digital literacy

This month, SmartBlog on Education is exploring classroom design and management — just in time for the new school year. In this blog post, education leader Fred Ende explores four classroom design principles.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But, in reality, it truly is. The environments in which we live and work are reflections of the ways in which we live and work. A well-organized classroom or office gives off a vibe of all machinery operating in collaboration, of tremendous thought going into decision-making and of role and responsibility in concert. A school building or district office with student work adorning the walls speaks to the importance of stakeholder voice, and of knowing, and believing in, those being served.

Much conversation and discussion focuses on managing classrooms and meetings, and how the teacher, facilitator and leader needs to manage up, rather than directing down. While these conversations are important, valid and necessary, less focus appears to be placed on considering how the design of one’s space can sometimes be all the management that is needed. (read more…)

SmartBlog on Education in collaboration with eCampus News brings you point/counterpoint-style blog posts about top issues in higher education. We’re kicking off a new semester with coverage of technology funding models in higher education.

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Public finance literature makes clear that incentives and alignment to objectives matter. How to best translate this concept into effective policies for higher education that support broader adoption of innovative academic delivery models and spur increased student completion remains largely unresolved. For many states there is a persistent disconnect between how public funds get resourced to higher education and what the state needs in return. This is true of both what the state invests (level of funding) and how the state invests it (allocation model).

Why do we need innovation in academic delivery?

The graduation attainment needs for each state, and the nation as a whole, can not be met by simply increasing the success of “traditional” college students: 18-year-old, middle to upper-class, non-minority students. According to Lumina Foundation’s most recent Stronger Nation report, the overall attainment rate for the nation is 40%. Most concerning are the gaps that exist between the overall rate and specific student groups – with the attainment rate of African Americans at 28.1% and Native Americans and Hispanics at 23.9% and 20.3%, respectively. (read more…)

Current buzzwords for technology are indicative of how we want it to behave in any environment – agile, responsive, integrative, nimble, and streamlined. The good news is that these attributes are now commonly available in many of today’s solutions. Yet implementing these flexible technologies oftentimes proves difficult, not because of the technology itself, but because our funding models are anything but agile and responsive.

Indeed, the technology funding models we use in higher education have handcuffed IT leaders to archaic solutions that hinder our ability to truly support our institutions’ ability to deliver a first-rate teaching and learning environment in fiscally sound ways.

The way it was

Historically, IT teams have built the campus technology environment from the ground-up, implementing hardware builds that require large initial costs followed by routine large replacement costs. Costs so large, in fact, that refresh cycles became the norm – PC refresh, server refresh, backup refresh and the like. (read more…)

Education-badge-blue2 SmartBrief Education launched Path to Workforce earlier this year, bringing you original content and events on the topic. 

Path to Workforce is SmartBrief Education’s vision of college and career readiness, encompassing K-12, adult learners, career changers, non-traditional students and those who forgo a traditional four-year college experience.

With a new school year quickly approaching, and in session for some, we’re highlighting our top-clicked and shared #Path2W blog posts.

  1. 5 new realities in education
  2. How “making” expands students’ visions of themselves
  3. Raising a ready workforce: The missing curriculum component
  4. How is the U.S. faring in the great #skillsrace?
  5. Is the purpose of college to get an education or a job?
  6. You can’t spell “college and career” without CTE
  7. CTE: Creating opportunities for students
  8. Why we shouldn’t glorify billionaires who dropped out of school
  9. Embrace our multicultural society by learning another language
  10. Student success: A new definition for the U.S. Senate

Stay tuned for ongoing #Path2W coverage, including model programs, expert insights and reader feedback. (read more…)