The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship. Lots has been written about the critical importance of a good education in our knowledge-based digital economy.

The Hierarchy of Education

Dan Pontefract

We are conditioned at a very young age, through the kindergarten-to-higher-education continuum, to believe that it is our individual accomplishments that allow us the chance to achieve great things in life. book education flat army learning hierarchy

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Future of Education 2020 Summit

Jay Cross

At a Stanford education conference this morning, speakers made presentation after presentation without once involving the audience, not even asking for questions. I didn’t mention my suspicion that STEM dumbs down education.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. Higher education generally has no clue about what’s brewing in the marketplace as a whole. The change pressures that exist now are not ones that the existing higher education model can ignore. This gets at the heart of a challenge in higher education.

New Project: Digitizing Higher Education

George Siemens

In fall, I’ll be running a course on edX with a few colleagues on Digitizing Higher Education. Here’s the pitch: Higher education faces tremendous change pressure and the resulting structures that are now being formed will alter the role of universities in society for the next several generations. to actively research systemic transformation in higher education. Catherine Ngugi (Open Education Africa).

Workplace Learning is not the same as Education

Jane Hart

“The business of Education is education; the business of Business is business.“ “ Continuous learning and performance improvement lies at the heart of any business – not packaged training courses, programmes or events.

Duplication theory of educational value

George Siemens

Higher education faces a value crisis. Digital educational content in itself is not worth money. The College Conspiracy video, with over 2 million views, argues that higher education is basically a scam. Similarly, the Higher Education Price Index (.pdf)

Occupy Education

Jay Cross

We used the hand signals of the Occupy movement as our public backchannel as we focused on reforming education. After sorting through the current landscape of education and barriers to progress, we brought up examples of people, sites, and projects that are getting it right.

Wrong on Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Norbert Cunningham treats Moncton to his own special treatment of education , inspired by Margaret Wente (Globe and Mail Dec. Almost half of all Canadians completed post-secondary education, the highest percentage among OECD member countries, and well above the OECD average of 28.4%.

Experience, Exposure, Education

Harold Jarche

10%: Education. 70%: Experience. 20%: Exposure.

Responding to the fragmentation of higher education

George Siemens

In early February, I had the pleasure of delivering a presentation to University of Victoria on the state of higher education and challenges of fragmentation. Thanks for Valerie Irvine and Jillianne Code from TIE Lab and the Faculty of Education for hosting me.

The Educational T

Dan Pontefract

Education, and specifically the art of designing, developing and delivering it, is far too often interpreted as an exercise in content depth. Customer Education departments are stuck in the Cenozoic era. Another example concerns internal education departments.

Personalizing 21st Century Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Notes from: Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success Dan Domenech, Morton Sherman, John L. Brown Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand.

The race to platform education

George Siemens

Across the full spectrum of education – primary, secondary, and higher – we are witnessing a race to develop platforms for content, learning, teaching, and evaluation. Numerous companies are eager to platform the educational sector, with Pearson being the lead runner to date. Most of the tools we have available today in education allow us to create content within a system. Similarly, educators don’t want to think about the platform.

Education for Misfits and Neurodiversity

Eide Neurolearning

Educational experts are working diligently to turn out well-rounded graduates, while. As we head into this 21st century of education, we hope this myth of a 'well-rounded education' for all is finally pounded flat.

the bridge from education to experience

Harold Jarche

The amount of formal education in this model is usually around 10%. A cursory look at several Canadian trades programs confirm this general ratio of 10% education to 90% field experience. “Apprenticeship is the way we learn most naturally.

The future of higher education and other imponderables

George Siemens

I’ve been interested in changes in higher education since I was at Red River College in the late 1990′s. While educators and education didn’t really change, the learners did. The patterns of change in higher education are surprisingly similar and global.

Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens

The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Education faces enormous pressure. Almost unanimously, teachers, parents, students, politicians, and random people who like having opinions, are declaring education broken.

Open Educational Resources: A Definition

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Definition Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone. Foerster wrote: > Stephen Downes wrote: > > Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone. > name the entity ("Open educational resources") 2.

Learning Analytics: Higher Education

George Siemens

Educational datamining and learning analytics are getting substantial attention in education. Learning Analytics: Higher Education With learning analytics in particular, the term has come to mean anything and everything that involves data in learning.

Economists and Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It will be interesting to see if the idea of ''Open Education'' becomes linked to the idea of ''Free Trade'' ". Or even the idea that ''education'' is a commodity that ought to be produced and protected and bought and sold as though it were property? Indeed, instead of asking how economists should consider campus course import and export policies, wouldn''t it be more relevant to question why economists have any influence on education, articulation or matriculation policy at all?

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Lewis Gordan MacKay Professor of Computer Science Harvard University (MA) The hydraulic model of education - There is all kinds of human knowledge, and there are brains, and the process of education is to dump the contents of the books into the brains - Universities are a kind of vessel you can use to tansfer the knowledge into the brains.

Udacity & Coursera. Is It Really Education Reform?

Dan Pontefract

Due to, in part, seeing “ the true power of education ” Thrun is launching Udac­i­ty. Udacity is a free (open) online learn­ing plat­form that will provide education to any­one that wants it. Thrun is making headlines (some say again) in the higher education space (education reform perhaps?). May I introduce you to Coursera where two more Stanford professors (Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng) are offering Udacity-like education.

Online University Education in Canada

George Siemens

There is more activity in online learning (or, at minimum blended learning) in higher education than most universities realize. Blindness to small-scale innovation in higher education is likely still a problem in most universities, but online learning is now recognized and researched. Athabasca University’s Deanna Douglas has produced an excellent report for Canadian Virtual University looking at: Online University Education in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities (.pdf).

Reflections on the Education of Applied Data Scientists

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

CUSP is one of three new research and educational institutions created by Applied Science NYC , an initiative launched by mayor Michael Bloomberg in December of 2010 to significantly enhance NY City’s competitiveness and job creation in the applied sciences and engineering.

What’s next for educational software?

George Siemens

Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. Educational software in common use today assumes that structure exists a priori. we’ve been working on what we feel is a learning system (educational software) that represents the type of learning needed by individuals and organizations today. This is reflected in learning management systems, virtual classrooms, and interactive whiteboards.

#OEB14 - Open Educational Resources 2.0

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

distance and e-learning will not remain separate Oivind Hoines - Norway Norweigan Digital Learning Arena - large scale working model for Open Educational Resources - objectives: - free and open digital learning resources for all - teachers and pupils contributing to their own learning resources - we have the most traffic in Norway for digital learning resources - costs - 55 Euros per student - 1.5 EU - Opening Up Education - a hierarchy 0.

Thoughts on public education

Harold Jarche

I was later home-schooled by my mother who never had any formal education in English. This was my introduction to public education. What remains of my undergraduate education is not so much my knowledge of History as my fluency in French.

Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves and Start Innovating in Education

Andy McAfee

America has the best-managed companies and most vibrant startup scene, but this is largely despite our educational system, not because of it. We can’t kid ourselves any more that what we’re doing at all levels — from primary to college education — is working.

Role for Educators in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My comments to the Networked Learning Conference 'hot seat' on the role of educators in MOOCs. Read the full discussion here. # # # At the risk of self-reference, I'd like to contribute to this discussion by pointing to something I wrote on the role of the educator a few years ago - The Role of the Educator - which was based on a few talks, including We Don't Need No Educator.

Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Honourable Liz Sandals Minister of Education Ontario Ministry of Education This is a paraphrase summary, not direct quotes (though often quoted words are used). When we look at education, it isn''t really just about education.

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So it is easy to see why Toyamo would argue that the same sort of logic applies to educational technology. In a recent and widely circulated article, There Are No Technology Shortcuts To Education , Toyama expands on this argument with respect to educational technology. Specifically, he offers four specific arguments countering the advocacy of technology in education: - The history of electronic technologies in schools is fraught with failures.

What’s the Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Our 21st Century Digital Economy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few years ago, I came across a very interesting article about the efforts of Roger Martin to transform business education. Similarly, in a 2006 report , the National Academy of Engineering called for reforming engineering education. “New

Keep democracy in education

Harold Jarche

I liken our dominant educational structure as the offspring of a shotgun wedding between industrialists who needed literate workers to operate their machinery, and progressives who wanted to lift up the common person from poverty and drudgery.

Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A glance at the latest US employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals sharp differences in unemployment rates by educational attainment : college degree or higher: 4.3%; associate degree or some college: 8.2%; high school graduates, no college: 9.6%; and no high school diploma: 14.3%. Just about every such study points to a similar trend : for the foreseeable future, the US economy will need better educated workers with specific skill requirements.

#OEB14 - Does Data Corrupt Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This house believes that data is corrupting education For: Ellen Wagner - Data as the meme - It bothers me that I leave this trail of data everywhere we do - Data without context is really without value - data with context is information, and information is power, and power corrupts. why on earth would we not want to disrupt - and corrupt is not such a different word - why wouldn''t we want to corrupt the existing educational systems? Summary of a debate at Online Educa Berlin.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So, the argument for open educational resources is simply:networks need openness in order to function. David Wiley has spoken about open educational resources formany years. George Siemens and I, in our work offering online courses,have depicted the progression of openness in three major stages: - First of all, openness in educational resources - Secondly, open courses, and then - Third, an as yet unrealized openness, opennessin assessment.

The subject of education

Harold Jarche

I mostly focus on workplace learning here, but I want to put together some of my previous thoughts on public education. If we change how we think about public education, we may also be able to improve how we support workplace learning.

Never Underestimate the Power of Education and Enablement

Luis Suarez

To name: No, we don’t need no stinking education, nor enablement , because, you know, these social tools put in place are just so easy to use that no-one would need it, nor find it useful nor relevant.

Higher Education & Budgets: Collaborative or Not?

Dan Pontefract

The organizational make-up of higher education institutions is one of the more intriguing constructs in society today. Take for example the work of Andrew Abboud, formerly of London City University in England, now CIO of Laureate Education Group in Switzerland.