Postsecondary Learning

The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.

The story behind the latest Horizon Report—which ranks tech trends in higher education—is easily more dramatic than the document’s actual conclusions. But both are available as of today.

Teaching is Both Art and Science. How to Work Toward Improving Your Instructional Practice

Social media is bubbling with signs that a new academic year is about to begin. In those spaces, we are sharing stories of the dreams in which we show up to class without having done any of the needed preparation—or forgot where to go in the first place.Despite this being my 14th year in higher education, I still feel nerves at the start of a semester. My hopes are high for creating experiences that will challenge and encourage learners.

Twitter Is Funding Research Into Online Civility. Here’s How One Project Will Work.

Twitter has pledged to increase the “health” and “civility” of discourse on its platform, and it recently teamed up with college researchers to address the challenge. One of those scholars even argues that a dose of incivility can be healthy for democracy—in certain situations.

Libraries Are Often Missing From ‘Student Success’ Initiatives. Researchers Are Asking How to Change That.

Libraries offer a refuge where students study, find books or take the occasional nap. But could these places soon provide additional services beyond homework help?A new report this week explores whether libraries can play a more proactive role in helping community college students succeed. Researchers started by first asking 37 students from seven community colleges what challenges they face, which will inform the next phase of the project: devising ways to test whether libraries can assist with barriers around, say, finances, childcare, transportation and other challenges.

Campus Closures. What’s Tech Got to Do With It?

A version of this article first appeared on Greg Jackson’s LinkedIn page.

Robert Reich on Student Brains, Civic Education and Restoring Pathways to the Middle Class

There are few professors who are as popular on-campus as they are off. But that’s not the case for Robert Reich, a chancellor's professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich is a former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton Administration, author of 15 books, and recently a Netflix star, with popular documentaries such as “Saving Capitalism.”

Makerspaces Nationwide Face the Question: Can Users 3D Print a Gun?

As a legal fight simmered this week over the legality of creating working guns on 3D printers, libraries and other groups offering access to the technology faced questions from local officials and reporters:

With a Year of Crisis Text Line Data, California Community Colleges Launch Mental Health Program

Several community college campuses in California lack mental health services. But students today are increasingly seeking access to counseling to cope with depression, anxiety and other challenges.Now the country’s largest community college system is turning to technology to connect more students with mental-health services—and to better understand what challenges students are grappling with most.

As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed

Do you want fries with that education? The question is one that many professors fear is essentially coming to colleges, as higher-ed leaders adopt practices from businesses in an attempt to rethink their operations. There’s even a growing body of scholarly work that outlines a critique against the corporatization of college—arguing that even when reforms are well-intentioned, they are making campuses more like burger franchises than centers of learning and research.

How Udacity Decides What Subjects To Offer Courses In (And Why It Isn’t Doing New University Partnerships)

Udacity helped start the whole MOOC craze several years ago, offering online courses that drew tens of thousands of students and sparking a conversation about whether these new online programs could replace college as we know it.These days, the company has grown into a billion-dollar valuation, but its scope is more focused on offering courses designed to serve specific areas in technology. And it does most of its work without involving traditional colleges, or trying to seek traditional accreditation.

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