This six-part series will focus on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States. While a topic that causes some anxiety for higher education leaders, there is no choice but to change. The question is how colleges and universities across the country will go about that change and the role that technology can play in facilitation and accelerating transformation. This series will focus on:
- The Need for Change
- Challenges in Changing the System
- Systematic Change and Navigating Culture
- Modernizing Teaching and Learning
- Scaling Best Practices
Part 1 – The Need for Change
Across the nation, colleges and universities are being challenged to transform their systems of higher learning. While each institution is different, all share common problems: They must contend with outdated teaching methods, crushing budget pressures, and the need to deliver a relevant education that adequately and effectively prepares the workforce of the future. As a result, educators are being faced with the need to make significant revisions to less-than-optimal systems, in an environment that is dictating that change needs to be made. Institutions that adapt to these imperatives will thrive, while those that are incapable of change will meet their demise.
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Tags: education, education transformation, higher education
My first blog entry from the Education World Forum (EWF) reported how the powerful opening presentations challenged this high powered conference. By the half-way mark we have been given a fascinating snapshot of the issues and opportunities facing education systems all around the world.
Two founding presentations have set the tone for much of the event: from Russell Quaglia, the US’s foremost authority on student aspirations, on the importance of valuing student voice not only to encourage and motivate the individual learner, but also to help drive education systems; and from Andreas Schleicher of OECD on the importance of developing 21st century skills to meet the challenges of a radically changing employment market where the need for routine manual skills is rapidly disappearing, and individuals will need to change jobs much more frequently.
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Tags: edreform, education, education transformation
When most people think of their early experiences with the internet, the memory comes with a sound: the scratchy noise of a dial-up modem.
What a long way we’ve come. We have gone from clumsy desktop computing to a world of mobile computing with smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Businesses can interact with customers real-time through video chats and CEOs can talk to shareholders from 20,000 feet in the air. As the capabilities of devices increase, the Internet of Things will quickly evolve into the Internet of Everything (IoE). And Cisco technology is fueling that transition, playing a big role in connecting the unconnected. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, education, global, healthcare, Internet of Everything, IoE, Tomorrow Starts Here
The Education World Forum (EWF) is off to a cracking start.
Charles Clarke, former UK Secretary of State for Education and founder of the EWF, brought his huge experience of and commitment to turning political vision in to practical action, challenging the delegates to create the conditions that can transform education systems – forging consensus, building leadership, driving change. Education leaders everywhere have a huge responsibility for ensuring that they build opportunities for all, not just a few. Because that is both right and necessary to compete in the modern world.
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Tags: edreform, education, EWF
Remember to join the Education Fast Forwad (EFF6) debate which will take place at the Education Word Forum with remote participants via Cisco Telepresence. It takes place on Monday, January 28, 2013. Entitled From Learner Voice to Emerging Leaders, the debate will be filmed in front of a studio audience for the very first time and broadcast by Cisco TV. The live stream is accessible on Promethean Planet from 11 a.m. to 12 noon (GMT) on the day. See the Promethean Planet page about the event for further unformation and also to tune into the Live Broadcast on the day.
If you are interested in current education developments and in particular the influence that learners can have – this is not an event to miss.
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Tags: education, Education Fast Forward, Education World Forum, EFF, EWF, K12, Live Video WebCast