Friday, December 9, 2022

Understanding the Approach to Lifelong Learning - Tanya Zlateva, Evolllution

To help prospective students navigate the complex landscape of degrees, certificates, micro-credentials and delivery formats, a successful marketing approach must provide individualized outreach in addition to rich content on programs, modalities, employment trends on multiple venues such as social media, webinars, interactive panels, peer discussions and industry presentations. Marketing is transformed into mentoring and coaching for career success. We have implemented this approach through our admissions office, which proactively reaches out to students and guides them through the process.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Women prefer text contributions over talk in remote classes - Laura Spitalniak, Higher Ed Dive

Female students show a stronger preference for contributing to remote classes via text chat than their male counterparts, according to peer-reviewed research published in PLOS One, an open-access journal. Researchers also found all students were more likely to use the chat function to support or amplify their peers’ comments than to diminish them.  Given these findings, the researchers suggested incorporating text chats into class discussions could boost female participation in large introductory science classrooms, where women are less likely to participate than men.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Rethinking professional learning and development - Alison Bell, eCampus News

There’s a common denominator for our workforce, and it’s that nearly every worker craves learning and development opportunities – something not all employers offer to employees. Since the pandemic, 3 in 4 Americans agree acquiring new skills leads to more job opportunities. We can think of learning and development as everything an organization does to encourage professional development to enhance workplace performance, including online learning, training programs, or any opportunity to help its employees continue their higher education while also being able to work full time.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Shifting Role of Technology in Higher Ed -James Wiley, Illumination

The rapidly evolving digital space is shifting the way higher ed leaders look at enrollment trends. Finding new strategies to leverage technology across the institution may be their best chance to thrive.  On this episode, James Wiley, Principal Analyst at Eduventures talks about enrollment woes and how modern institutions are looking using technology to not only attract and retain students, but also leverage it to create a seamless backend framework. 

Monday, December 5, 2022

Building a Team to Lead in a Crisis: Four Key Steps - Erkia James, Knowledge at Wharton

As a Prepared Leader, you need to be ready to do the following: Make space for other people to stand up, speak up, and contribute as the situation dictates. Let go of your ego and be humble enough to allow others to take the lead as the situation dictates. Let these things happen spontaneously and without obstacles as the situation changes. Building a crisis team is like putting together a puzzle. Each piece should play its role and fit well enough with the others to make a complete picture. The four action steps linked below can be used to guide your efforts.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

PROOF POINTS: 861 colleges and 9,499 campuses have closed down since 2004 - Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

Despite high profile stories about the closing of small liberal arts colleges, such as California’s Mills College and Vermont’s Green Mountain College, college closures have actually declined in the past five years. But the numbers may spike again as declining U.S. birth rates soon translate into fewer graduating high schoolers after 2025. First, the numbers. Thirty-five colleges and universities shut down in 2021, a 70 percent decrease from 2016, when a peak of 120 colleges shuttered, according to an analysis of federal data by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO). For-profit operators ran more than 80 percent of the 861 institutions that ceased operations between 2004 and 2021.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Distinctive Excellence: The Key to Effectively Managing Continuing Education Units - Michael Frasciello, Evollution

Distinctive excellence is where the quality question is best addressed. Quality is an experience our students perceive from their first inquiry to their last learning engagement. When the entire student lifecycle experience is perceived as high quality, we see enrollment growth, more consistent persistence and increased retention in our programs. In this context, the most important aspect of quality is doing what we have always done in our CE units: recognizing that our students bring valuable experience and perspectives into our programs and classrooms. We best address the quality question by not viewing our students through a deficit lens but through a distinctiveness lens—through their life experiences, perspectives, discipline, focus, prior learning and potential.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Faculty elitism is hurting your institution - Cheryl Hyatt, eCampus News

One of the most pernicious ways we undercut the vital work of higher education is through maintaining a culture of faculty elitism. In most colleges there is a stark division between faculty and professional staff. At its worst, that can lead to costly errors from undervaluing the input of others or noxious work environments where professional staff are treated as underlings. Snobbery on college campuses is one of the most counterproductive things we do.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Faculty elitism is hurting your institution - Cheryl Hyatt, eCampus News

One of the most pernicious ways we undercut the vital work of higher education is through maintaining a culture of faculty elitism. In most colleges there is a stark division between faculty and professional staff. At its worst, that can lead to costly errors from undervaluing the input of others or noxious work environments where professional staff are treated as underlings. Snobbery on college campuses is one of the most counterproductive things we do.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Young adults with degrees say they need more real-world training - Kate Tornone, Higher Ed Dive

Individuals with degrees often find their education failed to prepare them for the realities of the workforce, according to Nov. 15 survey results from Multiverse. A majority of young adults (those age 18-26) with degrees said real-world workforce training is the most important element to preparing for a career. But that factor is missing from many higher education programs, they said. The top three elements that a college education lacks are “having a clear idea of what a job is like,” “real workforce training” and “quality time with industry professionals,” that group said.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Putting Students First: Balancing Priorities Like a CIO - Lois Brooks, Modern Campus

Technology no longer plays a supporting, peripheral role in the operations of a higher education institution. As digitization becomes our norm, technology—and leaders who can strategically deploy technologies—are playing a more central role than ever. On today’s episode of the Illumination by Modern Campus podcast, EvoLLLution Editor-in-Chief Amrit Ahluwalia sat down with Lois Brooks—Vice Provost and CIO at University of Wisconsin-Madison—to discuss the evolving role of technology leaders.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Clarity, Confusion on ‘Regular and Substantive Interaction’ - Susan D'Agustino, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department has left room for online colleges to innovate while maintaining eligibility for federal financial aid. But the lack of clarity carries some risk that colleges could run afoul of unarticulated rules. Only online colleges that provide “regular and substantive interaction” between faculty members and students are considered distance education providers; those that fall short are in the business of correspondence education. The regulation is intended to prevent bad actors from gaining access to federal financial aid funds for courses that are devoid of human interaction.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Most workers are thinking of quitting. The real surprise is what's forcing them to leave - Jada Jones, ZD Net

Riding the coattails of last year's Great Resignation, employees are demanding more out of their employers than ever. But according to an external survey conducted by Amazon, younger workers don't feel their employers are delivering, with 74% saying they are likely to quit their job in the next year - due to a lack of development opportunities.  In a survey of 3,000 US professionals conducted by Amazon and Workplace Intelligence, 64% of employees said they feared losing their job due to new skills requirements for which they have not been equipped. A further 58% of employees said they were worried that their skills had gone stale since the pandemic, while 70% reported feeling unprepared for the future of work.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Reflecting on Our Roots to Define Our Future: Establishing a Path for Lifelong Higher Ed - Rovy Branon, Modern Campus Illumination

The higher education space is transforming rapidly. Evolving learner demands and fast-changing demographic realities are pushing colleges and universities of all descriptions to find new ways to serve new students.  But in this quest for “the new”, Rovy Branon—Vice Provost of Continuum College at the University of Washington—says leaders should reflect back on their history for guidance.   “I think education itself is a technology, and I don't mean computers,” Branon continued. “It is a tool to get something done for humanity. And technologies must co-evolve or they get out of balance one with another. And you begin to lose the ability to have influence over our new technological environment if we're not recognizing that the technology that we call education also has to change to keep up with the reality of how the world is changing.”  

Friday, November 25, 2022

The Three Key Principals of Continuing and Professional Education - Rebecca Cook, Evolllution

Building and maintaining a successful and dynamic continuing and professional education portfolio can be a daunting proposition. It requires, in equal measure, old-world prognostication and new-world data analysis, an understanding of learner audiences past, present and future, and an appreciation for the institution’s mission, goals for equity and access, and the potential for new revenue streams. At the University of Arizona’s office of Continuing and Professional Education (CaPE), we approach this challenge with three key principles in mind: relevancy & demand, institutional alignment and balance.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

A Life of Learning: Diversifying Continuing Education’s Audience - Ryan Torma, the Evolllution

Continuing, Professional, Workforce and Online Education divisions have a wide mandate to serve learners whose needs aren’t necessarily met by traditional, main campus programming. There are a wide and varied range of learners that fit this description—of all ages, at all levels of employment, at every stage of life. For future-oriented CE units, this presents a unique opportunity, so long as the pieces are in place to deliver a relevant experience to every learner coming through the door.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Future of Leadership - Jacob Morgan, Futurati

Leadership. For as much as it's discussed in business-school textbooks and TED talks, there's a lot of confusion over what it is and why it matters. And with talk about 'headless organizations' and 'flat hierarchies' becoming so common, you might wonder whether leadership will even matter in a few decades. We had some of the same questions, so we got in touch with Jacob Morgan.  Jacob is a trained futurist and one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership, the future of work, and employee experience. He is also the best-selling author of four books: The Future Leader, The Employee Experience Advantage, The Future of Work, and The Collaborative Organization. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Will Tech Company Layoffs Spread to Higher Ed? - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Higher ed people may think we are insulated from the layoff contagion spreading to our campuses. We aren’t. It is distressingly simple to come up with scenarios where many colleges and universities might need to resort to downsizing to stay financially viable. The drop in post-pandemic enrollments may not reverse. High inflation and low unemployment are major disincentives for working adults to take on graduate school debt. Labor costs, which comprise the vast majority of every university budget, continue to increase rapidly. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Top 10 IT Issues for Higher Ed in 2023 - Brandon Paykamian, GovTech

With students growing more accustomed to the flexibility of online and hybrid courses, higher ed leaders are grappling with how to give CIOs more say in institutional decision-making to better manage growing IT networks, as well as retaining professors who now teach more online courses than ever before. These were among the chief IT challenges for higher education described by Educause Vice President of Partnerships, Community and Research Susan Grajek in  — “Higher Education’s Top 10 IT Issues for 2023.” At the Educause Annual Conference, the webinar focused on a recent report from the ed-tech advocacy organization exploring solutions to challenges such as these.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Rethinking how technology innovations can support students - Iain Sloan, University World News

After all, some students love the flexibility online learning gives them to study around part-time work, childcare and other commitments. Equally, there are students who find learning in large groups intimidating, challenging or simply uninspiring and they prefer to retreat to the back row, silent and unnoticed. Being able to access a course digitally can make a world of difference to students who, for whatever reason, do not flourish in face-to-face sessions. A sizeable group of students might prefer not to go back to a full timetable of on-campus teaching. On the other hand, many students fall behind without regular in-person sessions because they haven’t developed the independent learning skills they need to stay on track.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

How to Use the Dall-E AI Art Generator to Create Stunning Images From Text - Eric Griffith, PC Mag

Dall-E is at the forefront of artificial intelligence art creation, which anyone can use. AI art generators have been in the news a lot this year, be it for their amazing advances or questionable uses. OpenAI’s Dall-E 2 is one of the major names in this space. It's now open to the public and developers, and soon it’ll be built into Microsoft software and the Bing search engine. But how, exactly, do you work with Dall-E? Is it really as simple as typing in a description—called a prompt—and getting back a picture? To be honest, yes. But there’s a lot more to be aware of if you want to get anywhere close to the perfect result.