Saturday reading

Posted on January 28, 2017

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Saturday… at desk, cruising my WordPress  Reader (RSS)  for the sites I’ve picked to follow.   TechCrunch dominates.   https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/27/leapfrogging-in-higher-ed/  takes me to an article about “leapfrogging,” defined as ” pioneering the application of new technologies to bypass the older framework in place” and how this can be applied to higher ed.   It maintains that a degree is still the coin of realm, but suggests that certificates (at different levels, including post-graduate0 and other credentials of various sorts could be the “new normal.”  It then states:

“Here’s why: Traditional higher ed can’t scale to meet human capital demands, and technology can’t replace faculty. But while faculty will remain at the center, extended through the internet and technology-enabled teaching, coaches and mentors will play an increased role in ensuring that students have the support they need to achieve learning outcomes.”

My question:   what credentials will the coaches and mentors need?

(The article doesn’t talk about the nature of online instructional materials in this ‘new normal’ of extended-from-bigshot-universities education.)
I’ts 9:00 and time to get to that “five things to add to the course” part, and get in a bike ride before the “flurries” arrive (on the East Coast flurries are when you see anything in the sky — in the midwest, they can accumulate…)

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