Going beyond MOOCs in higher education innovation
- Stephen Downes, the designer of the first open source learning course, says education will not be revolutionized by technology that brings the current classroom environment and curriculum to digital platforms.
- Changes to curriculum, desired learning outcomes and professional preparation are the keys to innovation in higher education.
- Many campuses are changing curriculum to competency-based and adaptive learning models to encourage success, improve completion rates and boost interest among students.
Basic instruction may never change, but for schools to better adapt to changing demographics among students and growing expectations from employers, leaders should mandate for departments and faculty members to demonstrate new strategies in improving student outcomes.
For some, this could mean shifting teaching styles to flipped classroom models, for others, it is reforming general education courses to greater reflect themes of tolerance, exploration and professional curiosity. In all cases, presidents and provosts must make establish strong visions which make how students learn as important as what students learn.
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