UC Davis’s groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program

“The University of California at Davis is creating what may be higher education’s most promising digital badge system. But the badges are no threat to the university’s degrees. They’re add-ons – perhaps valuable ones for students.” via UC Davis’s groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program | Inside Higher Ed.

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Self-directed learning was used to describe how adults learn for many years (it was part of Malcolm Knowles’ definition of andragogy.)  With access to everything, everywhere – and people of any age being able to easily pursue interests – it is used with broader strokes.  “Self-directed learning is a necessary component of education and yet […]

The 70:20:10 L&D Model for Developing a High-Performing Workforce

I’ve always loved the Google 20% time for innovation.  “Many of the successful organizations that we see around us today attribute their success to employees who are empowered to learn and innovate at great speeds. These are organizations that have buried their outlook about traditional styles of learning and development (L&D) and embraced new strategies […]

Embracing Paradoxes and Narratives in Education

From Gamco – According to Charles Handy, success belongs to those who learn to embrace complexity by reconciling the contradictions of this world. Gabe Zichermann gives an example of these contradictions with gamification: If you want to design a great educational game, focusing on making it educational as the main priority will make your game […]

The Out of Eden Walk: An Experiential Learning Journey from the Virtual to the Real

Fantastic lesson plans and experiential learning opportunities come from an extraordinary walk across the world.  Article written by my friend Homa Tavangar (on Edutopia’s Blog) who is the educational advisor for the initiative.  “You are invited to accompany the Out of Eden Walk, as two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek takes […]

Creating a structure for non-formal learning events

Though there has been a good deal of research done on informal learning in the workplace, I haven’t seen an attempt to put structure around it (that’s why it’s called informal, right?)  But perhaps informal can still have parameters and structure, and it would be interesting to see how they fit with the literature.  This […]

5 Higher-Education Trends for 2014

Sophie Quinton from the Atlantic shares what she anticipates will be the 5 top Higher Ed Trends for 2014, and I agree with them in an overarching way.  CBE (Competency Based Education) and PLA (Prior Learning Assessment,) CTE (Career and Technical Education,) Student-Loan Outrage, Data Privacy Concerns, and Teacher Effectiveness.  “A number of education trends […]

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses

MIT Tech Review offers a synopsis of current MOOC studies – completion, etc.  They cite a Princeton study that says “participation falls precipitously and continuously throughout a course and that almost half of registered students never post more than twice to the forums. What’s more, the participation of a teacher doesn’t improve matters. Indeed, they […]