Is That All There Is? Higher Education’s Struggle to Leverage Digital Teaching and Learning

I'm confident then about the potential of technology-enabled learning. However, I’ve grown increasingly less confident that the institution of higher education can play a major role in realising this potential. Evidence is mounting that the institution of higher education, as it is currently designed, is largely ill-suited to developing and leveraging more advanced uses of technology for teaching and learning. And given the institution’s near monopoly on widely recognised adult education in much of the West - higher education is likely inhibiting the development of more advanced forms of instructional technology and media, as well as new ways to bring these new forms to people at lower costs.

Unbundling, Design Thinking, Et Cetera: Leaders’ Collection 10.18.2016

A hand-picked (lovingly) collection of news, reports, and essays of interest to leaders in higher education by Keith Hampson, PhD.

Grade Inflation, Frugal Librarians, and More: Useful News for 09.19.2016

The Typical Undergraduate Takes More Than 5 Years to Graduate The average undergraduate takes between five and six years to complete a degree, according to a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The average bachelor’s-degree candidate takes just over five years to graduate. The findings of the report, which pulled data from 3,600 postsecondary … Continue reading Grade Inflation, Frugal Librarians, and More: Useful News for 09.19.2016

Instructional Leadership and Faculty

A university president once confided in me that while he loved to see innovative work being done within his institution, he believed that its' impact was of little value if no one outside of the university hears about it. His larger point was that reputation is the fuel on which universities run; it’s the means … Continue reading Instructional Leadership and Faculty

Edtech’s Betty Crocker Moment

Betty Crocker introduced its cake mixes in the 1950s. The mixes made the process of baking cakes less prone to failure. Faster too. For many, especially over-burdened women working at home, this was a huge leap forward. But the cake mixes didn't sell especially well. So, using market research and input from psychologists, the decision was made to design the … Continue reading Edtech’s Betty Crocker Moment

Teaching a Child to Ride a Bike via Lecture

Well done. A great (because it's simple) explanation of active learning techniques. http://youtu.be/Bjio9RitzNU

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid

This is simply beautiful. http://youtu.be/KvtgqJTVVhE Thanks to Explore for this.