It’s Time to Digitally Transform Community College


As a group, we called for a reimagining of community college, including moving toward more alignment with industry and more digital options. But are community colleges ready for this digital transformation?

COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Digital Blending of Working and Learning


Even before this crisis, concerns were rising about a potential loss of jobs and the rising demand for digital skills due to technologies such as automation and AI. And because of social distancing, we find ourselves living in world that is even more digital–and the evidence of that shift is all around us. Restaurants have rapidly shifted to online and mobile ordering, and are speeding up the deployment of digital kiosks that replace human workers.


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To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning


Non-Degree Microcredentials as Pathways to Lifelong Learning and Degrees From digital badges and nanodegrees, to MicroMasters and new types of certificates, there’s an explosion of professionally-oriented microcredential offerings , and employers are increasingly aware of and accepting of these educational options. Education Technology Future of Work Digital Credentials Higher Education

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology


I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. MOOCs. Digital badges. Three types of edtech joined the “filmstrip” category in this decade: Learning Management Systems , MOOC s, and digital badges. The real power of digital technology to increase learning remains untapped. Employers don’t know what to do with digital badges.


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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” (National) Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. The key word in that headline isn’t “digital”; it’s “force.” Badges.