Moderated by: Thomas C. Longin, Senior Fellow & Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
Presented by: Brenda Allen, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Winston-Salem State University; Nicholas R. Santilli, Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs | Professor of Psychology, Notre Dame College; Peter Stearns, Provost & Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, George Mason University
Convened by: Andrew D. McQueen, Manager, Policy, Employment and Social Development Canada
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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Would Be Better Without Humans

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Would Be Better Without Humans | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[I]t is easy to forget they are constructed out of pixels. ... The evidence that we are entering an age of post-human filmmaking has been gathering for some time."

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How about post-human lecturing? No? Seriously. Think about it.

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15 Ways to Reinvent College Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

15 Ways to Reinvent College Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The 15 Ways to Reinvent College Infographic presents some great ideas for the future of higher education to offer students a more affordable solution to education
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New report calls for “deep decarbonization” to stay within 2°C limit

New report calls for “deep decarbonization” to stay within 2°C limit | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The challenge? We don't have all the technology we need.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"To accomplish this, Sachs says that all nations will have to undergo a process he calls "deep decarbonization," which is part of the title of a report he's helped organize and deliver to the UN today. Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, prepared by researchers in 15 different countries, looks into what's needed to achieve sufficient cuts in our carbon emissions. The report finds that current government pledges aren't sufficient, and the technology we need to succeed may exist, but most of it hasn't been proven to scale sufficiently."

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