Postsecondary Learning

Virtual Classes Shouldn’t Be Cringeworthy. Here are 5 Tips for Teaching Live Online

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here.

These Education Books Sparked Conversation in 2018—And Give Us A Glimpse At What’s Ahead

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Bernard Bull was nominated to share his thoughts by futurist Bryan Alexander, who wrote for the project in 2017.

This Teacher’s Uber-Style App Feeds Hungry College Students

Dispelling loneliness. Building community. Helping college students share extra meal swipes with hungry classmates. There’s an app for that!

What College Professors Should Know About Learning Science

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of how people learn—both what works and what doesn’t go so well—in the classroom. The next step is to apply that research in actual college instruction.One person pushing to put learning science into practice on college campuses is Sanjay Sarma, vice president for open learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Can Space Activate Learning? UC Irvine Seeks to Find Out With $67M Teaching Facility

When class isn’t in session, UC Irvine’s shiny new Anteater Learning Pavillion looks like any modern campus building. There are large lecture halls, hard-wired lecture capture technology, smaller classrooms, casual study spaces and brightly colored swivel chairs.

Elsevier Faces Tough Questions About Its Business Model During Library and Publishing Conference

New York City—Gen Z students don’t want the same things from college their Millennial predecessors did. Elite colleges will be just fine, but mid-tier campuses without defined niches will face extinction. And Elsevier, the for-profit scholarly communications giant that many librarians and researchers love to hate, will never go away.

Higher Ed Needs to Bridge the ‘App Gap’ to Reach Students

Despite a hot economy, millions of young people are stranded without work and are not continuing their education beyond high school. For those of us involved with education reform, workforce development or HR, that’s no surprise. It is essentially a case of bureaucratic culture versus the app culture.Different generations process experiences differently. In the “old days”—ten years ago—those of us in the boomer generation would expect young people to suck it up and eventually do things the “old way.” That behavior seems to be headed for the history books.

Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?”As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general.

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Sleep Pod Companies Want to Disrupt Naps on Campus

Around this time of the school year, it’s not uncommon to see sleep-deprived students slumped over library desks studying late hours in preparation for final exams.As wellness and anti-stress campaigns become more popular on college campuses, some institutions are responding by giving students a more comfortable place to catch some z’s: in space age-looking sleep pods.

Here’s What Happened When One University Asked Everyone for Ideas to Reinvent Campus

poiHere’s an idea for revolutionizing a college campus: run a zipline from one prominent building to another. That would help keep pathways less crowded and could be opened to the public on weekends to generate new revenue.That was one of about 24,000 suggestions sent in last week during a two-day online discussion asking students, faculty, staff, alumni and anyone else to make suggestions for what Long Beach State University should look like in the year 2030.

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