Faculty Attitudes Towards and Experiences with OER & Open Textbooks
Useful statistics on why and how faculty use OER (slide format). Many obstacles remain.
What 6.9 Million Clicks tell us About How to Fix Online Education
In a paper published this spring, the CSAIL team outlined some key findings on what online learners want from videos. These include:
- Brevity (viewers generally tune out after six minutes)
- Informality, with professors seated at a desk, not standing behind a podium
- Lively visuals rather than static PowerPoint slides
- Fast talkers (professors seen as the most engaging spoke at 254 words per minute)
- More pauses, so viewers can soak in complex diagrams
- Web-friendly lessons (existing videos broken into shorter chunks are less effective than ones crafted for online audiences)
It’s Hard to Differentiate One Higher-Ed Brand From Another
Discusses the challenges of distinguishing universities in the eyes of prospective students.
“We prepare the leaders of tomorrow.”
“We nurture lifelong learners.”
“We aim to have a global impact, while serving our local community.”
If mission statements such as these sound familiar to leaders in higher education, it’s no surprise. These statements could easily reflect the mission and purpose of almost every higher education institution — to the point where it’s tough to distinguish one school from the next.
In a recent study, Gallup found that the mission, purpose or vision statements of more than 50 higher education institutions share striking similarities, regardless of institution size, public or private status, land-grant status or religious affiliation, or for-profit or not-for-profit status.
Competency-Based Education: Leadership Challenges
Great article by Thad Nodine and Sally M. Johnstone about the role of CBE in US higher education from Change Magazine.
- Competency-based education (CBE) can help the nation meet its graduation goals and address the shortages of skilled workers that are emerging as the economy improves.
- Several community colleges have developed their own versions of CBE programs, and two states are instituting CBE programs statewide.
- College leaders report that developing CBE programs offers opportunities to personalize the educational experience for students. They also say that doing so presents challenges and highlights the barriers to individualized educational delivery embedded in existing systems (e.g., in programs, curricula, enrollment processes, and instructional and learner supports).
- College leaders also say that CBE offers opportunities to develop partnerships with local business and to work with faculty in cultivating a vision for change in higher education.