News in Brief
The latest news and opinions in higher education.
Moving From Survival Mode to Change Leadership
“Student success is just as important as ever,” Terry Brown and Lisa Hunter write. They opine that rebuilding higher education after COVID will require fundamental changes. To that end, the authors offer five lessons, such as remembering that students come first. For example, at SUNY Fredonia, they used data analytics to recreate course schedules based on student demand. (Inside Higher Ed)
Skills Equal Success: Focusing on the Value of Learning Outcomes
There are many ways students receive career preparation, according to Andy Jett. And while academia often assigns learning outcomes and objectives for courses, employers may not be able to recognize the skills students have gained, he writes, which is critical. He encourages articulating to students the skills they are gaining so they can, in turn, use that language to discuss them with prospective employers. (The EvoLLLution)
Giving Students ‘Time and Space’ to Process
During the “twin pandemics” of COVID and racism, Scott Mattingly found himself reflecting, leading him to realize students need space to process the issues, too. This led Mattingly to implement an elective at DeSales University entitled, “Pivotal Moments: Fulfilling Your Potential in Times of Change,” in which students grapple with issues they’re facing. Students share, discuss, reflect, and work on projects where they connect their learning to the world. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)
7 Dos & Don’ts for Post-Pandemic Teaching With Technology
According to Flower Darby, instructors can unknowingly cause students distress in their virtual classrooms. Based on student feedback, she offers seven dos and don’ts for faculty. For example, Darby encourages instructors to give students more active-learning and discussion exercises and break up lectures. She also advises instructors to provide more asynchronous materials and activities, which she says will help them teach more inclusively. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Will a Rise in Online Learning Open Remote Teaching Opportunities for Faculty?
Robert Ubell, a longtime proponent of online higher education, imagines the effects digital education will have on teaching and learning. He envisions faculty having opportunities to teach from anywhere, allowing them to travel and deliver lessons from different parts of the globe. He also believes the limitations of the credit hour will be lessened, and faculty and students will be able to teach and learn without time constraints. (EdSurge)