Student engagement and retention improve when universities take action. Campus beautification and student demographics definitely play a part. A rich learning experience, however, is even more important in helping students finish strong. Many institutions are using the following high impact approaches to keep learners engaged. Structured Learning Communities Increase Student Engagement Learning communities give students a sense of belonging and increase engagement. A structured community will group learners together and give them more time to interact. Students can collaborate to solve problems, review peer work, or conduct research. Such a community should also include faculty who ask students about their personal life and give career guidance. An LMS (Learning Management System) makes it all easier. For example, one community college found that students in a structured learning community attended class more often. What are some approaches to keep your millennial learners engaged? Read this article that discusses some curricular approaches based on their unique learning styles. Writing Intensive Courses Universities such as Harvard are offering writing intensive courses. A writing intensive course amplifies student [...]
It is happening: the art of the written word is dying. With the growth of technology and the push to digitize everything, other skills have been pushed aside. Skills like writing have been deemed less valuable, even obsolete. The reality is, however, that writing skills are still incredibly necessary in today’s working world. This means writing and communication skills must be a cornerstone of college curriculum. Writing Skills in College Curriculum College is often viewed as preparation for the “real-world”, the workforce. So the atmosphere of the workforce tends to guide and shape the curriculum used in colleges. The current landscape has shifted to emphasize knowledge and understanding of technology. This may not seem like an opportunity for writing skills, but it actually creates a greater need for them. There is a high demand for writing skills in the workplace. Being able to effectively communicate allows for the free flowing of all other soft skills. From communication comes collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. These skills are things that robots and other forms of technology [...]
Have you seen what’s trending on Facebook? How about what’s trending on Twitter or Instagram? With seemingly infinite information sources but only finite time, it may be hard to conceive of doing in-depth study of academic subjects. Yet the reality of our short-attention-span world is actually key to understanding the coming learning trends in higher ed. Educational institutions are eager to capitalize on students’ new learning styles. Microlearning The underlying aspect of the latest trends is microlearning, or learning implemented in small, objective-driven chunks. A larger lesson is divided into its smallest components so students can learn each one quickly and usually independently. The content may be delivered in videos, podcasts, short articles, infographics, and other formats that can be absorbed in minutes. So instead of setting aside blocks of hours to master a full skill set, students spend minutes mastering each detail and then move on to the next step. This supports retention: small nuggets of information are easier to remember and recall when needed. Higher ed institutions are jumping on this type of learning, [...]
Ever consider the benefits of a MOOC for your Institution of Higher Education (IHE)? MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, emerged onto the educational scene around 2011. As they continue to gain momentum, let’s take a look at how you can leverage MOOCs to increase enrollment at your school. Why Are MOOCs So Popular? MOOCs appeal to a variety of learners on multiple levels. Many students are drawn to MOOCs because they can try new courses that interest them before enrolling in a degree program. Moreover, you can use this popularity to increase enrollment by: Identifying MOOC students who may be interested in your degree programs Narrowing down which programs might appeal to them Directing these students into your programs through a clear value proposition By offering MOOCs, you can create a reliable funnel of potential students for your degree-granting programs. Equally important is the access afforded to students in furthering their education with you. Offering Flexibility As more non-traditional students enter the higher education arena, schools are tasked with finding new ways to attract and [...]
Whether termed distance education, online learning, web-based instruction, or eLearning, college and university enrollment in web-based courses shows no sign of slowing. The Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017 finds that over six million higher-education students are taking at least one online course, accounting for about 30% of all college-level course enrollments. To meet the demand and challenge of providing quality eLearning experiences for students, institutions must practice sound instructional design when creating each online course. Effective eLearning is centered on many of the same instructional design principles as traditional learning, with some minor enhancements for the digital environment. Four elements are especially important when developing eLearning for higher education. 1. Course Design Design eLearning courses with the learner in mind. Begin by “chunking” content into small segments such as learning units, and make sure your course has a consistent layout and is easy to navigate. Materials in your course should be engaging. Use audio and video to reach various learning styles and engage all types of learners. Use tools in the Learning Management [...]
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