Resources for a Learning Design Infrastructure

Recommended Reports

The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training.  Pew Research Center. May 3, 2017. PDF also available.
Don’t let the title deter you.  The report makes a compelling case that liberal education is the core of job training needed for the next generation.

Edtech Vetting through the Sandbox. Southern New Hampshire University. January 2017.
This report describes how SNHU has embraced the challenge of enabling continuous change to the learning environment by changing the process of exploring and vetting new technologies. Although this innovative approach requires institutional courage, participative approaches like this are vital for maintaining and nurturing a flexible digital learning environment.

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2017. Educause Learning Initiative (ELI). Most of the issues surfaced in this year’s survey of the higher education community are directly relevant to liberal education institutions. These include faculty development, digital & information literacies, and open education.

Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017. This infographic is a useful snapshot of where online learning in higher ed is today. The results suggest online learning is widespread and that a substantial minority of students have taken at least one online higher ed course. From new partnership between WCET, the Babson Survey Research Group, and e-Literate.

Building and Supporting Academic Innovation

Higher Ed Index by New America. Using national data, including IPEDS, the site enables comparison at the institution, state, and national levels.

Sandbox Collaborative at Southern New Hampshire University. By adopting an “internal consultancy” model, SNHU can nurture innovation in a manner that is lower-risk for faculty, and more likely to encourage participation.

LT media.lab at University of Minnesota. Design and research center in College of Education and Human Development. Research projects include interesting designs for both instructional content and pedagogical methods.

Inter-institutional Collaboratives

COPLAC Digital. COPLAC is the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, courses are co-developed and then open to students from any member schools. The model does not include a revenue share.

Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning. LACOL explores “teaching and learning in a networked world”. Regular updates on initiatives at 9 liberal arts institutions, as well as announcements of workshops and events. Also maintains a list of online and blended initiatives at Liberal Arts Colleges.

EdTech Decision-making in Higher Education. Seeking to identify and promote best practices in “EdTech decision-making”. Current examples focus on LMS transitions.

Unizin. Members articulate a commitment the kind of ambitious vision needed for “building open and scalable digital learning environments”, and transforming the digital learning ecosystem. Unique products and resources not available yet.

The Changing Landscape

Who are the Millenials? EAB. 2015. This infographic usefully demarcates different “millenial” students by personal traits and professional traits.

Susskind, Richard and Susskind, Daniel. 2015. The future of the professions: How technology will transform the work of human experts. Oxford University Press. Compelling argument that society’s need for professionals was tied to the knowledge environment of our former print-based culture. That environment is fundamentally altered by an Internet-based culture and the progression of AI.

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