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Judy Rumph

Measure or Perish - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 3 views

shared by Judy Rumph on 14 Dec 10 - No Cached
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    I found this apropos.
Nils Peterson

U. of Phoenix Reports on Students' Academic Progress - Measuring Stick - The Chronicle ... - 0 views

  • In comparisons of seniors versus freshmen within the university, the 2,428 seniors slightly outperformed 4,003 freshmen in all categories except natural sciences, in which they were equivalent.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      This is the value added measure.
  • The University of Phoenix has released its third “Academic Annual Report,” a document that continues to be notable not so much for the depth of information it provides on its students’ academic progress but for its existence at all.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Provides a range of measures, inc. demographics, satisfaction, indirect measures of percieved utility and direct measures using national tests.
  • The Phoenix academic report also includes findings on students’ performance relative to hundreds of thousands of students at nearly 400 peer institutions on two standardized tests
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  • University of Phoenix seniors slightly underperformed a comparison group of 42,649 seniors at peer institutions in critical thinking, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and moderately underperformed the peer group in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Nils Peterson

BBC News - McDonald's to launch own degree - 2 views

  • The two-year foundation degree in managing business operations is a demonstration of how seriously the company takes the training of its staff
    • Nils Peterson
       
      tying the degree to a stakeholder's needs. wonder what Macdonalds has a learning outcomes.
Nils Peterson

Nonacademic Members Push Changes in Anthropology Group - Faculty - The Chronicle of Hig... - 1 views

  • Cathleen Crain, an anthropologist who runs a consulting firm near Washington: "There is a growing vision of a unified anthropology, where academics informs practice and practice informs academics."
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Anthropology is having a conversation about stakeholders and this is impacting the national anthro organization. I wonder if its producing metrics that might inform student learning outcomes work.
Nils Peterson

There is No College Cost Crisis - NYTimes.com - 3 views

  • “[A] modern university must provide students with an up-to-date education that familiarizes students with the techniques and associated machinery that are used in the workplace the students must enter.”
    • Nils Peterson
       
      the author means information technologies, but one might also talk about certain habits of mind which are associated with trends in the workplace the students must enter.
  • The causes of the increase in college costs (an increase that has not, they contend, put college “out of reach”) are external; colleges are responding, as they must, to changes they cannot ignore and still provide a quality product.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Makes me want to re-visit Christiansen's Innovator's Dilemma, who talks about a business focusing on serving its best customer and losing focus on emerging products and markets that operate at lower price points.
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    Stanley Fish reviews "Why Does College Cost So Much?" bu Archibald and Feldman, two economists who conclude "there is no college cost crisis".
Nils Peterson

Community Colleges Must Focus on Quality of Learning, Report Says - Students - The Chro... - 0 views

  • Over all, 67 percent of community-college students said their coursework often involved analyzing the basic elements of an idea, experience, or theory; 59 percent said they frequently synthesized ideas, information, and experiences in new ways. Other averages were lower: 56 percent of students, for example, reported being regularly asked to examine the strengths or weaknesses of their own views on a topic. And just 52 percent of students said they often had to make judgments about the value or soundness of information as part of their academic work.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      one wonders, who is the stakeholder that commissioned this assessment and thinks these are important -- looks like the CITR might be underlying their thinking.
Nils Peterson

Jeff Sheldon on the Readiness for Organizational Learning and Evaluation instrument | A... - 4 views

shared by Nils Peterson on 01 Nov 10 - No Cached
  • The ROLE consists of 78 items grouped into six major constructs: 1) Culture, 2) Leadership, 3) Systems and Structures, 4) Communication, 5) Teams, and 6) Evaluation.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      You can look up the book in Amazon and then view inside and search for Appendix A and read the items in the survey. http://www.amazon.com/Evaluation-Organizations-Systematic-Enhancing-Performance/dp/0738202681#reader_0738202681

      This might be useful to OAI in assessing readiness (or understanding what in the university culture challenges readiness) OR it might inform our revision (or justify staying out) of our rubric.

      An initial glance would indicate that there are some cultural constructs in the university that are counter-indicated by the analysis of the ROLE instrument.
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    " Readiness for Organizational Learning and Evaluation (ROLE). The ROLE (Preskill & Torres, 2000) was designed to help us determine the level of readiness for implementing organizational learning, evaluation practices, and supporting processes"
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    An interesting possibility for a Skylight survey (but more reading needed)
Theron DesRosier

the creative internet (106 things) - 1 views

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    The world is full of interesting things. Use google chrome for this if possible. It will take a little time to download but it has a lot of creative material worth viewing.
Joshua Yeidel

Analyzing Outcome Information: Getting the Most from Data - 1 views

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    Fifth in a series on outcome management.

    "This guide is unique in offering suggestions to nonprofits for analyzing regularly collected outcome data. The guide focuses on those basic analysis activities that nearly all programs, whether large or small, can do themselves. It offers straightforward, common-sense suggestions.

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Nils Peterson

Redesigning Scientific Reputation - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences - 0 views

  • Thus, one’s reputation is not measured by credentials, but by one’s contribution both to expanding knowledge and to the community.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      The systems the cite suggest that they understand open assessment, though they don't specifically say that in this piece.
      One of these authors (Adler) will be at the PaloAlto meeting Monday.
Gary Brown

Some say bypassing a higher education is smarter than paying for a degree - 1 views

    • Gary Brown
       
      Of course many faculty have been calling for this for a long time, wanting to teach students who elect to be here for reasons other than presumably maximizing their learning potential.
  • "If you major in accounting or engineering, you're pretty likely to get a return on your investment," Vedder says. "If you're majoring in anthropology or social work or education, the rate on return is going to be a good deal lower, on average.
  • The unemployment rate among those with bachelor's degrees is at an all-time high
Gary Brown

Mind - Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits - NYTimes.com - 1 views

    • Gary Brown
       
      like practice
Lorena O'English

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age: A guide to technology-enhanced assessment and fe... - 1 views

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    from JISC (pdf)
Nils Peterson

An emerging model for open courses @ Dave's Educational Blog - 0 views

  • if I was going to advise any *learner* about pursuing their interest (and by definition, in an “open” situation the set of learners is not prescribed), I’d urge them to find an *existing* robust community of people already talking about that subject, and then focus on helping them develop skills to engage, as a newcomer, with existing coversations and communities.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Says Scott Leslie. I think we have been saying similar things.
  • Can the two ideas– open, networked learning communities and open courses affiliated with and/or products from institutions not only co-exist, but feed off of one another? I get the asymmetry aspect, I really do, but I’m not convinced that institutions have no worth or that the situation for continuing– maybe even increasing– that worth is hopeless
  • @Scott Leslie. Thanks for your comment on the language of ‘courses’, or in my case ‘modules’. It has helped me realise that my approach to open education post my looming retirement may be trapped in the wrong mindset. I have been trying to think of how I can convert a module I teach at Leeds Uni that dies when I retire to an OE resource ‘in the wild’. I have been thinking about how it can be packaged as an OE module that a community of network of open learners can engage with and exploit/re-purpose according to individual and collective needs. I assumed that I and others would somehow organically become mentors (open tutors?) and flexibly help out as required. Perhaps I should be trying to develop links with existing communities engages in discussions and project around the discipline of my module and try and contribute there somehow. I think your comment illustrates the difficult transition in moving between open education as content (based on a formal education model) and open education as process that engages disparate audiences with varied agendas and objectives.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Seems to be someone who wants to explore the fine line of releasing his modules into the wild. It might be interesting to engage him
Nils Peterson

The New Muscle: 5 Quality-of-Learning Projects That Didn't Exist 5 Years Ago - Special ... - 0 views

shared by Nils Peterson on 30 Aug 10 - Cached
  • The New Muscle: 5 Quality-of-Learning Projects That Didn't Exist 5 Years Ago

     

    Lumina Foundation for Education's Tuning USA

    Year started: 2009
    What it does: Supports statewide, faculty-led discussions, meetings, and surveys to define discipline-specific knowledge and skills that college and state officials, students, alumni, and employers can expect graduates of particular degree programs to have.

    • Nils Peterson
       
      That they lump VSA in here with the others suggests to me that the Chronicle's author doesn't distinguish the nuance.
Nils Peterson

Teachers Aren't the Only Ones Who Should Care About Learning - Measuring Stick - The Ch... - 0 views

shared by Nils Peterson on 30 Aug 10 - Cached
  • The governing boards of America’s colleges and universities have tremendous untapped potential for assuring and furthering academic quality.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      See "Five Dysfunctions of a Charter School Board" where he advocates that the board spend most of its time on issues of student learning outcomes.
  • Boards should ensure that evidence about student learning is examined regularly, and they should ask appropriate questions about it.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Our A of A is a mechanism a Board could adopt
Gary Brown

The Quality Question - Special Reports - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

shared by Gary Brown on 30 Aug 10 - Cached
  • Few reliable, comparable measures of student learning across colleges exist. Standardized assessments like the Collegiate Learning Assessment are not widely used—and many experts say those tests need refinement in any case.
    • Gary Brown
       
      I am hoping the assumptions underlying this sentence do not frame the discussion. The extent to which it has in the past parallels the lack of progress. Standardized comparisons evince nothing but the wrong questions.
  • "We are the most moribund field that I know of," Mr. Zemsky said in an interview. "We're even more moribund than county government."
  • Robert Zemsky
Theron DesRosier

Chart: Comparing teachers - latimes.com - 3 views

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    Could it really be that people are seduced by this one-factor explanation: "The difference is their teachers" ? If so, _that's_ a truly sad commentary on our educational system.
Nils Peterson

Excerpt from Informal Learning - 2 views

  • WORKERS LEARN MORE in the coffee room than in the classroom. They discover how to do their jobs through informal learning: asking the person in the next cubicle, trial and error, calling the help desk, working with people in the know, and joining the conversation.
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      Jay Cross, _Informal Learning_ ca 2003
  • Training programs, workshops, and schools get the lion’s share of the corporate budget for developing talent, despite the fact that this formal learning has almost no impact on job performance. And informal learning, the major source of knowledge transfer and innovation, is left to chance.

    This book aims to raise your consciousness about informal teaming. You will discover that informal learning is a profit strategy, that it flexes with change, and that it respects and challenges workers. You will see how hard-nosed businesses use organizational network analysis, conversation space, and communities of purpose to fuel innovation and agility.

  • Taking advantage of the
    double meaning of the word network, “to learn” is to optimize the
    quality of one’s networks.
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