Three Leasons Higher Ed can Learn from the Failure of Polaroid

Another great post from ed tech blogger Dr. Joshua Kim. The lessons he lists are:

1. Be clear about our business – Learning, credentialing, and knowledge creation
2. Develop a meritocratic culture of accountability and ideas
3. Investing in technology is not a substitute of evolving the culture
In his post Dr. Kim mentions that is reading the book Originals: How Nonconformists  Move the World, by Adam Grant. I am going to buy that book and read it soon.

Professors in on Hurry to go Digital

A report by the Independent College Booksellers Association says that only 15.1% of faculty members said they used primarily digital materials last fall. Their two most important factors in choosing materials for their classes were perceived quality and cost.

Micro-Credentialing Initiative

Quoting from the article: “Micro-credentials provide individuals with portable, shareable badges that recognize the learning activities they participate in or the skills they have developed. As a result, they can both highlight the wide variety of learning activities educators engage in and facilitate the shift to competency-based learning for educators.” A company named Digital Promise has been building an econ system of micro-credentials over the past two years. It enables educators to receive recognition for the skills they have acquired over the years. It is supported by the Open Badge standard developed by Mozilla and and digital badging technology.

Turnitin Revision Assistant

Turnitin, the company behind the plagiarism checker, has launched Revision Assistant, a formative writing tool for students in grades 6-12 and higher ed students in developmental writing classes. The tool gives students instant feedback while they are writing. Ninety-Four percent of students in a pilot study conduced in 2015 revised their work at least once while writing with Revision Assistant. It is now being used in several school districts across the country.

5 Higher Ed Trends for 2016

The five things are:

1.  Rapid growth of CBE continues (Competency Based Education), programs are further defined
2. Growth and organization of micro-credentialing
3. Adaptive learning and intelligent tutoring
4. Quick and impactful regulatory change
5.Mobile proliferation, improved access for marginalized populations