Worth Reading” is a hand-picked weekly collection of new and not-so-new articles, ideas, events and other items for busy professionals in higher education that prefer to spend their reading wisely.
By Goldie Blumenstyk
An update on the evolving use of analytics to support higher education from its best journalists, Goldie Blumenstyk.
Excerpt: “Tools developed in-house and by a slew of companies now give administrators digital dashboards that can code students red or green to highlight who may be in academic trouble. Handsome “heat maps” — some powered by apps that update four times a day — can alert professors to students who may be cramming rather than keeping up. As part of a broader effort to measure the “campus engagement” of its students, Ball State University in Indiana goes so far as to monitor whether students are swiping in with their ID cards to campus-sponsored parties at the student center on Saturday nights.”
By Lloyd Armstrong, Provost Emeritus, USC
From one of the very best analysts of higher education, Lloyd Armstrong.
Excerpt: “Wide-ranging research on institutional obstacles to innovation and change explains some of the reasons why higher education has moved slowly to meet new challenges. A business model perspective helps to identify key aspects of higher education that heighten some of the universal obstacles to innovation and change. These include American higher education’s worldwide reputation for excellence, which serves to reinforce the status quo—particularly among tenure-line faculty who play a dual role by both producing the educational product and participating in institutional governance, thereby exerting unusual control over change. The business model lens also helps to identify ways in which these obstacles may eventually be lowered.”
By Andrew Norton
A very technical and highly quantitative analysis of higher ed in Australia. But if I want to truly want to understand the space, this is a good place to start (and with the recent proposal to significantly increase tuition, a good time to take a closer look.)
Innovating Pedagogy 2014: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators nd policy makers
By Martin Sharples, Anne Adams, Rebecca Ferguson, Mark Gaved, Patrick McAndrew, Bart Rienties, Marin Weller and Denise Whitelock.
Excerpt: “This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning, and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This third report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.”
By Schumpeter (The Economist)
A provocative, smart (and short) article about how change unfolds in surprising ways.
Excerpt: “Anyone looking for mis-prognostications about it will find an embarrassment of riches. The internet was supposed to destroy big companies; now big companies rule the internet. It was supposed to give everyone a cloak of anonymity: “On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog.” Now Google and its like are surveillance machines that know not only that you’re a dog but whether you have fleas and which brand of meaty chunks you prefer. We can now add two more entries to the list of unreliable forecasts about the internet: that it would make location irrelevant and eliminate middlemen.”