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

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.

Inter-institutional Collaboratives

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.

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