Very long day. Not exactly how I’m used to spending Sunday afternoon. Here I sit in the first general session of the Innovations 2013 Conference. My head is spinning, either because the elevator moves so quickly, or because my mind has been inundated with so many new facts, practices, experiences and ideas. This session is a little different, as it begins with an award ceremony, and it’s exciting to see some of the luminaries in our field be honored do their contributions. We community college folks are a unique group. We do some amazing things with minimal resources, and regardless of our positions, we all have the same goal… Student success.
What follows is a set of notes in a sort of narrative format…. Read or disregard as you choose.
This evening’s keynote speaker, Dr. Diana Oblinger, spoke about the change from the learning college to the connected college. How, in the modern era, we are connected to the rest of the world, and in many cases, the information is less important than the connections. The community college is, at its core, the pathway to possibilities for our students.
Redesigning the Learning Experience
Immersive, collaborative learning environments
Introduce virtual client simulations where students interact with artificial intelligent interactive agents that respond to all aspects of the students’ input. Biofeedback utilized to collect complete data about students, allowing us to evaluate the data and create individualized, adaptive learning environments.
Use this data to guide learners, instructors, IDs, administration, researchers, etc. For example, Montgomery County Community College uses Career Coach to help guide student decisions and college decisions. Sinclair’s SSP (see my earlier entry) guides students from application to graduation. Persistence Plus, the “Weight Watchers” of college completion, provides intervention in the form of “nudges” to push students to move forward (study, register, etc.). Degree Compass provides personal recommendations to students based upon their program of study and their abilities, giving them a clearer pathway to success. Arizona State has a degree track system which helps students better understand where they are and what they need to do in order to complete their degrees. University of Hawaii STAR program offers a cross-institutional degree attainment support system across all 10 of the states campuses. Real-time exploration of options and availability of courses so that students can complete their studies on time.
Disaggregate and reaggregate.
Straighter Line offers $999/year for 10 course subscriptions which provide credit courses to students which can be transferred to participating institutions. Private Label offering support services (recruitment, support, etc) provided by external vendors. Joint ventures with private sector to provide full programs. 2U offers a program to expand graduate level programs.
Stackable Credentials and badges for students as they achieve various levels of achievement and meet specific learning outcomes. How can this be implemented? How can external badges be integrated into a credit-based system? How can it be done quickly and efficiently?
Direct2degree program in Kentucky creates a seamless streamed learning experience. Other new ideas include Competency based learning and Individual Mastery Plans.
New connections on one level lead to new connections on another level. Students, faculty, and institutions are all interconnected within and without on a variety of levels.
Redesign, reinvent, and reset.