Design Issues in The New Universe: Who Are the Learners? Cost v. Quality: Part I

One of the most potentially deceptive promises being made today by innovators eyeing the New Universe is this: We can get you a world class education for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. Price promises of this type can go as low as $1000/year. I strongly believe in, and have written about, the coming disruption in cost and price, driven by the information … Continue reading Design Issues in The New Universe: Who Are the Learners? Cost v. Quality: Part I

Location, location, location – new spaces and new places in the new universe

It is clear by now that the historic rationale for a campus-based institution has been significantly modified by technology, data analytics and design. In a world where the potential of technologies such as 3D Printing, both positive and negative, has only scratched the surface, it is difficult to define what learning spaces will look like in the new universe. I do not think this portends … Continue reading Location, location, location – new spaces and new places in the new universe

A “Whole Life” Policy: and It’s not from GEICO

As we have been discussing, the new universe of learning is going to have tools and services that were previously unimaginable. For example, the term “lifelong learning,” even 25 years ago, was interpreted to mean the role institutions would play in offering appropriate courses throughout the learner’s life. There was, literally, no way for the learner to control their lifelong learning. Now, however, as we … Continue reading A “Whole Life” Policy: and It’s not from GEICO

Personalization Tools for More Successful Learning: Part II

As learners develop and finalize their degree plans during their early terms, there are several services and academic requirements that can help them prosper in the new universe of learning. Advocacy Throughout the Learning Journey. Distance and blended learning can be an isolated and lonely experience. And, as we have already discussed, learning is, intrinsically, a social as well as intellectual activity. There are two … Continue reading Personalization Tools for More Successful Learning: Part II

Personalization Tools for More Successful Learning: Part I

The next two blogs will address opportunities to harness the tools of the new universe of learning, both academic and support services, to support and sustain more successful personalized learning. A continuing problem that has plagued American higher education since the “access revolution” was launched in the 1960’s are high attrition rates. The open door has, too often, been a revolving door. Over the years, … Continue reading Personalization Tools for More Successful Learning: Part I

Personal Learning: Part II

If our focus is on the learner and “personalized learning in the digital age”, then we have crossed the threshold from a “teaching universe” into a “learning universe.” And in the learning universe, the human element is dominant. There are three components that, collectively, help us understand the human element. The first involves our coming professional ability to understand, reference and incorporate learnings which, while … Continue reading Personal Learning: Part II

Personal Learning: Part I

Over the last 35 years, the three books I have written have carried some consistent, if ever-evolving, themes. Two of them are opposite sides of the same coin, the highly personal nature of learning and the value of experiential learning. In Your Hidden Credentials: The Value of Learning Outside of College (Acropolis, Washington, D.C., 1986), I began the discussion about the interplay between personal, academic, … Continue reading Personal Learning: Part I

An Exciting Week of Innovating Education

It’s a busy week in higher education. I’m speaking this afternoon in Dallas at the Close It Summit, Shift Happens: No Turning Back. I rather like the conference title this year as it ties into the New Universe of Learning I have been writing about. My talk will be on “Leading the Way to Competencies: Personalized Learning Plans in the Digital Age.” A few key … Continue reading An Exciting Week of Innovating Education

Dancing With Time

There are two passages from literature which, taken together, illuminate my current understanding of the ground on which we stand today when anticipating the New Universe of Learning. First comes Antonio in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, urging Sebastian to murder his sleeping father, saying “what’s past is prologue” and suggesting that great things lie ahead if the deed is done. While we have nothing as foul … Continue reading Dancing With Time